I talked about this in the assignment we had to turn in for homework, but I think that the main reason why people stop blogging is because they lose their drive. It’s not easy staying dedicated to one thing, and to blog for years and years on a SINGLE subject can be difficult. I know that I would have a lot of trouble if I were to continue my blog for more than a year. I don’t have enough music to really sustain it properly, and writing up posts is very time consuming. Some people need a time sink to distract themselves from the boredom that might find its way into their lives. Blogging is great for that, but it is important to remember that it goes both ways. A blog can both entertain and bore a blogger under the correct circumstances. If the writer is not looking for anything long term out of the blog, like say a book deal, then that person has zero commitment to it. They can literally cold turkey quit it at any time. That is the reason why I think people abandon blogs so often; there are no strings attached, and starting/quitting a blog is easy.
Reading some of the articles in class today, it never really occurred to me to get involved with my topic. I say this because I am 92.7% sure that no one else has a blog like mine. Japanese music is kind of popular in the US (maybe not as much as Kpop), but finding a community of people who all listen to the same type of music I listen to would be impossible. If I COULD get involved, I would. It’s just that there’s really no community out there for me to connect with. That’s why I find it so hard to keep my blog going. I need to do extensive research on bands and songs. Downloading the albums takes hours of searching. It’s such a complicated process that I really don’t feel like I’m getting anything out of my blog, especially since my view counts are so extremely low. I will TRY to prevent burnout by reinspiring myself to continue to work, but how long does that really last? I’m looking at this at a pessimistic view point, but there really isn’t any way for me to stop the burnout. If my blog got super duper popular all of the sudden, then I suppose I might continue it out of obligation. Still, I can definitely see an end in the future. As much as I want it to keep going, it’s going to end one way or another. It may not be today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but it’ll come someday.
To anyone who has the same thoughts (albeit a little depressing), keep your head high and make use of borrowed time. I would much rather maintain an amazing blog that only lasted for a bit than a crappy one I had going for years. Be proud of your work and continue to create not out of necessity but out of passion. I’m really bad at motivational stuff, so if you haven’t updated your blog in a while, do it for yourself. Don’t do it for the class or for anyone else. If you don’t love what you write, then don’t write it at all. That sounds kind of harsh, but that is what I sincerely believe makes a blog special.