Is This Blog Worthwhile?

dad and boys picnickingWell, people, it’s been a while. You may have thought the blog was moribund, if you thought of it at all. I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time, and one of the reasons relates to the title of this one. Is it worthwhile? Why do I do it?

(The other primary reason is that I haven’t felt like I’ve had much to say.)

So why do I do it? This whole thing started out with the premise that it would be a blog about traveling with kids. (A preliminary name for the blog was Trips with Tots – horrific, I know.) Its subject matter gradually morphed into being more about parenting in general, with a small dose of travel tossed in. What I’ve always most dearly wanted was for the blog to be useful. To be a resource for parents who might find some of the information it contained handy.

I’ve also endeavored to persuade. To coax people, for example, to relax a bit and not take this parenting thing so seriously. Or to get their kids out in nature more. Or to live a slightly ‘greener’ lifestyle. I don’t really know how much success I’ve had on on that score. Over ten thousand people follow this blog. That doesn’t mean, however, that 10,000 people read any particular post. A couple of hundred people might click on any one post. (I suspect many of them don’t make it to the end of my ramblings.) That’s not a lot of folks, folks.

Back in September 2015 I wrote a piece on composting, which reduces household waste by about 1/3.  Several people left comments, which was gratifying. But how many readers actually started composting? Did anyone currently reading this sentence do so? I have no way of knowing, but I suspect that the number could comfortably be counted on either one of my hands.

I know that sounds grouchy and grousy, and I don’t mean to whine. It’s just that I desperately want this blog to be helpful, practical, effective (which this post clearly is not), and I’m having my doubts.

Anyway. This is simply a long-winded announcement to say that I’m back in the blogging business. And, in case it wasn’t obvious, it’s also a way of fishing for affirmation, for reassurance that I’m not standing on a barren plain, whispering into the wind.

So if you’d care to answer the question of the title, feel free. And if the answer is ‘no,’ then keep that to yourself, ya bastahd. No, really, if the answer is ‘no’ please say so. I’m open to all points of view.

Right then. Talk to you later.

At Trilogia

16 thoughts on “Is This Blog Worthwhile?

  1. I had been away from blogging for a while as well but started back up recently. I read your post on hugs and was so moved to act. I am in awe at the amount of resources you provided on the subject. This blog is surely a work of love for you and I feel that. Actually just started composting again (or collecting my materials) last week, so I’ll def check out your post on it as I’m already feeling a little underprepared. Thank you so much for everything. Part of my getting back into blogging includes reading more great substance like yours. You are inspiring me at least!

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    • Wow, that’s so nice of you to say! It’s gratifying when people read what I’ve written, but even more so to know that (as in the post about hugging) it might influence their behavior in positive ways. It seems to me that you couldn’t read something like that and not at least try to hug your kids more. So, thanks for reading, and welcome back to blogging!

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  2. I have used your squash bread recipe and I have to say it is amazing. This was the first year out of three years we got a bumper crop of squash. It has been unusually dry here the past few years and this year I diligently adhered to a watering schedule, and now there is so much squash!

    Please keep doing your blog. I found it while searching for squash recipes. I like what you post and have read most of the other stuff you have written not pertaining to squash.

    I also have started composting! You are reaching people! Don’t be discouraged!

    P.S. Have any more squash recipes? Lol.

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  3. I struggle with my blogs…yes, blogs, and I often get discouraged and ask myself the same question. But, I drag myself back because writing things…short write-ups, recipes, posting pics…keep me going. It’s not about ‘likes’ or followers (though I’d be bucked greatly if I had lots of them) it’s about creating something. It makes you think, remember, compose your thoughts and translate them into words…I get a sense of achievement when I complete a post. I’m not regular, but I do come back time and again. Do keep writing if your heart says so.

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  4. I think these things go in cycles. Sometimes you are at a point in your life where actually, you just don’t have the juice left over to create. And then you come back around to it. I’ve been back blogging this year after a bit of a hiatus and I’m actually properly writing again as well. The timing was just right and a change of job confirmed that I probably needed to be out of my old one in order to create. I write for me. I hope people will read it but really it’s the act of writing that is the thing. Keep on doing it if you’re back in that space!

    PS How’s your wife doing?
    PPS I would have started composting after your post, but we already have two giant bins. NZ is all about the green living. I did try and make Easter eggs after reading your post and decided if we were to have any success, you’d need to visit NZ and help my kids out!!!

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  5. Your posts are both fun to read and useful. Whatever the topic, the articles are so well written and argumented that I often find myself thinking “Yeah, I totally agree, I just didn’t know that I do until reading this”. Even if you don’t write about something exceptional, you still make people think about and reflect on things. And sometimes they even act upon those thoughts. Maybe it’s just a handful of people and maybe it’s just small things, but still. Your blog is actually adding something to other people’s lives and I think that all the tiny things add up over time and end up making this place just a little bit better. Using your talent to contribute to this seems like a beautiful thing to do!
    PS: I’m growing tomatoes on my balcony, thanks to you 🙂

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  6. Your posts are both fun to read and useful. Whatever the topic, the articles are so well written and argumented that I often find myself thinking “Yeah, I totally agree, I just didn’t know that I do until reading this”. Even though it’s nothing extraordinary, you do make people think about and reflect on things. And sometimes they even act upon those thoughts.
    Maybe it’s just a handful of people and maybe it’s just small things, but still. Your blog is actually adding something to other people’s lives and all these tiny things add up over time and end up making this place a little bit better. Using your talent to contribute to this seems like a wonderful thing to do!
    PS: I’m growing tomatoes on my balcony, thanks to you 🙂

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  7. I’m always asking myself “What am I getting out this?” If I can answer that with an honest answer, I continue. If others are getting something out of it, too, that’s a bonus. I personally think it’ll take more than a blog to motivate people to action. But we can tell what works and doesn’t work for us to enlighten others. Glad to see you’re back!

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  8. I started composting because of your post. I had been meaning to for awhile at that point but hasn’t committed yet. Don’t give up the good work, my blog started as a live greener blog and morphed into a infertility blog / baby blog, blog because you enjoy it and blog because you never know who you might help out 🙂

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  9. Ksbeth has said far more eloquently almost exactly what I was going to say. Write your blog because you feel like you have to share your knowledge, what others do with the information you may never know. But, you have shared and maybe been the rain drop that started a ripple effect.

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  10. i think that it is worthwhile, when we create, it is always worthwhile. you may or may not ever know the exact impact you have on people who read what you write, but that is always the risk you take when you put yourself out their creatively. all you can do, is keep doing it if it feels right to you, and you believe in it. the urge to create and share is strong in many of us, and that is creation for creation’s sake, and that is enough. when it feels like it’s not, you have to decide if ti’s worth it to you. just read a great book about this called ‘magic’ by elizabeth gilbert, you might enjoy it –

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    • Thanks for commenting, ksbeth! I think you’re quite right, in that it is worth doing if I myself feel it’s worth it. An excellent point. The thing is, I’m not sure. I will definitely check out this book ‘Magic.’ Thanks again.

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