I feel like the landscape of blogging has changed in the past year or so. I remember when I started blogging way back in 2009....I felt like I knew nearly every blog out there. It was a smaller community then and everyone was like a friend. I never missed a blog post - not a single one.
These days my Google reader now claims over thousands (yes, plural, yikes!) of unread posts.
I had a different job back then too that maaaay have afforded me some day time hours for blogging and networking and more creative writing. I probably devoted about 10 hours a week just to blogging and catching up on blogs.
Ahhh that was the life! Those days seems like such a nostalgic time and so long ago.
Now sometimes I feel like I'm scraping the cobwebs of my brain for content some days. I sign on to read blogs and see that there are dozens of new blogs that have popped up and gained popularity. And the "old faithfuls"...the ones that I've been blogging with for all these years....the friends...well when I read them I find that I've been gone for far too long. That there are babies on the way, or they've moved, or closed up shop altogether.
One blogger that I followed for years and recently stopped blogging at the end of last year said that she thought 2014 would be the year that blogging became unpopular. But....I disagree. Sometimes I think "maybe I will stop blogging" but then I think of all that I've gained from blogging.
An essential online diary of all the big importants that have happened in my life for six years.
A creative outlet to write
And a collection of some of the most amazing friends. I mean, I went on vacation with two
bloggers friends last year and this year I'm going on vacation with four girls I've never officially met - how cool is that!
So even though I think the landscape has changed, I think blogging will live on. Because I think it's all these things and more to others as well. There's something unexplainably special about blogging don't ya think?
What do you think? Is blogging still in or on its way out?