My work schedule changed (yet again) and my normal routine of using a few prompts to keep me writing has upended itself again. I’m a bit late this week and completely skipped last week. But better late than never right?
Have you ever taken a hiatus (break) from blogging? Yes. If so, how long did your hiatus last and why did you take it? Sometimes a few months, sometimes more. I love to write. It is how I quiet the noise in my head. Sometimes, in my less overwhelming moments I hear how pitiful and validation seeking I am in my writing and I stop. Or, my life gets too busy and, despite desperately needing to write, I just can’t muster the strength. How difficult was it to return to blogging after your hiatus? It is never hard to return. But then my blogs are not written for others. At least not like a professional blogger. Did your stats suffer and did you lose readers as a consequence of your absence? I do not care about the stats and readers. I blog at the suggestion of counselors over the years and because I love to write – mainly to just try to let wild thoughts out of my head. However, I am a person that thrives on validation and I will not lie that likes and comments to my posts validate me**. It means someone cared enough to stay and it reminds me I am not alone. See, most of my blogs are not carefully thought out (other than these prompts) and are just a jumble of uh…anxiety?…spilling out of my head. When others comment or like that post, I feel less alone in my craziness. Someone “gets it”. So, I guess to answer the last part of this question – the stats and readers do not determine when, how or why I blog, but I appreciate them nonetheless.
**you do know that with my type of atelophobia, if y’all like or comment I will think it is because I said I like likes and comments and not because you really like my blog. I’m crazy like that.