(The story of a blogger who was in his declining phase)
His friend asked him why is he not visible these days on the blogosphere. He made an excuse of work overload and hence, not getting enough time to update his blog. His friend might have bought that excuse but his heart definitely didn’t. He knew very well that blogging was not his part-time hobby but it was his passion. He had always proclaimed that one can always find time for something one really loves. He couldn’t decline it anymore that his passion for blogging was on decline.
He wondered why and when has that passion started declining – the passion which sometimes made him think a day or two about a topic/story and the etching feeling which made him wake up in the middle of night to blog about it so that he can sleep in peace. Recollecting those wonderful memories, his eyes glinted for a while. And at that moment, he also got a hint as to why his passion for blogging started declining.
He was a meticulous person by nature. He couldn’t help himself making a list of reasons he considered responsible for the decline. At the end of this activity, his list read as follows:
- Initially, I blogged due to an urge to share my thoughts and ideas to be scrutinized/appreciated by a larger audience. The appreciation did follow. But now, I feel the urge to blog based on what the people would want to hear about and not based on what I wanted to tell them. I started blogging due to my passion for writing but later I felt that I was blogging to garner attention and popularity.
- Going over your previous posts and admiring them is not a sin. However, I started questioning myself if I could really write a post of such quality again which would become popular like that previous post.
- Going over other bloggers’ blog and comparing your blog to them is definitely a deadly sin which I committed. It was a kind of a feeling which a frog experiences when it comes out of it’s comfortable, dark, deep well for first time.
He read the list once again and tried to think if he has failed to include any other valid reasons. He was going through the list once again and then he suddenly realized something – something which amused him, something which was perhaps the main reason why his passion for blogging was on decline. He realized that the reason missing on the list was his desire to make sure that nothing is missing. His desire to be a perfectionist in his writing to an extent that he wanted his posts are ready to become ‘perfectly’ popular has hindered him to enjoy his writing like he used to do.
He tore the list apart and threw away the pieces to be carried away by winds of passion. He was now ready to decline.
(The character and the story are fictitious. However, it is possible that you may find this character to be symbolic of a real-life character and story symbolic to a real-life situation.)