The Blogging Blues.

Over the last few months I’ve been suffering from the blogging blues. If you’re not familiar with the blogging blues, it’s that thing where you wonder why you keep blogging and tell yourself you’re wasting your time because no one really cares anyway and wouldn’t your time be better spent learning to speak a new language because nothing is ever ever going to happen with your writing and maybe you should stop pretending you’re good at something you’re not and also how much longer can you stand your dreams being crushed over and over again – that’s the blogging blues.

I’ve got the blogging blues y’all. I’ve got them bad.

But, I’ve chosen to keep blogging. Because, it seems to me, and I’m not genius mind you, but it seems to me that if even one person laughs at something I wrote, or feels like maybe there is one other person on this planet who gets them, then that’s worth an awful lot. That makes me a part of something bigger than my blues, bigger than my doubts. And I’ll probably never get rich from doing this and I doubt anyone will ever pay me to write a book, I’m just a nobody after all, but y’all, there is a chance this nobody made somebody else feel just a bit better today. And that’s something. Something I wouldn’t have if I quit blogging.

So, doubts and discouragements be damned! I’m going to keep blogging and please know I’ll cherish every “Lol” or “Haha” you leave in the comments because that’s the something that makes it all worth it.

148 thoughts on “The Blogging Blues.

  1. This is exactly the reason I started my blog. There may be someone out there who agrees or just likes it and that’s really the point of it. I may never know it but the possibility is enough. Also, it’s just cathartic to get all this crap out of my head.

  2. I think I get the blogging blues at least once a day! Sometimes, I really don’t know why I blog because really, my mom’s my number one fan, it takes a lot of time, and it’s not like I’m getting rich, but I suppose writing relaxes me!

    Anyway, I’m glad you’ve decided to keep blogging despite your blogging doubts, because I do really enjoy your blog!

  3. Dude, know where you are coming from. I overcame my inherent distrust of these new tangles social media thingies and started to blog occasionally. Just rumblings and some poetry. Trouble is not a single person has ever ended up on my page so I seem to be talking to myself and that’s not supposed to be good for you. At least that’s what my kids tell me. In fact they seem to think I’m odd for talking to our two dogs like they are people. Thing is that to me they are. Perhaps it’s just as well nobody reads my blogs, I might end up in therapy or worse, forced into politics. Anyway, hope you get over the blues soon. Oh and by the way, I’m not a girl. Nor have I ever been. But I do have my soft artistic side. My kids say that my soft side is my head but that’s because they are ingrates and I keep asking them to move out. I wanted a chinchilla but my wife insisted on children. What a blunder that was. If this is karma I must have been Ghengis khan in a former life. Where was I ? Oh yes good luck with the blogging. I may do some more soon but as its only for me I may not rush. Perhaps I’ll just think it.

    1. Sorry about the typos , they are not mine but this crazy iPad insisting on correcting me when I don’t need it. They’ll be ruling the earth soon, you see.

  4. I can feel it, because I can relate too! I even tried to pause blogging but it ended in only two days! πŸ˜‰
    “So, doubts and discouragements be damned! I’m going to keep blogging and please know I’ll cherish every β€œLol” or β€œHaha” you leave in the comments because that’s the something that makes it all worth it” – this spirit has inspired me! πŸ™‚
    Keep writing!

  5. We all get this, it is common. You are a voice that is heard and appreciated. One that brightens the day of others, one many of us look forward to. How can you think that isn’t important? When the rest of us are writing terribly long diatribes about the state of the world to our small like minded communities, you remind us there is something better.

    Something better is spectacular.

  6. We all know those blogging blues and it’s obvious by the comments you received, that your voice is truly appreciated. Keep going – I love your blogs! I’ve never read anyone else who can include the term ‘y’all’ so eloquently! Being a gal from Oz (Australia, not the country with Dorothy and the witch), I don’t get to hear people saying it often enough. You go, girl!

  7. Girl your doing a great job,a’m your big fun.I always look up for Friday just to read your Friday post.Ohhh! incase you didnt know ,am you fun all da way from Africa,I live in Tanzania,one of the East African Countries.
    Ama blogger 2,am all about food and the kitchen.At first i never thought anyone would read it,but my thinking was wrong,so many people read it and every little comment they make do mattee.It feels good when somebody simply say thatnk you or even a simple like.keep blogging girl,cant wait for friday…ha ha haaa!

    1. Hello Tanzania!

      Thank you for reading! I have a deep love for East Africa as I spent several months living and working in Uganda, I never made it to Tanzania but I would love to visits sometime! Thank you for your sweet comment!

  8. I have the blogging blues SO bad, you’re not alone! And this post made me smile, so there ya go – keep blogging, it’s NOT in vain πŸ™‚

  9. Keep it up! We are looking for quality and not quantity here!! Also, if you just love writing, you do it for your inner happiness, not for eliciting comments. Yes, it does feel good when someone takes the trouble of reading and commenting what you write. As you have discovered yourself!!!

  10. DO NOT get the blogging blues! You are and have been the only person I follow on WordPress. As someone who likes to write, you are an inspiration. Your wit, your creativity, all elements of your writing make me laugh or smile. I look forward to your thoughts on Fridays and one night I read all your posts aloud to my girlfriend, we were In stitches! One blog can easily make my day, no lies. Don’t give up, you have a huge fan here in New York, and I would read your work any day, be it a book a blog or whatever. You’re awesome and your relationship with Captain Thoughtful is even inspiring for my own (I mean that in the least creepy and most respectable way possible). Don’t ever get discouraged, I haven’t written a blog yet because I have so much fun reading yours and I’ve had this thing for a while now. The way you said if you could just make ONE person laugh, I firmly believe that is me. You’re awesome and I back you 100%. Keep on bringing the good stuff because you’re making a difference somewhere.

  11. I had written a witty and thought-provoking comment about how whenever someone tries to agree with that voice telling them they’re a nobody, I ask them to name me three people who started at the top without ever trying; but the internet ate it.

    So you kind of have two options – Name me three people who started out as famous (you know, people who “just were” renowned authors, artists, scientists, sportspeople or whatever field you like), or remember that everyone who was ever anyone experienced some kind of doubt or struggle in their lives on their way to something great.

    The commentors here all know how strong your writing talent is and how much you make us all laugh and think about all sorts of things. I’m only one of many people who are glad you’ve decided to keep blogging through this slump. Don’t worry; we’ll all be reading and laughing (in the good way of course!) and we can all say our lives are better for it.

    πŸ™‚

  12. I just have to ask – who ever actually STARTED as a somebody? I’m pretty sure that everyone who did anything that made them famous didn’t start at the top. Don’t get me started on those people who do amazing things every other day but have never received more than a “thank you” from someone else because it made a difference to them.

    So I’m going to start by saying thank you and hope that it will help you get to the top. I hope I will see your book in the bookstore one day, just so I can smile some more because another talented person I know has turned around and said to that doubting voice “Hey, shut up. I’ve got something I want to do and you’re not going to stop me.”

  13. absolutely. I completely know the feeling. Honestly so often when I read your blog I feel like I could have written it, and you make me laugh often.
    and certainly you’ll never get a book deal if you never write, so I’m glad you decided to carry on.

  14. Thank you for still blogging. I’ve almost given up and it feels a little more lonely not blogging. I think you should keep it up and keep working towards your writing dreams πŸ™‚

  15. I’m sorry you have the blogging blues. I’m new to this world, but I like your blog, it’s one of the only ones I keep up with. Also, you made me feel good about myself when you said, “wouldn’t your time be better spent learning to speak a new language” because I’m learning Arabic this summer. Thanks to you, now I feel productive!

  16. I don’t know if you’ve seen this wonderful YouTube video, but I find it’s very inspirational when one has blues of any sort. πŸ™‚

  17. Good for you! Keep at it… I just started blogging last week so I can get back into writing (I was ok at it once upon a time). Already I wonder if it’s worth the hassle, the time, the carpal tunnel syndrome. But you’re right, it is worth it. Thanks for inspiring me today. πŸ™‚

  18. I really enjoy reading your posts.I do not always catch all of them (perhaps I need to be better about going through my blog reader daily) but the ones I do read I appreciate. While I haven’t been blogging as long as you, I have had a case of the blogging blues and I know how discouraging it can be. But like yourself, it only takes that one blogger to hit “like” or respond to a post. I like reading about your awkward and embarrassing life experiences (I feel like I’ve met my match). Anywho, just wanted to send a little note of encouragement your way. And if for no one else, continue to blog for yourself, it’s therapy.

    Happy Blogging!!!

  19. CombatBabe says:

    I’ve got the blogging blues and blogger’s block. No fun. I’m glad you’re going to keep blogging though because I do enjoy reading your blog.

  20. ME TOO. I have only been blogging for about 2 years and seem to get them every 6 months. Eh. For now I’ll keep going and I won’t worry if I don’t post for a week, or two, or four. Hang in there. Every post won’t touch someone, but even if one does every once in awhile, you’ve made a difference.

  21. Jake says:

    Your blog just happened to come up on my “recommended” list because supposedly I follow people on WordPress like your blog, so I decided to check it out. And honestly, I’m so glad I did πŸ™‚ I think you probably won’t be surprised to see how many fellow bloggers are going to comment on this post – I have the “blogging blues” CONSTANTLY. I may only be 24 years old but I’ve been blogging since I was 14, and I have lost count of how many blogs I have started and quickly gave up because of these said blues. My current blog is my last attempt at actually committing to this.

    If it makes you feel better, you are in good company. And your description of the blogging blues made me laugh, so at least you can get some worth from that! I shall be following your blog from now on πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  22. Girl on the contrary,
    Get “I’m just a nobody after all” out of your vocabulary! What makes any of us more of a somebody than you? I will answer it for you. NOTHING. We all get the blogging blues sometimes. It is a lot of work and is full of ups and downs. A lot like life, I suppose. Follow your passions. If you feel burned out, take a week or two off and inform your readers of your short blogging vacation. Always remember to honor, cherish, and respect yourself! You are worth it! -Kristin

  23. Keep on keeping on, GOTC. I know exactly how you feel, and I do not have as successful of a blog as you do. πŸ™‚ We would miss you. hugs and blog ❀ πŸ˜€

  24. I feel you on the blogging blues. I personally enjoy your blogging a lot. You make me smile and giggle and that is something I cherish. So thank you. πŸ™‚

  25. Dude, outside of maybe this post, u have me rolling with laughter. I occasionally get people telling me the same when I had absolutely nonidra they read my blog. So point is there are probably hundreds or thousands of people you impact with every post. Or in my case 3-4… Keep it up!

  26. I have the same issue rattling around in my head too. I like to read your stuff but don’t always have a witty and profound lol or haha to add. If you would add a like button to your posts, I would click on it every time I stopped by to visit (and so do many others on wordpress). Even if we don’t have anything to add to the conversation, you can at least know who stops by even if they aren’t chatty πŸ™‚ I have met some of the most fabulous on-line friends that way, and it helps to make blogging worth it when you find people who “get” you.

  27. I know exactly what you mean – and the part that will drive me nuts is where I realize I need to do something different if I want something different to happen… but I have no idea what that thing is, so I just keep honing that stagnation.

    Or… that’s what I’d say if I had any idea what you’re talking about, because of course every day is constant joy and fulfillment and everything’s going exactly according to the plan I have drawn on the wall.

  28. GOTC, I too feel like this from time to time…but I’m much newer to blogging than you are. In fact, it took me nearly 12 years to finally start writing! (I would get writer’s block before even getting the first paragraph out!) That said, your posts are incredibly funny, witty and charming! So keep going! You’re GOTC, after all!

  29. I always look forward to your posts because I know without a doubt that I will leave your blog with a smile on my face. Hang in there! The blues will go away soon! Keep on blogging! πŸ™‚

  30. Oh I totally know about the blogging blues. For what it’s worth, there are most likely plenty of people reading and enjoying your blog who just aren’t commenters. Don’t despair!

  31. Wow! get out of my head.
    I totally get it. There are times where I have a wealth of topics to write about and the drive to do it. Other times I have no drive which leads to no obvious topics. Those times are torturous for me. Knowing I should be producing something, but nothing is there. Yet I keep doing it, sporadically at times, but I do it. My last post was totally random.

  32. Keep your head up. Posts like these always make me feel guilty for being a lurker and not much of a commenter/liker. Your blog is great. πŸ™‚

  33. missmeghanbliss says:

    Please keep blogging. Because I know exactly how you feel, and it’s nice to know there’s someone else who’s sticking with it, too.

  34. Hey, you can only get somewhere if you keep going. For what it is worth, I think your writing is pretty awesome and that you should not stop.

    And the only think keeping you from writing a book is not writing a book, because you certainly got the creativity and literacy needed. πŸ™‚

  35. Oh snap. This is a HUMOR blog?

    ha ha ha ha How I wish I had the stones to stop my comment there. But girrrrrl [on the contrary], I hear you. It’s really discouraging when you see people branching out and publishing books, etc. etc. etc. and you step back and go, “What is my objective here?” But I always land in the same arena as you. *high five*

    You. Are. Hilarious.

  36. Steve says:

    OK, I was going to keep this ‘Lol’, ‘Haha’ comment to myself, however, when I first read the title of your previous post very quickly, I thought you wrote I’m ‘Using Alcohol M(E)th To Cure My Fear Of Flying’, which would definitely make you more relaxed, if not glazed over.

  37. I get you… Have not paid attention to my blog until recently when I realized it’s one of the very few things I can do these days… Got lots of time, no excuses.

  38. Tammy says:

    Hey GOTC, I know just how you feel. I have had a hard time keeping up the momentum on my blog in the last few months because of so much real life going on that I don’t have the time. And then sometimes I’m too tired to type at the end of the day. And all of the blogging moments escape me.
    I have bigger guilt that I don’t keep up with my reader! I have some blog-pals that are so lovely and dedicated to my posts and I have hardly had time to read theirs. And they blog several times a week…
    I decided I had to do my best and not start fostering blog-guilt. It’s not easy. I have it all of the time. Piles of guilt weighing me down. Ugh.
    So I loved reading this. You do an excellent job with your blog – it is definitely a gift to all of us who read it. But if you need a hiatus, go ahead and gift it to yourself. Perhaps you can have a dashing cover of some sort which announces it. Or write a bunch of one-liners and set a publishing date to pop them out on a daily basis while you’re having a vaca.
    Best to you.
    -Tammy

  39. I know exactly what you mean. My blog is more of a poetry blog (that started as fiction AND poetry) and I go through phases – more often than I care to admit to any of the people who read my blog – that I think exactly what you thought up there…”Why do I bother” and “I’ll never be good” and “Of all the thousands of people who blog, why would mine stand out”. I even tried an experiment – I turned off comments to see if I was writing for others praise, of if I actually enjoyed it. Turns out, I actually enjoy it. I am also thankful for every ‘Like’ and positive comment I get on my dribbled words, but at the moment I just get pleasure for creating poems (or approximations of them) and posting them up. If I get just one ‘Like’ on something (and it’s sincere – not a bot or anything) then it’s worth it. I’m glad you’ve decided to keep going. It’s a great blog. Sorry I took up so much space in your comments!

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