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June 14, 2018

Some thoughts on blogging

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This week's Top Ten Thursday prompt is blogging. Our host Tamara, have a six year blogversary coming up so she would like us to blog about blogging. What are the top ten things that come to your mind reflecting on your blogging journey: what prompted you to start, what obstacles did you or do you still have to overcome, what have been your major learnings, what plans do you have...?

So what can I say about blogging after 12 years of it? Nothing new so there might be a repeated thought or two but these are what I thought about blogging now.

01/ I'm more of a slacker blogger now. When I started blogging, I used to post a lot, comment a lot, join a lot of challenges and memes, add my blog to a lot of directories and such. Now I just blog at a slower pace, my pace, which is really very slow.

02/ I still like to have an audience. You don't put your blog out there to keep people away, you do it do get people to come to you, isn't it true? I can't deny that I like having readers - they're one of many reasons that keeps me blogging.

03/ I do a lot of mental blogging. I think about things to blog a lot but not much gets posted because most of the time, I just don't think whatever idea I have, is interesting or good enough to post. So if it seems like I haven't posted in a long while, it just means I haven't find anything good enough to post.

04/ Sometimes I feel I should be on a blogging break every few days. It is possible to be a normal person with no thoughts of blogging what so ever but ever since I started blogging, I cannot not remember I have a blog that needs to be updated. (Occasionally I really do forget.) I envy those who can put up a post every day and not be bored with their blog. I can't do the same. So, what's a blogger to do? Well, I try to post whenever possible but mostly, I try not fret about it.

05/ Successful blogging is when you have at least, made one reader respond to your post or so I tell myself. Whenever you send a post out there, you hope for a respond, right? I think if one reader gives a (nice or not nice) respond, then you've succeeded as a blogger. I'm always grateful for those few readers who visit my blog and I'm glad I can at least, post something interesting once in a while.

06/ I still have no blog niche and I'm okay with that. This blog, my blog, is considered a personal blog which pretty much means it's a 'anything goes' blog but I mostly post about the same things - books, movies, fiction writings, drawings and everything else. But I guess it's still a bit random and lacking some forms of cohesiveness but I'm okay with that.

07/ I have no blogging schedule. I just post whenever I want and whenever I feel there is too much time in between posts. I have said several times how nice it would be to have a schedule but it's hard to have a schedule when you have no content to plan around so like my blog's random content, my schedule continues to be random too. But every now and then, I participate in challenges and memes (like this one you're reading right now) and in a certain way, this is a scheduled post.

08/ I've always dislike the two/three column blog template. I've no problems with other bloggers having one or even two sidebars, I just have a problem if it's my own blog. So my blog has returned to one column. I just find all that sidebar items to be too much chaos, too much distractions from the content and sometimes I think I'm too much of an organize freak to have a sidebar because I would keep moving items around to get them to look organized.

09/ I still have secret hopes that some of my favorite bloggers will return to blogging one day. It's just ashamed how so many bloggers just disappeared on you. They're not gone, they're just elsewhere, just not on their blog. I know they have lives and blogging is not number one on their to-do list but still, I just wish they would come back even for brief periods. Even though I have removed them from my blogroll, I still sometimes check their blogs for updates.

10/ I am a anti-social-media blogger. Okay, not entirely true since blogging is a form of social media. But I've avoided joining Facebook. I've quitted Twitter and Pinterest a long time ago. I just don't have any interest in social media. I prefer blogs more than all other medias so I guess that makes me old fashion.

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What are your thoughts on blogging these days?


21 comments:

  1. Haha, your #3: regular people just have "thoughts", we call it mental blogging, and I do it all the time. Mostly I forget about it until I have the time to sit down. Too bad.
    I can relate to #6 because I am the same way. It may actually help not to have a small niche - how else would we be able to still create content after all those years? I imagine at some point a topic is just "done"?
    #10 Facebook is not as much fun as it used to be. Way too many stupid videos, and even more commercials, hardly any real life people's posts anymore.

    You've been at it for 12 years?? Wow!

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    1. maybe I do too much mental blogging & that's why I haven't update much.

      I think it's good not to have a niche, you can post about just anything and not limit yourself.

      I've never done facebook so I don't know but I keep hearing not so great things about it

      yep, 12 years of blogging and not much to show for but at least, I've done all the blogging stuff so that's good.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. It works for very scheduled people like me I think.

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    1. I can't post every day like you but you seem to be real good at it.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. I don't blame you for the anti-social media stance. It can get ugly out there. I used to try to do it all, but it's really time consuming, and I want to spend my time reading.

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    1. I keep hearing people apologizing about what they said on their media account, it's just nuts, I think the speed of social media is just too fast that people don't stop think about what they post, with a blog, you can take the time.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. I started blogging because I can't draw and I hate to write (on paper). People told me to keep track of the art I was making, document how I made it, and keep a journal to see how much I develop over the years. Photos and typed words were my friends. Soon, I started blogging daily, and I continue to do so. I guess I have a niche, which is mixed media, altered art, photography, collage, and wonky sewing (mostly paper to paper).

    I tell everyone I am a BLOGGER. I have never joined, nor will I join, another social media site. You will only find me on my blog, and that's what I LOVE about your blog, too.

    Needless to say, I'm one of those dreaded bloggers who has two sidebars (grin).

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    1. so you started creating art and then to keep track of it, you started a blog - that's a really great reason to start a blog.

      I'm with you on the social media, I simply don't care to join. I consider my blog to be my social media.

      we all have our own personal preference when it comes to blog templates so you can have as many sidebars as you like. it looks pretty organized to me the last time I visited your blog.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  5. Funny, I'm hooked on Facebook, mostly because of family (kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins) are on there but also a large portion of our friends. I gave up on Pinterest a long time ago and only keep Twitter because I can post automatically to it & Google+ from Hootsuite. Being an author, connections are important.

    I'm enjoying reading all the stories on blogging!

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    1. I think facebook isn't for everyone but I'm glad you have fun using it. it's true connections are important so having a twitter account is actually useful. I might one day join twitter for that reason, twitter is actually good for promoting your whatever you want.

      have a lovely day.

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  6. Hi Lissa,
    I've been operating off my phone while away from home - and blogger doesnt always let you comment via Smartphones. I'm at a desktop today sooooo I can comment yay!
    I started blogging back in late '99 - 18 years and change. Wow. How many blogs have I had? Don't know. How many different kinds? Personal, group, team, audio, photography, mobile & various combinations of the aforementioned.
    I remember how touched I was by a comment you made years ago - we've been blog buddies ever since.
    Your blog is more than a personal blog - it's a personal statement - an artist portfolio - a joy to visit. Sign me with Great Love with Great Respect Your friend Frances D

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    1. 18 years - wow! that is a long while to blog but I seem to getting toward that number.

      like you, I have done a lot of different blogs but I've never tried blogging using my phone mostly because I can hardly check email on it.

      I honestly don't remember when I first saw your blog but it seems like a long while ago but I'm glad I've found you.

      thanks for being such a good blog buddy.

      have a lovely day.

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    2. I love what Frances says here about your blog, Lissa. True true. :)

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  7. I do a lot of mental blogging too. I have a long list of things I want to blog about, but finding the time to actually write the blog entries can be a challenge sometimes.

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    1. yeah, it really takes an effort to write a blog post these days, but it's okay, I've blogged long enough not to try too hard and I think you should blog when you want to as well.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  8. So glad I stumbled on your blog. Nice to meet you, Lissa!

    Facebook was, for me, exhausting and shallow. I turned my back on it long ago.

    Blogging is relaxed and personal. I've formed friendships with bloggers all over the world, and enjoy posting a few times a week or a few times a month, depending on what is going on in my life. I guess I keep a blog as sort of an art diary.



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    1. hello to you too Chris Lally.

      I've never tried Facebook but I have to visit facebook pages for work and I simply don't get the attaction at all.

      'art diary' sounds good. I'm thinking of posting my art in progress but there are so many of them, will think about it.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  9. when I sued to blog more, I was also always making mental blog posts and lists. The reason I didn't actually write many of those is because they were too personal in that they would have involved other people and didn't want to pull other people in for their sake, even when sometimes tempted to. Blogging was therapy but it got hard to keep things so cryptic and as I started healing, it wasn't needed as much.

    With that said, I too miss various bloggers who don;t seem to blog anymore...or maybe they do as I stopped following them and perhaps they restarted under another name I know one gal who had cancer and I she changed her blog due to bad family stuff but when I found it again (her husband sent it to me), she only had a few more and I think she might have died. So sad. The very first blog I ever read and kept up with was from this chubby Canadian college girl who wrote so well - fluid prose- would love to know what happened to her too. With that said, there are some blogs I have gone back to over the years but none ever got updated so have given up there, sadly. Good to know other people think that way too. I would have to say that your blog/blogs I should say, are the oldest strong of blogs I've followed now. :)

    Yes, I really detest FB. I did it one week in order to keep up with my family but after 5 days found it sucked up my time as I felt such pressure to read every post and then elections were coming and I so disliked people assuming I shared their activist politics. I found the whole experience time consuming, too full of drama and politics and way way too intrusive. Blogging feels less personal even though one actualyl writes more personally. Weird but true.

    Then I sued to do Twitter as it is meant to be good for artists but gave that up as I can;t get into one line comments. I do use IG but am finding myself getting increasingly frustrated with it as I seem to grow my audience by about 10 an then the next week, lose about 9 or 10 so I never really go anywhere-- I usedd to be at about 960 but now down to 932. I think too that a lot of the followers are advertisers or fake bots that unfollow you if you don't follow them. Insincere then. Don;t like that either.

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    1. there is always the constant 'do I share this?' thinking when it comes to what to post or not. but it's really good therapy to say what you want even if you omit a lot of things.

      it's really ashamed so many bloggers have stopped posting, I know a few of them are at twitter but I just don't think it's the same.

      I tried twitter too but I find there's too much pressure in trying to update, at least for me.

      I really don't get readers - sometimes they follow/unfollow you and you just don't know the cause. but it's good that people are still loyal.

      thanks for visiting. have a lovely day.

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  10. Oh an dI do pinterest only once in a blue moon, but mainly for a photo reference if needing to know how, say, an animals stout look like and so on.

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    1. pinterest is great for reference photos but they keep asking me to sign in when I view a pinterest page and if I don't I can't see the content, very irritating...

      thanks for visiting. have a lovely day.

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