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 .
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