Seven years ago this month, I started “filling in” as the host for the very popular Seven Quick Takes link-up. One month later, on December 5th, 2014 I became the new permanent home for Jen Fulwiler’s blog party baby. Seven Quick Takes celebrated it’s seventh anniversary in October 2015 and I celebrated with Link-toberfest. At this point, I have actually been hosting Seven Quick Takes longer than Jen, thought most people still associate the link up with her. At its peak under Jen, Seven Quick Takes would sometimes bring in more than 200 participants. My first week as the official host brought in 101 bloggers. The number has slowly dwindled down through the years and now I have a very devoted group of about a dozen bloggers.
Blogging just isn’t the same anymore. Many bloggers have closed up shop or moved to posting exclusively on social media. Those Seven Quick Takes are now shared as seven posts/videos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok. We don’t need a link up to bring together those random Takes anymore; we’ve got other ways to share our fleeting thoughts on the internet. And so I am ending the Seven Quick Takes link up. This will be the last week to link up your seven random thoughts.
I have been thinking about this for awhile, but it only seemed fitting to bring things to a conclusion seven years after they began. I didn’t want to pass the link up on to someone else; I fully believe Seven Quick Takes has run it’s course. Certainly bloggers can still organize their random thoughts in seven bullet points each Friday, but I will no longer be hosting the party.
Seven Quick Takes is where I first met many of my blogger friends, and it will always hold a special place in my heart, but the format and date of publication stopped working for me awhile ago. In fact, over the last 2 to 3 years, there were several times I wanted to quit blogging entirely. The only reason I kept going was because I was working on a book and I thought maintaining the blog was important to it’s success. Now that the book has been released, I want to give up that which I no longer enjoy. The need to post every Friday is one of those things. I still plan on blogging, but I don’t want to have an obligation to do so.
Ultimately, I’m glad I kept blogging, even through the rough patches when I wanted to stop. I love having the posts to look back on now, and I want to keep writing and recording all those memories for the future. So don’t worry, This Ain’t the Lyceum isn’t going anywhere. If anything, I’m going to pull back more on social media and compile everything here for posterity. I think I will still occasionally post something deep and meaningful, or random and ridiculous, but I believe this blog will remain mainly a family journal of sorts, with my ministry Accepting the Gift being where I write more “seriously”.
I am definitely still a writer vs a photographer, videographer, podcaster, or influencer. But I honestly don’t know what my future posting schedule here will look like going forward. I don’t want to give up writing, but a personal blog needs to move lower on my list of priorities. If you want to make sure you catch all my posts, regardless of when they appear:
I was going to try to find my seven favorite Quick Takes posts, but I’ve got at least 812 and I don’t think I have enough time to sort through them all. If you have a favorite Quick Takes post of your own, be sure to include it in your Takes this week, or leave a link in the comments below. Thank you to everyone who has linked up with me these last seven years. It’s been my pleasure to host you here on my corner of the internet. I look forward to reading your posts one last time.