As many of you know, or at least I hope you do, I haven’t posted as much lately as I should have. It’s got me to the point of asking myself the question posed in the title of this post. Should I rethink what my purpose is on this blog? Am I already running out of things to blog?
I know that there has never been another blogger out there who has posed this question to themselves. There is an abundance of things to blog about and it is really an easy task. Why should anyone ever ask such a question? Well, I guess I’ve always been a little different and I have no problem being the first to ponder such a question!
My first thoughts on this are that I am in no way ready to stop something that I enjoy so much. This has become something of a third passion for me, right behind my family and, of course, my genealogy research. I didn’t really know what would become of this when I started and it has only been a few months but I still am enjoying what I do. No, I don’t have the substance that other blogs have. That has never been my intentions. I don’t want to be another blog that posts the same news that others have posted. I want to be different. I want to chronicle my research and the thoughts and stumbling-blocks that I have come across in doing my research. If I have 100 readers or 1 it doesn’t matter. I do this as a way of helping myself and a way of allowing others into the dilemmas and victories that I experience.
So, why even pose the question? Well, because I have come to expect myself to post a blog at least every couple of days. When I go a week without posting I feel that I am not doing what I should. But, the next question would be why do I feel that way? Who am I obligated to? I’m not doing this for fame or for money. I am just doing it as a way of furthering my research efforts and sharing my information with others in hopes of hooking up with someone who may help me also. So, I am not obligated to write everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could write something everyday and I have no shortage of resources to post. I am just now starting to attempt my Spangler side and there will always be new discoveries to post.
I think the simple fact is that sometimes we, as bloggers, put too much pressure on ourselves to post something. I would much rather post one quality post per week than to post random blogs here and there that really aren’t saying anything.
Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I hope that 10 years from now I will still be blogging and will be contributing acquired wisdom to others. I just thought I would post what was on my mind today. Yes, there are some weeks where I may post everyday. There may also be weeks where I will be lucky to post anything at all. After all, I do have a life to live with my wife and three children. I also have my research to do and a full time job. I think we just need to stop and prioritize sometimes. Someday I will retire and then folks will probably get tired of me posting so much. For now, I will be here when able but I also have to realize what is most important.
Thanks for bearing with me as I post an unusual blog. Don’t get too comfortable because I often find myself sitting back and pondering things such as this. Next week I may have a rebuttal against what I have written today!