Fandango’s Provocative Question (3 February 2021)

Today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:

Have you ever taken a hiatus (break) from blogging? If so, how long did your hiatus last and why did you take it? How difficult was it to return to blogging after your hiatus? Did your stats suffer and did you lose readers as a consequence of your absence?

I’ve had blogs on specific themes before, but not long in I usually found them a chore to write, they received no interaction, and so I posted less frequently and eventually canned the blogs. I remember one was on cycling, I cycled a lot at the time, but beyond that… I trashed the content, so have no idea what I wrote.

So, if you want to call the times when I *didn’t* have a blog a hiatus, go right ahead.

The current blog started in 2017, and started very much about my stroke recovery. So just that subject matter kept me motivated to write, even though I just felt I was recording things for my future self.

And more recently, while I don’t post much health-related stuff any more, I’ve found motivation just in the communal interaction, so the blog is still flying. Though it is more out of enjoyment now than from any sense of purpose.

So, might I, one day, take a hiatus? I think that all depends on whether the motivation is there. The other thing is that blogging has to be allowed to fall some way down the priority list, so who knows, maybe one day there simply won’t be time to blog? I think I’d probably want the content left live though, especially the stroke-related stuff, just in case it helps anyone in the future realise they’re not alone.


      • Where I live is very hilly, and the mountain bike was knackering my knees. I got an electric bike a couple of years ago. I know it’s cheating, but it’s still good excercise and it flattens the hills out. I love it.🙂

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        • I used to view them with disdain but if it makes the difference ‘tween using one or not. It’s a lot flatter down here but we tend to have some quite steep ramps. But it’s a choice – you go too flat and the wind just hits you. I preferred hills.

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            • dodgy knees btw is generally a sign that your saddle is too low. I took a break from IT and was a bike mechanic until the stroke. Never touched electric bikes but I’d imagine that’s where it’s at now.

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              • Honestly, they’re amazing. I’m 65, and I’d got so I was being very choosy about when I went out. With the variable motor you can work as hard or as little as you like so I can still give myself a decent workout.🙂

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  1. I think that’s a great idea – to leave the content ‘live’ because of the information you’ve shared about your stroke and the things you learned. I like to think that it does help, help people that we may not even realize we’re helping.

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    • One of the things I think about now is that my history isn’t obvious, so a reader would have to dig a bit to realise. But then again, that’s part of it, isn’t it? If someone can think “He functions okay, despite everything”, then that’s the ideal reaction.


  2. At the beginning it took me a bit to get used to writing posts regularly, but I guess that, because of the various lock downs I’ve been quite constant dedicating quite sometime to it. I like to keep it constant, so I tend to prepare them before and schedule them. O f course, this doesn’t work for all the posts, such as the Covid which I have to organize daily 😉

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