A change in priorities
I left the 20sb Summit with a drive to Do! More! with this space I have. And for awhile, I did. I gave myself an editorial schedule and stuck to it for far longer than I could have predicted. But when school started to get busy, I took a break. In fact, I took several breaks. I told myself I’d only write when the inspiration hit. To my surprise, it wasn’t often. And it wasn’t awesome writing, either.
The more my friends and family started to read this blog, the more I realized I wanted to share with them my successes and failures one-on-one. In short, my blog began to feel impersonal.
And you know what else contributed to this? That damn new Google Reader. I could write endless tirades about the new Reader, but the bottom line is, I hate that I can’t share anymore and I hate Google+ so that’s not replacing it for me. And since I hate Reader, I don’t use it, which means I don’t read other people’s blogs as much anymore, which means I’m not as inspired to write as I once was. So there, Google Reader, this post is all your fault. I feel better now.
Ultimately, my priorities have shifted. Have I grown out of my little corner of the interwebz? Absolutely not. My blog continues to be my own space and I will continue to write when the mood strikes me. But I recognize that the mood strikes me less and less, even when I have copious amounts of spare time. (Since my winter break started, I’ve been devouring my Netflix queue. It’s been GREAT.) And I’ve decided to be okay with that. I’ve fluctuated between wanting to be a “big time blogger” and wanting to delete the whole darn thing… but neither of those extremes are right for me. I just want to blog when I want about the things I want to share. These days, the things I want to share are epically nerdy (feminism, rhetoric, media, yay!), and so be it. That’s just a reflection of my interests these days.
So tell me, faithful readers, have your priorities shifted? I’ve been sensing this throughout the community I’ve come to love, have you sensed the same? What do you do to combat this, or do you even try? Should we?