With the usual winter slow down.
Time keeps on slipping as I’ve said many times before during this blogging gig. I usually hit a yearly low around the winter season. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really feel like it’s my time of year. Energy levels are low, I hate the cold, with the wind and almost constant raining. Undoubtedly some you may have wondered. Did he quit?
I would be lying if the thought didn’t cross my mind that I would definitely quit this time. Yet the step to actually stop with people still reading your content and leaving comments while you’re not actively posting makes it harder to make the decision. It feels like I’ve encountered more creative dips than usual or I thought the content I was putting out didn’t necessarily add much to the conversation anyway. I admit I miss sharing my enthusiasm for anime and writing online. It’s rewarding to be able to discuss certain topics with fellow anime enthusiasts/fans.
I’ve been saying this for the third year in a row, but I see fewer content popping up in my feed. I’m not really a feed type of person with written content. Especially with the poorly integrated feed of WordPress which has been going so UI changes, which haven’t made it necessarily better. Facebook, Instagram and Youtube feeds work pretty damn nifty, but WordPress seems to have so user interface and backend issues that make it less user friendly. Your opinion may differ.
Not only the feed is an issue. Familiar bloggers have been slowing down production or even become non active as well. As a person who needs a competitive edge, I’m very prone to discouragement when ‘icons’ out in the field, also call it a day. It’s a shame to see that many content creators stop, but of course nothing is forever.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that my traffic didn’t necessarily decline. I’ve read about this theory, in my line of work, that not putting out content doesn’t mean instant declines in traffic to your website. Google’s algorithm rewards fresh content, but becomes better in distinguishing good content over fresh low quality content. Very interesting stuff.
Again, I don’t know what the future will hold. Maintaining a full time job, with side projects and your social obligations makes it all pretty tough to cram into a day. Nonetheless, this blog wouldn’t be what is today without the support of readers and fellow bloggers.