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Blogging Blues: How Much is Too Much? #AtoZReflections

What has blogging been like for you? Have you ever been affected by the Blogging Blues? Did you come along for my A to Z Blogging Challenge this April? Did you participate in the challenge yourself?

Blogging has been a lovely pastime for over a decade. I started Daily (w)rite in 2008. I’ve largely not cared about visitor and follower counts–instead valuing the blog friends I have been in touch with, and the new friends I make each year. Blogging blues have affected me from time to time, and the past year I’ve had less time for blogging.

So the A to Z challenge this year was mostly an attempt to revive the blog. With my writing career taking up some time with a new agent and  a book deal signed with Thomas & Mercer, I’ve had far less time for blogging the way I used to.

This blog actually started as daily writing ritual–and that’s why it is called the Daily (w)rite. In the last few years, I’ve been taking extended blogging breaks, and that has done the site no favors.

My novel, The Blue Bar, was signed in a two-book deal, which means I have a sequel on contract. I spent the last few months trying to cope with edits to The Blue Bar, and drafting the sequel alongside. Doing the AZ seemed ambitious. It turned out to be hard but not impossible, and here I am, still blogging. Blogging blues have stayed at bay so far.

I blogged on a theme I enjoyed, and most of each post was really an excerpt from a crime novel I’ve savored, its back cover text, and a bit about its author. I only wrote a paragraph or two about my reasons for recommendation. On Canva, I kept making changes on the same template, so the daily graphic took very little time. From experience, I knew that the most difficult part of the challenge was planning it, and landing on a theme I (and, hopefully visitors) would relish. Once I knew my theme, all I had to do was sit with pen and paper, and write down the titles I would blog about, then schedule drafts accordingly.

It was a tad hairy, because I hadn’t pre-written my posts, and was drafting my novel at the same time, but I’m glad it is done now. It was nowhere near the mad rush when I was a A to Z co-host, and we  visited something like 50 blogs a day. Alex J Cavanaugh used to be the keeper of the linky list, and all of us co-hosts in a mad visiting frenzy.

Visitors-wise, this year’s A to Z was a little sparse at the outset, but began to pick up towards the end. My blog is not back to its normal numbers, but who cares? I have touched base with friends I’ve made over the years, and reconnected with blogs I’d lost touch with. I’ve found a fascinating bunch of new bloggers I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, and though it remains to be seen if they would become friends, that is an outcome I’m hoping for. So many have offered to review The Blue Bar and have added the book to Goodreads.

If you’re a friend who would like to read an ARC, you could help, too. Just sign up on this form.

Would I do the A to Z Challenge next year? I could, really. I might even do the same theme, just with different books–will be harder, but I have one year to consider it.

I’ve been told that with the advent of social media, I could afford to forget about my blog. But there’s a joy in the friendships I’ve made over a decade, and in long-form writing, which I’m not in a hurry to give up any time soon.

What has blogging been like for you? Have you ever been affected by the Blogging Blues? Did you come along for my A to Z Blogging Challenge this April? Did you participate in the challenge yourself?

My lit crime novel, The Blue Bar will be out this October with Thomas & Mercer. It is already available for preorders. Add it to Goodreads or pre-order it to make my day.
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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – I just felt I couldn’t do the A-Z … love the concept, but dislike the ‘rules and regulations’ particularly as I’m not other social media. I enjoy my blogging friends, who come from all walks of life, and many countries – so I learn lots and appreciate others’ points of views. Sounds like you’ve had some good input from the A-Z – all the best – Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      A to Z has been an enriching experience for me–I don’t mind the rules because I used to host it at one point and can see the use for some of them. This time, it didn’t bring as many new visitors as before, but I was glad to revisit my reading and interact with old friends.

  • Love the cover for your new book! Signed up for the ARC team 🙂 I’ve added a couple of your book recommendations to my TBR and I’ve finished two already, so I think doing this theme again next year is a good idea. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    Ronel visiting for A-Z Challenge Reflections 2022

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much for signing up, Ronel! Much gratitude, and always happy to read your work, as well. Agree with you on the theme–Jemima and I were speaking about it the other day, and she and I both admired your book-reading theme so much!

  • cassmob says:

    I’d be very happy to have your book achievement let lone worry about the blog, but I’m so pleased to have become one of your community. The connections made are so precious and a reader falls drawn in in an entirely different way from social media I think. Sometimes there’s a dose of blogging blues for me but it’s also when other parts of life take over or I don’t have anything I feel urged to share.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you, and I’m delighted to have become blog friends with you as well. Blogging blues have affected me many times over the past years, but in 2022 I’m resolved to post regularly.

  • dgkaye says:

    I get all you say about blogging while trying to write books and do life, it’s a juggle for sure. I’m glad you didn’t disappear, and as you know many times our blog readers become our book readers so it’s a delicate balance to keep engaged while our heads are into another project. Wishing you tons of success on your new release Damyanti <3

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yes, blogging and writing is indeed a delicate balance, one feeding into the other. Thanks so much for your kind wishes and your continued support–I always enjoy the time spent on your blog.

  • I really love my blog, but it can be hard to keep it up without people commenting. Like you, my schedule hasn’t allowed me to blog as much as I like, but the A to Z Challenge helped focus my attention. In July, my blog will be 15 years old. I’m proud that I have stuck with it, despite not having as much time to dedicate to it.

    Wishing you the best in writing the sequel. Congratulations on the two-book deal. Thanks for becoming a new blogging buddy.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Cheryl, so pleased to hear that your blog will complete 15 years! That’s older than mine, which will turn 15 next year in January. Sticking to it is a herculean task, as I can attest.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and I’m thrilled to be your new blogging buddy. You can be sure I’ll visit as often as possible.

  • timsbrannan says:

    Yeah I do get the blogging blues every so often, but it only gets worse if I don’t write.

    Congratulations on completing the challenge!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you, Tim. It was indeed a challenge to reach Z. I enjoyed your AZ posts–thank so much for your support.

  • Jemima Pett says:

    It was lovely to see you here, Damyanti. I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of blogging recently, at least as far as my author presence is concerned. But I’d rather blog than do other social media.
    I may even steal a leaf out of your and Ronel’s blogs this April, and have a go at my own A to Z of books next year!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Jemima, I blog because I like it—I’m not sure it sells books, but is good to stay in touch with amazing friends like you–and that’s invaluable!

      Yes, that would be interesting as a theme. I loved Ronel’s posts this year.

  • Congratulations on your novel and it’s sequel. The blurb sounds exciting. I haven’t yet gotten around to reading your posts but will. I wish you all the best with your writing.

  • literarylad says:

    Hi Damyanti, I have to say, one post a day is way too much for me, and in the past, I’ve un-followed (is that a thing?) bloggers because they’re posting too often. If you think about it, I only need follow ten blogs to get ten posts a day. If I don’t check my email for some days (which happens regularly) my inbox can quickly get overwhelmed, and I risk missing critical emails. Plus, with that many emails to work through, how am I going to find time to work on my own writing, let alone fit in my other full-time job? So I would say that while posting regularly helps to keep readers engaged, any more than one a week is overload.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Totally get what you’re saying here. I can only do about two posts a week. Blogging is a passion, but writing is the profession, so more time needs to go to the latter.

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – I miss doing the A-Z … but went off the new admins. I so enjoy blogging … and have been fortunate just to connect with interesting bloggers – some who write, some who blog/blogged but do other social media too … that’s just not me. I am going back over your posts and theme – I’ve to catch up yet … and consider I’ve made friends over the 15 years (!) of blogging … strange but true. Cheers and so good luck with your new book: The Blue Bar … Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Hilary, you’re one of the most prolific, genuine, and generous bloggers I’ve had the privilege to know over the past decade. I always enjoy your posts. Thanks for the kind wishes for The Blue Bar.

  • My blogs entered for year 2022 were all produced last year and stored to be released over time so I need to get back to writing again. I’ve started experimenting with a new story but it will probably go through several revisions before I release it. I do enjoy reading things of substance on friends pages but am not so much into sharing what I had for breakfast or some of the trivia usually shared on social media. The more information you give about likes and dislikes provides a wealth of material for advertisers who harvest that kind of information and bombard you with mindless advertisements so there is a definite downside to social media providers.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Ian, I always look forward to your stories!

      What you say about social media is so right. Our information is the product being sold on social media.

  • JT Twissel says:

    I know so many bloggers who’ve stopped in the last few years – stopped blogging and stopped commenting. Just stopped. I ‘ve had a hard time the last few months keeping up but I did catch about half of your A to Z blogs. Amazing work!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Jan. Yes, it has been hard to keep blogging–I did go on hiatus last year, but hope to keep up consistent posts in 2022.

  • John Holton says:

    I’m glad you’re back to blogging, and I really enjoyed your posts this year!

  • I am endlessly grateful to have found the blogosphere. I have learned from other bloggers, laughed with them, wept with and for them. And yes, I have made friends here. Valued friends. No other social media for me.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Sue, exactly the same. I’m on some other social media, but I’ll find it hard to let go of blogging for the very reasons you mention.

  • Damyanti – best with “The Blue Bar.”
    I always enjoy meeting other crime writers.

  • I much prefer blogging over the other social media I engage in. I find friends, learn a lot from others’ posts, and have fun writing my own.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Liz, that sounds a lot like me. Thank you for being such a supportive blog friend.

  • Denise T says:

    Thanks for sharing.. I agree with your view on blogs and posting. I’m glad I found your site; as a result I’ve enjoyed topics I might not have found elsewhere. My follower numbers bother me from time to time and other times I let it go. I like having a conversation (my post style) where I know someone is listening. Sometimes it’s about having something to say and needing to say it. I appreciate your posts and I hope you don’t give it up anytime soon. Thanks.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Denise, I’m glad we found each other, and have been interacting over the years. Blogging and all social media is conversation, and being an introvert, I enjoy this form of chatter because I can pick when to interact, and don’t actually have to dress up or anything to go out lol.

      Thanks for the kind words on my blog, and may we remain long in touch.

  • Christine E Robinson says:

    Damyanti, I enjoyed your A-Z crime challenge. I’ve never participated in any. It seemed that my blog site suffered neglect once I started writing the first book. I was lucky to retain the blogger friends that I started with. They and new bloggers responded to the latest book oriented posts. And thank you for being one of my new blogger friends. I’m going the self-publishing Amazon route next week, May 11th. Historical fiction and an unknown author didn’t draw interest from the few agents I queried. Crime was at the top of their list. Lucky you! In my self marketing plan, I’ll keep up on Social Media, with specific excerpts along the story line to draw interest, hopefully. As you know, being a successful author, writing and the work involved is not for the faint hearted. More of a challenge for beginners. 📚🎶 Christine

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Christine, congratulations on the new book! It IS hard to promote on social media and keep up with the blog. The only way I do it is by being myself on social media (a curated version, for sure) and blogging as and when I can carve the time for it. I think switching off social media for a few hours and focusing on doing one thing gets tons more done. multi-tasking is a myth. Please drop a link to your book here, and let us shout out about it!

  • I love blogging. It grows a community of writers I don’t find on FB, Twitter, or any of the new SM (GETTR and Truth). But, I’m not sure AtoZ works for me anymore. Like you said, there’s a year before that decision must be made.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      So true, Jacqui. There’s a certain depth to long-form interactions which no amount of exchanging emoji comments on IG can match. I do have good social media friends, but for some reason, blog friendships feel deeper. AZ is not great on returns for more established blogs like yours–I did it this time to put some life back into my blog.

  • DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing!!… you have a life to live, memories to make and adventures to travel, blogging is just part of your life… I usually post a blog whenever my heart feels like it, whenever my mind thinks about committing to writing, A to Z challenges, etc. , my heart jumps in with some words by Rose Miligan…. 🙂

    Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
    to paint a picture, or write a letter,
    bake a cake, or plant a seed.
    Ponder the difference between want and need.

    Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
    with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
    Music to hear, and books to read,
    friends to cherish and life to lead.

    Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
    with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
    a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
    this day will not come round again.

    Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
    old age will come and it’s not kind.
    And when you go, and go you must,
    you, yourself, will make more dust!
    (Rose Milligan)

    Hope all is well in your part of the world and until we meet again…
    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    May green be the grass you walk on
    May blue be the skies above you
    May pure be the joys that surround you
    May true be the hearts that love you.
    (Irish Saying)

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Larry, I love the positivity and warmth of your blog. Visiting you is always a delight.

  • I came to blogging later–just five years ago. I love the long-form writing and just can’t get a handle on the little IG stories (I’m too long-winded, I think!). So, I do still feel blogging is valuable. It’s my version of a newsletter, I realize, which is something I’m supposed to do as an emerging writer, but I just don’t have the time. I’ve also found wonderful blogging friends–like you–out here and have become invested in their lives, not just their reading-and-writing lives. I’m glad you’re still blogging–you’re one of the best!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Rebecca. Your blog has been a pleasure to visit over the years I have known you. I hope you keep writing on the blog.

  • Rosie Amber says:

    I used to take part in the A-Z challenge, but gave up when I ran out of themes to use. It was a good way to meet new people. I have been blogging for ten years now. It evolves and changes like the waves of an ocean. Social media fashions come and go and it can be a challenge. I’m lucky that there are a team of us who produce material for blog posts. Going solo on the blog is hard work when you don’t feel motivated. I like you writing advice posts, and I try to drop by as often as possible.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      You’re such a huge supporter, Rosie. I went back to AZ after years, because I found that my blog needed the boost. It really is all about finding a suitable theme which holds interest and will be easy to write on template. I think if i do have the energy next year, I will repeat this year’s theme. Your blog is stellar in all the help you offer other writers.

  • The days when we were admins – those were crazy. I’m not sure how I kept up. I think it took close to five hours a day. So well done that you edited and kept up!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Alex, I remember you handling a list of almost 1500 entries. Been in awe ever since. We had Tina the cheerleader, and all of us were eyebrows deep in it. I recall working 7 hours a day as an admin–on my own challenge, and then the visits and the responding to questions.

      This was not so much, in comparison. I wrote about 25k on my draft in April though, and sent it to my agent this week. Then I crashed.

  • Nicole Pyles says:

    For a variety of reasons blogging isn’t quite the same for me. However, I do miss it! I love the community, even though I’ve lost touch with a few of those that were in my blog’s little community. I do blog more on my writing blog sometimes for sure. I hope next year I can do the April challenge!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Nicole, yes, blogging has changed, and attention spans have shrunk. I myself crave the ability to post emoji comments on some days. Hope to see you by more often.