Well, maybe…I tried to be. I did most of the right things, was personable, visited a lot of places and even got a mention here and there. I might not have made many lists, but I’m sure if the peeps had one more name to add it would have been mine.
But then it was gone.
When you commit to shutting it down, it’s shut down. It went dark so quick I could barely see my way out the back door.
Where did everyone go? Oh wait, they’re still in here; it must have been me…
One thing certainly seems obvious; either you are in or you aren’t, there isn’t much of an in-between.
Some interesting observations from my hiatus
I think I just got a glimpse of what retirement might be like; can’t say if it’s good or bad, but definitely different when you get off the hamster wheel. I have a responsibility to my family and employer to show up for work and perform; there is a certain rhythm and routine that goes with that. I also had the same responsibility with my blog for a time, and I’m not saying I’m done with it, but going forward it will be different…for you and me.
When your routine goes away, what do you really have? Like I said, can’t say if it’s good or bad….just different.
Maybe it was the lazy in me, but it has been kind of nice knowing I don’t feel like I’m always a day and a half behind trying to catch up with everybody. If I want to sit my fat, lazy ass in the recliner to watch TV, it’s my prerogative and I don’t feel one ounce of guilt in doing so.
Maybe it’s spam or something, but other than my usual post days when visits spiked a little bit more than most; the traffic has been pretty steady, even after a month of no posts. Are people really still seeking me out, or is that just a fluke? Was I really that popular?
Don’t answer; it wasn’t really a question.
Back away from yourself
Having a personal blog has been fun; it opened the door for me to meet some really great people. Having any blog has been (and I use the word has-been lightly) my ticket into the show.
But backing away has also shown me whatever I used to fret about if I missed posting on Monday at 7:34 am with my 573 word count post the sun wouldn’t shine, was much ado about nothing. I might not get 3 people to read this, but guess what, the sun really will come up and in the big scheme of things this doesn’t even amount to a flea on an elephant’s ass…nice visual, huh?
It really doesn’t matter with a personal blog.
Well, are you back or what?
I guess it depends on what you consider back. Going forward, most of my focus will be tying my social efforts into something somewhat business related. If I’m branding a certain way through my LinkedIn account and tying my personal blog to it in any way, there probably has to be a consistent message to some degree.
Therefore, there is a good chance I will be writing bidness stuff from here and linking it to LinkedIn. Wow, that’s a novel idea.
I can’t say if it will be good or bad, just different….
A new day dawning
I might or might not be by to visit; it’s not that I don’t see you, but the new me will be somewhat judicious with my social time as I have no desire to chase my tail anymore. If that means you need to move on and do your own thing too, I certainly understand and respect that.
No, I don’t think I have it all figured out but I have reached the point I will be more purposeful. Will it be the same ol’ me? Of course, it’s just some days my voice might sound funny.
Will I have a schedule now, probably not and when my readership dwindles down to my mother and her friend Maude, then it might be time to try something else in the meantime.
Until then? Rock on…