Please welcome Kristine (whose hair I covet but that’s a different post).
I’ve invited her here to share her response to my musings on the State of the Blogging.
I have a lot of thoughts on the topic of blogging.
Even though I don’t write long “journalog”-type posts much, I still consider myself having been a blogger since April 2000.
That’s forever in internet years, right?!
I volunteered and then worked for a then-big blogging company in the 2000s, and so I know that shapes my perspective.
I think blogging has shifted, not died.
When I started, there was no commenting; to react to what a friend said, we wrote posts and linked to the friend.
Comments let conversations happen on the original site, and so on my blog shifted to more personal content than reactions.
When I didn’t know anybody else blogging, I started surfing “recently updated lists” and webrings, and followed new people.
There weren’t as many blogs to go through!
So now, there is a practically unlimited stream of new blogs and a wide variety of topics to read about.
And as the number of social media sites swelled over the years, some friends shifted one direction like short tweets instead of blogs and others moved to private sites that made me have to sign in to see their content.
And the number of people casually documenting their life on Facebook or Instagram, blogging shifted to suit those wide audiences.
For me, blogging is another word for documenting my life.
And as my life changes, I find new ways of documenting.
It is easy some days to think that because I’m not writing those long journalog posts, i can’t consider myself a blogger. BUT NO! I am still documenting my life.
Now, my Instagram posts are just as VALID as my original blog posts – describing what’s going on with pics and words.
My Facebook blurbs and longer therapeutic posts may be to specific audiences, rather than public — still valid!
And weekly video “blogs” about my knitting are in the form of a podcast, but it’s still documenting what lifestories come my way — it’s enough! and I am enough, no need for blogging guilt!
And it’s what I can, when I can, in its own way, because those long hours I spent blogging aren’t as realistic for me as they were when I was less active from my fibromyalgia! capture the moments I CAN to document what I CAN!
Oh, and in her post Carla lamented she didn’t like blogging on a mobile device?
Do you love blogging as I do? Has your approach changed over the years?
Kristine is a giggly geeky girl who loves to craft, growing in self-love every day. When I’m not being a “stay at home wife”, I am a knitwear designer and podcaster (psst, one of my most recent episodes reviews the wycwyc book – it resonates with people everywhere, including my knitting friends!) To follow me around on the Internet check out kdlb.com.