I Miss Blogs Too

The other day, my friend Kristin shared her thoughts on how blogging has changed lately and how many bloggers we loved to follow decided to quit moving their content over Instagram or other social media. This made me reflect since I’ve been one of those who thought about quit blogging last year. I couldn’t see the benefits, I had lost my passion and I couldn’t find a way to get more engagement and still be myself.

Now I’m here, writing again and feeling grateful for keeping up with this space. I decided to stop planning and overthinking and scheduling and things like that and just BLOG. I blog when I have something to share and I try to keep this space alive using it to track stuff like my #TheUnreadShelfProject list and the guest posts I work on every month. And it feels good!

Kristin’s post made me realize that the reason why I started subscribing to productivity blogs was the lack of old-school blogs. And the reason why I tried to turn my blog into a professional portfolio was that’s what people expect from you nowadays.

When I tell people in real life that I run a blog, they always ask me: “A blog about what?” and that’s when I don’t know what to say. During my months of trial and errors, I fantasized about transforming this place in a book blog, a lifestyle blog, a productivity blog. Why my blog should be categorized? Why everybody suppose it’s about a single topic? This makes me realize how people are new to blogs, they think about the “modern” way of blogging that’s all about useful content around a single or a couple of topics, where you share content to get more followers.

And when I reply that my blog is about me and my life, they immediately lose interest, because that’s not cool to say. Having a personal blog doesn’t look cool. To look like an interesting girlboss, the answer should be: I’m a fashion blogger, I blog about lifestyle and products, or, the new COOL thing to say, I’m an influencer. I started blogging at that time when saying you were a blogger was like having a tattoo with the text WEIRDO of your forehead. People looked at you like you were a strange little creature, that’s why I basically told nobody about my past blogs. But if you’re not an author with a namesurname.com URL, then you should blog about something in order to make money to be a LEGIT blogger, according to people. Who cares about your thoughts, goals and opinions if you’re none of famous? Why keep a blog about that?

I will end my ramblings here because this is a topic I already touched in the past and I don’t want to repeat myself. Kristin’s post inspired me to dig deeper into my own thoughts on this whole blogging things and I wanted to share them here because I believe other bloggers are feeling the same way.

18 thoughts on “I Miss Blogs Too”

  1. I couldn’t agree more.

    I actually quit blogging for about two years and have only recently gotten back into it. I definitely missed writing every day, the community, and having a record of my own life and thoughts to look back at.

    I’m glad you kept going!

  2. Oh, I needed this today! Thank you so much to you and Kristin! This year will be two years since I started my blog, tweakymuse.com, and I’ve yet to really figure out what I wanna do with it. Two weeks ago tomorrow, things in my personal world got flipped upside down in a way I guess I knew was coming, it was just a matter of WHEN. Nonetheless, it still hurt a lot, and now I’m trying to regain my footing. So far, so good, I’m not cowering under the blankets on my bed, I’m not telling everyone to go away. I am using my frustration and my aggravation for good. I am taking care of me and my pets (four cats and a dog with a mouth to make up for what she lacks in size lol). I’ve done some minor lifestyle changes, and hoping for bigger and better ones as things happen. Seeing this post, right here, it made me realize that I have spent ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TIME worrying about doing what is expected of me, and not figuring out what I want to do. You inspire me to figure out what I want to do.

    Thank you, SO much, I am so grateful that I found your blog and hit ‘subscribe’ all those months ago! It’s things like this that remind me, gently, ‘This is why you need to read this.’ 🙂 Here’s to us girlbosses who have things of substance to share! May we inspire other girlbosses!

    1. Your comment makes me so happy, Rea! I’m sorry for what’s going on in your life, but I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It’s comments like yours that make me want to keep my blog alive, thank you so much!

      I wish you all the best. 🙂

  3. Awww I loved reading your post Alice! And I’m so glad that you didn’t stop blogging. I totally can relate to what you mean about not having a specific niche to classify your blog as. I had been a geeky lifestyle blog then shifted to book blogging and now I just want to go back to the old days when I would post about things I was excited for and not feel pressured to create content five days per week. From all of the comments on my post and on yours thus far, it seems like everyone is in the same boat! Here’s hoping 2018 is the year of the return of the authentic blogger<3

    1. I know, it’s sad we always feel the need to justify and label our blogs! I tried book blogging for some time too but in the end, I prefer to not just stick with one topic. I really hope 2018 is going to be the year of old-school blogging! ❤

  4. i hear you (and kristin) loud and clear. i direly miss the old internet, before social networks became the de facto monopoly for ‘publishing content’ – heck, before ‘publishing content’ was a term you’d actually encounter, even –, before the pivot to video, and before everyone felt they had to look professional and cool. i miss genuine voices instead of people reducing themselves to 24/7 impressions of famous people.

    another troubling facet with everyone migrating to instagram or whereever is that while these networks have their appeal – each in the model of communication they are built on – they are free services. that means from the point of view of the platform’s owner, we users are the product. their goal is to leverage the data they get from us using the service to expose us to things we are likely to interact with, and selling this tailored content delivery for money. naturally, these services have to survive as well, and for many everyday kinds of interactions, i feel it is a deal worth making. but i am not sure we (bloggers, readers, fans, community people) are doing ourselves a favor moving our entire presence there. because these networks are ultimately built for directing and manipulating the visibility of its content, two things become inevitable:

    a) the platform itself will try to increase the amount by how much it directs visibility. what was once a harmless/interesting ‘people who followed X also followed these accounts’ morphs into the dreaded algorithms of instagram and facebook. after all, why stop with giving people suggestions who to add to their linear, chronological feeds when you can tinker with how their feeds are ordered, curated, enriched, etc?
    b) these changes will influence the things we post on the networks. we want our stuff to be seen, and therefore we have to play by the rules of how the network decides what gets propagated and what gets cut, what gets pushed to the top and what sinks to the bottom. it’s really not surprising everyone started acting like a human advertisement all of a sudden. it’s how we needed to talk when we want our fandom or personal posts to be seen in a world made for advertisements. what frightens me a bit is how willingly we went there.

    i am glad your blog exists, alice. in all its relentlessly personal glory. who needs the devil wears prada girlbosses when we can have real human substance rebels?

    1. As I already said, I don’t blame who made of blogging their job because I work myself as a paid contributor as well, but it’s sad that everyone now wants to monetize their personal blogs.

      I know what you mean about us being the product and I agree with you. I don’t like when people says it’s all Facebook’s fault if the internet is a bad place now and so on, I actually admire Zuckerberg’s entrepreneurial journey and he’s not an evil creature who tries to ruin our lives, he’s just doing his job! It’s HOW people uses these platform that makes things happen. Mostly because they don’t even bother reading terms&conditions or keep themselves updated.

      I’m glad there are still people like us on the internet. 🙂

  5. Thats very true! and unlike what everybody seems to like these days, i seek authenticity and raw life, i seek original voices and personal voices that make you feel like grabbing a cup of coffee with a girlfriend, while it would probably look more professional to put out there a list of advices i never follow myself, or tell you how to get rich in five minutes, i choose not, to, because you can find that anywhere, but our life journeys are unique, and full of exceptional lessons and meaning that it will always be more valuable to me to read and write about! i enjoyed the honesty you put in this post! thank you for sharing

    1. I don’t blame who made of blogging their job because I work myself as a paid contributor as well, but it’s sad that blogs are now seen just as a way to make money and that many people stopped blogging or started selling things. 😦

  6. Yes! I don’t like the idea about being a certain specific type of blog – I guess that’s why I tend to follow blogs who have random thoughts and topics and whatever they feel like writing about that day. So many people portray/expect blogging as some serious thing with only serious writing and serious ideas but I don’t like that at all. People are multidimensional and if someone is going to represent a site using their name then I expect it to be multidimensional as well.

    1. It depends for me, I like to read some blogs about certain topics, but I don’t like that everybody feels the need to turn their blogs into a job 😦

  7. I’ve had my blog since about 1998. Yep. And it’s always just been about me and whatever I’m into. It’s ebbed and flowed over the years and sometimes I feel like maybe I missed the boat when they were big, but eh. I’m glad I still have it, and still post to it, and can’t imagine ever truly stopping.

    I still really enjoy personal blogs — the way they all were in the beginning!

  8. On my blog I decided to write about whatever I’m interested in at that moment, share something I’ve experienced or am thinking. I didn’t want to focus on only one topic and lose myself for the traffic. I told myself I would create a new site or something in the future for a specific topic if I opted to monetize, but still have my personal blog on the side to keep me humble lol it’s nice to have posts like these as reminders. I’ll definitely check out Kristin’s post later on!

  9. […] multiple times feeling the desire to close it. It has nothing to do with being sad or depressed or how I feel about blogging in general, but I feel like I have nothing more to add here. I regularly blog over Keep Productive now and the […]

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