When Is It Time to Stop Blogging?

Blogs were great for folks who were doing something new and challenging: grad school, new faculty, new jobs, new positions, new hobbies, and so on. The day to day of most peoples’ lives, once they’ve gotten pretty good at whatever they’re doing, is less interesting to write about and read about, both. There’s less to process day to day, and often, more mundane stuff keeping one busier.

I don’t have enough self-awareness to notice, so help me out here. Has my blog gotten boring since I got tenure and sailed into a more established, staid, mundane life? Do I need to add more pizazz? What would that be?

I need to know when it’s time to let it go.

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20 thoughts on “When Is It Time to Stop Blogging?”

  1. Well, I’ve only recently found your blog, and though I haven’t been keeping up with every post, I still enjoy it. I’ve been blogging for a long time, and I’ve found that sometimes I’ve really been “into” it, and then there are times when I’ve hardly written at all because I’ve been busy with other things in my life. So the decision is yours, of course. 🙂

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  2. I’ve thought about stopping blogging myself. I’ve been blogging since 2010, so next year it will be a decade.
    However, I don’t feel the need to stop; it’s more like I don’t feel as much of a need to blog as I did before. My blog used to help me process the interaction between the professional and the personal. There is still occasional turmoil, but things are more smooth sailing these days, as you note. I’ve also started channeling my energy into short stories, and I’d like to write about that, but my blog is an academic one, so the audience is not there for my dilettante fiction writing. However, I still often find myself wanting to blog but I just don’t have the headspace or time to get to it, and by the time I do, the impetus is gone.

    Author John Scalzi says he will blog forever, because his blog is his platform to write whatever he wants, when he wants, for as long as he wants. It’s genuinely his place, independent of what his various publishers want from him.

    I feel somewhat similarly. Blog is my space. I write for myself first, for others seconds. I write when I want, what I want, and since I don’t feel I am done with it completely, there’s no reason to stop blogging or make any other commitments. It is there when I need it.

    Keep blogging!

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  3. Your blog stays fresh because you include a huge range of topics, you are constantly reading and commenting on new things, and you take on new projects all the time. I’ve read blogs that have gotten stale over time and I don’t feel like you are headed down that path.

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  4. I have been reading your blog for more than 6 years now, and it’s the highlight of my day. Please don’t stop blogging!

    Your blog is much wider in scope than most other academic blogs, and I always enjoy the fresh take you have on things. There’s a lot I have learnt from your blog, and my life is a lot better because of it.

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  5. I have been reading you since the review of “On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan which you have sadly deleted, so I do not know the date / year now, but it was quite long ago. Hope you continue blogging.

    As for

    “Blogs were great for folks who were doing something new and challenging: grad school, new faculty, new jobs, new positions, new hobbies, and so on. ”

    My first thought was that being in academy was one of those great rare jobs in which one was being paid for a lifelong journey of discovery. Your “new hobbies” are the new research projects you choose, and since they are connected to politics in the wide sense of the word, they are very interesting to read about. The ‘more pizazz’ for me are posts about your research and reviews of books of Bauman, Byung-Chul Han and others. While Tana French posts make for a nice light read (I even loaned some novels of hers for my mother who reads detective stories), Bauman and etc are the real thing. I can rarely comment on those posts because of not reading the books myself prior to seeing you mention them, but they make me think and are truly the most unique feature on your blog.

    After thinking a bit further, the quoted claim seems quite untrue. One has to have a gift to be capable of writing in an interesting fashion about grad school or a new job; those subjects are not inherently universally interesting. In fact, I am now preparing for the final exam, and reading about the pressures and exams of grad school is the last thing I wish to do in the few spare minutes. 🙂 From a different angle, the quote also connects to the discussion we’ve once had whether authors have to lead interesting lives. Iirc, your answer was no. 🙂

    // I need to know when it’s time to let it go.

    When you feel you want to. That’s it.

    I also love the community aspect of this blog, and visit it as tired people visit a local pub to nurse a beer. Even when nothing new happens, it is relaxing and nice to see the familiar faces or icons. 🙂

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    1. Agreed with el. The discussions about books are fascinating (well, excluding the detective/mystery novels, about which I feel kind of like how you feel about science fiction and fantasy) but I can’t comment much because it tends to take me a while to read said books.

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  6. Found it! You reviewed “On Chesil Beach” in 2010, so I’ve been reading you for 9 years. Hope you continue blogging for another 9 or 10 at least. 🙂

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  7. I’ve only been reading your blog for a year now, but it is the only one I catch up every week. I think you have pizazz aplenty and don’t need any extra. Keep it up. As a moderate that leans right, you are the most articulate, thoughtful and well spoken left-leaning individual I’ve found. I agree with quite a lot of your well-reasoned complaints/diatribes of both the right and left in this country and have used your arguments and stances more than once. Please don’t stop posting. This country needs more voices like you. I’ve been thinking of starting up a blog of my own mostly based on reading yours and thinking to myself: “I could do that” You rock and I don’t mind telling you so.

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    1. // I’ve been thinking of starting up a blog of my own mostly based on reading yours and thinking to myself: “I could do that” You rock and I don’t mind telling you so.

      If you do, I would be glad to see a link in Clarissa’s Links Encyclopedia post. 🙂

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  8. Very late to the party but I agree with Xykademiqz, TomW, and el. Also I like reading about other people’s lives when they are reported in a lively voice, such as yours. It makes me think about what aspects of my own life might seem exotic, desirable, or interesting to someone different: IOW, it encourages reflection with a different perspective, just as your political posts do.

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    1. It’s never late to say something nice to me. 🙂

      Thank you! I never comment anywhere but I love your blog because it has such a different voice from mine. I love it.

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  9. I definitely hope you continue blogging. Among other things, you’ve been a source for interesting authors. I discovered Bauman through this blog and am going to order the book by Han soon.

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