Taking a Break
I started Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog early in 2009. Since then I have posted 1552 posts, mostly five or six hundred words in length, although lately there have been more photo posts. That’s no coincidence … I seem to be, as my mother used to say, running out of steam as a blogger. Frequently these days, I go to bed without having drafted a post for the next day, sometimes because I don’t have an idea but other times because I just don’t feel like posting. I am sometimes capable of turning an avocation, which is (in my opinion) meant fulfilling and fun to a vocation (fulfilling and work). Sticking that Postaday badge in the corner of my Home Page seems to have been a mistake. I take it a bit too seriously. Don’t get me wrong … I am an advocate of posting regularly, not just when I feel like it. Some of my favorite posts have turned up when I sat down with nothing to say and there is nothing quite as fulfilling having that happen.
Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog has more followers than ever and it gets enough traffic that if you Google Older Eyes, it will appear at the top of the page. But views hover stubbornly in the 50-80 range and comments are rare. I’ve said many times that I write for myself but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it’s disappointing to post something I really like and get no Likes or comments. I know I have readers who are lurkers because occasionally in one of my meetings someone will mention something I said in a post and I do get a few comments on Facebook. Lately I’ve noticed that my favorite bloggers on my short Blogs I Read list are posting sporadically or not at all. One old blogging friend, Marjulo, last posted on her blog, Listen to the Sun Rise, that she had been diagnosed inoperable cancer. I checked her blog regularly for any news but now it’s gone so it’s likely she’s no longer with us. Sometimes, I feel like the last one at what used to be a party. Yes, that’s ridiculous … there are millions of us out there. In my current state of mind I just don’t have what it takes to hunt down a new blogging community.
So. I’m taking down the Postaday Badge and I’m taking a break. I may spend some time working on my legacy blog, A Dad’s Legacy. Nobody reads that either but I’m hoping someday my kids … or my grandkids … will. There’s a good chance I’ll be back but I don’t know when or how often. After five years of this, there’s a good chance I’ll see something and think, That would make a good blog post … and eventually, I’ll have to write it. Maybe I’ll change some things around here or move around here to somewhere else. Who knows. Thanks to those of you who’ve taken time to read and especially to those who’ve Liked or commented. See you later, probably soon.