There once was a lady who started a blog.
Her name is Dewena.
And I delighted in reading her blog posts and her posts were often just outstanding. Many of her posts took a great deal of time and research to write…and as time went on, between her and her husband, and his photography, it became one of those blogs to look forward to and savor, several posts at a time, on a weekend, like perusing the pages of a favorite magazine.
Along the way, I recall Dewena struggling with the issue of the time that blogging took up in her life. It wasn’t the blog post that she struggled with, to my recollection, as much as her impeccable blog manners. For instance, if a blogger visited her, then she felt that she should visit them back.
I think that Dewena had it right. Canned email responses and replies in threaded comments, but no visits back, are not what most bloggers want. When they comment, they hope to get a return visit at some point at least. Blogging is easy if you just throw your own life up there and don’t bother to get involved with anyone else’s. In her goodbye post, Dewena said “I have met the nicest people in the world in blogging. You deserve fellow bloggers who will visit and comment. Anything less is discouraging.”
I think that Dewena had more concerns about being a good neighbor / blogger / visitor than most people, and I am sorry that she’ll stop blogging due to the time that it took up for her. Fortunately she’s leaving her blog up for us to enjoy her older posts HERE
I hope that she’ll change her mind and post here and there, even if it is just once per quarter 2014 :)
Having said that, much of what Dewena said could affect anyone who is thinking about cutting back in 2014 in regards to blogging. I think that at this time of year everyone considers change going forward, and blogging is just one of many…Best Wishes to Dewena and all :)