Sunday, December 10, 2017

Taking a Short Break

I'm going to take a short break from blogging. I will return before the end of December. If you're participating in the craft-along, feel free to post your link any time. I will collect them around the 29th.

I have been struggling with some life issues that are wearing me down. I need to focus my energies on bringing them to a resolution.

I also want to evaluate the path forward for GIY. As other bloggers have noted, blogging seems to be on the decline. There are fewer bloggers, fewer readers, and a lot less interaction. GIY's readership has certainly shrunk.

GIY has been a source of encouragement for me - I am motivated to keep doing projects so I have useful content for my readers. But with fewer and fewer people reading, blogging seems less and less worthwhile. Maybe it's time to look at other options.

If anyone has successfully revived a declining blog by moving to some other medium, I'd love to hear about it!

27 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about the life issues, hope you can sort them out soon.
    Why do you think there are fewer bloggers and readers? Maybe people are just busy around holidays. To answer your question, I get most of the interaction on Facebook because I can go months without blogging (and I don't call that "taking a break", I'm just slow like that). However, I try to post on Facebook at least once a week. That is not a Goth page though, maybe it's just the Goth blogging that's less active.

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    1. Thank you.
      I think there are fewer bloggers because in the last couple of years, many blogs I followed have gone inactive and I've found only a few new ones. Based on pageviews and other statistics, I know my blog has fewer readers than, say, two years ago.
      I haven't had a good experience with Facebook because there is so much negativity. People seem determined to start arguments. For example, I posted a picture of my decor, and someone immediately made political comments. But I know many people connect through Facebook, so I guess I should try again.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear things aren't going well. I hope everything turns out okay. I would miss your blog if you stop it. I'm not handy nor goth but in love your projects and your "voice". -Eva

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    1. Thank you. Blogging has been enormously positive for me, and I would like to continue. My life issues are causing a feeling of "nobody cares" which is tainting my view on everything. I won't make any major decisions until my head is a bit clearer.

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  3. I read everything you post, but sometimes days after you post it. It usually seems too late to comment at that point, or I'm just repeating what everyone else has said.

    I hope things work out for you. I haven't updated my own blog in nearly a year. I had a very sick cat and a crappy work situation. Things have improved, but it's always hard to get back on the horse.

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    1. Thank you. It is indeed difficult to get going again once you lose momentum. That's the main reason I made this post - I've said I'll return, so now I'm accountable to people, and that encourages me to get back to posting.
      I'm sorry to hear you had a sick pet. That can be very stressful. :( I'm glad things are better!

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  4. Yeah I've been wondering the same thing myself...I never blogged for an audience, but I've enjoyed the interaction. Lately it's been crickets. It might be the holidays... But I've been thinking maybe you tube... No one is coming to my blog for the photos and ootds, so Instagram is not right. I feel like YouTube fits best for fashion commentary, but I hate my voice and videos take *forever*

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    1. Similar for me... I don't blog for attention; I blog because I like helping people. But with declining readership and fewer comments, I wonder if I'm being helpful.

      Instagram wouldn't be right for much of GIY's content, such as detailed tutorials. YouTube is good for tutorials, but I hate the very idea of putting myself in a video. Unless I buy a lot of fancy camera equipment and/or grow another pair of arms, I can't record myself doing a project anyway! ;)

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  5. Meant to add, a few people who had blogged regularly seem to be doing well on Instagram... But they were always the ootd type bloggers. Outfit shots belong on Instagram tbh... Much better for that

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    1. Agreed, Instagram is great for outfit or similar "of the day" stuff.

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  6. Sorry to hear that you're having life issues. Hope you can sort those out soon.

    I really hope blog reading is slow due to the holidays. I don't want my blog to die. I am useless when it comes to youtube, and I don't post that much on instagram.

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    1. Thanks. I hope so, too.

      I think blog posting and reading do slow down in December, presumably because people are busy with holiday activities. I hope we'll see increased activity come January.

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  7. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!! I've been struggling myself with motivation for the blog. I know I took a hit when I moved from coffinkitsch.com to coffinkitsch.blogspot.com. Oh well. I hope the break helps <3

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    1. Uh-oh. I didn't realize you'd moved. I follow via Blogger's reading list, which I guess has always been the blogspot address.
      Thanks!

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  8. I hope you feel better. Self care is really important. I really do hope you do continue with the blog. Take care

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  9. I really hope you feel better soon. And please, continue blogging. I really L.O.V.E. your blog. It was one of my first to read and still am.

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  10. I hope things improve for you soon. I love your blog and hope you feel able to continue!

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  11. I hope you can sort your personal issues out soon and return to blogging soon. I just love your blog so much espcially your diy and thriftiness with sophisticated gothic ascetic.This blof really helped a fews ago to get through my break up with my ex. It really inspired me to try more diy projects.

    I share your concerns I've noticed a lack of engagement in my blog as well. I think there a lack new comers to blogging and people who are leaving blogging which is a shame as I prefer this medium. I love instagram and thinks excellant for showing outfits, thrift finds, events and maybe transformtions. I also love hearing the storey behind the photos. I know recently, I have had personal issues going on with work which meant I've not posted as much. I'm also questioning if blogging worth it continuing. I don't seem to get the same engagement as I used to but I might see what happens.

    I wish all the best for Christmas and have happy new year. I'm looking to the cupboard reveal.

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    1. Thank you. It means a lot to me when my blog can be inspiring.

      I know online media tend to have a limited lifespan, but I would hate to see blogging go.

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  12. Sorry to hear about you having a difficult time, I hope you feel better soon!

    I've read your blog but always felt a bit late to the party, I do hope you continue to write. It's inspiring and I'd love to join your projects if you decide to keep blogging.

    I went from blogging in Swedish since 2006 to start blogging in English a year ago. The goth scene in Sweden is very quiet online and I felt like it was easier to find interaction internationally. I blogs don't disappear, I love reading them and yours is truly inspiring!

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    1. BTW!

      The "Comment as:" won't work for Wordpress adresses for some reason, hope "unknown" is and ok option for now.

      /Septicemia @ https://rabidhole.wordpress.com

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    2. Thanks so much! I love the international nature of blogging. It's fun to read about the similarities and differences in countries around the world. Safe to say black is universal, I think. ;)

      And thanks for posting your link. It's not as easy to find Wordpress blogs when you're on Blogger. I look forward to reading your blog.

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  13. Hi Bane - I'm not Goth and not handy with power tools, but I read your blog regularly. You give me inspiration and someday I may take up a hammer or sewing machine. I've come to like you very much through your blog and wish the best for you. I will miss your blog if you discontinue and hope you keep at it, but understand if it's something you don't want to do any more. Peace and love!

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    1. Thank you for the kind comments! :) I don't have any immediate plans to stop blogging, and I certainly hope the blogger community continues.

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