Renovating Blogging

Last week one of my favorite bloggers, V in the NW, wrote a post in response to The Bloggess, who wrote a post in response to Asha Dornfest, in which there was a call to return to blogging. This was my favorite part of Asha’s post, and what I’ve longed for, for a while now:

I’m talking old-school blogrolls and comments again, not for building influence or traffic, but for re-energizing community. Between us as friends and colleagues. Between us and our readers. We all miss that, but there’s nothing stopping us from doing that again. The currency wouldn’t be dollars or page views or virality. It would be the connections between us, once again. Not going back — this isn’t nostalgia. I’m suggesting the 2018 version of blogging and *real* online community.

I started blogging in 2007 and it was out of a need to connect with others and because I thought I had something to say. Back then, my obsession was with weight loss and so that’s the community I found myself in, and never had I seen such a supportive, encouraging group of people (mostly women, with a few guys thrown in too). When my focus shifted away from dieting, I found it difficult to write, because I thought my audience was still mostly women who were on restrictive diets who really weren’t interested in reading about mindfulness (or maybe I just didn’t know how to write about it in a way that would resonate with others), and also because I think this type of blogging was falling out of favor. Facebook was taking over the world, then Instagram and YouTube, and now it seems that Podcasting is the New Black. I think a lot of bloggers took to these social media outlets to post their thoughts in a new way, which is fine, but I just never had any desire to do that. I found it hard to write a post and send it out into the ethernet, not knowing if my community was still interested, or even there. And I will admit that when my favorite bloggers went silent, I stopped seeking out new bloggers to follow. I let my own involvement in this community slide, so I’m part of the problem too. (Side note: special thanks to those of you who have stuck with me since the beginning. You know who you are and I appreciate you still to this day. ❤)

But here’s the thing: I still love to write. I have a private online journal that I sometimes post to when I’m not sure that what I’m writing is appropriate for my blog, but really I just don’t post much anywhere anymore. But I miss it so much! I miss crafting an idea into well articulated words, I miss turning my jumbled thoughts into a paragraph that clarifies exactly how I feel. There is a certain high I get when I can finally express exactly what it is I want to say in exactly the way I want to say it. Kind of like finding that puzzle piece that you’ve been looking for  for an hour and locking it into place – it’s a small thing but feels so victorious! 

And the community! – it was so fun to read someone else’s blog and comment and know that they would read your blog and comment, and soon you became invested in these other lives and they became invested in yours and at one point in time, I knew, knew without a doubt, that if I called some of these women at 2:00 in the morning with a problem, they would absolutely answer the phone for me. THAT is community. (And that also is an extremely long run-on sentence but I don’t care. I said what I said.) 

So, I am answering the call! I want to build up this community again and I invite you to help me – list your active blog in the comments below, and if you had a blog that you haven’t posted to in ages, dust it off and list the name here and we’ll come visit you. Maybe you always wanted to start a blog but didn’t have the nerve…now is the perfect time to begin! Go start your blog and come back here and tell me what it is. 

Let’s make blogging fun again. Let’s make it a place where we can get inspiration and support and encouragement from one another. Let’s spend less time reading each other’s blurbs on FB/IG/Twitter and more time reading each other’s paragraphs. Let’s get to know each other again. 

17 thoughts on “Renovating Blogging

  1. I love this thought! As you know, I’ve mostly gone silent too, but lately I’ve been thinking about writing something different with my blog, so at least I’m thinking 🙂 Write away! I love your writing.

  2. I found you through comments on Laura’s blog (Life of L), back in 2009, I think. And I still check in on you guys even though you’re right, blogging has changed, and few who were blogging 10 years ago are still doing it today (at least not with the same intensity). But you are so right, it’s about community. And the community is still here even though you’ve changed, we’ve changed, everything changes.

    Because I’m a Word Press gal, on Laura’s blog I had to use a blogger ID I had from school to make comments (Trace4You). Because I’m in grad school for creative writing, my Word Press blog is about writing, but I still read your blog when I get an email. I’m still (always) trying to get healthy. I look forward to seeing you around here, keep it up. 🙂

    1. Hey Trace! (Or Nav, which do you prefer now???) I remember you from Laura’s blog – she’s another one we need to get back in the game. 🙂 I love that you are all about the writing! I will definitely check out your blog. Thanks for still checking in – I appreciate that!

  3. I am so loving these call-ups for bloggers to once again serve! I found your blog through Jenny Lawson’s post about it, and I’m so glad I did! Your blog is awesome. 😁

    My blog is and I try to write funny stuff about anxiety, life, life with anxiety, stories about growing up in poverty, my brief stint as a rock star, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind.

    In short, I am a blogger! I would love to be part of a good old fashioned blogging community again.

    1. Hey RomCom – I love your blogname, it just rolls off the tongue!! Thanks for checking me out!! I’ll be sure and return the favor. You sound like my kinda gal. 🙂

  4. I love this post, I love your blog, and I love that we’ve found each other and have supported each other through the years! Here’s to many years of blogging and to re-discovering this amazing community of writers!

  5. I am so with this – I was just thinking recently how so many bloggers I used to read no longer post, and I miss them. I hope this takes off and we see a blogging resurgence. And I’m sorry, but people who write a long story on their Instagram page and call it a blog post are WRONG. That’s just a long ass blur of writing with no paragraphs.

    1. Lol!!! Oh you are going to LOVE the post I’ve got going for Wednesday! 🙄 I throw a little snark at the various forms of “blogging” that are around now.

  6. I started blogging a lot later than you but when I did it was the community I found that made it so rewarding. And now that I’m picking up my blog again – after a few years hiatus- its been both amazing to catch up with with old bloggers and dismal to discover so many of my favourite blogs no longer existed. Or if they did they hadn’t been updated in a year or more…
    Oh, and I came across your blog through the wordpress reader and after reading only two of your posts I’m already so happy I did.
    Great call to arms, lets all start blogging again!

  7. I don’t have a blog but I seek out bloggers who I can relate to. Maybe someday I will start one. The closest I have gotten started with is creating a page on Blog To Lose, which has been taken down a very long time ago. I really hope your blog brings back that sense of community & support. It is something that is seriously lacking in today’s world.

    1. I agree Paula – we could all use a little more support and encouragement! (I always tell everyone to start a blog – it’s excellent therapy!!) 🙂

      1. Maybe I should! It might be cheaper than therapy. When I was on BTL, there really was a community of support. We were all kind of going through the same thing. I do miss that part of this virtual world. For those of us who are shy, it is nice to have some connections to others without judgement.

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