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June 3: Have you ever considered quitting blogging? (Kristin @ Lukten Av Trykksverte)
Prompts: Have your reasons for blogging changed since you started? If so, what changes have you noticed? Have you ever taken a break from blogging, or thought about it? Have you ever thought about quitting blogging entirely? What stops you? What gives you motivation to keep blogging?
Welcome to another week here of LTB at DTRH, everyone! Today’s topic is a little bit more sombre, but hey, it’s also part of the reality of anything we do. Can’t wait to hear why you all blog, and what drives you forward!
Personally, I really didn’t start that long ago (though the years do begin to fly by). However, the commitment isn’t really that huge, and the connection and structure that I get from co-maintaining this blog really adds a lot of value to my life, so that’s my main motivation for going on. In the beginning it was really just to kind of help Andge out, and to re-acquaint myself with the bookish world and to really start reading many books again, something that I had neglected to do during my undergraduate studies.
Nowadays, it’s much more for my own interest that I want to keep reading. It’s fun to work together with a co-host, and we each get more exposed to new things about the bookish community as we work together on this path, which I think is super exciting. I suppose it started off much more as “understudy” type of role, but I think I’ve really grown into it, much more like a true partnership nowadays, though I really do attribute most of the effort to Andge still!
We have never taken a break here at DTRH. Just kidding. If you’ve been following for some time, you’ll definitely have noticed where some unannounced hiatuses (hiati?) have crept in here and there. Though we have had a really good streak in the past year and a half! We take a break when we need it. Let’s face it, life can be overwhelming for so many reasons, and there’s no need to be tied down to something that isn’t helping your recovery. For those of you out there who also need a break, I highly recommend it, you won’t regret it. Your personal (physical and mental) health is so much more important and should never be taken for granted.
I can only speak for myself in motivation to keep going and not quitting, but really I wouldn’t be totally against quitting if there’s no longer an interest, or if blogging just becomes a huge chore. Hopefully (fingers crossed) it will never come to that, but really the community and also the chance to express yourself and keep track of the books you read are all the pros I need to keep going with this hobby. I know in my heart of hearts that if I need a break or if I can’t handle it, I can also just take a break! Which I think is basically what has happened so far.
Keep going if you want to keep going. This I definitely encourage. However, if you have any doubts, don’t be afraid to take breaks as well. It’s a hobby, after all. It’s supposed to be fun, and stimulating, and life-giving. If it’s just a bore or a drag and just getting you down all the time, maybe it’s time to revisit why you’re doing it in the first place. Can’t stress enough how much things should be adding value to your life in some way at least, and if it’s not, maybe it’s time to reconsider.
Do you agree? Why do you all blog? Are there any interesting reasons why you all do what you do? Let me know in the comments below!