Why I haven’t given up blogging

Almost all of the runners

A few weeks ago I received an email from a longtime reader. She asked if I was done with blogging.

It was a fair question. I hadn’t updated in over six months. I had slowed down a lot in recent years but never just stopped for that long. Like La Profe Chicana, I had a few reasons for my hiatus. And like her, I’d married a blog reader (hi, Sean!) and now had two children.

Enter one of the reasons for the hiatus. Blogging is work, takes time, can be a technical headache (go away hackers!) and is much less easy to do one-handed while nursing a baby than scrolling through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’ve also struggled with how to write about my new-ish identity as a mother while also respecting my children’s privacy.

Blogging didn’t always feel like such a chore. It was fun when I first started in the early-mid ’00s, before I ever even read the word (web)blog. I can relate to Xoloitzquintle who blogged a lot while also writing his dissertation. For me, blogging was a nice distraction from academics. I connected with amazing people and over the years have been lucky enough to meet many of them despite being scattered across the country and abroad in some cases. I’ve danced in Tijuana, run in Carlsbad and shopped at a cute store/coffee shop in Little Village.

I got a lot of validation from blogging and the communities I developed. I think I was good at it, and that mattered to a wannabe writer and someone trying to find a foothold in academe. The topics came easier and the technical stuff wasn’t a headache. People still read and commented and that was an incentive to keep posting. Other bloggers’ posts inspired new topics and so on. The community was still there but the blogs were largely inactive, rarely updated.

Now, the community is challenging me to get back to writing at least two times a week. The trial period is July. I’ve already faltered in the first week, but that’s okay. I can make it up.

Nos vemos en los comments.

Second two photos by Oso/David.


7 thoughts on “Why I haven’t given up blogging

  1. I keep in mind one of the bloggers who urged us to claim and keep our voice on “el internet.” I don’t write much either, but I’ll keep it up more if you do too. It matters (and I love reading you).

  2. I personally dig that you’re back, though I understand completely why blogging regularly is not always realistic, nor is it motivating to do so with what seems like the dwindling in general of blogging (and commenting as people move to microblogging). Also, I feel like there is just less time to reflect and spend time on our own hobbies, let alone reflect on them.

    Reading back on old posts is great, though, which is personally why I still appreciate blogging, even if irregular. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  3. I’ve thought about this same thing recently. My most productive period in blogtitlán was during my first year-and-a-half of college, where I needed an outlet and couldn’t find a productive and healthy outlet. I actually cringe when I read old stuff, either because of how bad the writing comes off or because I thought I was very much in need of actual human connection and too numb to do it. Being in an environment so alien to what I grew up in pushed me to retreat into blogtitlán and connect with others through comments.

    In the latter half of college and the ensuing years, I come and go between wanting to blog and desiring to keep my life private, especially about sensitive topics I’m not too keen to write about (death, my feelings, frustrations with life). I always loved your frank style and I wish I could be as open as you are about your family members. I think I retreated because I like processing stuff for a long time before talking about them.

    Now that I’m going on to grad school, I want to make writing part of my professional practice but I fear putting my writing out there. I don’t want to be too confessional, yet purely academic/advocacy writing is too dry for me. That’s the fine line I can’t seem to straddle.

  4. Such a technical headache! But you’ve inspired me. I’m gonna try out twice a week too and see how it goes. I’m also excited to read about your new life. It’s hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago that we first started commenting on each other’s blogs. Somehow the day didn’t feel complete if I didn’t publish something (no matter how short) and check in on my blog roll. Thanks for the inspiration.

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