Now that I have four foster kids in four different schools, my life is much busier and I don't find myself able to make time for blogging every morning. I have only posted two or three times in October. But it didn't seem like anybody even noticed when I did manage to post.
So I was wondering what you readers might think of my new plan:
Lovely Living will post just once per week.
I'll probably post on Sundays, sharing my plans and schedule for the week ahead. This will make Lovely Living even more of a seasonal-themed blog, compressing lots of daily projects into a weekly format instead. There will be just one Lovely Blog of the week (it will be hard for me to choose just one to share, when I'm used to being excited about seven blogs per week!) and I imagine the Lovely Links for the Week link list will be quite long!
However, I am a bit discouraged by the lack of interaction from readers. Most posts generate no likes on Facebook; only two people have left comments in the last six months; nobody answers the questions I ask in posts or on Facebook; and no new readers/fans on Facebook in several months. I'm not posting hoping to get "likes" but it can be an indicator that people are enjoying what you're sharing. I do know that Facebook recently changed their Edgerank and is showing Lovely Living's posts to fewer fans, too though.
Last year I posted an intensely personal post about how my life changed after two relatives died and left their young children in my care. I asked for comments and advice, and not a single person commented. Four people "liked" the post on Facebook. (I do wish Facebook had a Dislike button so people could register sympathy or that they didn't like the news you just shared!) It really made me feel like nobody is actually reading the posts or connecting with me or the blog in any way.
While I don't write Lovely Living for attention or praise or whatever, it does make me feel sad if I'm just writing into a void or trying to give advice to people who don't want or need my tips and ideas. If it's not resonating with people, I shouldn't continue.
Is Lovely Living not relevant or interesting to you guys any more? It's possible, and I have to consider that. I have several other blogs I enjoy working on too, but Lovely Living has been my favorite. I'd be sad to shut it down, but I don't want to bore people and I could channel this blogging energy into some of my other blogs.
Would you stick around and enjoy a weekly blog? Is it worth keeping going? Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I prefer honesty!