Its Just not That Much Fun Anymore
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
I really enjoy this blogging thing. You are able to exchange ideas, try your hand at creative writing and meet new people.
For me, in the beginning it was easy. New people were joining the community every day. There were blog-hops to meet and be met. Commenters were nice and respectful. I followed and was followed by bloggers from places I knew very little about, bloggers with diverse ideas and with unique viewpoints. There were bloggers who were very old, bloggers who were very young, bloggers of means and bloggers who had little.
There were also bloggers who only followed as a means to get more followers for themselves, and bloggers who thought they could make money from blogging. Perhaps that worked for some, I doubt for very many as I seldom see these people anymore.
It seems to me that this blogging thing has lost its luster. Fewer people seem to be joining, many seem to be dropping out. Posting regularly is not easy. Those first bunch of posts might be, but as the years go by you run out of interesting things to say.
With the current animosity in American politics, it also seems necessary to take sides whether you want to or not. Post about almost any innocent thing and you are liable to get snarky political jabs inserted into some comments.
I have had people stop following because they don’t like my perceived positions, and I have unfollowed some very nice people because they continually pluck nerves that I prefer to have the media pluck or not pluck. I’d like my casual reading be casual reading. I like discussing some topics, but this blogging venue is not really well designed for conversations; it mostly works for those who wish to sing with the choir.
Anyway, for whatever reason, this blogging thing is not that much fun anymore. That and I've pretty much run out of material.
Time for a sabbatical. I reserve the right to post something if I damn well feel like it, but probably will slowly drift away.
I might be lurking…probably not.
I don’t expect to make a comeback; you won’t have Cranky to kick around anymore.