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I am a follower of abandoned blogs. A lot of them. Except, being abandoned, there’s nothing to follow.

I’m also a writer of an abandoned blog. Or should that be an ex-writer? Except I’m writing this post. Maybe this blog isn’t abandoned after all. Perhaps there is still something to follow.

I do still have some followers here. They haven’t abandoned my abandoned blog. Not yet. I guess they might. It’s been a long time since I last wrote a post. Why?

I got a bit discouraged with this blog. One day, without intending to, I caught sight of the number of subscribers this blog has. Oh my! That number had halved since the last time I looked. My readers had disappeared. I was discouraged. I decided to disappear too.

It’s hard finding out many readers are no longer interested in reading my posts. I imagine everyone reaching for their mice (or is that mouses?) and then clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ button. And I feel sad. Oh well. It’s all part of this blogging life. Things change. And maybe it was time to move on anyway.

I moved onto my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog. Do I still have subscribers there? I don’t really know. I’ve learnt my lesson. It’s not always good to check stats. Sometimes it’s better to just write and not worry about the facts and figures. Kind friends stop by and we enjoy some great conversations and that’s good. That’s all that really matters.

People who want to know more about unschooling read the posts on my other blog. But I also seem to have readers who don’t even homeschool, let alone unschool. This surprises me. I guess that’s because unschooling is about life. Life is interesting.

Are my stories interesting? Are they worth reading? I don’t know. But feel welcome to hop over and find out.

Is my Sue Elvis Writes blog really abandoned? I don’t know the answer to that question either. As I said, things do change. Sometimes we want to go back and pick up where we left off. Regardless of subscribers. Regardless of followers. Sometimes we find we have something to say after all, despite the lack of readers. 

Sometimes I just want to write, regardless of anything. That's what I felt like doing today. I wonder if you felt like reading. If you did...

Happy Christmas!

You can still find me on my Sue Elvis Writes Facebook page. I tried to abandon that page too but for some reason I keep posting there. I guess it just doesn't want to be abandoned!

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  1. At least I have not abandoned this blog, neither do I intend to.
    It's a long time I last looked at the number of followers I have on my blog - now I did. All of 30 followers :D Sometimes as many as 49 people read what I write, mostly when I link up with Yarn Along.
    I'd say keep on writing, nobody can read your blogposts if you do not write any.

    1. Uglemor,

      Thank you for not abandoning me and my blog. Maybe I will keep on writing. It is New Year's Eve here so I will wish you a Happy New Year!

  2. I did feel like reading!
    It's so easy to become discouraged with a blog. I go between extremes of "I just write the blog for me - it's a hobby" to "Waaah, nobody reads my blog, they don't care!"
    Well, I do enjoy keeping a blog but it's much easier to feel inspired to write when you feel you are making a contribution for others as well. And your blog/s definitely make a contribution, they have given me so much more confidence to educate our kids in the way I think works best, not to mention the ideas you've given me as well :)

    1. Kelly,

      Oh I know all about going from one extreme to the other! And you are so right: It is certainly easier to write when we know people are reading our words. The words in your comment are so encouraging. Thank you!

  3. Yup, I'm still abandon for SEW. :)

    And I know how you feel about numbers dropping. I was able to fix my notifications for when people unsubscribe or subscribe bc I really don't want to know! For a while I kept getting emails from feedburner : "So and So has unsubscribed from Campfires and Cleats feed." etc...... Yeah, I didn't need to know.

    I do think ppl sub when there's a giveaway and then unsub when it's over...which is fine. I had a giveaway recently and only a few regular readrs entered who were subscribers anyway. But for a couple of big ones I hosted such as for the Lila Rose hair clip and such, new ppl come by and sign up and then leave afterward.....That's really ok.

    They also may be readers who prefer not to have their email boxes cluttered with blogs but just read posts from FB or whatnot....Frankly I like getting my regular blogs right in my inbox so I don't miss anything.......n any case, I don't need to see numbers! I'm with you!

    Merry Christmas to you too, friend xoxoxoxo

    I'll "see" you soon!


    1. Chris,

      I didn't know you can choose to have emails from Feedburner about subscribers. Hearing I have a new subscriber might be good but I definitely don't want to hear when someone unsubscribes! That would be so discouraging.

      I don't do many giveaways but I can see how people might unsubscribe after the big event is finished. Maybe a few real readers is preferable to many who aren't really interested in our posts.

      Yes, there are lots of ways to see new blog posts from our favourite bloggers. I subscribe to a few by email (yours included) but most of them I follow through my Blogger dashboard feed.

      I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas, Chris. Here, our year is just about over. In less than 7 hours we will be celebrating the New Year. Actually in 7 hours' time I hope I'm in bed fast asleep. We had a late night yesterday because we were at a wedding reception, and tonight I hope to catch up on sleep by going to bed early!

      Happy New Year!

  4. Sue, I'm glad to see a post from you. I blog for friendships made, so I rarely look at stats. I've always enjoyed reading your posts here, especially enjoyed your A/Z theme you did this past spring. I find people are moving away from blogging and tend to do FB, I think it is a time element for them, trying to stay in touch but trying to do it without spending too much time online. I personally prefer blogging over FB myself. I will have to check out your other blog after we move as I'm going to be off line for a week or so very soon. I hope whatever you decide that you do decide to stay on this blog and write what you want, no matter who might read it.

    Happy New Year!


    1. Betty,

      Blogging for friendships? Oh yes! I have made so many good friends while blogging. Many of them have stopped by here or on FB to encourage me to keep writing. I really appreciate that.

      I agree with you: I like blogging more than FB, though I do like my FB page because it is easy to share photos and links to interesting stuff that might interest my blog readers.

      I really enjoyed writing my A-Z posts earlier this year. I'm glad you enjoyed reading them. Thank you for your kind words.

      I hope you're enjoying your visit to Arizona!

    2. Betty,

      I got into a muddle. Of course you're not visiting Arizona. You've moved there! I hope it doesn't take you long to settle into your new home. Happy New Year!

  5. I will follow wherever you are, because what you write is so much fun to read. And because you're so ... well... really really really really LIKABLE! And because you make me SMILE. I like what Uglemor said: "nobody can read your blogposts if you do not write any."

    But we tire of our own blogs sometimes, I know. And of blogging. And of the Internet. And of writing in general (at least I do). Sometimes we just need a break.

    Like Chris, I really don't want to know anymore about my subscribers, and am so technology-challenged that I can't really tell anyway :)... I can't tell who follows by e-mail, at least. I follow you by having this blog (and your other) on my blogroll.. which I put on Breadbox Letters as a service to ME as well as to readers! That way I can tell when you have a new post.

    I'm just glad this blog isn't abandoned. I will admit to having quite a deep attachment to it. It's where I first met you. And your family. And my favorite Elvis impersonator who's no such thing because he's as much a real deal Elvis as the one he impersonated. And it's here where I met Bob Blogosphere. And where I was re-introduced to body butter, for which my dry skin continues to be so grateful.

    And I live across the globe from you!!! We who blog may not touch millions, but the people - the real, live people - we touch are genuinely touched (now THERE'S a sentence to be embroidered on a pillow...).

    Thank you for writing this post!

    1. Nancy,

      Your comment really made me smile because it is so kind and encouraging. I laughed as I thought about my Elvis impersonator story. I remember when Andy dressed up as Elvis and how funny that was. That story really was the start of our friendship because it was only after that post I realised you were reading my blog and I took the time to visit you and discovered what wonderful blogs you have.

      Bob... poor Bob. I have left him in the middle of a story. Maybe I should write about what happened at the wedding he went to. Even if only you and Uglemor read the story, it will be worth writing it. I do like writing about Bob!

      I could make a whole sampler out of your delightful touching sentence! Well, you have certainly touched my heart with all your kind words. Thank you! I am so glad we are friends who have been connected across the globe via our blogs.

      Happy New Year!

  6. I am still a subscriber to this blog and Stories of an Unschooling family. I enjoy reading your posts! Also, your unschooling blog is a link on one of my three blogs:
    I also now have a blog for parents of diabetics: and my first ever blog that I have for the Catholic Nursing Mothers League:
    Have you tried joining any of the blogger networks? I have not yet but I hear they are a good place to showcase your blog posts. There is a Catholic Carnival blogger network but I still am not sure how to add my posts to their network. Merry Christmas, Sue!

    1. Gina,

      It's lovely to hear from you, and good to know you are blogging once more! Three blogs... I bet they are keeping you busy.Thank you so much for linking my blog to your homeschool one. That's kind of you!

      I have joined a couple of blogging networks but I don't often link to them. I never seem to have enough time to visit the other blogs in the link-up and I don't think it's very fair to expect people to visit me when I won't visit them. Blogging takes up lots of time, doesn't it?

      I hope you're having a great Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. I think the trick is to look at who comments rather than the followers. It's easy to click the "follow" button, but that doesn't mean that they're coming back to read.

    1. Liz,

      You are so right. Yes, even if we have a lot of followers that doesn't necessarily mean we have lots of readers. I have some followers who used to comment but no longer do. I suppose they're no longer reading either. I wonder where they went! Thank you so much for your comment. Happy New Year!

  8. I have been of the third variety ... time poor blogger. I have just been so busy out and about that I am simply too tired to bother late at night. I also spend a bit of time FB, it's simple, and easy but a totally different type of interaction. I enjoy the writing and find I pick up tips, etc from blogs. I do hope they stay.

    I am using this Christmas break to do some catching up on my blog ... only problem is my memory is not so good ... am getting old and dizzy. ;)

    1. Lisa,

      It was good to see you back on your blog. I enjoyed catching up with all your news by reading your recent posts. Yes, Facebook is quick and easy and I like that too. I think however I share more by blogging. I don't know if that is good or bad!!

      I know all about bad memories. If I write my diary even one day late, I can never remember what we did. Old and dizzy? I think that describes me too!

  9. You pop up in my feedly whenever, or where ever, you post - that probably doesn't show in your stats ;-)

    1. Beate,

      I haven't really investigated Feedly or Bloglovin, and yes, maybe other readers are subscribing through them. I shall remember that! It's lovely of you to click over just to leave me a comment. Thank you!

  10. Oh please don't go away. Even though I don't have the time to read and comment as often as I used to, I do like to get caught up with my friend around the world periodically. You share so much of yourself in your blog - I love that! I've enjoyed your unschooling blog as well - the concept fascinates me. Your family is so beautiful and so blessed to have you:)

    1. Dana,

      Oh I could have written this comment about you, your blog and your family. I think I probably did write something similar a few months ago when you were questioning whether to continue writing or not. Yes, I'd miss you too if either of us gave up blogging.

      I was over at your blog this morning reading all your recent posts. I did love the one about the personal stuff. You are so like me in many ways though I can't skate and I have no rhythm when it comes to dancing! I tried to leave a comment but my tablet is contrary. Sometimes it lets me comment on blogs, and other times it lets me write long comments and then swallows them completely so they won't publish. Oh well. I shall have to return when I am using my laptop and try again.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  11. Hi Everyone,

    I'm sorry for the delay in answering all your most welcome and appreciated comments. I do intend to reply as soon as I can. I haven't abandoned my com-box as well as my blog! I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season!

  12. Happy New Year Sue! When I haven't written a post for The View from the Top of the Ladder in a long while, I ask myself why continue it. I won't answer myself though. It's like how I won't look at the clock to see how late I am as I'm driving. I just don't want to know the truth. Once I get to my destination, I glance at the time. Usually, I'm not too awful late. So, we miss the first preview at the movie. Oh-oh. I have no idea if there's a metaphor in what I just wrote. Let me just say that when I do finally write another post for the blog, I'm glad to know it's there to receive me.

    Hooo, Lady, that was tongue-tied thinking and writing. Please know that I enjoy reading your posts, whether here or there or else where. :-)

    1. Susie,

      Yes, it's certainly better to arrive late than not at all, and as you said, most times we're not 'awful late'. I like that thought!

      Not looking at the clock... I once did the same with my car's petrol gauge. I should have put fuel in the car before I left home but instead set off down the mountain knowing there wasn't a service station for miles, hoping I wouldn't run out of petrol. I didn't once glance at the gauge but kept on driving... and hoping. I made it to my destination!

      And there were still some people willing to read my posts despite it having been a long time since I last wrote anything. Not too late at all!

      I've been thinking more about why I felt so discouraged. It's not the amount of people reading, but the fact that some people used to read my posts but don't want to any more. Did my posts go downhill, become boring? I don't know. I don't suppose it really matters. Even if no one reads, it's good to keep writing and experimenting with words and learning. But someone is reading. My kind friends! Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

    2. That was curious how your readership halved. It could've been the app with which they signed up was deleted by Google or the app itself decided to quit.

    3. Susie,

      Yes, maybe there's another reason why my subscriber numbers fell, which has nothing to do with the quality of my posts. But somehow I just think a lot of my readers decided to no longer read. Oh well. I don't have to worry about hanging on to my readers since they have already left. I can keep writing and experimenting and still have fun regardless!

  13. Sue,

    I just found your blog. I can understand your discouragement, but blogs have their hills and dales. Not to worry! If you love to write, write for the joy of writing.


    1. Sue,

      You are so right about the hills and dales of blogging. But despite the occasional discouragement, I do like to write. That's all that's really important. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and stopping to say hello!


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