When I started blogging, I set a time frame, not in years, but in numbers. It seemed sensible at the time so my life didn’t become all about blogging. I enjoy much more than just gardening at home. So what seemed reasonable?
I wanted to reach 30,000 views per month, and GWGT passed that two months in a row recently. Quickly… I saw how fast those numbers started adding up. I’d be gone from blogging before I ran out of ideas, based on numbers. I also saw how numbers as goals were useless to obtain. What is one million views anyway? Numerous views reach a wide audience, but there is no gratification in numbers.
Learn more about the world around me,
identifying what I find in meadows and fields. This led to being a better photographer. To identify an insect, you must really see it from every direction, and know the plants on which it is feeding. Learning all the time…that is gratifying. Obviously, the garden was not the only place to find my quarry.
My subjects expanded.
I wanted to see colorful migrating birds, photograph raptors in flight, see whales breaching in the Pacific, and photograph underwater sea life. See exciting places across the oceans. If I did not blog, I never would have met new friends sharing my passion and traveled to far off places.
Blogging is really about the “magic” or lack there of.
Just because you reach more viewers does not mean the experience of blogging is better. It’s not. It is what and where you are writing about, and how much of you gets invested into the words you pen. Certain subjects excite me where I want to share. Others, not so much.
I would not stop blogging because I can’t think of interesting things to write or cool things to photograph, I would stop just because the rabbit left the hat. The rabbit is getting a tad bit antsy to bolt lately.
Then it comes.
A few days ago, an email arrived that I never thought I’d receive. GWGT got a request of sponsorship for Scotts Nature Care, Miracle-Gro and Scotts Nature Scapes Mulch, even being invited to take a fun trip to seal the deal. They must have seen me show their Nature Care products on my blog, say I use Miracle-Gro and their soil products in containers? Pretty impressive I thought to have found me.
As tempting as it was to answer the email in the positive, I didn’t. It might be a way the magic gets sucked out of blogging. Since the fun has been teeter-tottering on the edge already, I declined the offer and opportunity.
Not throwing in the towel just yet on blogging, I still have lots to say. Just needing motivation say it. Posts are in the hopper for traveling. Need to refuel the mojo, top off the tank of inspiration!