Last week the fourth birthday of this blog had passed and I spent some days pondering this post. I think the phase this blog has entered is trivially recognized as The Slump that sooner or later sneaks up on some (most? all?) blogs.
And the problem with writing in and about the slump is that it seems like a bunch of worthless excuses prepending blog's demise. So just to make it clear - this post is no excuse and this blog has no demise in sight. ;)
In traffic this seemed like typical year-to-year, until it started crashing halfway. Maybe Google just doesn't like me anymore, maybe it wants to hint that more fresh content is expected.
The takeaway is that I am glad to have zilch anxiety about taking such hit for the first time. Not in this for the numbers after all.
Since there were few posts the commenting activity was just as subdued. Crazy amount of spam on other hand - has me on brink of drastic measure, which I tend to be strongly against (making harder/impossible to comment on old posts, etc).
The largest hit to the content pool was me running out of core things - actively and daily used by me. I think those kinds of posts are naturally most solid information and enjoyable to write. The upside of the slump is that I slowly attain some new toys and tools here and there with serious usage time on them.
The other personal revelation from the slump is that I prominently dislike to try something for the sake of writing post about it and acting on email pitches along those lines. I have no intention of writing about anything just to fill the day. And seeing those email pitches coming in droves for years made me realize just how disingenuous and entitled most of them are.
Technical and visual progress on the blog's theme hit the slump as well. I think theme is holding up well, but some of the technical decisions in it are dead end.
My personal WordPress tinkering also took a heavy hit from WordPress taking over my professional occupation. Some time into it I realize that no amount of wonderful (horrible) things at work are replacement for picking and working on ones own personal creations. So I will be making effort to work on personal stuff again and push some of my private projects over the brink of becoming public and open source at last.
Earlier this year I moved to LiquidWeb VPS to accommodate for launch of my new QueryPosts WordPress code reference project, so now I also have much more freedom to tinker with internals to improve performance and so visitor experience.
While hitting slump is nothing to be proud of :), I currently feel content about the blog. It no longer has to prove that it will stay around to me or anyone else. So other than getting back into having fun with internals I am not setting any clear cut goals for the next year. Will see how it goes.
Slow year. Slumpy year. It happens, so slow or fast - let there be more of them to come for this blog.