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Where have all the bloggers gone?

July 17, 2016

I stared writing this post on my Facebook page and realized, as I was writing, that it was getting a bit long and I may as well put it on my blog, like an actual post! ๐Ÿ™‚ So here it is… my thoughts on how blogging has changed (for me), old bloggy friends and wondering where they all have disappeared off to.

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Ally enjoying the pool at our new house. We’ve been in it pretty much every day since we moved in. It’s so warm and beautiful, how can we not?

I was just browsing through my memories on Facebook and came upon an old blog giveaway I participated in and it made me wonder what happened to that blogger, that I considered a bloggy friend but haven’t heard of in a while. I searched her Facebook profile, thinking that maybe I just missed updates because of the algorithms etc. but I saw her last post date and it was in January 2016 – more than 6 months ago. So I started digging a little deeper and checked her profile on Twitter. No new tweets there since December 2015. All three of her blogs are gone even though the links are still there. I sent her a quick message, just to say hello and wish her well.

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My summer job, as camp counselor, is awesome. Here I am feeding the lorikeets at Lion Country Safari.

There are still a few out there that I’m in contact with regularly but most from that time period when I started blogging and it was all-consuming are gone… My blogging is mediocre at best these days and centers mostly around my photos which is fine by me. I still love the idea of blogging and am not ready to give up my blog just yet, but sometimes I sit back and think about it all and am amazed by how it has changed. I truly prefer the “old – school” style of blogging where it’s more journaling than advertising. My life has changed a bit since my early days of blogging almost 5 years ago… Then, I was a stay-at-home mom with 3 small children and it was my link to the outside world in a way. It connected me with people from all over and made me feel like I was part of something. Now, it’s a way to stay connected with those few that I consider friends, some of whom I met in real life, and share all the things that have changed. I work full time now in a job I never would have seen myself do 3 years ago but really enjoy. I met many amazing people through my job and I’m so grateful to be able to work where my kids go to school and be near them. I finally went back to school – online- to pursue my bachelors degree in sustainability and the environment and you know what, I’m doing ok. I love it all. I’m happy with my life and I’m happy to have those of you still here that are interested and want to stay in touch. I hope, one of these days, we can all get together for our own little bloggy weekend and really connect. You know who you are, I hope!!!

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Ash posing for me after trying to fit into the seats on the shopping cart. ๐Ÿ™‚

Many of the bloggers I followed and read and commented on are still active on social media – Facebook, Instagram (still my fave), Twitter and now Snapchat (I’m bocafrau, so come find me and I can send you silly faces too) – and I feel that’s where most of us are these days, on the so-called micro blogging sites. Most of us are moms, busy with our families, jobs, friends… lives. It’s so much easier to snap a photo, caption it and send it into the wild blue yonder than to find the time to sit and write a full post. For me, something else is always more important. There’s chauffeuring the kids around, cleaning the house, studying, currently it’s moving and setting up our amazing new home and of course, all that after a day at work.ย Everything has a season in life. So apparently, did blogging in mine, and many others. The famous bloggers, that make their incomes with their blogs are few and far between and even they do other things to keep that income stream alive, so that can support their families.ย I’ll continue to (photo) blog, for now. More and more the thoughts are creeping into my head, that I can just stop, there’s no one to tell me otherwise. One of the reasons I haven’t is that I don’t want to lose everything I’ve put on here the past 5 years but even that isn’t reason enough not to quit. I can save the whole blog or even put it into a book, to sit on the coffee table so that we can skim through it from time to time and reminisce. I’m not sure what I will do but for now, I’ll stick around, see what will happen and take it day by day. I do still have to finish my project 365…

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The girls and I at the Twenty One Pilots concert a few weeks ago. We had so much fun!

What are your thoughts on blogging and how it’s changed? I’d love to hear.

Wishing you well. Until next time…

xoxo, Susi

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  • Claudia July 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Better put my comment on your real blog and not only on fb ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Right there with you, as I’m sure you know. I don’t think there is a real reason to stop the blog. But if it comes to that moment, just put it on ice and maybe a few years later (when the kids start leaving the house :)) you may realize that you have time again for it. And will enjoy it. I know money can be tight, but there are inexpensive solutions out there. I hope you will stay around AND that we will meet one day.
    Have a great Sunday!

    • Susi July 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Awe, thanks Claudia. I feel as though the blog is a chronicle of our life and even if I don’t blog all the time, a little is better than nothing… For now, I will keep going. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth Ann Chiles July 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    OH DON’T STOP! I MAY NOT ALWAYS LEAVE A COMMENT BUT I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE. I DEFINITELY KNOW THAT TIME CHANGES THINGS AND MY BLOG HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS BUT I STILL KEEP ON PLUGGING AWAY. I AGREE THAT I PREFER THE BLOGS THAT JOURNAL AND DON’T ADVERTISE—THAT JUST IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WORKS WITH ME ON MINE AND SO IAM NOT REALLY DRAWN TO READING THOSE UNLESS THEY ARE REALLY WELL DONE AND DON’T PUSH A PRODUCT AT ME. SOME FOLKS CAN DO IT BUT THE MAJORITY ARE WRITTEN LIKE “I WAS WALKING IN WALMART TODAY AND HAPPENED UPON …….” . NO, NO. YOU WENT TO WALMART BECAUSE YOU GOT A SPONSORED POST. ๐Ÿ™‚ ANYWAY—I DO LOVE THE MICROBLOGGING WITH PICS AND GLIMPSES OF YOUR LIFE–PERFECT. KEEP IT GOING!
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    • Susi July 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks so much for your feedback and for taking the time to comment. I’m glad to know you want me to stick around… and I will. This really wasn’t meant as a tell me to stick around post but it certainly is nice to know that you guys like having me around! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

      • Beth Ann Chiles July 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

        Okay I apologize for the all caps!! No clue what that was about because I did not type in all caps! Good grief. Shaking my head. I know better!!!!!

        • Susi July 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm

          Ha ha ha. I thought you just wanted to get your point across. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hilary July 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I love this post!!!!
    I feel the same way.I started a year or so before you and I loved really meeting people through my blog and theirs. I made so many great friends and loved catching up with them over coffee. But over time, I found i had less time to focus on blogging. Real life, the day job, the books, took priority. I found my posts and comments weren’t what they used to be. I dont think I can give it up though. And I hope you don’t either…
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    • Susi July 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

      These thoughts just came tumbling out and I figured while I had a few mintues I may as well let them flow and see what happens. Blogging has changed so much more so than I can imagine but you just have to look at what other bloggers are saying… We do what we can and hopefully that’s enough! xoxo
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  • Rorybore July 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I’m still here! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I suspect I always will be in some way. There will be times I post a lot, and other times where actual life takes over and the more important things are centre focus. I never was about advertising or becoming “blog famous” — and I too have watched many that were with me over 7 years ago!!!! burn out because they tried to be the next big thing perhaps. too much social media every day. it’s an unrealistic way to live I think. you have to go out and live life, in order to have something to write about. my blog is there for when I need the creative outlet. i love photos of course, so I hope you always share with us!!! especially that incredible pool view. cannot blame you for daily dips there. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Susi July 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      I think that’s how it will be for me. More a creative outlet and a place to share my photography which I need to do more of. I have so many that I haven’t shared. There’s so much beauty around me and I love for other to see and be part of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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