The end of the road…

I read earlier today that the person who started Blog 365 has dropped out. He wrote an excellent post talking about the reasons why here. His follow-up post (which I actually read first) is here.

Today on the Blog 365 feed, I saw two posts by people who wrote just a line or two and said in their post that they were blogging just to fulfill their Blog 365 requirement.

As for me, last night and early this morning, I wrote SIX posts to get me through next Saturday. I did this so I could feel like I “could” take a break. Blog 365 has been AWESOME for me. I’d say 90% of my readers are connected to it in some way. I am glad I did it. My writing has improved as a result (to say nothing of what I’ve learned about photography). And I think, overall, my blog posts have been quality stuff. But I’m tired of feeling “antsy” about having to post. I’ve been feeling this way for awhile. I know a lot of us are. (I could hear the nodding of heads at my post about an alternative to Blog 365.)

Therefore, I’m going to let the Blog 365 thing go. It’s just not worth it. To paraphrase a button for for a 30-day blog challenge… if I were to finish this, all I would have is “a lousy sense of accomplishment.”

I’d rather have a “good” sense of accomplishment because I wrote for most of the rest of the year — when I wanted to — than a “lousy” sense of accomplishment because I wrote every day.

15 thoughts on “The end of the road…

  1. Sandy (Momisodes)

    Sweetie, I feel ya. I just read Kamen’s post, and I was SHOCKED to say the least. The thought to drop out crosses my mind nearly every other day. That “antsy” feeling of- Oh no, I haven’t posted today- weighs on my mind often. You are certainly not alone in feeling this way. Good for you for knowing when to let go 🙂

    Sandy, I was surprised, too. I doubt the decision was an easy one for Kamen.

    I’m enjoying my bloggy mini-break. I even replaced my scheduled Wordless Wednesday with something I liked better. And I REALLY REALLY enjoyed doing it! So that’s an idea, if you think it would help.

  2. Kelsey

    Im so with you thats why I never do 365 things even when I know I could such as taking photos. Id rather focus on quality not quantity.

    I like taking photographs even more than I like blogging. And the thought of doing a Project 365 of any variety makes me shudder. 🙂

  3. Andie Summerkiss

    I am so ashame to say that I might be one of the first ones to drop out of Blog365. I admire you for keeping up till now.

    There’s no shame. Truly. And thank you for your kind words.

  4. Marylin

    I keep thinking of dropping out, but I don’t really want to at the same time!

    I totally understand that feeling, too. It’s hard to know what to do.

  5. cardiogirl

    I tried, I did. Then I hit a major funk/depression and I decided I needed a break on the weekends. And then later I read your alternative to Blog 365 (take off the weekends) and I thought, YES! Yes, this is something I can get behind.

    But I have to say the competitive chick in me feels I have failed. Grr.

    I know what you mean… or pretty much all those fronts. I don’t like “giving up” on something… I know giving up on SOMETHING is different than giving up on MYSELF, but…

  6. Jen

    I totally understand how you feel. Some days, I feel like I’m just talking to talk. Yet- I have a feeling I’ll keep on going!

    Hey! I didn’t know you were a Blog 365er. COOL! Keep on truckin’ if you’re enjoying it. I enjoy your daily post(s).

  7. lceel

    I hear you. But I am committed. (perhaps I OUGHT to be committed) Today is half way there. I will go all the way. Not because I’m a good blogger. Not because I’m looking for a feeling of accomplishment. But because I never, ever quit. Not voluntarily. That’s just me. I’m sorry that Kamen gave it up. I guess this isn’t for everybody. But I will do what i said i was going to do. For one lap around the sun.

    You go, brother-friend! I’ll be rooting you on… we’ll see what ends up happening with me…

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  10. Katie

    I’ve hit blogging walls before and could never even imagine blogging every day. Kudos to you for getting through the first half!

    Thanks so much, Katie. 🙂

  11. storyteller

    In looking for this ‘end of the road’ Blog 365 post to leave my two cents, I did find & remember your Quirky Fun Monday post. Navigating the layouts of different blogs challenges me sometimes, but methinks I’ve figured out how yours works. Hopefully I’ll remember for future reference.

    I read Kamen’s post with interest … and Sandy’s (along with a few others like yours). It’s funny … because although I’m a member of Blog 365 (thanks to Sandy of Momisodes who applied some ‘pressured encouragement’ when it started), my posts seldom (if ever) show up in the MegaFeed (due to some quirk Kamen knows about but can’t fix for some reason)… so I don’t think Blog 365 has done anything for my ‘readership’ … but it HAS kept me posting regularly at Small Reflections when I might have slacked off (the way I did a few months ago at Sacred Ruminations)… especially when life got busy with other things and my computer started giving me problems. I’ve never left an ‘obligatory’ post like some have (saying I’m posting just because of Blog 365) and don’t think I ever will. That said … I’m not ready to ‘quit’ for whatever reason. I have found a few blogs I enjoy through the MegaFeed, but I’m about to dump it from Google Reader at this point because I can’t keep up with the posts that show up there as is. So … for the time being at last … I’ll leave the logo in my sidebar and consider myself a member. I have, however, added your blog to my ‘reader’ … just because I keep losing track of you, but I like what you share ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

    storyteller’s last blog post..Fun Monday #13 Something’s fishy …

    It’s funny… a few weeks after I wrote this, and I’m still posting every day — and enjoying it. I’m not WRITING every day, though. I think that since the pressure is “off” I’m having an easier time of it.

    I’d be curious how you’re having trouble making your way around my site.

    Thanks for your insights. 🙂

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