First, let me assure you that I have no intention of shutting down our blog. I have just been thinking about what it takes to produce interesting material on a regular basis, and how lately, it seems that so many of my fellow bloggers have either taken sabbaticals or stopped blogging entirely.
Every once in a while, I check our blogroll, and sometimes I find one that has languished for months. I feel I have a duty to our readers to keep all our material current, and that includes the links. So I regretfully delete those blogs that have not been refreshed for a month or so.
It takes time to decide what to write about, research the topic and take and edit the photographs. I try to put myself in the place of a reader who finds us, and then returns a week later only to see the same stale old post. I assume that he or she will simply move on. After all, the Internet offers a galaxy of sites to visit, and everyone is always in such a hurry.
Sometimes, you wonder if anyone is reading your stuff. You can see the stats showing how many people clicked on your site, but where are the comments?
All whining aside, there are great rewards to blogging. I get to express my opinions, and write about things that are important to ME. I have knowledgeable Master Gardener friends who blog here occasionally, adding depth and perspective. It’s also so encouraging and just plain fun to hear from fellow garden bloggers – and gardeners from around the world. The other day, I had a comment from a blogger in the Philippines! I love that. Blogging also encourages me to be a more conscious and thoughtful gardener, and to always be thinking of new topics to write about. Believe me, I am always thinking of things to write about.
The rewards of blogging are many, and certainly enough to motivate me to keep at it. So far, anyway, I have yet to succumb to blog fatigue.