It’s been some time… Or so it begins if you want to pick up where you left off. Usually this first sentence is followed by an excuse of why it is that you haven’t been in touch with whomever or whatever you constantly communicated with or about. Sometimes you just continue as if nothing happened, as if the time lost can’t be recovered and it doesn’t make much sense to dwell on things.
What’s true with friendships or relationships can also be true with writing, whatever it is you’re writing about or for. Of course it’s different if you’re writing professionally for a website you get paid for on a regular basis, or you’re doing freelance work and simply have to keep going even if you lose some of that motivation in the process.
There are obviously many reasons why you stopped writing or communicating with your audience. It might not necessarily be the generally feared writer’s block. But simply matters you neglected for a long time became more pressing. Lots of things in real life you’d rather have left for longer, but simply can’t anymore. So here you go, putting what you enjoyed so much aside and giving the less fun things the time necessary to get them over with.
It can also be quite liberating to take a break from daily blogging, actually spend some time on simply enjoying what you write about without thinking of scores, pros and cons, etc.. Of course it’s different again if you got review copies and the PR are waiting for an article. But then again it’s often better to take your time (if you don’t depend on a deadline) and write a review the game (movie, book or whatever) deserves.
You also start questioning what good another review makes in a world in which people on YouTube talk for hours on end why something’s worth your time or not, in a world where there’s a lot of hype and also rage. And maybe that’s why you start picking up your pen or keyboard and start writing or typing. Because you don’t agree with what others say. Because you don’t want to read the same lines of “masterpiece”, “new modern classic”, or “craptastic” “piece of garbage”. Because you think something is way overrated or underrated. Because you simply care and have your own opinion.
So in the end there might be many different personal reasons why you stopped writing for a time. And you can try to make up excuses to play down the disappointment or a bit of sadness when people go to your blog/website and find no news. But with newly won confidence and the time you have to invest in the quality of your writing, people will hopefully understand that this was necessary, when writing is as much a hobby as part of your life.
Not going much into detail, but this piece of writing shouldn’t be considered as a new start, but just a continuation of what went before. The blog/website was always on my mind and despite the lack of time and other reasons will always be. I’ve come across a great many things to write about and I’ll hopefully be able to cover them soon.
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