Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Abandoned Blog

What happened?

There’s nothing so frustrating as a deserted blog. I watched it happen to some of my favorite blogs, and it always made me wonder what was going on with the writer and if they would be back. Now it’s my blog that’s abandoned.

The truth is that, besides being overwhelmed with other responsibilities, I suffered a crisis of confidence about writing Brim. The truth is that there are much more knowledgeable, interesting and prolific wine bloggers out there.

What makes Brim worth reading?

I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I started blogging. Like most of my endeavors, I made it up as I went along. I developed some wonderful and loyal readers (who I greatly appreciate), but my overall traffic was always pretty low.

After being silent for so long, I've been struggling with how to start over. I guess the only thing to do is just start writing again.


Sonadora said...

Yes, come back John, just start again!!

Missed hearing from you around the wine blog world!

Mary B. said...

John, if you love to write, you must keep going. We all have confidence shakedowns from time to time. My advice would be to face your fears and take on something really challenging--something that may be at the far edge of what you think you can do. Perhaps some investigative journalism, or something very emotional, or a daring rant. Clearly you WANT to write; you just need something that will get your juices flowing!

John said...

Sonadora - Thanks for the encouragement and kind words.

Mary - Interesting suggestions...I think you may be right. By the way, we still miss the Renegade Red.

Dr. Debs said...

I'm with them--write. We miss your voice. Just reading this made me think of all those great posts about wine and life and dogs and food.

If Mary's suggestion doesn't work, do what I do and set the bar really low. "I'm just going to write one sentence today and post it." Then the next day you can write two!

John said...

Thanks, Deb. I'm honored to have a great writer like you as a fan.

Dr. Debs said...

Hah. You're a better writer than I am--I'm consistent. But YOU write from the heart, my friend.