Well, 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.