As our 8th blogiversary passed quietly, along with our angel beagle Cricket’s birthday, I’d been feeling blue without really knowing why. I had a busy week at my shop that week, end of the month means vendor payouts and I was moving things around, adding more display fixtures and products. Getting a blog post written was an afterthought, and I was feeling uninspired.
Soon after that, I realized I needed to change something on my blog home page but when I went to make that change I couldn’t; something is broken. I sighed, wondering if that was a sign, since I’d been struggling lately with how or whether to keep the blog going or not. I have a certain way I want to do things, and if I can’t live up to my own standards, I don’t want to do it. That involves a certain number of posts, scheduled timing, and quality. I want to share about our lives but also share things that I’ve learned that could help others with their own pets.
That was easier when I had 4 dogs and 2 cats; now with only one dog in our lives, I’m not experiencing a lot of things that I can share informational posts about.
I feel like I’ve been “phoning it in” with the blog a lot lately. For me, the blog has always been an outlet for my writing, but it seems I haven’t been telling as many stories lately, well, maybe more stories through photos than words. Sometimes I’d be at my shop with some downtime and think of something to write about for the next day, but realize I had no photos to go with the story. I’ve always mostly been kind of last minute with the blog and my ideas, but before I opened my shop I was home more and able to take some photos as I needed them. I always like to have fresh photos to go with each post to help tell the story.
None of this is all that new for me, just last year on our 7th blogiversary, I wrote about similar struggles and indecision. The difference is when I wrote that post, I wasn’t considering giving it up. I’ve never wanted to let go the friendships or followers I’ve gained over the years, even if my blog has never been one of great numbers. Of course, I still don’t want to let go of that, or of the record of my life with pets that the blog has provided. That’s not to mean I can’t keep in touch with many through social media and such, but for me it’s simply not quite the same.
I’ve considered if I should switch my blog focus to farm life instead of life with pets, since if you don’t count our farm birds, we only have one pet. Our life with Lab mix Luke has become pretty routine, happy, but routine, and that doesn’t provide a lot of fresh story lines. But making those kinds of changes might not be easy or cheap either. I feel like Wag ‘n Woof Pets as it is, just doesn’t suit a blog more focused on the farm. I’m not sure I’d even know how to tackle that change, or even if I have the time or ambition to do so! However, that is the way I’m leaning, if I decide I have the time and/or money to do that.
I’m strongly feeling that Wag ‘n Woof Pets as it is has run its course, as sad as that makes me. It’s just not the same as it was when we had multiple pets.
There are costs to consider, web-hosting and domain names cost money (but that goes whether I continue or not if I want to keep the blog there and not lose all my content). In addition, if I need help with fixing what’s now broken, sometimes I must pay for help with that. I’ve already tried fixing it myself, and now things look a little wonky….(don’t know if you noticed)….though still OK, for now. I’m now afraid to try anything else for fear of breaking it completely!
I’m not ready to make a decision. I’m working on having some help at my shop now, which will free up some time (though I imagine that time will get eaten up quickly by home and farm stuff, though with winter coming things will get quieter on the farm!).
However, I did decide that maybe taking a bit of a break from the blog might be prudent. I need to know how I’d feel without it. The truth is, since starting to write this post I put up another two posts, and started a list of ideas, and maybe that’s a sign too?
Most of the time I’ve felt that without the blog and all that goes with it, I’d feel bereft. Now I wonder if with everything else going on, I wouldn’t just feel relieved at not having one more thing on my “to do” list.
While I’ve been considering all this, I sought advice from a close blog friend of mine, someone who has been blogging just a bit longer than me; we’ve been following each other almost from the start of my blog. It made me sad to realize that many of the friends we’ve both made along the way have since stopped blogging as well. There are truly not many of us left from our original group! Blogging itself has changed, I think.
BTW, in all my eight years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever taken a break of more than a few days! I keep putting it off, but I think the time has come to take some time to think it all through. It had always been my intention to keep this blog going right up until I retired, so I had something to do during my retirement! But all the changes in our lives led to that plan possibly changing as well.
So, while I’m considering all this, and leaving you with a cute picture of Luke, and some of the birds, I wouldn’t mind any input or advice anyone had! Would you still read our blog if it was completely farm-focused (that would still include Luke of course, since he is the official “barking dog” of Barking Dog Organic Farm!)?
I’m not sure how long I’ll be off, could be a week, could be a month, but I will certainly let my loyal readers and friends know when I’ve made a decision. We’ll most likely still be around some on social media, and visiting other blogs, though probably a bit less than before. ♥