It has been quite awhile since I have posted anything here on PeppyWrites Chronicles. There have been many times over the last several months I have questioned why I haven’t simply pulled the plug and let it go. Yet interestingly, such a thought would leave me cringing inside. Once again I started to ponder why bloggers want to do this in the first place. Many of us put various degrees of ourselves into our writings – we share facets of our lives because we hope there is something in our experience that others may find interesting, useful, perhaps even helpful. For many blogging seems to start out as a sort of journal – a way to share home decor ideas, DIY projects, recipes and cooking skills, health issues/experiences, blogging tips, family relationships and, well, you get the idea.
Who Defines Success?
There are endless opinions on what makes a site successful. Some may equate success with the income their site generates each month. Then there are bloggers who feel successful when the comments count steadily increases or the numbers in their Google analytics are great. There’s another way to define success that doesn’t have anything to do with tangible results. It can’t be seen in a number following a dollar sign, comment count or graph. In fact, it can’t be seen at all. It’s something the blogger feels every time the publish button is hit. It is a sense of accomplishment, after pushing past a mountain of self-doubt, every time a post goes live. It doesn’t matter one iota that the site isn’t generating any (or very little) money, comments may be scarce to none, and when asked about analytics the only response is, “huh?”. The blogger feels successful.
The initial question of why we blog had another layer for me to consider and it was if I would continue to blog. For various reasons I just couldn’t – can’t – fathom shutting down the blog. It’s my own personal Mt. Everest in that I have to push past myself … insecurities, doubt, etc. … in order to hit that publish button.
So the question why we blog has as many answers as there are bloggers. For me the answer is simple. I blog because I enjoy writing. Always have. From the time I was a kid. Do I need a blog to write? Of course not. However, remember what I said about Mt. Everest and all. So, as Sonny and Cher sang “The beat goes on” …. or rather, I guess in this case it’s the blog goes on.