I’ve noticed something over recent months, and it’s making me feel a bit sad. Some bloggers who used to post regularly, and comment regularly, have stopped, or almost stopped. They don’t write, they don’t call…I don’t see their faces in the comments section of other blogs they frequented. They’ve lost their blogging mojo.
Some people have made conscious decisions to stop, or cut back on their blogging because they want to devote more time to other projects. They still enjoy blogging, but have decided that they need to be strict on themselves if they’re ever going to get that darn novel finished! Or maybe they have personal issues that need attending to. Either way, they’re not the people I’m talking about. I’m talking about those who haven’t made any particular decision to cut back, but they’ve just stopped enjoying it. I’m going to break this group down even further into two groups.
Group 1) Those who have lost their blogging mojo, but they don’t mind. It was good while it lasted, now they’re done and they have no regrets. Maybe they’ll come back to it sometime, maybe they won’t, either way is fine.
Group 2) Those who have lost their blogging mojo and aren’t happy about it. They want it back.
I’m not concerned about Group 1. Sure, I might miss them, and sure I might run along the platform, teary-eyed, waving my hankie and blowing kisses at them as they depart. But I know they’ll be ok. Oh drats! I forgot to remind them to pack a warm sweater and some sandwiches…but no, they’ll be fine.
No, Group 2 is where my concern lies. It’s painful to watch. They used to be very active bloggers, full of enthusiasm for it, and then often quite suddenly, we hear nothing from them for a while. And then they post something, usually starting off by apologising for not having posted for a while. And they do a little round of visiting and commenting on other blogs. They speak of how busy they’ve been, but deep down they know that they’ve always been this busy. Then we hear nothing for a while, and then the same again. They’re trying, they’re really trying, but they’re not feeling it. They really want to feel it again, they want to get back the fun and buzz they used to get from it all, but writing a blog post suddenly feels like more of a chore than a pleasure to them; I can see it, I can feel it.
I’m not judging those people in any way, I’m just feeling for them. I’ve experienced similar things in the past on forums where I’ve been very active and then suddenly lost my forum mojo. It can feel like a real loss and can be confusing. You just can’t figure out what has changed. So if you’ve lost your blogging mojo lately, and happen to read this, which I guess you probably won’t, but just in case…I say this: Don’t worry poppet, we understand, it happens, you can’t force it, but if you find your blogging mojo again, then dive right back in, we’ll still be here for you, heck I’ll even bake you a welcome back cake! In the meantime, I’ll just keep helping you look…
Have you ever lost your blogging mojo?