Goodbye, cruel (adventure) blog! (Total: Day 400)
Yep! I’m (probably temporarily) ending my blog. I’d say it’s not “giving up” because it let me achieve exactly what I set out to do, and I don’t think I’m getting much out of daily updates at this point.
I started last year unemployed, so I decided to update the blog daily as a way to stay creative and productive, even on the worst days. And I did it!
I kept it going this year because I didn’t feel like I had a compelling reason to stop. Now I’m working full time – and with my commute, that takes about 13 hours out of each of my weekdays. I have to write my blog on my phone (which is awful) while on public transport; I’m writing this from South Yarra station while trying not to fall over in the train. It’s not ideal!
Now that I’m more productive than ever, the blog felt like superfluous stress. More importantly, I didn’t feel like I was producing very interesting content.
The idea of this blog has always been selfish. I wrote for myself, but shared it with friends and strangers for feedback as a means to improve. It was never specifically designed to be read by others, though obviously having others read it was never a bad thing. The problem is that it wasn’t interesting to me.
So it’s not so much that I’m worried about the perceived quality of content – I just don’t feel like I’m personally benefiting at this point. It’s cutting into my tiny amount of free time, which stops me developing other skills (like art and programming, both of which I need to improve) as well as writing for Goomba Stomp, which I haven’t been able to do for a while. Also, writing blog posts on a moving rickety bus is the worst.
Thanks to all those who have helped me out to this point. This isn’t a sad thing for me – I feel like this was a success, and I’m only quitting now because it feels like it won’t succeed further (without some serious time investment to make it more entertainment-focused).
Signing off! Have a great day, and thanks for reading.