Blogging is much different than it was back when I started. I’ve had this site (though originally under a different name) for seven years this January, and read blogs for a full year before that, just to make sure it was something I would want to do. When I first started, it was all about community. I’d comment on blogs, others would comment here, we’d all link to each others’ posts, and it was an online community like no other. This was before Twitter and Facebook crashed the party. Also? Get off my lawn, I’m Internet-old.
Now it feels as though that community is gone, replaced by pages on Facebook and quick snippets on Twitter. While I use both (Facebook considerably more than Twitter; I can’t express myself as I’d like with only 140 characters), it’s not the same. I can share a lot more information more quickly with a post on Facebook, but…I like to write. Blogs seem to have become a place to market your brand, whatever that is, rather than a place to write and connect. I have no brand to market, so oftentimes wonder why I keep on keeping on.
NaBloPoMo ends tomorrow, and with a huge smile and sense of relief I’ll be able to claim I managed it for four years in a row. This year was tougher than the others, mainly because I felt like I was writing into a dark void. I know a great deal of that was me; you can only read about someone else’s psyche-cracking stress for so long before you just call it a day and leave for the sake of your OWN psyche. I totally get that, I’ve done it myself.
So after tomorrow I’m taking a bit of a break, for many reasons. For starters, hello holidays. But also to get my mind a little more…entertaining…and to figure out exactly what I want to do with this little corner of the interwebz. I just know I can’t keep writing into a dark void, it’s demoralizing. I hope to return, refreshed, as soon as I feel…refreshed. In the meantime, I’ll be posting stuff on the Laughing at Chaos Facebook page, participating in the weekly #gtchat on Fridays, and contributing over at An Intense Life.