So, even though I’ve still been updating my blog every week, lately I have been thinking about finally cutting the cord on this thing. Truly, it’s not you – it’s me. To put it bluntly, my blog has started to feel like dead weight in my life. It takes time and energy without really adding to my life anymore. I’m bored with it, and I’m feeling less and less motivated to write these days. I’m running out of ideas for content and whenever I do post something I usually end up thinking, “eh..was it worth it?”. Also, looking at my WordPress followers, a lot of them are minimalism-related and I feel guilty because I really don’t have a lot of minimalism content anymore. Since moving into the house and adjusting, and then spending most of May in a weird slump at the same time, my focus has just been getting by – I haven’t really had the energy to put into new projects or minimalism efforts. That will change eventually, but lately I’ve been thinking that maybe it’s better to blog when I’m actually doing something that I can write about. “Here’s what I WANT to do” and “here’s a new goal I came up with” can only make compelling content for so long.
I’ve gone through several spells of wanting to quit blogging but I never pull the trigger because I still wanted to blog; now, I’ve finally got to the point of feeling like I might as well do it because I’m not sure I’d miss it very much.
But what about marathon training? I thought I definitely wanted to blog about Chicago Marathon training but now I’m not sure. Should I become one of those people who posts weekly training updates and nothing else, because that’s all I’m motivated to write about? Or do I become a Reader/Commenter Only for the blogs I follow?
I’ve trained for and completed three marathons now, and blogged through all of them. It was great, but I don’t know what else I can add this time. This isn’t going to be some monumental, #goingforgold #chasingmydreams training cycle, which doesn’t mean it’s not worth writing about, just that I’m not sure what the point is now that marathon training is no longer a novel thing for me. Plus, I can’t help wonder how different a marathon training cycle could be if I keep it to myself instead of documenting it on the internet every week. The fact that I have never done that yet is kind of weird, honestly.
Additionally, my blog readership has been in the toilet for months now, even when I write about running, and the majority of the running blogs I used to follow have long since jumped ship. I was reading through the comments I got on my Pittsburgh and Grandma’s race recaps, and half those people aren’t even blogging anymore! That community and network was what made blogging feel worth it. I’ve been trying to find new blogs to follow for the summer, and there are some great ones, but something just doesn’t feel the same anymore. But that’s probably just me projecting my own lack of motivation to blog.
Well, whether I decide to keep blogging or not, I’ll likely still be reading blogs this summer. If you know any good blogs of people who will be training this summer, let me know so I can check them out!