I Don’t Feel Like Blogging Anymore

…sometimes…

If the Twitterverse is any measure, this is a chorus that is getting louder so permit me to join in before it becomes a total cacophony (I sing alto).

I have been a blogger since 2014. That year I pinched my nose and dived into expressing myself publicly mainly because it was a gnawing idea and I was encouraged to share my unique perspective (that as far as I’ve seen) had never been done before. Blogging was a wonderful outlet which allowed me to reveal myself and my thoughts to take up a little space in the world.

Even though my blog posts could stand to be a little more frequent (I have only written 135 of them), I’m proud to be part of the blogosphere and that I’ve put my writing out there and I’m especially happy for the connections I’ve made and all the people who have taken the time to click and read.

These days however, sometimes I feel like powering down.

Why?

Life Gets in the Way

As the name of my blog suggests, my life is such that I’m in the middle of every damn thing. I have a 16 year old, 13 year old and 6 year old and my plate is filled trying to navigate the three of them with some sense of normalcy. In any given work week I (try to) teach a foreign language to over 100 of the nation’s teenagers who learn at different levels therefore I manage the challenges that come with that. I am also a wife trying to keep a marriage alive and prioritizing the associated duties of family life, trying to stay healthy and sane, being social, maintaining good skin, drinking water and minding my business. There are many topics jotted on paper and filed in my brain, from both considered perspectives and lightbulb moments but lawdddd, the time to sit and express it adequately…Wordpress remains ignored.

Writing into a Void

I’ve never been one to write for an audience, the truth is I don’t even think I have ‘a niche audience’ pinned down. Many of you are WordPress bloggers new to a Trinidadian perspective while some of you have been sent here via connection through my social media which has been good in terms of raising my profile. I welcome all of you who read, peruse, ‘like’ and engage with what I’ve written. The feedback doesn’t happen all the time especially from a wider Trinbagonian audience, the visits and views can be abysmal and I would be lying if I said that this hasn’t caused me to ponder the worth of it all. Although this isn’t the sole purpose of writing, it can be very demotivating. This feeling doesn’t last too long with me but it is still a feeling to recognize and validate.

The “Extras”

In 2014 I had no clue about the extra stuff in terms of getting my blog posts to be ‘seen’. If you are a blogger now, not only is what you write important but how you write it, keeping the extra stuff at the forefront of your mind. So monitoring your SEO (search rankings), managing posting times, creating links and backlinks, cleaning up your previous links, optimizing your photos, maximizing your stats, tying in and keeping up with your linked social media, engaging and maintaining your follower count….all of this for your work to ‘matter’. Trust me I understand the ‘why’ behind it all but lemme just write nah…

…it would be a thing of glory.

One More Thing

We live in a time where visuals have higher precedence than words. One only has to look at the battle of the top giants Instagram and Tik Tok with the world of doom-scrolling, content creators and influencers while Twitter hosts bloggers who battle ‘writer’s lifts’ and ‘pin for pins’ to rack up followers and readers. There has even been some discussion on how to tie in the visual platforms to our writing to get views our way. Honestly, I find this to be a lot (read: too much) to deal with.

These are just my immediate thoughts on why (sometimes!) I don’t feel like blogging anymore. It doesn’t mean that I am ready to follow through and fold up but I felt it important to acknowledge and maybe identify reasons as to why you may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. I’m sure some of you who are bloggers have felt the same way at one point or another. Please feel free to express in the comment section below, I would really like to hear your views on the matter even if they diverge. Feel free to also follow me via joining my email list, like and share this post as well to fellow bloggers!

Blessings

TMIDM

12 thoughts on “I Don’t Feel Like Blogging Anymore

    1. You are so right! I’m reading other blogs and comments and I think there is just a sense that it doesn’t hold what it used to anymore for us. Looking out for your post and thanks for commenting!🤗

  1. I have also paused my content creation cuz as a mommy of 2 under 6yrs old, it is demanding to say the least and with Covid and the Sahara, I am always paranoid which plays with my mental space for being creative. I rell tired so I stopped for a bit and now it’s almost at the point where social media is generally irritating…but I still scroll when I get a pee break so! I get this vibe. I get it.

  2. I’ve definitely felt this in the last few months. I’ve contemplated posting a permanent goodbye blog post, I’ve considered pausing and coming back in a few years if my time permits. But everytime I think about stopping for good a huge part of me says no. Now I don’t force the writing. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. Let’s not even get started on SEO…I’ve done two courses on it and I’m still none the wiser 😵‍💫

  3. There definitely times when all these thoughts fly around my head and more. It definitely is a lot of work, and I have no interest in competing with fast world of social media. Even now, I keep opening a tab and closing it, because I know I should write but have no motivation. Hang in there mama. ❤️

  4. Hi @trinimomindmiddle and ladies, I’m going to embark on blogging and navigating the WordPress website. I’ll like to get some help on how to manage the backend, please. Can you help or direct me to someone who can? Thank you.

    1. Hi there
      I learnt WordPress by fiddling around with it for sometime and eventually got the hang of it, but there WP courses as well as videos on YouTube to guide you in the interim.

  5. I love blogging but yes, I go months sometimes without a new post. For me, it is also is the time factor and I just find there are too many things on my plate. But, at this point, I post where I can and try not to put any pressure on myself about my blog and whether or not it is growing etc, I have enough pressure and goals in other aspects of life. I strictly am blogging for fun 🙂

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