I haven’t been as interested in blogging lately. I don’t know if it’s because it’s summer and I’d rather spend my time outside. Or maybe it’s because I’m going through so many work changes right now and writing more professionally so I have less energy for writing personally after 6pm. But I’ve realized at least part of it is my changing relationship to my blogging community.
I know that many of you agree that the friends you make blogging is one of the best perks. You form real, intense relationships with other women and provide support, offer advice, and just be cheerleaders through all of life’s ups and downs. Over the last two years I’ve made significantly more kickass friendships via the internet than I have through “real life.”
But now that I’ve been in it for a while, I’ve begun to see a lot of bloggers “disappear.” They experience blogger burnout, life gets busy, and suddenly they go from posting every other day to posting every other week to not paying to host their blog at all anymore. I totally understand how that happens, because I’m in the midst of that blogger apathy myself. But I feel like I’ve lost so many friends as they stop updating their blog or tweeting with me or exchanging comments. When they no longer blog, our friendship just vanishes.
I realized the other day that some of my best blogger friends are essentially gone from the internet. Kathryn of Through the Thicket, Johanna of Our Joyful Home, and half a dozen more… And while I still have a handful of great friends left, more and more blogland is feeling less like a community and more like a wasteland. Although I know there are always new bloggers popping up who would love to be friends, part of me is hesitant to even invest again when I know so many won’t be blogging anymore in 12 months.
Have you ever been frustrated by how transient the blogging community is or sad to have “lost” blogging friends? How do you deal with blogging apathy?