When I started my first blog, back in 2008, I didn’t really have a goal or an objective in mind. I started that blog because at the time, all my infertility friends had blogs and I felt kinda left out, so just like a little sheep, I followed them into the world of blogging, never dreaming, or even caring, that my little space on the web would grow to what it is today.
It was a cathartic experience for me. A way to purge a lot of the grief and negativity I carried around with me during our years of infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. It was healing. It helped me feel like I was apart of a community that was struggling. It helped me feel validated and not so alone on an incredibly lonely journey.
Then Ava was placed with us and through my blog, I discovered that I could use my words and this space to encourage and inspire others. And my passion for my blog grew. It became so much more than just a little WordPress hosted site, where I banged out a few words once in a while. It became a passion and a creative outlet for me. It became very much apart of my identity.
Over the years, the landscape changed and brands and marketers started harnessing the audience of bloggers and I got scooped up a long the way. It’s been real. It’s been fun. I’ve had amazing opportunities and experiences because of my blog and even managed to make a few bucks on the side. None of which would have been possible without a readership, without an audience.
So if you’re reading these words right now, know that I am grateful to you, for reading my words, for helping me define my voice, for coaching me and stretching me and testing me and encouraging me.
But I’ve noticed a change over the past few months and I’m wondering why? I’ve noticed that I have less daily visitors than before. I’ve noticed that there is less correspondence to my written word, less engagement, less encouragement, less community and talking and debating through my writing and I’m wondering why?
Don’t get me wrong, my blog is still, first and foremost, for me, it is my creative outlet and I will probably continue to write as often as I can, irrespective of the size of my audience, irrespective of who is watching, reading and engaging. But I’d love to know why?
Is it because I’m no longer relevant? Is my style of writing not engaging? Are the topics I discuss boring?
What makes you click over to a blog post and then engage with the writer?
Comments are like hugs you guys? They’re a form of validation for the blogger. And I’m just left wondering why? Why are you all so quiet?
I’ve poured my heart and soul into some of the pieces I’ve written lately, pieces I’m proud of, that use good descriptive writing that takes on one a journey, or at least I thought so, and yet….. radio silence.
What do you want to read about? What brings you to a blog post and pushes you to engage?