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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?


10 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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