How to Abandon Your Blog
Tips for leaving your loyal readers in the dark.
And a comeback?
From my poor perspective, as someone who has no clinical or psychological training whatsoever, I always imagine that a person with Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is someone who gets up to go to the bathroom, gets distracted, winds up with a snack, sits back down and remembers the bathroom.
I don’t have ADD, but there must be a clinical term for my condition. I have a condition many wives loathe, which is a combination of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, mixed with ADD, but on a much less noticeable, though very time consuming and drawn out scale. I will call it Obsessive Compulsive Attention Deficit Disorder, or OCADD for short.
You see, I have many interests, and I am very ambitious. I find things that interest me, and I pursue them with all of my energy, both mentally and physically. That would, in itself, seem like a noble characteristic to be saddled with. And it is, in itself. However, there is more to it. The nature of that characteristic leaves one unsatisfied with whatever the most recent pursuit was, in favor of the next one. It has left several DIY household renovations at a point just shy of completion, two Frankenstein-like motorcycles waiting for life, an internet search of permits for housing chickens, a potential job in Sint Maarten, and so on.
In a nutshell, I once decided that I liked kayaks. So I put all of my meager and over-spent money together and started looking around for one. I couldn’t, at the time, find any that were in my price range, used or otherwise. Eventually, after conversation after conversation about my new obsession, I found a guy who wanted to get rid of an old fiberglass white-water kayak with several target-practice bullet holes in it. A little duct tape, and I was floating around in my very own kayak. Then I noticed a giant spider floating right along with me, and paddled to shore as fast as I could. And that was the end of that obsession. For nearly two months I dedicated every spare minute I had to getting a kayak and taking it out on a nice peaceful lake, and just like that, I don’t care if I ever do it again.
My OCADD has led me to some fun and exciting things, though, and I quite enjoy the thrill of achieving my goals. It is a motivational force, with a strong good side to it. I would prefer OCADD to other similar ailments, like Unable to Project Smile Disorder, and Gluten-Free People Intolerant Disorder.
It seemed to me, for a time, that my blog would endure all of my insanity. But, as the weather turned nice, I found a cheap 1970’s dual-sport bike that needed some love. That obsession was funded by the previous summer’s go-kart build. The point is, that unlike many of my hobbies (that’s right—I still write for free) this blog was an obsession of mine that has fallen by the wayside.
So here are my tips for blog abandonment:
- Don’t call, don’t show, don’t offer an explanation.
- You are easily replaced, so don’t lose sleep over it.
- Don’t check your stats. This was frustrating considering how much time and effort I put in to pump up my stats while blogging, and that while I was abandoning my blog, it had a couple of surprisingly decent weeks.
- Keep writing. Even if you don’t intend to publish anything, the hard part of writing is getting in the habit of writing. Once you lose the habit, and find a TV show in its place, it’s hard to get back to it.
There will be a comeback, and it will come soon. I just need to finish a couple of projects, and I’ll be back. Thank you for reading!
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