The past couple weeks to months have been a bit of a whirlwind for the blogger in me. After a great podcast experience on RN.FM Radio and then most recently my amazing meet-up with two long-time blogger friends, I’ve had a roller coaster of emotions.
I’ve never really considered myself a blogger, even though I’ve been blogging for 7+ years. I’ve never called myself a blogger, even though I am a nurse blogger for the online magazine “Scrubs Magazine”.
I am a nurse, who happens to blog.
My ‘job’ has always been being a “nurse”. My job has never been being a blogger. Blogging has always been about having fun. Nothing more. Nothing less. The evolution of social media has changed the face of blogging, at least for me. This was something I discussed in great lengths during my recent post : “When IRL Imitates Social Media”.
When I started blogging, it was all about the long-form blog post. You told a story. As social media evolved, so did your presence online. You went from representing yourself with your blog, to creating profiles on numerous social media sites.
I’ve talked about this ad nauseum. The point being that maintaining an online presence is exhausting and can become debilitating and sometimes even damaging. Especially when you consider health care bloggers have to maintain their professionalism while flirting with the idea of transparency. Which is why over the past 18 months or so I’ve sort of walked in and out of the online shadows. I went from being the super-duper social media sharing fool, to being non-existent.
It started to not be fun anymore.
I jumped into blogging because of my interest in telling stories. I stayed with blogging because if was fun. It was fun to tell stories, share stories and read the stories others were posting online (via blogs). The transformation of micro-blogging and the slow death of the long-form blogging became a chore for me. The over-sharing made it unenjoyable. I wasn’t having fun.
When I started to not have fun, I would back away from all things social media. When I’d had a good break, I would slowly integrate again. I also would play the social media hopscotch game. I’d visit and spend my time in different areas of the internet to get a different perspective, which helped ward off getting burned out.
The problem is it’s still tough to keep it fun.
I did get a boost a couple weeks ago when I visited with some long time fellow bloggers. I was reinvigorated to start long-form blogging again.
Unfortunately, it’s still tough. Especially when one of our own decides to take a break. He decides to completely go silent and cut off all communication.
“As of June 7, 2013, I will no longer post anything on social media including twitter, facebook, and blog posts, including the suspension of the Family Medicine Rocks Website and Podcast – Indefinitely – as I sort out the next step in my social media life…”
It has definitely been a long week for me as I celebrated my seventh year of being in social media with my initial blog starting in June 2006. I encourage you to read through my blog posts of this week including, “Blogging Anniversary,” ” Reflections From Seven Years Online,” “The Race For Relevancy,” “Social Media Soul Searching.” At this point, social media is no longer fun, and I explore those thoughts more in the video below.
Here is the video from his podcast:
This was quite a blow to me as well as many health care bloggers out there in the blogoshphere. I can completely understand his sentiments as well as his concerns. I think all of us out here in the blogosphere battle with some form of his angst on a daily basis.
Many of us have taken a ‘break’ of some sort, while Mike has been going strong for 7 years straight. Which included a successful rebranding about 2 years ago, that was no easy task. So he deserves to break free from this ‘job’ and find the fun again.
I for one hope Mike finds what he is looking for. His presence will be missed. I’m going to miss my friend.