Hard to believe another summer is coming to a close. In fact, I’m a little stunned at the pace of 2012…it seems like I was listing resolutions yesterday, and now, bam…less than four months till the end of the year (and after spending the first year of this blog going on about turning 40, soon I’ll be hitting 41).
I think like a lot of bloggers (although I don’t think of myself as a “blogger” so much as a “person who has a blog”), my attitude has changed towards my blog as time has gone on. As I’ve said before, I enjoy the interactions, have fun with a lot of the posts, and am blown away by all the smart, fun writing I see out there.
When I ended 2011, I had managed to reach my goal of 5,000 views. Looking at 2012, I secretly hoped I’d get another 5,000+…and initially set a goal of 200 posts a year. I pretty quickly felt locked in at 4 posts a week and revised it to 175-200 in 2012. Over the last few weeks, I’ve hit my 10,000th view (w-hoo) and realized that to hit the 175-200 mark, I could now do three posts a week. Between this realization and, y’know, life, I’ve slowed down a little bit.
One thing I had thought in the past is that I *had* to stick to a schedule so that my audience would “know” when to expect a post from me. What I’ve realized is that most people either visit because that’s what they do, or they come after being notified by e-mail or the posts are in their reader. Another realization, disappearing for a few days or a week does not make everyone forget you…
These have all been good lessons for me. There have been days where I’ve done the “have to post!” dance when I had other things to do, because I *had* to stick to my schedule. I’ve realized now that this is silly; when blogging is a hobby/outlet it shouldn’t feel like an obligation or chore.
The other day, I got my first notice about renewing this blog and there’s no question in my mind that I want to continue (although I’m going to have to purchase more space soon for my photos!). But I know that as the end of another year (and another strivingcynic year) is in sight, that I might just lay off the blog resolutions in the future (or at least the scheduling ones).
I know I’ve written about these types of thoughts/realizations before, but I they’re worth revisiting as time has marched on!
How has your attitude towards blogging or blog scheduling changed? Do you consider yourself a blogger or a person who has a blog?