I recently took a step back from my other blogs. I wasn’t sure that I was going to continue blogging at all.
When I put the question to my accountability partner, she pointed out that if I wasn’t getting joy or return on investment, there was little reason to continue. I realized I was getting neither. And so I took a three month hiatus.
After taking a month off from doing anything blog related – and that extended to reading blogs about blogging, listening to podcasts, and growing my business knowledge – I realized that I missed blogging. To me, blogging is a form of thought-collecting. I use it to work through problems and concepts, albeit in a public format. So I decided I wanted to go back to blogging, but there I knew I needed to make changes.
The first change was to eliminate the amount of administrative time needed for the blogs. When I started blogging, I was working from a free platform. A few years later I pivoted after technology left my subject matter obsolete, and I bought my first domain name. I moved all the content over from the free platform and continued blogging, deleting irrelevant content as I went. Then in 2015 I pivoted again, but this time leaving the old blog in place. It was good in that it gave me a fresh start, but it doubled my administrative time. So this time, I went to a domain name that is not subject-dependent, and brought over the content from the other blogs.
I’ve had to go in and clean things up, and in the process read back through many of the old articles. It’s been an interesting journey.
I found articles from when my daughter was in pre-school, all the way through the start of high school. I saw the articles from working full time to part time to teaching and back to IT. I saw the articles as I created and adapted my systems for home and time management.
It’s been an interesting look back. I’m not one for journaling regularly. I always have good intentions, and poor follow-through. But blogging has allowed me a snapshot into my life, much like a journal.
I’m glad that I both decided to keep blogging, as well as went through the old material. It’s been a great find, and gave me the determination to continue.
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