Monday, October 24, 2011

Nostalgia creeps in like a parasite

I've been blogging for about five years now.
My 5-year blogiversary was on August 13th.

The blogosphere is an interesting place, and I know I've come nowhere near seeing the whole thing. I've only dipped my toe in the water, so to speak.
I've seen extremely popular successful bloggers come and go, I've seen scandals unfold, I've read hilarious things and ordinary things and things that made me break down and cry.

I don't get many comments here, and I fully realize that's probably because I'm not very good at visiting other blogs and leaving comments myself.
I'm sorry about that. Please forgive me for not being a better neighbor.
Also, I want to thank each one of you who has ever commented. I read every one and they're precious to me.
Well, except for the spam.

I'd like to keep on blogging for as long as I possibly can. I know sometimes long-time bloggers kind of "burn out" and give up. That always makes me sad. Once in awhile I'm tempted to do the same, like if I spend a lot of time working on a post and no one comments, or if I post about being upset about something and no one seems to notice or care. Feels like I'm all alone over here sometimes.

But in the end I always decide I need the blogosphere a lot more than it needs me.

When I first started my blog back in August 2006, its title was "One More Raindrop In A Bloggy Ocean". I recognized that in the grand scheme of things, one more blog was insignificant, yet might still be able to somehow contribute "something".
Whether or not I've actually succeeded in contributing something these past five years remains to be seen, I guess.

I'd like to stick around for awhile longer, if that's ok.
Don't give up on me quite yet.


Steve Bailey said...

Well congrats on 5 years... that's quite a while. I'm almost at 1 year and I know what a commitment that is. So my hope for you going forward is for.... many weird blog-worthy things to happen to you for years to come...

Anonymous said...

I read all your posts but often have absolutely nothing to say. I hate the generic comments - if I don't have something useful, or on the rare occasion, funny to say - something that will add to the conversation, then I say nothing.

I am often puzzled by your posts - you have a unique way of looking at the world and you report it in a very clever way - I just don't know what to make of it some times. Which doesn't stop me from reading..

OK, this is a serious comment - I know that is against the rules but there you go...

nonamedufus said...

Congratulations on your 5th year, Janna. You're absolutely right about the comments/effort ratio thing. There's no bigger let down than to work on something you're really proud of only to get a comment or two. But I don't know why that happens here. You're one of the funniest people I know on the internet. Don't give it up yet. I'd miss my daily giggle.

meleah rebeccah said...

"But in the end I always decide I need the blogosphere a lot more than it needs me."


Shelly said...

I've been blogging for 7 1/2 years now and I can't believe it's been that long. I used to post obsessively, on all my blogs, and I have many, but I've slowed a bit in the last year or so. I think that's inevitable. It's hard to keep up a frenetic pace, or even post daily.

But I'm not giving up blogging and I hope you never do, either. You usually make me laugh and you always entertain me, and that is a rare, special thing. I don't always comment, not having the time most days, but I am reading. Always.

Janna said...

Steve: Sometimes it seems like my whole life is a series of weird and blog-worthy things.

Grace: I'm glad my posts are weird enough to puzzle people. That's usually my goal. :)

nonamedufus: Thank you very much for that. :)

meleah: Exactly.

Shelly: Thank you for reading!