There is nothing like not blogging to make one think more about blogging.
Let me explain.
My ability to post has gone down. This was an essential change. While I still miss blogging and following everyone as much as I did before, the changes in my life really have been for the better. I'm getting more sleep. I'm building up more emotional reserve. I'm less stressed and more productive.
But I still miss blogging. For several years, as my job demanded more and then I moved halfway across the country to a state full of strangers, blogging was my only social life. Away from blogging and the friends I've made here, I feel isolated and lonely.
The less I've blogged, the more I've thought about it. I've worried that I'll lose touch with people, that I'll lose followers.
Which made me start thinking about why I started blogging in the first place.
I started blogging, first as a method to show off the grand kids to the grandparents.
Aw, aren't they cute? Sorry, just has to throw that in there.
But it gradually grew. It grew for a place for me to express myself, share, vent, understand, and ultimately connect to amazing people.
Those have been my only motives. I don't blog for money, Google ranking, or followers. My blog is free from advertising. I understand the many women make an income from their blogs. Some have even made a career from it. I think that's amazing. That a media like this can change lives.
But that's not me. That's not this blog.
Now, don't get me wrong. I love every follower I get. I get excited when I see that little number on my dashboard grow. But for me, it's not my goal. Followers are like new friends, not statistics. I will never get a thousand visitors a day. Honestly, I most likely won't even get a hundred. But I know my followers. I know the people who comment. I have relationships with them (albeit in a long distant, Internet, never-actual-met kind of way.)
My plan is to continue doing what I've done for over two years now. Continue to write. Continue to share. In a way that continues to mean something to me. And hopefully, something to you as well.