Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Year Thoughts: Are Blogs Relevant Anymore? & Links a la Mode, January 25

I opened Blogger for the first time since November today and thought, wow, how did that happen? And then I had a second thought; I actually didn't miss it. The unintentional break from this blog didn't mean that I wasn't online. Oh, I spent plenty of time online -- reading other blogs, on social media, creating Instagram content, etc. What I wasn't doing was writing this blog.

And now here we are in the new year, which leaves me wondering . . . where is this blog going?

Actually, where is blogging going in general? I've been thinking about that for quite some time with the intent of musing about it here on my blog, but I couldn't really capture what I was thinking. The gist of it is do people even read blogs anymore? I hope they do, but if I had to ponder further based on my own observations and my behavior, they're not reading them in the same way as they used to.

I used to love reading blogs. I had my blogroll of favorites and would check them nearly daily for updates and new posts. I remember when I'd spend a fair bit of time writing comments and engaging in 'conversations' here with the bloggers who wrote posts I enjoyed. That was when the blogosphere felt small and connected. Some of those early bloggers whose blogs I was reading nearly ten years ago are now among big time fashion influencers with thousands and thousands of followers. Kind of funny to think about 'knowing them back then' when they were getting their start.

Finding new likeminded people and their blogs was easy then. Now, the blogosphere is saturated. Anyone with a half decent sense of style and a good camera or photographer (ie. Instagram husband) can start a blog and add their voices to the mix. Don't get me wrong, I like this. I like that blogging made the fashion industry more accessible for all of us. I love that there are so many places to turn to for inspo, but there's a lot of the same out there. Too much unoriginality in my opinion and not much discerning of good quality blog writing, actually. I suppose you'll never be able to get the English teacher out of me.

So, I've reevaluated what I intend my voice to be and how this space will be used. I toyed with the idea of not even continuing it, but I just can't quite pull the trigger on that one. I do really enjoy writing and keeping this space alive, even if no one reads it. And, I'm fully aware that my readership has dwindled. Maybe people are still reading blogs and maybe they're just not reading mine. Or leaving comments. And that's okay.

I'm going to be posting a little less frequently because I only want to write when I have something interesting to say. We don't need another blog saying the same thing as other ones...It's boring to only talk about my clothes. I've already become more editorial in my approach to posts on here and I intend for that to continue. I also intend to explore more lifestyle topics here too. For the last year, our family has been on a really intentional journey to do better in our lives for the environment, so I will be sharing snippets of that, too.

I hope you'll consider staying along for the ride.

Links à la Mode by Independent Fashion Bloggers Workwear Style: Bodysuit and Wide Leg Pants by Victoria Marie How To Create Goals For Your Personal Style by Autum Love 5 Must-have Styles for Petite Jeans by Petite Dressing New Year Thoughts: Are Blogs Relevant Anymore? by I'm a Norbyah
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Jennifer said...

Boring talk is why I love instagram for fashion. Not saying there isn't anything worth while about fashion, but I think many people run out of things to say fast. But that is why I follow your blog, you always have something worth the time to read, and I love your eco friendly/anti-fast fashion approach to fashion

Unknown said...

You make some really good points about blogging! I'll be looking forward to seeing what else you have to say this year! :)

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