One of my new year's resolutions is to spend less time on my phone. To stop the mindless scrolling, and endless consuming of useless information. To stop reaching for it first thing in the morning, and to stop using it last thing at night. To stop the relentless stream of blue light from entering my eyeballs like little zaps of internet lightning.
To start communicating more, talking more, grounding myself in the real-life world more. It's funny how the more digitally connected you are, the more disconnected you become.
But that resolution has got me thinking... In the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week world of blogging, is there a space for me if I'm not constantly online? Will I remain relevant if I don't tweet everyday? Will people read my work if I don't promote it constantly?
I read a lot of blogs - I love them. I love seeing and reading about what other people have been up to, losing myself in their worlds for a few moments at a time. Through this though I can't help but compare my little space on the internet to others who have become amazingly successful through theirs. What're they doing that I could be doing? Am I going about this all wrong? Could I be being better?
The answer is yes, probably. But if I think like that I'll lose the spirit of why I started Paperback Thrones. Though it's sometimes necessary to imagine your blog as a business, like many others I want to try and keep mine as my sanctuary. Not something that incurs a mountain of stress. I want it to continue to be place I write about what I want to write about. The place that feels like an extension of me, whatever that means. The place that lets me write, because at the end of the day my relationship with words is what keeps me sane.
I blog because I write. I write because it's like a therapy.
I blog because I love it.
And even if I'm being rubbish at networking, switching off after a day in the office, and not being prolific on Twitter, I hope you'll still come and visit me. Maybe I'll get better at these things, maybe I won't.
I hope you don't mind if I blog my own way.