I stopped blogging months ago, deleted all the content and turned off my hosting instance. It was a mistake, just one of many I’ve made in my lifetime. An online contact even warned me that I’d regret it.
I had a good reason for doing what I did, but that reason no longer exists. I’m doing things a little differently this time, and hopefully I won’t feel the need to stop again.
My Blogging Hobby
I started “blogging” in 2006, shortly after arriving in the Philippines. Although I never considered myself very good at it, I used to make money doing it. I never really cared about that aspect of it because it was a hobby, like any other, designed to replace idle time. I never really understood how important it was to me until I didn’t do it anymore.
Months have passed with me doing little more than eating, sleeping, socializing, reading online and watching videos. I’ve been bored out of my mind more often than not. I envy the gamers who spend hours every day with their video games. As you can probably imagine, I’m not a gamer.
I’m not a hobby blogger either, which is different from blogging as a hobby. A hobby blogger writes about a hobby, which is something I haven’t done and will probably never do. I’ve had more than several websites since I first got online in 1994, and only a handful of them were blogs.
Blogging With the WordPress Content Management System
There was a period when I used a self-designed static-site generator. There was also a period when I used a static-site generator based on WordPress. I’m not going to do either of those things anymore, no matter how much I dislike some features of WordPress. Fixing my own mistakes isn’t something I enjoy doing.
I have WordPress installed on my laptop computer, so I can test plugins, theme changes and write while offline. The hardest part of getting started again was finding a WordPress theme that didn’t irritate me. I think the one I’m using now will serve my purposes well enough. Experts say widths of 1280, 1440 and 1920 pixels should be used, with 1920 pixels catering to higher resolution computer monitors and television sets. This theme lets me specify the width.
I’m using a width of 1920 pixels, and zooming my web browser is the only way I can get an idea what it looks like at that resolution. I don’t have a television set, and I don’t have a high-resolution computer monitor. It’s a situation I hope to resolve in the next few months.
It’s Wife Approved
Even my wife, Josie, wants me to blog again. I can be a real pain when I’m bored, and she needs her space as much as I need mine. We’ve been together for a very long time, and that wouldn’t have been possible without the boundaries we set for each other.
When we were younger, Josie was jealous of the time I spent online. That was before social media took off, when she didn’t understand what kept me occupied. Now, I’m the one who’s jealous of all the time she spends online.
There’s No Need to Be Prolific
For years, I felt like I had to write often. All it did was make me sloppy and write about things that weren’t important. I don’t want to get into that mindset again. It’s a much better idea to take my time and make sure it’s something I really want to write about, and it’s something that might be interesting to someone other than me. It doesn’t matter how long it takes.
I’m using certain web browser extensions and certain WordPress plugins to help me stay focused. Since I’m no longer concerned about monetization or search engine optimization, I’m not too worried about what specific topics I address.