Maybe you agree?
I miss the 'golden age' of blogging. I'm coming up on 7 years for this blog now (!) and it's SO different now.
Mostly I miss connecting with people. This was my grown-up conversation place. People commented, I commented. Little silly posts would have 15-20 comments! Emails for advice/recommendations/virtual hugs were sent and received. Comments on flickr photos were made.
Remember when people would host handmade giveaways instead of corporate ones? Remember package swaps? Swaps! Love!
I miss my friends! There was a time when I knew enough people well enough that I'll bet if I were planning a trip to UK, Australia, Finland, France, wherever - I'd have a place to stay the night. ;)
First there was facebook - it became faster blogging for people who just wanted to share little photos.
Now there is Instagram. Blogging on speed. Flickr on speed even. Right up my alley at this point in my life actually, but I'm not on Instagram or facebook.*
I felt like the connections weren't happening on flickr either, and recently let my pro account lapse. I miss flickr.
But time does seem to be more limited these days.
Also I'm so sorry for not commenting more on your blog - see, it's my own fault, too.
I surf on my ipad mostly now, I'm sure many of you use tablets/phones to surf as well. Commenting is a little harder on those! Totally get that.
The only people who seem to have a lot of comments are those doing giveaways.
I always say no to giveaway/sponsor offers. I don't want to be a magazine. I wanted this to be MY place, and pretty much it has been. I don't need 'columns' or guest posts or corporate sponsors.
But as the kiddos get older, it is harder to share their funny little stories. They are more aware and I am more careful with their privacy.
Esp. with the redhead. I feel like I should blog about autism more, and the new things we're trying and the struggles we're facing, but I also feel like I need to respect his privacy more now, too.
It's been funny, I watched several friend-bloggers go 'big time' and their posts changed. Every post was poignant and perfect. Every post was also lacking in genuineness and humor. My friends felt flat. And distant. I didn't want to be like that. But I've failed sometimes. I hope I'm still ME enough here.
Anyway, I still love blogging, but ... I don't know. I wonder if there is a place for this one anymore. It seems like only the 'big blogs' or little 'family blogs' are out there anymore. Many 'little' crafter blogs go out there with the intention of being a BIG 'magazine-type' blog. I have had no desire to go that way. There is definitely a place for magazine-type blogs, I subscribe to a couple, but not all blogs need to go that direction. I am tired of the majority of people's posts being links to other people's posts and not what they are doing/saying/photographing themselves. I don't feel any connection with them. And I feel no need to comment - their sponsors are their 'payoff'. My payoff was the connections I made.
I find myself more motivated to update my little private family blog now, and it used to be the opposite.
I do wish I was on instagram. So how about for the next week or so I pretend I'm on instagram? One photo (maybe two, I can't help myself), short or no text. Let's see if posting every day gets me out of this slump. Let's see if I can come up with stuff every day. Let's see if people comment. Let's see if I can return the compliment to everyone who does.
What should I call these short posts? Notstagram? Outstagram? Leftoutstagram? ;)
*My husband is a computer guy. He 'won't let me' be on those sites due to their outrageous privacy policies. Totally get that. Still a bummer. Except facebook - I still think that one is lame.