Inquiring Blogging Minds Want to Know

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Lately, it seems that something is changing in the blog world. I don’t know if it’s the crazy winter people have been dealing with or what the issue may be. All I know is things are not the same. So many of my blog peeps have decided to scale back, take a break or just quit altogether with this blogging life. I can’t say that I don’t understand. I do. For many it started as a hobby. It was something fun to do. Then things changed.

Blogging can start off fun and then turn into a job. Keeping up with analytics, emails from brands, keeping up with commenting on other blogs. Add social media to the mix and it’s enough to keep you busy at all times and real close to going crazy.

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There are conferences, twitter parties, brand campaigns, Facebook groups and a million other things that can have your blog totally overwhelming your life. I have definitely scaled back in this space. It wasn’t even on purpose. Since being home with the kids, I really don’t have the time or energy that I used to. I may get a minute during nap time or once the kids are in bed for the night. Of course, once they are in the bed, I’m exhausted and want to go to sleep too. Pushing myself to do anything other than that can be tough.

I keep going because I really like having this space to share my thoughts and my life. I love being able to read what you think about various topics. I love having a community of people that I can relate to. Though we may not share all of the same views, we do share some common ground. That’s pretty cool because many of us have never even met IRL.

I also keep going because I want this blog to serve as a platform for other things I want to do. I want to keep writing, because as a writer, that’s what I’m used to.

With the changes going on in the blog world with people not so much feeling it anymore, I want to know, why do you blog?

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10 Responses to Inquiring Blogging Minds Want to Know
  1. Mimi
    March 11, 2014 | 6:49 am

    I have the attitude that blogging is a part of my life, my life is not blogging and I govern myself accordingly. I never started blogging as a way to get money but as opportunities come my way that are in line with my life and blog I will accept them. Who doesn’t want to be paid for their time.

    Recently I think people have been in their feelings and that’s fine I just choose to worry about what Mimi is doing and not everyone else so I don’t feel the burn out and pressure like some do but I’ve been there. I love sharing my life and will continue until I no longer see fit!

  2. Kita
    March 11, 2014 | 9:14 am

    I think it depends on the person. I started blogging to share my life and get over depression. It has helped me to do that and now I can move on to bigger and better things. I am not depressed anymore I am in a good place and that good place needed a new web address.

  3. Krissy
    March 11, 2014 | 10:40 am

    I blog because I feel like it. I never blog because I feel like I have to only when and if I want to. If it’s not fun for me I’ll stop but right it’s still something I enjoy. I like connecting with people and I love the friendships I’ve made through blogging. For me it’s not a business and it probably will never be.

  4. Bernetta
    March 11, 2014 | 11:38 am

    I started blogging as a WIFE outlet and I wanted to make some mulah. 4 years later and a different blog… I should have applied myself more and I know I could be making more. I enjoy blogging and the opportunities that have come but it can get overwhelming. But now, I blog when I can. I have three kids, and work – so.. there ya go.

    Although, I do enjoy the friends I have met because of blogging! It’s been a wonderful ride thus far.

  5. Trina - Baby Shopaholic
    March 11, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    I started the blog just to share my babies fashion and tips for moms (women). I truly enjoy it because I love fashion and beauty. I never would have thought that someone would send me something for free or pay me to do stuff. It’s a lot of work, I don’t pressure myself (unless I have a deadline) to get things done.

    I know we connected early on. So thankful to connect with wonderful women like you!

  6. LaShawn
    March 11, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Sigh. Yeah, I’m all up in my feelings about this one.
    I’ve had to take a step back because, yes, I had to question why was I blogging? I think my competitive nature naturally lead me to want to get great numbers and get opportunities, even though I KNOW that my life doesn’t really have time for it. After all, if someone else is making money, why not me?
    Peer pressure is a *****
    I’m coming around to the conclusion that if I am going to blog, I am going to blog for the reasons I used to: because I like to write and take pictures and share. I love the friend’s I’ve made through blogging and the connections made.
    So we shall see.

  7. Sherelle
    March 12, 2014 | 11:12 am

    I was completely overwhelmed with blog life toward the close of 2013. I’ve learned(still learning) to scale back when I need to for rest and to focus on school and my life at home. I continue to blog, because like you said, I want to use it as a platform for future opportunities as a writer and whatever else may come from it.

  8. From Mrs. to Mom
    March 12, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    I ask myself this quite often. I get cuaght up in the “blogging for a job” fan fair then real life reminds me that- that’s not what I’m here for. Sure I’d like my blog to be a bit more “successful” (as I define a successful blog)but the reality is I have a full time job, married with a child and a home to maintain. So all those puzzle pieces do not fit well together for me.

  9. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    March 12, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    I like the community and interacting as well as the story telling aspects of blogging. It’s nice to find others who are going through similar ups and downs. I also love the support and motivation that I get once a community has been formed.

  10. KalleyC
    March 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    I had to think about this myself too! I scaled back on my videos because I didn’t have the right time to record them (like for 2 weeks in a row!) Now, I feel like I have a lot going on, and since I homeschool, I blog because it’s an outlet for me. It’s my personal space for my time. I don’t have to earn opportunities if I don’t want to. I don’t have to earn money if I don’t want to. It’s a hobby and I love it.

    Everytime I ask myself if my space is needed anymore, I step back and it answers itself. I don’t feel “complete” without writing. I need to write, and blogging relieves that pressure that builds in my head.

    Other than that, I’m a private / public person..if that makes any sense. But I realize that I have to do things for me, and making money is just not my priority at this moment.

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