Old-Fashioned Blogging



This past fall my eight year blogging anniversary quietly passed by.

I’ve been blogging for eight years.  Do you know how ancient that makes me in blog years?  

I didn't start at the very beginning of blogging (there are some out there who have been blogging five years longer than me), but I remember why I started at the time.  I had just gotten married, the first of my friends, and I wanted to connect with other young married women.  Since there were none in my immediate circle, I turned to the world wide web.

Back then, that’s why people blogged - just to connect.  And we wrote about silly things.  Much of it was neither profound nor pinnable.  It was glorious.

I remember, after a year of blogging, telling my mom how I had 20 followers now, and I hoped I wouldn’t get much more than that, because if my blog grew too big, how would I reciprocate by reading and commenting on more than 20 blogs every day?  Everything about that sentence tells you how blogging has changed.

I remember when it started to change - it was the year I had Gwen, and all of a sudden there was a crop of brand-new bloggers, and with them came change.  Their blogs grew rapidly, companies started sponsoring posts, and before we all knew it, blogging purely to share your life became no longer relevant.  It’s nice that your child started walking, but how many pageviews did you get last week?  It’s nice that you went on vacation, but when was the last time you got a sponsored post?  It’s nice that you want to share what you’ve learned while mothering, but why don’t you turn it into a link-up?

(Do you see the time that I am publishing this?  That’s because I wrote it in the parking lot while waiting for a doctor’s appointment, and I published it as soon as I could connect to wi-fi after I finished writing it.  I didn’t schedule it for tomorrow morning.  I’m posting on Tuesday, the slowest day of the blogging week.  I didn’t even take time to create a highly clickable post title, or create a pinnable image!  Do you know how many modern blogging rules I am breaking with this post?)

Adapt or die, that’s the survival of the fittest rule, and it seemed to apply to blogging.  Those who had no desire to adapt to this new blogging scheme slowly petered out.  And those who did adapt lost something.

I want to bring it back.  Just a little.

I want to tell you I bought a Christmas graphic tee.  I’m tempted to turn it into a mini series about how to style a Christmas graphic tee, and I might.  But why can’t I first just tell you I bought a fun t-shirt that I like?

I want to tell you that this fall I helped to host a women’s Bible study at church.  Four months have gone by and I’m just now telling you that.  I want to tell you how fun and encouraging it was, I want to tell you about the quirky ladies.  I want to tell you about how I had to quit, and how one of the ladies gave me a Starbucks gift card as a farewell present (bless her, just bless her, she knows I need my caffeine!). I want to tell you all this without having to turn it into a “Ten Reasons You Should Join A Bible Study”, or some such impersonal silliness.

I want to tell you about how I had the kids packed up, and I walked out the door this morning to a chorus of muffled howls coming from the car because I took too long to get the kids their Pop-tarts (our breakfast-on-the-go of choice).  How I felt slightly bad before I broke out laughing because it was so cute and ridiculous.  And there is really no way to turn that into a post either pinnable or clickable, but I want to share it, these little bits of life.

So let’s do this again, shall we?  Let’s take some time to share bits of life and a cup of tea on a Tuesday.  See you at the same time next week.  

(Or not, because I am going to be wild and crazy and not schedule a post ahead of time!  Just check back sometime on Tuesday and I’ll have something up.)

What I’m Drinking: Dirty Chai tea from Celestial Seasonings, mixed with a hot chocolate packet. It is delicious.

Also note: This spur-of-the-moment post prompted by Cassidy's post on blogging like the old days.  I'm not the only one who misses it.
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34 comments

  1. I miss it too! And I so appreciate these catch ups.

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    1. Me too! I'm going to try to make old-fashioned blogging a more regular thing here!

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  2. LOVE IT! I laughed my way through this post and nodded my head in agreement several times. This is exactly what I miss about reading blogs! Thank you for jumping in again to blog like the "old days." 😘

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    1. Thank YOU for inspiring me! 😉

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  3. I have to admit, that I love reading "old school" bloggers. I don't care about a pinnable image or sponsorship. I want the day to day mundane details. Needless to say, I loved this post! (high traffic or not, these are my favorite!)

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    1. That makes me so happy, Amandan! I'm definitely going to get back to writing like this. It was so fun to indulge today!

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  4. Thank you! That's pretty much the way I still blog and most of the blogs I read. I've unfollowed several big blogs because of all the sponsored posts. I like knowing what everyone has been up to :)

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    1. I love how you've stayed so consistent! I think we've lost a lot of that camaraderie in blogland over the past three years, and I'm tired. I want to bring it back. 😊

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  5. No you are not. Hope you don't mind that I've written a post and linked to this one. I really miss it too. I never ever looked to get sponsored....I just blogged for pleasure and the community grew with it. Now that community seems lost. Maybe it's time we reclaim it?

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    1. Absolutely, thank you for the link! I loved your post. I definitely think we can reclaim it. I'm going to try anyway!

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  6. Oh my goodness,I am with you!! I started blogging almost exactly 7 years ago and I miss that style of blogging SO much!! When I started my new blog, I originally intended for it to be for profit and I lasted, oh, about 9 months trying to work my way up to that before I burnt out and hardly have blogged at all since! It was SO overwhelming and so much work! And for what? A few bucks a month? It took all the fun out of blogging for me so I just stopped :( I used to blog on almost a daily basis the first few years I blogged and *gasp* sometimes even more than ONCE A DAY! (I know, I know...breaking all sorts of blogging rules there ;) ) This makes me want to get back to that more and more but I also have reservations about sharing a lot of aspects of our life right now so I feel just kind of stuck. But this makes me want to do some old time blogging for sure! Almost every blog I used to read in those years has completely stopped blogging, with the exception of a few!

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    1. Me too! It's easy to get burned out with monetizing. I feel like there's no way to even feel like you've "arrived" and it's SO MUCH WORK. I'm kind of the same way too about feeling limited, I don't want to overdo it with blogging about the kids because I don't want them to ever feel like I shared too much. But I think I can find a balance, and there's a lot of stuff I can share that's not related to them too! I loved your post today! I'm ready to get back to some old school blogging too. 😊

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  7. Oh, how I love this post! That's why I started blogging too and it's my favorite thing about it. It's the way I've always blogged and probably will for as long as I keep at it. I think the sharing of the day to day is my favorite thing about it. It's my favorite thing. I like reading the blogs that share about their day to day and not all the sponsored posts. Reviews and sponsorships are good and all, but I like the real every day stuff the best :) Also, that t-shirt is adorable and perfect, where is it from? I'll see you back here next Tuesday ;)

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    1. That's one of the things I love about your blog too, Hannah! You've just kept such a nice rhythm to your blog, and I love reading your posts. I'm going to get back there too. 😊 And the shirt was from Jane.com! One of their daily deals. Don't go there unless you have money to spend, it's addictive!

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  8. The "old" style blogging is why I started following blogs :) I don't mind the occasional sponsored posts but they're not why I follow blogs... I miss the old fashioned blogging so I enjoyed this post :)

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    1. I feel the same way! I really miss it. I've tried to keep things balanced and at least useful on here even when a post is sponsored, but I feel that loss of the good ole days. I'm going to bring it back. 😊

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  9. It's crazy to actually reflect on how blogging has evolved in the last few years. I still love checking in with all of you mommas that shared in the experience of being pregnant with our first little ones together. I haven't remained consistent to blogging, but for me it has been and will continue to be a place for me to document family memories or an outlet for my thoughts (when I find the time and motivation to do it). No need for a great, big audience and I like it that way. :)

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    1. I've been loving catching up on your blog lately too! I think we all blog a little less often with all these kids running around. ;-)

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    1. Join us, Anna! JOIN US! Blogger is free. :-) I miss your blog.

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  11. I am with you all the way lady!! While my blog has morphed and changed a lot since the beginning and since becoming an author I love still sharing the day to day things and plan to continue as long as I blog. I get that might not make me the most popular blogger, but I do feel like it keeps (for me) the authentic voice of who I am in the midst of some work that I do with companies. :) Anyways, I loved this post! :) :)
    Blessings,
    Rebecca

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    1. I love your blog, Rebecca! You keep such a nice balance of being relatable and real even with all your accomplishments! A lot of people become authors and let it go to their heads I think, but you really haven't. Your blog is still one of my favorites!

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  12. I really enjoyed this post and like hearing about your life, Callie!

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    1. Thanks Bethany! I'm going to do regular life posts a little more often. I miss it!

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  13. I wonder if it would be possible to do a link-up of some sort to gather more of these "old-fashioned" bloggers? I really dislike sponsored posts and I find that the ads make it harder to find the simpler blogs in the search engines. It seems like you have a lot of readers, so maybe you could get something going. ;) My blog is pretty simple and I don't even include an image with each post, but I try to write about everyday life.

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    1. I'm mulling that over - I was initially thinking the same thing, but there is a part of me that doesn't want it to be too official, you know? I'm thinking of giving a couple "old-fashioned bloggers" a shoutout each week with my regular-life posts, so check back!

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    2. P.S. I've always appreciated your regular life posts too!

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  14. Love this so much! I started my blog in the "old days" too... 2009! Are you going to be doing "old fashioned" blogging every Tuesday? I may have to jump in on this too!

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    1. Yes, I am! I'm already itching to write my post on Tuesday - I do miss being able to write about whatever I feel like, and reading from other blogs that do the same! I can't believe I didn't run into your blog in the old days, we started close to the same time! Please do join in, I'm really looking forward to some good old fashioned blog reading. 😀

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  15. My blog has always bent toward "old fashioned." I've never done a sponsored post, and other than the book reviews I post as part of a list of links on Saturdays, I don't receive anything at all in connection with the blog. It's an online scrapbook of our life, and I like it that way. Sure, I share recipes and ideas and lists when people ask for them, but just as many, if not more, of my posts, are just about our life. I like it that way and I miss other bloggers doing that!

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    1. I love that you've stayed consistent with all the winds of blogging change! I'm ready to get back to the good ole days. I miss regular life blogging (and blog reading)!

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  16. This is so refreshing. There are so many expectations set up for blogs now, and being a 'personal blog' isn't 'enough.' I actually started a new blog on books, and I'm thinking to just quit it now, because it's SO overwhelming starting a new blog and feeling you have to do ALL the things to make it a 'success.' I just want to write about what I love. And I want to feel ok with that. So maybe I'll be able to join you on this. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Every year in December, I start to get nostalgic with my blogging and begin to look back at posts I've written throughout the years. I see these "old school" blogging posts I wrote in previous year about random happenstances in my life and I miss writing about them. I'm going to try to do more of them in 2017!

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  18. I so sincerely appreciate this. I've been blogging so long I honestly have no idea when I started but I know it was before I was married, and I've been married 6 years. Like you I've seen them come and go. I've heard other bloggers talk about the pressures of consistency and stop blogging altogether because it got too competitive and demanding. I confess I get lost in it sometimes but I like to believe that I'm still in it to connect, share my life and because I enjoy writing, reading and sharing my faith and opinions. Thank you for bring back the blogging dinosaur. For keeping it honest and authentic, there might not be many of us left but the OGs need to support one another.

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