My mouth popped open when I sat down to write my last post and realized I hadn’t updated my blog in two weeks.
I promised myself when I took this new job that I’d still tend to this site. My blog has been many things over the few years, but chiefly, it is my outlet. Now that I’m back in the 9 to 5, I need this outlet more than ever, yet I’m often too time poor to actually indulge in it. As Brooke put it in a few months ago, I’m no super woman. I can only do so much in a given day before my eyes burn with exhaustion and my mind winds itself into a ball of blah.
A funny thing happens when you walk away for a while. People start to notice. I thought I’d see my stats slide like whoa and people might forget I exist for awhile, things I’ve seen other bloggers complain about when they stop updating as regularly and promoting their content on social media.
Instead, the people who’ve noticed my absence are advertising companies, PR firms, creative agencies and tourism boards, the lot of which have contacted me more in the last two months than ever before in the history of this blog. They’ve invited me to participate in contests, offered me decent advertising rates and invited me on trips around Australia.
What in the what?
Maybe this is happening to a lot of other bloggers too. I wouldn’t know, because I haven’t kept up with many blogs lately, least of all my own. All I know is I am shocked people have pursued me in a time when I’m more off the radar than ever.
It’s a nice feeling. I’m not quite sure why it’s happening, but it’s nice to know what I’ve built actually has some staying power and people still care even when I’m not as hands on as I once was. And trying to blog while doing a million other things has renewed my appreciation for bloggers who started their massively popular sites while still working full-time jobs, bloggers with children and bloggers who are consistently traveling and trying to keep up with regular posting.
As I settle into a new routine and juggle all the other things going on in my life, I aim to reclaim a bit more of my former blogging approach, including interacting with other bloggers. For now, why don’t you tell me what’s been going on with YOU for the last few month?
Image by David Reber’s Hammer Photography