It’s time for me to say goodbye.
It’s been just shy of three years since I stared this blog in April of 2012. When I first began, it was just to practice my writing craft so that I would be ready when God wanted to use it, like David honed his character tending sheep before he became King of Israel in the Bible. Unfortunately, it grew into something else.
For one thing, it became an idol. I was no longer practicing; the blog had become the end result. I did indeed see blogging as part of my writing future, but I became obsessed with views, comments, and likes. I stressed myself over deadlines that really had no merit. When the blog didn’t get the vague amount of hits I wanted, I became depressed. That’s not healthy.
And on a more practical side, if I did want to grow this blog into something big, I clearly need more help. Over three years, hits have been fairly stagnant, no matter what I try. Plus, having a newborn makes you very busy, which results in deadlines being missed and posts not appearing. So not only did I deviate from my original intention, but I failed at my obsession, too.
Finally, my wife said to me, “You know you don’t have to have a blog right now, right?”
She has a point. I do enjoy blogging, but it’s only a small piece of what I want to do, and it’s honestly not going anywhere right now. So I think it’s time to put the blog in the trunk for now. I don’t want to kill it because I may want to bring it back someday in the future. But I won’t be writing here anymore, or on my other blog, Steward and Servant. Lesson learned: when one blog stresses you out, don’t make another. Sheesh.
So what now? I joined a writer’s guild, so I’m able to still hone my craft and focus on my novels instead of articles, and novels have always been my greater joy. And I’m contemplating trying new venues such as Youtube or contributing to other websites or such. I don’t know yet, but I know that for me to move forward, I have to say goodbye to Fencing with Ink.
A massive thank you to everyone who’s liked, followed, and commented on my blog in the past. I love you all and it’s been an incredible journey.
Thank you and goodbye.