Why I Rarely Post Anymore

I think that might be because as the years passed, the Internet grew to be this behemoth that it is now and I began to question whether anything I was saying was original anymore. It probably wasn’t even way back in the day, but I was blissfully narrow-minded. Instead of writing just to write, I felt like anything I posted had to mean something and that became the biggest hurdle of them all.

I used to write on this blog a lot.

I wrote about stuff that I cared about: movies, music, design, Kansas City, politics, TV — pretty much anything that fancied me at the time.

I started this blog way back in 2004 as an outlet for my writing. It ended up being a place for me not only write, but also to connect with other great people in the KC blogging community. Many I have met and others I haven’t. Not because I didn’t want to, but because we never crossed paths.

Over the years, the frequency with which I posted faded. I got busier at work as my responsibilities changed and grew. I took on more stuff outside of work — church stuff, photography, professional development. And then I just kind of stopped posting altogether. Here and there, I’d put something up, but it never felt the same…like what I was saying had any substance.

I think that might be because as the years passed, the Internet grew to be this behemoth that it is now and I began to question whether anything I was saying was original anymore. It probably wasn’t even way back in the day, but I was blissfully narrow-minded. Instead of writing just to write, I felt like anything I posted had to mean something and that became the biggest hurdle of them all.

Putting a post together takes time. Or at least I think it does… Time is something that I rarely have. Before, I had time at work, time after work…I was flush with it. That’s just not the case anymore.

But then again, maybe I should just write for writing’s sake again and not worry about well-formed sentences or spelling or whatever. After all, that unedited, stream-of-consciousness journaling-like nature is what got me to 1000+ posts. There’s still this nagging feeling that my posts should mean something, but I don’t know why I’m so concerned about that considering I’ve put out more than 25,000 posts of 140 characters or less on Twitter and I would venture to guess less than 1% actually mean something.

I guess this feeling makes me think of An Invocation for Beginnings.

Lately I’ve been struggling a lot with motivation. A lot of different things are pulling for my attention and I don’t feel like I can spend enough time on any of them, so I spend very little time on all of them. And then I go into this shame spiral where I do the everything thing. And that’s just not very productive.

I don’t know what I’m trying to say here. Maybe I’m saying I’m going to post more and care less about it meaning something. Maybe I’m just making excuses. Maybe I just wanted to write again and I was able to carve out some time. I’m not promising anything will come of this.

I just wanted to get it out.

Author: Shane

Shane Adams is a marketer, designer, blogger and preacher man who lives in the Kansas City area with his beautiful artist wife Alli and his corn-chip-smelling dog, Dreyfuss.

4 thoughts on “Why I Rarely Post Anymore”

  1. Shane, I know exactly how you feel. I have fallen off to one or two posts a month for many of the same reasons. I wish you all the best.

  2. I think there’s a fair amount of this going on. My own sheet of digital fishwrap has been on life support for about a year.

    For what it’s worth, I think it helps to not take it too seriously, to understand that there’s no such thing as “an important” blog post. Rather, the important thing is the process. I did start my blog in order to write something important to someone else, but just to write. For myself.

  3. I think Facebook and Twitter have leached away a lot of content that I would have blogged about in the “old days.” In 2004, I could have made an entire post about certain quirky things that now get stated in 140 characters or fewer and left at that.

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