7.29.2013

thoughts on blogging

Let's get honest for a moment...

Lately, I haven't been that motivated to continue with regular posting. The blogging world, and the instagram world for that matter, has all become a little overwhelming. There's just so many blogs and so much (that I choose) to keep up with, i'm not really sure what's worth adding to all that noise. Some of it is great – don't get me wrong – I have a list of very favourite blogs I truly love to read and would be sad to see go, but some of it (and I know you know what i'm talking about) is all very staged and just a little too perfect. Blogs are starting to feel like magazines, and I took to blogging originally because I was interested in other people's real-life individual style, experiences and opinions. Besides my few favourites, I feel like we've lost that side of things. All the talk about blogging conferences, ad space, assistants, photoshoots and editorial calendars makes my head spin. I get blogging for business, but I don't know... is it still "real" in that case? And don't even get me started on the amount of completely unrelated PR email I receive each day (the other day I was addressed as "Dear bikini lover", ugh. How do you get off those lists?!).

I've been blogging for about 5 years now, and it's obvious the landscape has changed. I went from sharing inspiring pictures, to scanning and sharing photos from books and magazines, to running regular features and guest posts, and then switched to this space here so I could get back to something a little more personal with my own photography. I got more into film photography, which I feel was my most creative, but then cost and convenience got in the way and I've been floating along ever since. Then add the birth of Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, etc... the list goes on.

This is the thing though, I get all serious about it and then step back and realize... it's just a blog, lol. There's so much more going on in my life right now, that I probably don't need to be worrying about having a blog the way "everyone else" does. I would however, like to spark up more conversation with those of you who still do read (if anyone!), as to what you do like from this little space. I want to start talking and having a conversation again! Do you like the personal day-to-day stuff... or are regular features and planned photoshoots your thing? I'm curious. What are people really looking for in blogs these days? Or maybe, especially with the death of Google Reader, people aren't even reading as often as they once did... tell me, what are your thoughts on the ever-changing blog?

30 comments:

  1. The noise can definitely be scary. It's important to go back and remember WHY you are blogging in the first place. I personally think it's a great hobby to have, that trains your eye, develop writing skills for an audience, helps you build a brand for yourself and make friends. All in all, a gift that keeps on giving, unlike other past times such as video games for ex. I take great joy and pride into developing long posts, an outlet for something I cannot express otherwise. I think you're doing an awesome job with your blog so far but I can get the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.

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    1. Thanks Joy. I definitely agree, it's a good place to be creative while also feeling like i'm contributing to something. That is what keeps me coming back, so I wouldn't say i'm over blogging or anything, just struggling with a balance of content and what feels right. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  2. I was initially drawn to your blog because of the simplicity and your Month List. I like how personal you are. I love pictures of things and places I've never been. I think we all have seen that picture from House Beautiful all over Pinterest. I admit I get a little irritated when bloggers don't respond or answer questions. What's the point if there is no discussion?

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to hear you like the simplicity and me being more personal in this space. I guess I've just been lacking inspiration lately. I see so many of the same pics on Pinterest over and over, it's so true! I also agree, I'm so happy when bloggers reply to my questions/comments. It just makes the experience of sharing that much better. Thanks for your thoughts :)

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  3. I've really enjoyed the shift from your old blog to this one, because it is more personal and more real. I've been having the same problem lately, in that I just don't feel as connected to my blog as I did when I started it. After several years, that's probably inevitable - people change, passions change. And it has become so hard to keep up in a world increasingly dominated by stylists and photographers (whereas I am a writer, interested in style). Lately, I have been wondering about starting afresh, as you did, and beginning a project that more accurately reflects where I'm at now - for stepping away from blogging altogether seems an almost impossible ask after such a long time!

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    1. Thank you Andrea, that means a lot coming from you as I know you've been following along for quite some time. I love that and appreciate it! That's EXACTLY how I felt when I made the switch. I just didn't want to be in that type of blogging world anymore. Actually, I have to thank you for reminding me of that! I say make the switch for yourself and feel it out, you might enjoy the fresh start all the more! I just can't step away either, lol! Oh blogging...

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  4. Darling D-M, it's summer. Everyone is away for the norm. I feel the same way you do right now, however, there is always room for beauty, wit & wisdom. Don't go away. Take a break. Personally, for me, instagram is pointless. I seriously do not want to share that much of my real life. I love tumblr just because it's SO simple and it is relaxing to me to curate the photos. Remember, summer's almost over. xx's

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    1. SUCH a good point Marsha! Summer does that, doesn't it? I feel a little more disconnected since there's so many other adventures to get up to! That may be a part of it. I don't think i'll be going anywhere, but I might take a bit of a break and come back with something I love to post about. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  5. You have a certain sense of aesthetic, like a very personal style that was the first thing that draw me to your blog, even your previous one. Your pictures and the blog layout have a unique style.
    Your film pictures were great, and so were the interviews you did of some film photography bloggers. All of it inspired me to create my own blog. So, I'd like to see more of that because I can't find anything similar and I really did love them.
    Most importantly, I don't think you should worry about what other bloggers are doing. Sure, planned photoshoots and all that stuff are nice, but I also like to see day-to-day stuff from real people. Most of those blogs are starting to all look the same and that's kind of sad.
    What I'm trying to say is that you should do and post whatever feels right. Your blog has been succesful this way and that's something to proud of and not discouraged by it.
    Mavi.

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    1. Thank you Mavi for your kind words! I'm starting to feel better about just continuing on my own unique way. I'm glad you liked the film features, if only I could find more people. I started to run out of film bloggers to feature, lol. You're right though, I should just focus on what I find inspiring and creative my own way. Thanks so much :)

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  6. I TOTALLY agree. I've been having the same issue for the past while. Bloggers that I used to love have become too monetized. Too slick. Overly-edited (I mean the text is). Over styled. Kind of boring actually. Not only do I not know where I fit in anymore, but I'm actually kind of tired of reading a lot of other blogs. Sigh.

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    1. Monetized... that's a perfect word to describe it. I've definitely started to unfollow a certain type of blog and following more personal ones. I needed the re-fresh in my blog roll! Maybe that's our problem... trying to "fit in" with a certain way of blogging while we could be standing out in our own unique way!

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  7. Honestly, I couldn't agree more! Your blog is one reason I shifted toward using my own images on my blog. So inspiring to actually pick up my camera and document life and notice the small details (easy to forget when you have an infant). Thank you for reminding me to live more creatively, Daniella! Please continue what you do and don't go far! You're one of my favorites!

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    1. Aw, thank you Jennie! You're one of my fav reads as well! I think I forgot just that, documenting more of the simple things in my life. That's what I love seeing from others, I should just continue to do that on my own blog. Thank you :)

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  8. I love reading about personal day to day things, makes the whole blogging experience much more relatable and more fun and interesting to read as a product of that. I hope you find the direction you want your blog to go in and can start to enjoy it again because we all love hearing from you! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. Thank you Maddy! I appreciate your kind words. Everyone's comments are making me feel a little better about all this – that there are still people who enjoy the simplicity of things and every day life as it is. It's nice to know!

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  9. I enjoy reading all types of blogs which makes blogging so great. No two blogs are alike! Of course things will be trendy, and I'm sure you've seen plenty of trends come and go as I have, but it's important to stay true to yourself. You should definitely enjoy your blog for what it is as people enjoy it. Don't worry about all of the noise. ;)

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    1. Agreed Angel! Thank you so much for your thoughts. It's all so true. There's so many trends coming and going, especially with blogging, it's crazy! I think i'll just continue on my own little personal path :)

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  10. I definitely understand your point of view and share your lack of passion/inspiration recently. I've enjoyed reading the other comments-- it's true that much of the blog world has become so curated and perfect, it's no different than reading a magazine. I've made changes over my blog through the years as well, and currently only use my own photos, but I do feel that the conversation isn't there. I don't read blogs as much as I used to either.. I have a select 10-15 that I keep up with, but most of the others have lost my attention. I've enjoyed scrolling through Instagram more, lately!

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    1. I've even stepped away from a lot of magazines. I LOVE print, but I only buy mags that have at least some kind of personal touch and good content. I can't bring myself to buy VOGUE or something like ELLE anymore, they're just so blah. So I definitely don't want to follow a blog that reads like a magazine either! I like all the more personal blogs. And there's some real good ones out there! Instagram is fun too, but I try to only check in with it every once and a while. Too many social channels out there to handle all the time! lol

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  11. Whew! You are so right. The Blogging world has become such a put on. I love a beautifully curated photo editorial just as much as the next person, but that isn't what draws me to blogs. I have thinned my reading list down considerably in the past year or so and kept only the blogs that make me feel like I "know" the blogger. Personal photos are great, but as long as there is personal commentary it doesn't really matter where the photos come from. I think that's it for me.... the human factor. That's why I'm still here. ;)

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    1. Yes! I love to feel like I "know" the person. I know I don't actually, but I love thinking like, "Hey, I could be friends with this person in real life!", lol. Thanks for following along all this time! I really appreciate it. I've thinned down my list a lot and I could probably go through it again, but all your ladies are right, I think i'll just stick to my own little creative path!

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  12. I wrote a comment here and for some reason my computer glitched out. What I wanted to say is that I loved your blog from the beginning but especially took notice when you switched to this "lifestyle" blog because it's so personal and so authentically you! Knowing you outside of the blogging world, I can honestly say that nothing here ever feels staged or fabricated and I for one, love the day-to-day stuff because it's YOUR experience as you're living it and that's interesting. I feel like this space has been a beautiful extension of you, your life and your impeccable style.

    I get what you're saying though...I too have taken a step back to re-evaluate and I always wonder if I am adding positively to the noise. As I am reorganizing I have to constantly remind myself why I started blogging to begin with. Anyway, stick with it, my blog world would not be the same without you. And thanks for starting a conversation...I like that A LOT!

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    1. Oh Kinga, you're so sweet. Thank you soon much for all your encouraging words! I like the day-to-day stuff too. I think I just needed a little chat about it. It's nice to see everyone kind of feels the same way about blogging lately!

      We HAVE to catch up soon! I am so excited by your news, I started an email but need to send it off to you still! Hopefully we can meet up soon for a quick visit.

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  13. Amen sister! I totally agree, blogs are not what they used to be, and its kind of a bummer. I find that instagram seems to be the more intimate media these days, but a blog is more fun to write isn't it! I agree with Jo (Miz. November), I like the personal factor. I struggle with own blog as well, I want it to be great, but I really can't be bothered to make it so "professional" The posts that get the most response are my most personal anyway! Keep evolving sistah!

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    1. Very true, a lot of people are on Instagram as well these days – myself included! And what exactly makes a blog "professional" anyway? I hate that it's separated like that. As if ad space suddenly makes you a legit blogger. I disagree! Thanks for your thoughts!

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  14. I pretty much agree with what everyone else said! At first when I started blogging I was so worried about it being perfect, now I just do exactly what I want. :)

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  15. This post really spoke to me and made me pin down what I'm trying to do with my blog. I've noticed the trend towards monetizing blogging and how that can have the effect of making everyone very similar, possibly to appeal to a broader base of readers. My goal is not to appeal to everyone, but just to find those people that get what I'm doing. That said, I love the images of your blog and the pace and polish of it. It took me awhile to figure out why you decided to go in this direction, but now I think it's perfect!

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    1. Thank you Susanne! I was just re-reading this post so your comment coming in was perfect timing. It's so great to hear you also get it. I know I lost a bunch of readers during that switch, but I just got so tired of finding the latest and greatest thing, rushing to post, and trying to have a different angle in a blogging world of "sameness". I realized if I just post as myself, that in itself is original and a way to be individually creative! I love that. And I like the direction i've been going in. I totally agree with you! Blog how you want to blog and you'll have readers and make new friends with people who also love your style, it's just more natural that way! And enjoyable!

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