A week ago, I deleted some of the links on my side bar for blogs that have not been updated for six months or so. It's quite disheartening that some people start a blog that somehow captures your attention and then the writer suddenly stops; I mean not even a hiatus but completely discontinuing the blog, like some relationships that end without closure. The Filipino term for it is bitin, and I don't know how to translate that.
Well, to write a blog is work. I would not say it's hard work, but still you put some effort and time in it, especially if you want to keep a certain quality to it. So I don't blame bloggers who find it quite taxing to maintain a blog over a certain period. One loses interest, or you have better things to do, or sometimes you simply run out of material. I respect that.
So it does take a certain level of commitment and consistency to maintain a blog, and I have very high regard for people to continue to churn out entries regularly. These people are really there because they enjoy writing and sharing their output. That's a lot of dedication right there.
And it's also a feat to maintain readers' interest. There are gazillion blogs competing for a fickle-minded audience. It's difficult to figure out what makes them want to go back to your blog regularly. If you know the content that piques readers' interest, you have to keep on writing about it, organize a storyline, and be consistent in posting.
So when I was "editing" my blog links, I wondered how many people have stopped reading my blog mainly because I've been completely erratic in posting over the last half of this year. An average of four posts a month is clearly a big departure from the dozen or so I used to produce. Yes, I do care about maintaining readership, otherwise I'd just close down this blog and write a journal instead. Blogging is always tinged with a certain level of narcissism, you know.
Over the past few months I've mentioned how my work load has increased considerably, hence, the lack of time for blogging. I'm very excited with the new responsibilities I've been handling lately. I like the challenge a lot; I like concentrating on accomplishing tasks, even if, say, I have to kill someone to achieve a certain level of quality in my work. No, I haven't done that... yet. :-) So, definitely I have no extra time for blogging, given my work responsibilities lately.
Also, this year I've been quite busy meeting my domestic duties as a full-pledged housewife. Ehem. Definitely there's a lot of things to write about on this subject but I want to keep things private. *Sabay hawi ng bangs* Being a housewife took much of my free time then, including cooking useless tofu adobo, among other things. My weekends in particular were entirely spent with Lara Stone.
You might ask why I'm talking in the past tense now. While I'm still very much a wife, I just don't have a "house" to speak of since Lara was shipped to a faraway land. Thus, I suddenly found my self facing a huge gap in my weekends; I don't know what to do with them.
What better way to spend uneventful weekends but reviving this blog? Yes, I'm back, that's what I've been wanting to say all along.
Don't delete me from your blog links yet because you'd be hearing more regularly from me. I have many stories to tell, including my upcoming trip to India... Incredible India as well as a beach holiday in Koh Samet, and New Year celebration in Laos. I will also share more of my recent reads and movies watched, and a bit of kabaklaan and binayot here and there; basically more of the same shit I've been spewing through these years! So stay tuned...