Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Is blogging even a thing anymore?

I feel like it's not a thing.

Or maybe I feel like it's not a thing anymore unless you are blogging professionally. I know blogging is still very much a thing for people who get paid to do it. But, even most professional blogs don't really do it for me anymore.

A few weeks back I went through my google reader and cleared out, literally, hundreds of blogs. In the past that would have been impossible for me. But this time, I felt no remorse. Deleting blogs from my reader that I have followed for 3 or 5 or 7 or even 10 years was no big deal to me anymore.

I still read blogs written by my close friends and family, but even the vast majority of those have dropped off to posting maybe once a month. Or much less. I can count on one hand the number of professional blogs that don't bug the hell out of me. I literally like about 4 "professional" blogs. Four!

I hardly ever comment on blogs anymore. I would venture to guess that most people are in this same boat.

All of this leads me to believe that blogging is sort of fizzling. Or maybe I just feel like blogging is fizzling because that is how I personally feel.

I have lots of ideas for blog posts, topics to write about, shows to recap, pictures to post, a new baby Lucy girl niece to discuss. I just have no desire or motivation. I think I have gotten tired of the way my blog makes me feel .. obligated. And pressured. And like a blogging failure depending on what my stats show, how many comments are left, etc. At the same time though, I know how to drum up readership and get more comments...you have to work at your blog, write interesting posts, and don't only post photos of your child. I know all that, I just don't care to spend the time to work at this blog right now.

And while I have been doing all this blog soul searching I came to the realization that for me, blogging has been replaced with Instagram and to some extent, Tumblr. I don't have a Tumblr but all the Tumblrs I follow are AMAZING. For whatever reason, photos with little to no text and  a really chill ability to comment or 'like' something is what I sort of love these days. I wish everyone I knew was on Instagram. It's just so awesome. And so easy. And so laid back.

I don't have the time or desire anymore to read these huge posts, full of text, and links, and advertising, etc. (Basically the exact opposite of this blog post right here.) I feel like, for me, blogging has lost a lot of originality. What I do have the time for is quickly glancing in my Instagram stream a couple of times a day...seeing little glimpses into the lives of the people I follow and love. Occasionally commenting. It's my favorite.

I'm not shutting down my blog. I have loved having this blog. I have met so many people through blogging. I love that. I love going back through my old posts and remembering who I was or what was going on for me at that particular time in my life. I started my blog in March of 2007. Five years is a long time.

I guess I'm just open to change. And blogging, to me, seems like its ready for a change.
Is anyone else feeling the fizzle?

If you read my blog, I just wanted to say hi and also thanks. I seriously love my readers. All 15 of you! :) My blog has always been a place for me to be heard. I love the feedback and interaction that I have had from my readers over the years.

I'm going to keep posting when the desire hits. And maybe I'll completely change my mind in a week. That is about 98% possible. Will you guys pretend like this post was never written if I start posting regularly next week? :) But at this point, I sort of feel like blogging is like the old mall that has been upstaged by the newer, prettier, out-door shopping mecca with water features and designer boutiques that just opened up down the street. Poor little mall built in the 80's. There are only about 5 stores left and the only people there are the elderly folks that come in the morning to exercise...little 80's mall is a great spot for an indoor walk.

Poor, little 80s mall = blogging.

If you are a friend of mine, or even a distant acquaintance or a stranger or a blog stalker...and you are on Instagram, I would love to follow you! Seriously. Leave me your Instagram name in the comments. If you aren't on Instagram...you should be! Come on over! You can find me on Instagram @alovesbandc .

xo
-A

P.S. Check out this awesome tumblr. And learn more about Instagram here.

48 comments:

Nichole said...

I agree. I've stopped following a lot of idiot blogs where people only complain about how wonderful their life is. That's just not realy life to me. Complain/brag about that on Faceboook where I can delete you too, please!

I feel the same way a lot of the time about obligation towards a blog. Most of the people who read my blog don't comment either, but I do know there are a lot of people out there who do read and still like what's said or feel maybe even 'inspired'. But then there are times when I really have something to say and because my mother-in-law/mother/father/bishop doesn't read my blog unline Facebook, I can say them however I want and not feel too guilty. So, there is a some safety in blogging still.

I think Tumblr and Instagram have taken over blogging too. Even Facebook and Twitter seem more popular and quicker. Sometimes blogging just takes way to long and too much effort. But, if you have a boring desk job like me and no kids, you have more time to blog - but less to really blog about, don't you think?

Just so you know - I really love your blog and laugh out loud at your posts and how you talk about your life and opinions. They are hilarious to me. And I usually share them with my friend at my office and we laugh together. So I hope you keep bloggin knowing that you are cheering up two people's boring lives with your hilarious commentary on the Bach and motherhood. Also, something cool about blogging (especially when you don't feel super bad about 'stalker' someone) is catching up on people's lives and staying in touch with people you don't see often.

I'm A. said...

Hey Nichole...

Thanks for your comment.

I totally agree about being SO sick of reading about peoples perfect lives. Not my favorite. That was def the first thing about blogging that really started to get me down.

I am one of those people out there who is reading your blog and enjoying your posts while at the same time being too lazy to comment. It's really unfortunate. I should do better. To me, the interaction and comments that my posts received is what made blogging fun for me. So I think watching that slowly decrease (my fault entirely because I got lazy with my blog) has caused my desire to blog to also decrease.

Thanks for your nice words. I, like you, know there are people out there reading my blog, even if they are silent. And I don't mind that so much. I am happy that people are out there reading what I write. For me, that has always been the point.

Thanks again!

todd and erin said...

I feel the exact same way! Everyday I think "I really need to catch up on my blog." But then I don't so much care. I still check my blog feeds but only read about 5 posts when before I read every single one. With work, family and other commitments, blogging has fallen to the very bottom of my list. And you are right-so much easier to share something on Instagram! It feels more fun now too. That said, I still love reading what you write. It always makes me smile. So thanks!

Hi! I am Chelsea said...

I totally agree with you on this one. I used to look at tons of blogs all day long... now I can't seem to find any I even want to take the time to look through. However, I do LOVE reading your blog little miss, and will be sad if you stop posting all together. The Bach talk is amazing and I am hoping you will post something about sweet lil Lucy!!! Or perhaps we should just go to lunch and I can hear all about Portland. :)

Marcus and Amy said...

For me, blogging changed about a year ago, and I think having a child/children makes it harder to sit down and blog. At least for me it does. And my life is pretty ordinary and boring, if I continued to blog everyday I would pretty much be talking about the episode of Backyardigans Addie and I just watched and what we had for lunch. Or how boring work was for me. Ya granted we are having another baby, but its like you said not everyone wants to hear and read about your kids.

I also got tired of reading blogs where people just raved and talked about how great their lives are yada yada yada. I love reading blogs still, but I am select about the ones I read too. I like "real" blogs. Blogs that inspire me, give me hope, give truth, etc. Tell me about the good and the bad, that is what I can relate to.

I also stopped caring that people were not commenting on my blog cause if I really cared that much about it, then I was not blogging for me! When I started blogging, my main reason was to "journal" for me and not for other people.

But I really do enjoy reading your blog, you have a "real" blog and your posts are fun, funny and entertainging. I hope you don't stop blogging, but I can also understand if you do :)

Ali said...

Okay. So the reason why I want to go private is because I am CERTAIN that I am one of those people who annoy the hell out of everyone else! I can't escape my sappy self. I identify with this post in other ways as well. I used to blog in hopes of entertaining the world. When comments decrease, I wonder what I did to offend or annoy people. The reason why I can't walk away from the blog is because the time I spend recording the stories and tidbits of our family is priceless. I am SO happy for each detail because I love looking back. I just hope that people will freely skip over my blog if I rub people the wrong way.

I'm A. said...

Hi everybody. Love your comments.

Amy! Do you still have a blog? For some reason I thought you shut it down. One day your link no longer worked. Or maybe you just went private. You need to send me a link!

I agree with both of you, Amy and Ali, who said that you blog to journal your lives. I don't ever think we will look back and regret recording these photos and stories from our lives. And I think the more time that goes by, the more wonderful it will be to be able to go back and look at our lives when we were single, or newly married or had small children at home. That is absolutely one of the reasons why I don't want to give up on my blog.

And Ali, you are NOT one of those pepole who annoys with your blog. No way. Impossible. You are an amazing writer. I love being able to check in on you and your cute family.

I guess I should clarify what really bugs the hell out of me. :) I really hate reading about peoples perfect lives. Looking at pictures of perfectly assembled outfits from Anthropologie. To me it feels fake, and I know that, but at the same time it gets me down and makes me feel like I'm not good enough. I'm not crafty enough, stylish enough, spontaneous enough, artsy enough, spiritual enough, etc. But those are probably my insecurities shining through more than the fault of the blog that I'm reading.

Either way, I feel like so many blogs have turned into this competition for perfection. It's boring and obnoxious. But I don't really feel like any of my friends fit into this category. For the most part, I think everyone is just doing the best they can and blogging as they go. And that's great. It's pepole who post their perfect lives, then get 10,000 comments from people affirming their awesomeness and on top of it they make a crap load of money off of it. That sort of makes me feel a little crazy. So professional blogs are getting more annoying by the minute and regular blogs are slowly fizzling out with less and less posts.

Ali, I don't think your comments have decreased because you have annoyed or offended anyone. I just think blogging in general is decreasing and that includes commenting. But it doesn't change the fact that your blog is great.

Melanie said...

I completely agree. I only blog for myself and to share pics with family who live far away. I just don't care about it enough to put my time into it.

Ty and Meg said...

I agree with all of this. Especially about Instgram. I have gotten back to writing in my journal which has pushed the blog even further down the list. I just feel like I can write deeper more meaningful things in my personal journal rather than a public forum like a blog. I am just tired of blogging in general. Both reading and writing them.

Starr said...

Your post is spot on! There is definitely a shift. And that tumblr you linked to is hilarious. Amen all around! Hope to see you soon!

Jen said...

I have definitely fallen of the blogging bandwagon! For me it is just the time struggle. I have 4 kids to take care of, a house to clean and decorate, dinners to cook, diapers to change, a calling to fulfill, hobbies I want to pursue and a hubby I want to spend time with, not to mention getting a business up and running. I can relate to a lot of what you are saying and honestly, it makes me sad. I miss the connections that I used to have with people through blogging back when my google reader didn't have thousands of unread items making me feel so guilty I just don't read any of them. I love the idea of just eliminating all the stuff that doesn't make me happy anymore and keeping up with the stuff that does.

I love reading about your cute family here and on instagram. ;)The iPhone has definitely gotten me back in the mode of sharing our lives with family and friends. It just takes all the guilt out of posting...nobody expects perfection when you are typing and snapping the pics on your phone. ;) I do miss keeping a record of my family on my blog though, and also keeping up to date on what is happening with all my dear friends across the country, so I really want to get back to that. Hopefully I can figure out how to fit it in...

Ruth said...

agreed. barely check them. barely update mine. weird. ;)

Ruth said...

...and obviously can barely take the time to comment/ ;)

Nicole Pyles said...

...I used to write about WRITING. Not wiring. Stupid autocorrect.

Nicole Pyles said...

I have no idea what happened to my comment. It was a great comment too! But I just wanted to let you know, in short, I can relate!

I'm A. said...

@Nicole Pyles
I actually read your first comment! It was sent to my email. I'm bummed it didn't post here but I'm glad I got to read it. I appreciate your comments. I really care a lot about comments and interaction on my blog. That was a lot of my reason for blogging. Seeing that die down has def taken some of the fun out of writing. However, it's also frustrating to not be able to branch out without loosing that readership. Part of me hopes that someday blogging sparks my interest again. Every night I have ideas for posts swirling in my head. However, another part of me is glad to be free of it to some extent. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck with your writing!

Maxabella said...

I still like blogs. I like the 'connecting' and you don't get that from tumblr and instagram. Insta makes me feel a bit like a stalker, actually. The stuff people take pics of!

Anyway, I just blog like nobody's watching and that works okay for me. I get the 'obligated' bit, though. Sometimes I think the blog has a mind of its own.

The 'professional' blogs aren't really blogs any more to me.

Anyway, ironically I only came across your blog today and here you are almost finishing up!! x

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