The other day I wrote a blog post about how blogging has changed over the years. I was rather surprised that several people responded to that post, acknowledging that they, too, had observed the changes. Some changes are good, but others have not made the blogging journey very fun. Which, of course, if you aren’t blogging for fun, then you might not care much about that. But some of us started out blogging as a personal expression of our lives, our families, our day-to-day journeys, and we loved reading about each other’s experiences.
Over time, we started sharing our favorite recipes, or our latest DIY project; some of us blogged about our adoption journey, or our parenting experiences, our homeschooling adventures, our favorite thrift shop treasures, and other rather mundane, ordinary “stuff.” We encouraged one another and we learned from each other. We weren’t actually trying to sell anyone anything; we just were having fun connecting with new “friends” from across the country and around the world.
So I’ve been pondering what I’m really doing out here these days in blog land. What is blogging all about these days? It is fun to discover new blogs with great recipes or crafts, or inspirational posts or devotionals. But sometimes it is so annoying when I click on a link to read a new recipe and there are so many ads and videos that it takes an age just for everything to download. Now, it could be that my internet speed is the culprit. But I’m pretty sure my internet is OK, since I teach online classes to children on the other side of the world and I never have internet slow downs when I’m talking to a seven-year-old in Shanghai or a 10-year-old in Beijing.
I don’t mean to be negative, I’m just re-evaluating my place in the blogging world these days. After all, I am a “Vintage Mama” and perhaps the stuff I’m blogging about or the stuff I want to read about is not fashionable or trendy these days. I really don’t know . . . but blogging takes a lot of time, energy, and effort and when it’s no longer a fun way to connect with other people around the world, I have to decide why I’m still doing it.
For today, I do know that these weekly link-up parties are still a fun way to connect with other bloggers, and a great place to find creative inspiration. So I hope you will join us on our blogging journey and get out there and meet some new friends in the blogosphere. I know that, for now, I’m still going to party along with the other bloggers here each week because I have made quite a few friends over the years and I don’t want to lose contact with them. But I really wish that blogging was more like it used to be, and that we could really find connections and not just drop a link and run off to the next party. Perhaps I’m just old fashioned, but I like to make friends. I hope you do too!
Welcome to this week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party!
Remember you can add three links until midnight on Saturday. One each day or all at once. Please invite your blog friends and social network to join us. It’s time to party my sweet bloggy friends. You can add three links until midnight on Saturday. One each day or all at once. Please invite your blog friends and social network to join us. – Inlinkz has implemented a new policy when you add your link to the list you need to click the little square boxes about their policies on the bottom right.
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Amber- Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Theresa- Shoestring Elegance
Linda- Crafts a la Mode
Pam- An Artful Mom
A note about the new link up format:
You may have noticed that several link party hosts are now using a new version of the link up that looks a little different than before. If this is your first time linking up to the new format, you may be prompted to register your email to create an account. This is the same as before when you entered your email each time you linked up with the old format. You do not have to have a personal inlinkz account or membership to link up, everything is the same as with the previous link up procedure. After your first time linking up you will not need to create an account each time and you will just be able to link up. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to ask!