This week started out really slow for me, I just couldn't find much energy or even enthusiasm. After asking if anyone else was feeling similar on Facebook, Kathysue was inspired to write a post that sums it up perfectly:
In addition to experiencing much of what Kathysue wrote about, I was also disheartened by an email I received from Pk of Room Remix when opening my email early Tuesday morning. She told me she had decided to stop blogging.
Blog has been removed
Sorry, the blog at roomremixblog.blogspot.com has been removed.
I will miss PK's posts, her unique perspective, learning from her and being able to comment and enjoy a dialog with her through our blogs.
All of this has prompted me to ask: Is blogging sustainable?
With blogging being in its youth, there is really no history of anyone blogging over an extended period of time. Is it possible? Can anyone, can I, continue to come up with interesting things to write about, not only for myself but for my audience? And will there come a time when I no longer want to blog?
I began blogging on a complete whim, after my husband commented one night, "You should start a blog". My response was, oh, okay, let's set one up. That was easy. Now what? And then I promptly forgot I had one. Eventually, when starting a bigger project in our house, I thought it would be a good opportunity to document the process by blogging about it...and it all grew from there.
For me blogging has brought about opportunities that would have most likely never come my way had I not begun a blog. The other benefit, which is of equal value in my mind, is hearing on a daily basis from readers, hearing how something I have shared has had an impact on someone in a positive way. This is something I could have never anticipated, and those messages are what inspire me to continue blogging...this and the long list of blogging friends that have truly become my real friends.
So for now, I see a lot of blogging in my future. In general when I stop to think about the power and voice blogging has given to the everyday person, empowering people to create their own future rather than wait for the powers that be to extend an opportunity, it is nothing short of amazing. I will definitely be watching with great interest what effect this will have on the way information is shared over the next several years, not only in the design arena but other fields as well.
And what about you? Do you have a blog and what are your thoughts on this topic? As a reader, what is your perspective about blogging, what questions do you have? I can't wait to hear...