I’m Back!

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So…remember that time I accidentally fell off the face of the earth for about five months? (Hint: it just happened.)

I’m really sorry about that.

And I know I’ve apologized for this type of thing before, so my words are now meaningless to you.

Again, I’m sorry.

Okay, but let’s be real…who am I actually apologizing to right now? The answer is nobody. Google Analytics is reporting that my site views have flatlined, and that precisely 1.38 people are visiting/reading this site on a regular basis. (I made that number up, but you get my drift.) I’m not upset by this news.

If nobody is reading, does that mean we can forget this five-month hiatus ever happened?

I think so.

Here’s the deal: the wonderful team at Blue Host just emailed me stating that they’ve auto-renewed the hosting services for this website for another year. True, I could probably call them up, complain about how I was irresponsible and unaware of the auto-renewal date, get a refund on my $89, and shut this whole operation down. That seems like a fairly logical step. After all, I haven’t posted anything in five months, and my one and only loyal reader is my sister in Charlotte. (Thank you Angela!)

But I’m stubborn, and I’d like to give this blogging thing another shot. Not because Blue Host charged my credit card (although that certainly lit a fire under my tush), but because I’d like to give it a real chance to succeed before I decide it’s a complete and utter failure.

How am I defining success at this point? Quite honestly, I have no idea. Once upon a time, it meant building an audience of thousands of regular readers to share interesting stories with. As it turns out, that’s really hard to do these days. Impossible? No. But with millions of other blogs in existence, it’s definitely an uphill battle.

(Also – there’s the tiny problem that I don’t feel like I have anything interesting to say yet.)

This forum – although vacuous at this point – is still public, and therefore brings a degree of accountability with it. Even if only 1.38 people are reading, I don’t want to publish complete and utter crap (there is plenty of that on the web already!). If nothing else, a blog provides a great outlet to practice writing, which is something I aspire to get better at.

There’s also the fact that I have all sorts of goals I want to accomplish, and I believe in the power of writing them down. The process of documenting them somehow makes them more real, and thus harder to ignore.

What exactly is the point of this rambling post?

  • I’m alive, and I’m back.
  • I haven’t stopped chasing my goals and dreaming big, despite radio silence on the blog.
  • I want to become a better writer, but don’t care to do all the leg work involved with building a successful blog at this point.

I hope to post on a (more) regular schedule here, but I’m sure it will ebb and flow with life at times. Right now though, it’s summer, and everything is flowing. ?

How do you stay motivated with side projects? Do you force yourself to work on them consistently, or just when the spirit moves you?

What small step have you taken today to reach one of your goals?

P90X3 – Pilates!

Comments

  1. LP found a new favorite YouTube channel…Hulyan and Maya (on top of his Blippi kids YouTube channel). It’s pretty basic home videos of the kids riding rides and playing with toys. Nothing really special or interesting. The kids and father talking in the background do grow on you – cute, endearing. Why am I rambling on about this? We noticed one of the videos had 1 million views. I Googled it and that family made 1.5 million dollars off their YouTube channel in 2015. You cannot predict popularity or success for Internet sensations. So blog on. You could be the Blippi or Hulyan and Maya of the blog world. Even if your focus hasn’t been fine tuned yet. I enjoy reading you blog for sure. Welcome back!

    • Charlene says:

      Yep, I get it. M watches the weirdest shows on youtube, and they’re so popular! It’s crazy. Thanks for reading, I’m really going to try and post more from here on out. : )

  2. What matters is you are back & hopefully better than ever! I took a solid 6 month blogging break earlier in the year too but am so glad to be back as well!

    • Charlene says:

      Thanks for the encouragement Jackie! It’s good to know I’m not the only one who falls off the face of the earth sometimes. : ) I hope all is well, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment!

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