For a while now I've noticed quite a few bloggers frustrated with blogging. They don't know what to write about, what angle to take, or how to get money from sponsors without feeling like a sell-out. No one wants a personal blog that's constantly selling things, but having a blog without a clear purpose makes us self-conscious we're wasting your time. All around I see people doing blog overhauls, refocusing, regrouping, and sometimes re-branding.
It was tempting in the beginning to make money off this blog, but after I've seen the hassle other bloggers have gone through (and the feeling of your soul being sucked out of it), I resisted and kept true to my original premise of writing about my life for my family and for myself.
Naturally making friends was a huge, unexpected benefit from this whole experience. But I feel with the incompatible nature of leaving comments with mobile phones, making connections with people by way of comments has pretty much died. That breaks my heart. It was the part I loved most about reading/writing blogs.
That said, I'm extraordinarily grateful for those who leave comments. You don't know how much that means to me. When comments first started dying off, I thought, "No one's reading!" And then I realized my traffic had gone up, as well as my subscribers. That was the first sign the blogging world was changing.
And then Google got rid of Google reader and I think we collectively threw our hands up, while others threw in the towel permanently.
This has never been a big blog, nor did I ever want it to be. If I did, I would have accepted my invitation to BlogHer or requests for sponsor ads. I call myself a boutique blogger, a place you can visit and I'll know you, you'll know me, and we'll have a nice chat about things we like to talk about for a few minutes out of your day. Some of you stay longer, and I pour you a glass of lemonade and we talk by way of Twitter, Facebook, or sometimes even face to face.
Others I call department store blogging: these blogs are beautiful, they're professional, they can sell you the prettiest things. But they kind of all look the same and they're there to make money off you. They have their place in the blog world, although I tend to stay away from them in general.
I must make a note there are plenty of blogs who make money and do it without feeling like they're pushing products on you.
In a nutshell, I know where this blog is going; it's going to continue to document my life in the dance world, my life for my mother, my life for my future children, and my life as someone trying to appreciate the moments I otherwise would have missed.
What changes have you noticed in blogging?