Do I have your attention?
If you saw that title thinking that I may be quitting blogging, don’t worry! I won’t be! But I wanted to talk about quitting blogging and how, from time to time, I have felt like I should quit.
It’s not that I don’t love this blog, because I really do. I love that I can read all the books and share my love of these books, my love of authors, and my love of blogging with you. I also love all of the people – you people! – who read my blog and comment on it because you all make me so happy and make it so worthwhile to be a book blogger! It makes me happy to make people happy with my thoughts on books.
But there have been times where I wondered what would happen if I just stopped book blogging, if I just decided to quit, shut down the blog, and went about my life. Would things change? Would I change? Would I regret my decision?
I think thoughts like this happen when I feel bogged down by writing reviews, or maybe a post I was excited for didn’t get as many comments as I thought it would be, or maybe I just was going through a reading slump and thought it would pass, but it never did. I think part of me thinks that I’ll never be able to keep up with the blog and that I’ll be spending way too much time doing blog things when I could be doing something else.
Of course, to these thoughts I say to myself, “Calm down!” The blog is not my life – my life is my life. My blog is not my job – I have a job and I love it very much. I have made some awesome friends through blogging and they help me keep my head on straight and they make things fun for me. I have to realize that things might get slow with the blog and that’s okay. I may want to take a break and that’s okay, too. Maybe one day I’ll want to quit the blog, and that will be okay. For now, I want to be able to do what I want to do – which may be reading, or it may be watching my favourite TV shows all day long – when I want to. And I don’t want to make myself feel bad about doing these things.
To me, blogging is so much fun and I enjoy it IMMENSLY, and I hope to enjoy it as long as I can. I think as long as I keep things interesting, and focus on doing things when I want to do them, rather than feeling like I have to do them, makes this thing I do more worthwhile. To me, book blogging means interaction with people who love the same thing I do – reading. When I started my blog waaaay back in 2009, I posted reviews here and there and not much else– and that was okay! It was what I wanted to do then and I like to think that I’m happy with the things I do on the blog now. I don’t want to let myself get stressed out to the point where I want to throw in the towel and just quit altogether.
And I know I’m not the only one who has thought this. I’m sure there are many of you out there who, at some time, have considered quitting blogging. Maybe you were like me and started thinking of it as a job, or maybe you just didn’t like it anymore. Whatever the case, I can only hope that anyone who may have these thoughts stops to breathe and actually think about what they’re doing before hitting the delete button. We all deserve to be happy and I would hate for someone to get rid of something they’ve worked on for years only to regret it down the road.
Have you ever considered quitting your blog? What keeps you going when you feel this way?