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! 🙂 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.
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.
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!!!
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. 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. 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…
What are your thoughts on blogging and how it’s changed? I’d love to hear.
Wishing you well. Until next time…