Does Anyone Blog Anymore?

No, that’s not a rhetorical question.

I’ve been wondering this since I’ve put my pinkie toe back in.
A lot has changed since I was a serious blogger
and it’s been interesting to observe.

I remember my first blog post back in 2006.

It was awful.

I was nervous.

I was excited.

It was crazy.

Me starting a blog.

I had no idea what I was going to write,
what I should write,
or if anyone would read it.

The crazy thing?

They did read it.

I had 2 comments on that first blog post.

“Hello World”.

I remember the name of it.

I only had one child,
and
was pregnant with number 2,

I was still kind of new to
milspouse life
we had done our second PCS
and
honestly,
I’m not sure why I created that post,
but I was looking for something.

Shortly there after,
our first son was born and
I had a gnarly case of PPD.

Blogging became the creative outlet
I needed in order to get through.

I was able to connect with other moms,
other military spouses, other women with and without kids
Sure, Facebook was around then,
and we used it,
but there was/is something about
reading someone’s words and being able to identify with that.

It’s the reason books are popular.

We find and see ourselves in others
and
in that we find connection,
we see we aren’t alone.

That’s why I love blogging.
It’s what I love about blogging
and the community that is here.

However,
Is it just me,
or has that community,
those posts that you could once relate to
changed?

This past week
I’ve found myself
reading a lot of  blogs.

I could count on one hand
the amount of posts out of the hundreds I
read that made me feel something that I could remotely relate to.

Why?

Last time I lived overseas,
was the best time in my blogging life.

I was living in the Middle East,
I didn’t know anyone.
I was lonely
and
I turned to my blog,
I posted about life, love, travel, the food, the people, all of it.

My words, my feelings, my everything
spilled out there.

I didn’t know if people would read it, but they did.
I had never felt so embraced and cared for.
It was truly amazing.

I also read their stories,
about their lives.

It was a two-way street.

We shared engagements,
weddings, births, miscarriages, losses, wins,
happiest and saddest of times.
We shared life.

We shared life
and
it was incredible.

I guess,
I’m feeling myself in that particular space again,
and
while I want to write about
what I’m going through here,
I’m hesitant.

I want to share my thoughts,
my feelings,
my everythings…
Yes, I know everythings isn’t a word, but you get it. 😉
But I feel like blogging isn’t about that anymore.

Blogging has turned into
something else.

However.

I remembered…

I’m not like everyone else.

So, share life here I will…

I hope you’ll read it.
I hope you’ll share life back with me.

Even if you don’t think it’s interesting.
You have someone out there that wants to know.
They want to know that they aren’t the only one.

Let’s not let blogging turn into something it’s not.
It’s a community, sure it’s an evolving community, but it is and always will be a community first.

Our community.

Until Next Taste,
Lori

24 Replies to “Does Anyone Blog Anymore?”

  1. What a great, thought provoking post! Although I’ve just been blogging for a month, I’m loving it so far. How supportive and kind people can be, and like you say a community. I’m eager to do a range of posts, talking about products I’m loving, but also things going on in my life and sharing things that may help others out there. I think it’s important for readers to be able to relate to what they’re reading, and bloggers need to give a bit about themselves away for this to happen.

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    1. Welcome to the blog-world! I’m thrilled you’re here and I’m even happier that you stopped by my little space. I am looking forward to getting to know more about you and watching you grow. This is exciting. It’s very nice to meet you, and I agree, it is important for readers to relate to you. You’ve already got it and you’ve just started. 😉 Happy Blogging!

      xo,
      Lori

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      1. Ahhh thank you! I’m so excited to learn from others and trying to improve myself all the time. I feel like I’ve really found my passion 🙂 It’s lovely to meet you too and thank you for taking the time to reply. Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts. X

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  2. I totally agree, the blogging community has very much lots it’s personal touches. It’s all about numbers and never about authenticity. I miss it too and I reverse to give in.

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  3. I can relate. I feel so vulnerable when I do a personal post. It is difficult to balance the personal with trying to make a business work. It can be tough to focus on the personal touches when so many around us are focused on the numbers. We want to succeed, but it can be difficult to compete.

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    1. I think maybe we have to look at it from a different angle. How about this thought… Even businesses add personal touches. Sometimes it’s good to step back and look at the bigger picture and even ask why you started doing it. Why did you start blogging? For the numbers or for yourself? An even better question would be “Who are you competing with?”

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      1. Yes, I agree and make a point to step back often. I don’t focus on numbers and rarely check stats. Maybe I wrote my above comment too quickly. I definitely don’t feel like I’m competing with anyone but myself. I’m okay with where I am right now. I’m a beginner and guess I get a little nervous about getting to the point where I qualify for certain things to help my blog be more successful, but not to the point that I stress about it.

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  4. You are right. Blogging should first be a community. Lately, I feel like I’m reading all these blog posts and everything is sponsored. I’d like to read on a topic where it’s personal, relatable.

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  5. I’m a latecomer to blogging. I only began blogging five years ago, and it was just for my niche hobby. But, I do remember reading them back in the day. Blogs back then were like public diaries. Now they are like web sites with personality. Everything changes, and will keep changing. I wonder what blogs will be like in 5 years, or 10 years. Thank you for this thought-provoking posts. Also, I loved your short-line format. It was so easy to read!

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  6. What an insightful post! I remember how much more personal my first posts were when I started blogging 7 years ago. Back then I wrote whatever I pleased because I knew very few were probably reading, it was just a creative outlet. Surprisingly, I would get a comment or two every now and then. Now I’ve adapted a bit to the blogging community and while I still keep my personal voice and be open with my readers, I do realize things are different now..

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  7. You wrote a great introspective post. I write about the housing situation in the Detroit area which is quite educational. If you could read my blog and tell me what you think that would be greatly appreciated.

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