WordPress was always my priority, but I used to be at least a little bit active on social media and various other writing platforms. Over the last year, though, my online world has really shrunk, which I’m pretty content with.
The start of COVID was a big shift for me. Before that, I was pretty active both reading and posting on Medium, but I cut way back on that when COVID got crazy. I also cut back on social media, not that I was ever on it all that much to begin with. Social media was never really my thing, but I felt like having some presence was a good way to share my blog with the world. It mostly felt like work, though, and my tolerance for that kind of thing has really dropped.
When I got approved for disability benefits earlier this year, I decided I needed to cut back on potential sources of earnings to cut down the possibility of them deciding I’m employable when I’m not. I had been logging onto Medium maybe once a month to post something at that point, and I decided to step away from it entirely and remove all my articles from behind their paywall.
Around the same time, I decided I didn’t want to be on Twitter at all. I don’t feel the need to delete my account, but I don’t open the app or look at the site and I stopped auto-sharing my WordPress posts. Twitter never actually brought anything more than a trickle of traffic to my site, so it really wasn’t accomplishing much.
My head is definitely a lot less capable of making room for things than it used to be. It’s kind of weird to think back at the things I was able to juggle before that are just totally off the table now. How on earth did I manage to write in multiple places? I am glad I’ve let go of the idea that it was good to spend some time on social media for the sake of promoting the blog. I’m still on Pinterest, but it’s the only social platform that I’ve always liked, perhaps because it’s really not that social at all. I still have my Insta and LinkedIn accounts, but I’m not doing anything with them.
WordPress is and always will be my place. Monetizing was never a major focus for me, but now that I’ve deliberately scaled way back on that, it’s nice not to think about it at all. Simplicity is a good thing. Getting neurons to connect is hard, and simplicity makes it easier.
It seems like COVID has led to higher than usual fluctuations in the blogging population. There will always be people who stop blogging in a given year, but it seems like there have been a lot more people who’ve disappeared in the past year. I guess some of us deal with stressful times by blogging more while others step away.
Has your online world, or your blogging habits specifically, changed since pre-COVID times?