It’s been almost 11 months since I last posted on this site. After so long an absence, I should explain why I’ve been MIA. I have rewritten this post several times, trying to provide an explanation. The first attempt sounded too whiny. The second and third drafts were just TMI (too much information.) Hopefully, this version is neither. So here goes:
The truth is that I experienced a severe case of “blog disillusionment.” I considered discontinuing the blog entirely. But, in the end, I realized that I am not ready to do that.
Blogging has been different than I had imagined before I began Our MT Nest. I have found it much more difficult than I imagined it would be in several ways. I have found it very difficult to break into the blogging community. Before the hiatus, my blog stats were growing gradually and I had received some limited attention from a few other bloggers, having some of my posts featured on their blogs. But, despite this limited success, I still felt like an outsider among the wider blog community.
My blogging skills are progressing, but aren’t at a professional level, especially my photography and photo editing. When I started the blog, I actually used a cell phone for the photos. Soon after the blog began, I switched to a DSLR camera, but I still am learning both the camera and how to photograph my home. I know that my blog isn’t as polished as some others.
I do everything myself, staging, photography, editing photos, writing and editing posts, as well as all the technology stuff behind the scenes. And I struggle with the time required to complete all those tasks. I suspect that other more experienced bloggers are able to accomplish these tasks much more quickly than I do. I have only a certain amount of time that I am able to devote to the blog. So, I find it difficult to post as regularly as most bloggers. I never intended to turn my blog into a second career. It was intended to be a hobby and a way to interact with others who share common interests.
Perhaps my greatest concern, one that I have wrestled with while considering whether to continue this blog is feeling that I need to find a “niche” in the blog universe. By this I mean that I think that I need to find a way to make this blog stand out, something special or unique that my blog offers. I need to find a way to make Our MT Nest distinctive. I haven’t arrived at what that factor might be, so for now I will continue with the same focus. Over time the emphasis of my posts may evolve if I discover my unique way to appeal to readers.
The cure for my blog disillusionment was a sabbatical and a self-imposed attitude adjustment. Now that I have recovered, I am back. In the next few posts I’ll be sharing about some of the events and projects that happened while I was absent from posting. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a travel post, sharing the Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise we took in December 2017.