You Talked Me Off The Ledge

I almost quit blogging last week. It didn’t feel like there was much value in it anymore. It felt like I was just going through the motions.

I actually wrote a post titled, “What’s the Point?” where I contemplated the entire process of this blog and its purpose. I didn’t publish it though.

I did, however, drop a few comments on some other blogs that really reflected how I was feeling at the time. On Blogging Without a Blog, Barbara asked her readers “How do you see yourself in blogosphere? How do you see me?” I immediately started typing;

“I feel like I’m a tiny pebble at the bottom of the aquarium. Nobody watched the pebbles. They wouldn’t notice if I disappeared. It seems like there are enough pebbles doing the job…”

Barbara wrote a great reply that made me feel much better about my role in the blogosphere. So I emailed her to thank her.

She then used my crisis of faith as fodder for her next post. Tonnes of responses came in and I was really surprised at the amount and value of those comments. They really helped me to realize that real reason why I blog.

I blog because I enjoy writing. I enjoy the comments and discussions that have sprung forth on this and my favourite blogs. I like the small community that has developed around these blogs as well. There were some really touching comments that made me realize that I was worrying about stuff that I didn’t really need to worry about.

So, I’ve gotten over my crisis of faith, thanks to all the great community members in the blogosphere. I really appreciate all the advice and encouragement you’ve given me.

Thanks for talking me down from the ledge.

12 responses to “You Talked Me Off The Ledge”

  1. Aw! Well I just want to say that I hope you NEVER quit blogging; I love reading what you have to say. One of the first things I do either in the morning or when I get home from school is check and see if you’ve posted anything new yet.

    But I’m glad you got through that. I’d be so sad if you ever quit.

  2. Hi Alexis,

    Thanks a lot. I read you every day as well.

    I know that we don’t often comment on each other’s blog, but it is really nice to know you are there.

    So I won’t quit if you don’t 🙂

  3. Chase: Thanks for not giving up on us, but don’t use us as a vantage point of why you should write. Write for yourself and everything else will fall into place as it needs to.

  4. Hi Chase,

    Thank you for your wonderful words. I was just doing what anyone else would do.

    It pleases me to hear you’ll continue to blog. I know you love to write and share your thoughts. Blogs also becomes an outlet for us and are often the perfect place to vent our frustrations or share our joys. It’s in the process of sharing we often find comfort and/or an answer to the questions we’re asking ourselves.

    I’m happy to know your crisis is over. You know you’ll always have a loyal reader in me and many others. 🙂

  5. Hi Silverfish,

    I know that. Thanks a lot.

    Hi Vered,

    I do enjoy it. My online time is a bit limited at times but it is worth it to continue.

    Hi Barbara,

    You’re the best! Thanks again for all your help.

  6. Ah, Chase, I typically get to my favorite blogs only once a week, in a cycle of sorts, so I missed this crisis but I am glad that others helped you pull through.

    More than once, I have experienced blog doldrums, or on the other hand, disappointment when I worked hard on a post only to have no comments appear.

    So far, I have managed to recover and re-addict myself each time.

    Your blog is an inspiration — never deprive the world of it. Consider that there are probably ten “lurkers” for every one of us who comment.

  7. Hi ECD,

    Thanks for the pep talk. I’m glad you stopped by to comment on this post.

    I actually came close to quitting there. But I got past it and I think the World Wibe Web is going to be stuck with me for a quite some time.

  8. What a great post to reflect a community I’m just beginning to discover. What you said and how others responded to your post indicates how caring the blogging community actually is, even when people know each other only through their words. It’s amazing and wonderful. Thanks!

  9. Hi Sara,

    It is pretty amazing isn’t it.

    I never thought I would make friends online but that’s how I feel about my regular readers and fellow bloggers who I read every day.

    I’m still amazed at all of this.