Professional Blogging: Does it kill the joy?
Looking over my other blogs and then looking at the stats of my personal Daddy Blog, I realized that I have lost a little of the joy I had in blogging. The sheer passion for hitting publish and wondering who would read my post and whether they would leave a comment that would spur a discussion.
These are the the joys of blogging that I myself experience when coming up with that perfect anecdotal post or that well thought out piece that I’m proud to publish for all to read. My Daddy Blog sits dormant like a ship caught on a reef taking on water. I last updated it in October of 2007. The anniversary of its birth is coming up on March 1, and I am wondering if I will be putting it out to pasture or if I can make it come back like the Phoenix rising from its ashes. I’m not sure of the answer just yet.
So what happened to the joy of blogging I was experiencing? It’s still there on a personal level, but now I am a professional. I am paid to blog, and help others get paid to blog as well. It’s now a job and a new career. I was told once by someone much wiser than myself that I should not make a job of what I enjoy otherwise it will kill the joy. The context there was working in the golf industry. I went against the advice and it did kill some of the joy, but I still love golf. I am wondering if the joy of blogging has had its own wound that makes it a dying hobby. I suppose time will tell in that regard. The first thing I must do is update that Daddy Blog and see if the joy comes back. No, I won’t start in on the metaphor of setting something free, the profound nature of this post is already getting away from me.
How about you? Are you a professional blogger? Have you lost the joy of blogging now that its a job or a career?