Monday, March 5, 2018

Shelf Life Of A Blogger




Back in the day, when I discovered the blogs, I loved reading Stormy's posts. Her Shelter From the Storm blog was entertaining, hard reading, truthful, harsh and oh, yes, funny........ very funny. You could tell things were headed for a shutting down as posts became less and less frequent. I loved reading her posts, and when she announced her pending withdrawal from blogland, I panicked. I copied my favorite posts fearing she would take it down. She wrote over 450 posts! I copied my favorites! She went private and continued blogging, but finally, she said good-bye. She and I corresponded briefly. She never took her blog down. Her comment section is still open allowing comments to be made. Good grief........ I wrote posts about her and really enjoyed the mornings when I would find a new post at the top of my reading list. Sweet! 

And then there is PK. She has been blogging since time began....... internet time. She has written over 2,000 posts on New Beginnings alone. She has another blog too. She writes books, good ones, at a clip. She began blogging on New Beginnings in 2006. Another big good grief! 

All I know is that for the first time since beginning this blog, posts are becoming more infrequent. Real life and the many things we do are really taking over. The blog has resulted in many new ttwd friends and I do love that. Those friendships are very important. We are a fierce, loyal tribe of women who love one another's company. 

Many use their blogs as a source of news for the things they do. I feel much more private about share things like that. We have just returned from a sun break with family and I had to be careful as family seemed to be around a lot. 

Yes, yes, of course, there are spankings. The fun kind and the not so fun kind......... However, at 435 posts published, those times seem to become more private, not less. That is a lot of writing and it sure was fun to do. The new blogger on the block, Nora Jean, told me she read every single post. She deserves a gold medal and the title 3GA for sure. 

I have plenty of posts in draft form........... about 60 so says blogger! 

Here comes # 436!

So I am just asking........ What is the shelf life of a blogger anyway? 

Meredith

30 comments:

  1. Mere,
    Reading this post made me smile and tear up at the same time. I think you will know in your heart when it is time to stop. When you have to push yourself to write a post, it just won't give you the same pleasure.

    It will be a hard day for the rest of us, though. Your presence in this neighborhood in blogland reaches so many people. Your posts inspire and support those of us who comment and the ones that never do.

    I have thought about when the day comes that I wonder if I have anything left to say. I can't see it coming yet. I still feel that I derive so much pleasure from the writing and the connection with other women that comes from having a blog.

    As Sam and I are huge history buffs, I will share a quote from Winston Churchill that I have always loved. "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

    You have given me so much that I will never find the words to truly thank you, my friend.

    From the Heart,
    Ella

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    1. Ella,
      When I read your comment, I sighed and then cried. You, always ready with an appropriate quote, mean the world to me. I, too, get pleasure from the writing, but there are times I do believe I have said it all. The blog can just perk for a while. Thank you for your kind words as always.
      M

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  2. Hi Merry , I thought for one minute you were shutting down. Don't you dare!! I think it doesn't matter how often we blog so long as we all stay around and stay together out here.
    love Jan, xx

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    1. Sweet Jan,
      I thought you might be the one to scold me. We began our blogs about the same time. Nothing will be done any time soon because of people like you. Thank you for your kindness.
      M

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  3. It's never long enough, Mere.
    I hope you and I get to meet again someday.
    I still remember that day, and as I told you then, you changed our lives.
    SSB

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    1. SS B,
      Yes, that was a fun meeting and hopefully, we can do it again sometime. Yes, ttwd does change lives in such positive ways.
      M

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  4. I'm with you Mere, life is too busy. I used to blog 3 or 4 times a week at the beginning, now I barely post a story once a week.

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    1. SG,
      You are one of my mentors and I look to you always. Life is short indeed.
      M

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  5. Hello and welcome back-
    Where on earth did you find sunshine?! :P I think blogging ebbs and flows just like so many other things in life. We get busy, things change, but ultimately we are all friends in one manner or another. Expiration date? Nah. Your words are etched in the hearts of those of us who read and share in your experiences; even when they become a thing of the past.
    Amy

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    1. Amy,
      You have such a great way of expressing just the way you feel. I like that ebb and flow attitude. We are all friends for sure. Thank you for your endearing comment. It means a lot.
      M

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  6. Oh good golly. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to write a blog such as this. I do write a different one and I tend to write in spurts. Sometimes I have something my fingertips just need to write yet other times...not so much. All I can say is that you've been immensely helpful to me and it will be a sad day if/when you decide to close your blog. You have a gift for writing that makes a confusing issue a bit more clear.

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    1. Deena,
      How very kind of you to say those things. I like the comment by Amy who said let the blog ebb and flow. Right now that sounds like a good idea. I agree........ sometimes you have a lot to say and other times, not so much. LOL
      M

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  7. When I started reading this post, Mere, I thought you were going to say goodbye .... I was thinking, "please not now, not yet, I just got here!" ... I loved reading your blog, ... and Ella's and Ami's ... and yes, there are others I intend to read. For me, it's like having a little window into a whole new world I am still trying to get my head around. It is so important to us newbies to know and understand the experiences of those who've gone before us. Those, like your Stormy, who did the same for you.

    On the other hand, although I hope you never leave ttwd blogland entirely, I can understand how you could get to the point where you feel you've said all you can say. As you know, I have another blog in another world and I haven't posted in it for a couple of years ... I haven't taken it down but I haven't been able to go back to it either. Life changes and pulls you in other directions.

    IF you do ever decide you really do have to leave, please let your blog legacy live on for future readers. It has more value than you can imagine.

    Big hugs! ... Nora Jean

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    1. Nora Jean,
      I will never say good bye to my friends. That I know for sure. I do know you just got here and look forward to hearing all your posts. The ebb and flow advice given by Amy is one I will now adopt. sounds like a good plan.
      M

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  8. Hi Meredith,

    Blogging does seem to ebb and flow, depending on 'life' and where we are in ttwd. I haven't posted in so long now. Partly given that we haven't practiced ttwd for so long now, and partly the time factor. I also only have a tablet at the moment and writing posts on it is too difficult.

    I treasure the wonderful friendships I have made here and follow everyone else and comment though instead as well as keeping up with blog friends "off blog".

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Roz,
      Life does get in the way, doesn't it! Thank you for always commenting and being there.
      M

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  9. I cannot imagine this little blog of yours expiring, it has truly altered my life in such a positive way that I cannot find words to express it.
    I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found you Meredith. I love coming here and reading your words, and honestly it’s never enough for me.
    I also like Amy’s idea of ebbing and flowing, and although not blogging myself, I think that’s the way to look at all of this. Your words are still read and very appreciated so when they come and you feel like writing, this is a wonderful way to do it.
    Thank you for 436 amazing posts! xo.

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    1. Laurel,
      Thank you for your sweet comment. I sometimes feel like I have said it all from our point of view. Just call me Ebb and Flow Meredith! With 60 drafts, maybe I need to get to work.
      M

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  11. I guess you know my feelings on this. I think blogging in general is declining. As we older people find out how to blog, or get on Facebook, the younger generation moves on to something else. I use my blog as an online diary - I used to be more private about spanking and what I wrote and eventually realized I, personally, didn't need to - I love being old! I've had many friends leave blogging and I've missed them terribly. I've wondered why I've hung on so long. I finally realized my answer - I like blogging. I love when people comment and I have contact with like minded people. I guess I'll stay around as long as I keep loving it.

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    1. PK,
      Your comment was one I waited for! Long before we met, I knew your blog and loved going back to read your words. Then your books were enjoyed. Your comment has me thinking. I do love to write. Not a Friday story and not a book.......... but the whole business of writing. I love the idea of an online diary, but always worry about giving too much away. I will try your method and I do have 60 drafts to practice my writing skills.
      M

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  12. For as long as it bring you joy...

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  13. Hi Mere,
    Just want to say how much your writing has meant to me. I hope you still feel the excitement and connection of writing for a long time to come and as you say the friendships from blogging are the best.
    Mignon

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    1. Mignon,
      Thank you for your kindness.
      One day we will enjoy your city and have all have dinner together. Yes?
      M

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  14. Meredith,

    You'll know when its time. Blogging wont give you pleasure it used to. You'll feel as it you don't have anything left to say but I hope that doesn't happen for a very long time. You really would be missed.

    Life gets too busy. I'm not around blogland as much as I used to. In December it will be my tenth year blogging, I thought a year or so at the most and I would stop but no, still here and enjoying it. To think if I'd stopped after two years, I wouldn't have met wonderful friends.

    Love and hugs,
    Ronnie
    xx

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    1. Ronnie,
      Thank you for your kind words. I have always considering you blog royalty. Your works will help me.
      M

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  15. I can’t imagine Blogland without Meredith, I’ve been reading since your very first post. As Ronnie says, you will know when it’s time. You have 60 posts in draft? I’m struggling to think of one at the moment!
    Rosie xx

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    1. Rosie,
      You are so very kind and sweet. I am using the "ebb and flow" tactic now.
      M

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  16. I so get this post...my entries have become more sporadic...not that I have ever stopped reading about my friends. I did stay away for a bit, but I really missed all of what blogging brings to us.
    hugs abby

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