A few days ago I completed writing 30 posts in 30 days. This was my unspoken goal when I started writing one post per day. I wasn’t sure how much longer I would keep going. But I’ve now decided. I’m going to take a pause.
Don’t get me wrong. I still want to write. And I still will. For myself, such as in my journal. And for my work, which provides plenty of opportunity. And for my blog, when I have something valuable to share. Just less for my blog. At least for now.
Here are some reasons why:
- I’m not sure it adds value to the world. It ends up being a lot of opinion. I don’t know if the world needs more opinion. The world needs more facts. And more awareness of and understanding of many known facts.
- It encourages unhealthy behaviour. I don’t want to be thinking about my blog when I’m trying to be in the moment. I want to be present in the moment as much as possible. I don’t want to put undue pressure on myself that causes unnecessary stress. I don’t want to write something just to maintain a streak.
- Most people who liked my posts or followed me have suspect motivations. You can tell by the name of their accounts. They’re optimizing for search rank on terms like “internet marketing.” I did connect with a few great likeminded people, but they were the minority. It doesn’t feel like an effective channel for making meaningful connections.
So, what’s the plan? I’m not sure yet. I enjoy writing. I like publishing to the world. But I want it to be useful. Meaningful. Aligned with my beliefs and values.
I’m going to think about it. If I have something valuable to share on my blog, I will share it. If I have the interest in and opportunity to publish elsewhere, I may do that too.
It was a worthwhile experiment. I learned a lot. Now I want to build on that learning in a way that’s right for me.