How long should a blog last?
That question has been popping up more and more in my head lately, as I’ve been contemplating terminating my blog. From what little I’ve gathered, some blogs don’t last long. Their authors set them up, post an article or two, and then for whatever reason stop. I imagine there are thousands of blog sights out there just cluttering the internet now.
Some blogs, I imagine, aren’t meant to last for forever. Their authors set out with a purpose–to document a project, losing weight or something like that, something with a clearly defined end.
Others, naturally, will go on for as long as they make money for their owners.
My question is, for those of us without clearly defined ends, how long should we keep our blogs around?
I’ve just hit 100 followers.
Looking at my accomplishment, I’m not sure whether to laugh, celebrate, or cry at the irony. I know I probably will be terminating this blog some time in the future. The question is when.
I try to look on the death of my blog not as a failure. After all, I’ve more than fulfilled my original goals for my blog: to learn how to blog, to learn how to blog regularly, and to establish a presence on the internet. I’ve done that. My presence isn’t big, my following frankly sucks, but as a learning experience this blog has been a success.
But I’m not done yet.
I will have a new blog.
Maybe I should say why I’m closing this blog. It isn’t just because I’ve grown tired of blogging, that it’s more of a chore than anything else, and that I’ve not found writing fun in more than a month now.
It’s because, well, I’m getting married. And when women get married, their names change. And my blog, if any of you would bother to notice, is tied up in my name. So I figured if my name is changing, then my blog should bother to change as well. After all, I’m not a published author; my fame is not tied into my maiden name. So why not?
I do want to view this change as an opportunity to blog better. I’m not sure how I can, but I want to.
So what’s the new name?
Well, my new name is going to be Jennifer Lynn Gorman. How that affects my blog address and such, I’m not sure yet. But I’ll keep you posted, and when the time comes to say farewell to jennymiller62, I’ll make sure to point you to my new home.