When I stepped down from network blogging to take on my full time gig, it was a very difficult decision. My blogs were so personal and I put my heart and soul into them. I knew someone else would take them over and I thought I would be prepared for watching them grow with someone else at the helm.
It’s not as easy as I thought.
In the case of my network blogs I do know the bloggers and I even know they’d let me guest blog on occasion. Still, it’s not easy watching someone else take over your favorite blog. I think my replacements are doing a wonderful job but I often think about how i would do things compared to how someone else is doing it
I’m going through something similar at the blog I own Freelance Writing Jobs. FWJ is the number one online community for freelance writers. I started it over three years ago and now it receives thousands of visitors every day. The advertising revenue is enough that I hired someone to run the joint in my absence. Plus I will be hiring someone else for a twice weekly blogging gig and even have a third blogger trading his work for the free advertising.
My traffic is through the roof.
It’s not easy for me to watch though. Even though I contribute, there’s someone else moderating and interacting with the community. There’s someone else’s name being equated with FWJ. I’m not a control freak, but it does feel like watching someone else raise my kids.
Someone once asked me what happens to network blogs when you step down. The answer is that someone else takes something that was so personal to you, and makes it their own. It’s not an easy thing to see.