If you follow sports at all, you have seen the aging star who just doesn’t know when to hang it up. The sport is all he knows and even though his mind is saying yes, yes, yes, the body is saying no, no, no.
With blogging or writing do you ever pass your prime and have squeezed every last drop of creative juices you have within you? Or, because you are only using your mind and not necessarily your physical abilities, do you get better with age; like a fine wine?
What if you are just talking to yourself
If I took my ball and went home would anybody really miss me? Life goes on whether you are ready or not; but how quick would my absence be absorbed? I’m no dummy, this will be measured in hours, not days or weeks.
I’m speaking in the first person, but how many feel like this can be a whole bunch of nothing at times? You think you are doing all the tried and true methods; the traffic ebbs and flows, but some days you wonder ‘what is all this for’? In the big scheme of things, does this really mean anything; did it have an impact on anybody but me?
Personally, I find joy in writing and the engagement it allows. It’s not always epic and my structure probably leaves something to be desired by the purists, but I’m tickled pink someone is actually reading it. Simple goals, simple pleasures……:)
Any journalism people familiar with this symbol? So where did the term originate? Some say the mark began during a time when stories were submitted via telegraph, with “-30-” denoting “the end” in Morse code. Another theory suggests that the first telegraphed news story had 30 words. Others claim the “-30-” comes from a time when stories were written in longhand — X marked the end of a sentence, XX the end of a paragraph and XXX meant the end of a story. The Roman numerals XXX translate to 30.
I have seen ‘old school’ journalist sign off with -30- when it is their last column.
What would you say if this were your last post
Is this the time to pull out all stops for that epic piece you held in reserve, just for this moment? Would this finally be your walk-off home run? Would people think, where has this been?
Would you single out anybody specifically to tell them how much they meant to you on your journey; or produce the Top 10 list of all times?
How would you do it
Do you think it best to just disappear or have a grand send off? In my minds-eye I would opt for the Mach V with my hair on fire, but in reality it would probably be with a whimper. We have all seen too many just fold up their tents and leave town, never to be seen or heard from again. Even though we have access to the masses, there is still a certain anonymity in social that lends itself to just walking away.
How’s it going to be
How’s it going to be when you don’t know me anymore? Yes, some have been blogging for quite some time, but this part of social is still relatively new. Mark my words however, we saw some social burnout occur last year but I predict this year it will occur more frequently; and some ‘names’ will be in this wave.
The moral of the story
Don’t be afraid to go deep with your friendships and enjoy them while they last. Appreciate the efforts and know we all have our private demons to deal with somewhere. Be quick to praise and slow to criticize until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.