To blog…or not to blog

CloudsLately I’ve been wondering if I should continue with the blog. It seems to have tailed off a bit so I’m wondering if it’s time to call it a day. I’ll have to think about it but the two posts I did yesterday got very little views so maybe there’s no interest in it anymore. I’ll let you know what I decide.

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38 thoughts on “To blog…or not to blog

  1. yardsailor says:

    I would be sad to see you go, I don’t comment much, but I do really love your pictures and your tie in with Wild Westies, would love to meet you some day when I finance my “top of the Bucket list” trip to the Wild West. I imagine there are a lot of us out here who don’t think to leave even a one word comment, from now on I will be leaving comments on your splendid work.

  2. Karen says:

    We would all miss your blog dearly, Val!
    You often make me see something from a different angle. And you show places I might have never thought about. πŸ™‚
    About the number of views: Isn’t the week before All Hallows Eve always slow?
    It is your decision, Val. Despite that I really hope that you are going to continue this awesome blog.

  3. thedublindiaryblog says:

    I enjoy reading your blog, I don’t get to every post right away but always catch up. If it’s any help my own blog is always slow on a Saturday and Sunday. I personally don’t read much at the weekend either!

    Having said that, there’s harm in taking a break or even blogging less often!

  4. speccy says:

    Page views only matter if you want them to- if you’re getting something from the process of taking and sharing your pics, stick with it. Only stop when it doesn’t suit you to do it anymore. If you’re bored with it, it doesn’t matter how many see it.
    I like what you do, but you’re the one who matters πŸ™‚

  5. johncoyote says:

    I blog for many reasons. To learn and feel what is going on in our world. I like your photos. Photos are poetry for the eyes. I work a lot of hours. I have been help a lot. 10 years ago I had 3000 followers on myspace. When myspace changed. I went off into new direction and I’m glad I did. I believe you must be active and people will come to you. Time is precious. I hope you keep blogging.

  6. Catherine (@_Cath_d) says:

    I know how you feel. I feel like that too with my project. I wonder if there is any point, if anyone notices what I do, if anyone benefits from it. It can be very disheartening. I try to remember why I started and what the inspiration was. Maybe step away for a little while before deciding if you will come back to it.

  7. Claire Edwards says:

    I think people will come and go Val, I’m guilty of that myself, work has dominated my life so much this year I’ve had little me time to view the blogs that I follow, and also update my own (hence 4,000+ emails in my inbox unread :-(). I enjoy your blog and I would miss it greatly, but it’s also got to be enjoyable and fulfilling for you, the creator.

    One thing to point out though, there must be a lot of love for your blog to be nominated for the blog awards two years running, great achievement πŸ™‚

  8. Ellen says:

    I enjoy what you post since I’ve only been to Ireland and may not get back there again. That said, if you aren’t enjoying what you are doing then you should definitely do something that gives you more satisfaction. Life is short – do what makes you happy!!

  9. TooManyMuffins says:

    I don’t think you should let two posts throw you off blogging. Blogging stats change all the time, don’t put too much pressure on yourself all the time! I for one love the blog and would love to see you continue to write. You highlight some great areas in the west that I intend to visit thanks to your blog!

  10. Judi says:

    Val, the decision of course rests with you alone. I would miss your blog greatly as I love the pictures and the stories that go with many of them. I agree with so many who have commented on to blog or not to blog…it all depends on what YOU are getting out of the work that you are doing. I and others think your site is awesome and the public agrees. Otherwise, you would no have been nominated for blog awards and winning a few awards along the way this year.

  11. Ann Donnelly says:

    I would be disappointed if you stop blogging. Whilst I rarely leave comments your blogs are so a part of my daily life. Ive really enjoyed your travels and have got some great ideas for places to visit. Hope you continue at least occasionally.

  12. annaandersonwrites says:

    Hello MagnumLady,
    Like Ann (above), I enjoy reading your posts and looking at your photos despite the fact I rarely comment. There is a charming understated quality about your posts, as if you are recording it all for yourself and just letting us look in. If that is the case, continue and ignore the stats. But if you’re not enjoying it, it probably is time to give up – but you will leave some sad readers behind!
    All the best, whatever you decide.

  13. Jacqui McR says:

    I love your blog. It keeps me close to my family in Collooney and Ballisodare as I live in Scotland. I have only commented a few times but read every post. Your photos are fab. The shells Halloween surfing we’re great and to think I was having tea in shells only last week when I was home. I hope you decide to keep blogging x

  14. Bettina Biolik says:

    Please please continue with your blog..I really really love it! The area around Sligo is my favourite place in the world, and it’s just the greatest thing for me to read your posts. Maybe it’s just the frequency of the posts, maybe do a bit less so people really read it when you post something?

    Lots of encouragement from Warsaw, Poland,

    Bettina

  15. June says:

    I’m hoping so much that you don’t give up blogging, Val. Not only do I come to this blog to find out all the great craic that’s happening or about to take place in an around Sligo, but also, your photos are absolutely beautiful, and I love taking virtual drives and journeys with you wherever you and Rocket-dog (and sometimes Lucy and Jono, too) take us all on.:

    It’s of course your own personal decision – only you know when to ‘call it a day,’ but if you enjoy sharing your photos and journeys (and you clearly do from each blog post that you write and share), then let the happiness and pleasure from that guide your way into making the decision.

    I’m not alone in saying that your blog is one of the very best Irish blogs out there (and there are quite a few that I sub to and really enjoy), so, for selfish reasons as well, I hope you continue sharing your journeys with us through your words and beautiful photos.

  16. Tish Dugan says:

    I cam eonly recently to your Blog and by accident. I still don’t know how I found you but it was definitely by mistake. No one knows you are here, or just how beautiful and good this Blog is. A love it. As for this weekend, it was crazy here in the US because of it being the “Halloween Weekend”. With the big festival in Sligo, etc. same thing. Finally, you are one of the most creative people blogging in Ireland if not all over the place. You would miss this Blog as much as I/we would. I hope you were just having a bad day. Please don’t go away!

  17. Alison Runham says:

    I wonder too Val if people who subscribe by email count on your views? I suspect they don’t. Your blog posts come up in my inbox every day so I read them there. Don’t always have time to comment lately, but I often share your photos with my daughter (the arty one, same ages as yours) and she enjoys them too.
    So it would be sad to see you give it up – but I also echo the sentiment that it has to be something you enjoy. If you’re finding it a bit of a drag, what about just posting three times a week?

  18. brendan says:

    would be a shame to see you go val, i enjoy your blog, and all your beautiful pictures, but as has been told to you a lot here its totally up to you but think hard on it val and dont give up

  19. Kristi Jones says:

    Hi Val,
    I get your blog via email, so I don’t go to the site often. I just enjoy the photos in my inbox! πŸ™‚ But, if it will keep you blogging, I’ll go to your site. I look forward to your pics. I live in southwest Texas and some mornings I just revel in your pictures – some of them are totally new and fresh, some of them remind me of my childhood in Europe. I’d really, really miss them!

  20. thedublindiaryblog says:

    I’ll try again, hopefully WordPress will favour my comment this time!

    I like seeing your blog in my inbox, it would be a shame if you stopped. I don’t always get a chance to read it straight away but I always catch up.

    If it’s any consolation my blog performs poorly at weekends too, but then again, I tend not to read too many blogs myself at weekend!

    There’s no harm if you want to take a break though! Just don’t go away forever! πŸ™‚

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