I've been blogging for years. It has been my main source of release for a long time. I started out on Live Journal back in college when it was considered cool to get on and whine about how terrible life was at 18. I worked my way over to Myspace blogs where my posts became centered on family and friends. Then, I slowly ended up over here on Blogger.
I started blogging when everyone was blogging. It was the cool thing to do. You would pick your niche and write for the whole world to read. At the height of blogging popularity, I had over a thousand readers and more comments than I could count. There was an endless supply of reading material and opinions to give.
Then things started to trickle out.
By the time I started my weight loss blog, the blogging community was already starting to die off some. It was harder to gain readers than ever before. People commented less. Yet, I still felt like the weight loss community in blogging was pretty strong. This is why I stuck with it. It’s a good thing I did. I don’t think I would have felt so happy with my weight loss without all of the supporters I had here.
The weight loss community is a very different animal than a lot of other blogging communities. People come and go. Losing weight is not easy, and when people lose the battle, their blogs tend to disappear. Some of the blogs I loved most are now non-existent. They lost the will to lose weight or decided blogging wasn’t for them. Or the people who were successful stopped blogging. It was like they hit their goal weight and didn’t have anything to write about. I always find that so frustrating because that is what I want to hear most. What is it like to hit your goal? Are there any struggles? Are you happier now? Sadly, no one usually sticks around long enough to let you know.
In the last few years, I feel like blogging has changed across the board. I started out here on Blogger with four blogs at one point – Footsteps to God (religion), Musings of a Wannabe Writer (writing), a beauty blog I can’t even remember the name of anymore, and this one. Each year my readership would get smaller and people would comment less. It wasn’t just me though. I see it happening to almost every blog I subscribe to. Sure, you still see the “regulars” – the people who have had your back all along – but you never see anything else.
Part of my blog dying is due to my lack of posting, but I also think it is due to people not being into blogs anymore. Most people these days are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In a lot of ways, I feel like the world of blogs is almost a thing of the past. That doesn’t mean all blogs are gone. There are still plenty of active blogs that gain a ton of readers every month. However, they are not as common.
Since blogging has always been my release, I really tried to keep myself going. I combined blogs. I tried writing about a multitude of things rather than focusing on one topic. Although it has been nice for me, I don’t necessarily feel like it has been a service of any kind to my readers. Most of you joined this blog to be inspired or to support me in my weight loss journey.
I’m not losing weight.
I’m not very inspiring.
This is why most people have left.
I’ve been debating for a while whether to keep blogging or just call it quits. I still love to write down my feelings. Some of the reason I don’t do that here anymore is because I feel somewhat guilty talking about my weekend getaway or a new pair of shoes on what was supposed to be a weight loss blog. The other reason is that some of my co-workers and family members have found this blog. I don’t feel comfortable “venting” certain things with an audience that can bite me in the rear with it later on.
The one thing I know for sure is that I am closing this blog.
It doesn’t “fit” me anymore. It hasn’t for a long time.
Thank you for all of your support over the years; especially when times were hard and my weight loss turned into weight gain. I made some great online friends here, and I will always be grateful.
I’m thinking about doing a private blog like my fellow blogger, Vicki, does. This way what I say is not so public. It can be a fresh start – a blog that is a little of everything and doesn’t fit into a niche. It will be my place to vent and talk about the things I really want to talk about.
Just on a smaller scale.
I haven’t decided yet. Right now it is just a thought.
Until I make a decision, you can still follow me on other social media sites. They are all listed on the top right-hand corner of my website.
I will keep this blog up for a few weeks to make sure everyone gets the news. If I do decide to do a private blog, I will announce that here before closing down.
Thank you again!