Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's the point of blogging?

Sometimes I wonder what's the point of blogging.

Am I going to continue this until I'm 50 or 60? Nobody is going to want to read that.

I don't do very exciting things and I don't have anything that original to say. I don't have any beauty secrets or jaw dropping DIYs to reveal.

I know some people skim and don't read my posts by the comments they leave, sometimes so absurd I'm actually a bit embarrassed for them. Sometimes they are directly in relation to the pictures rather than the words, and in that case why don't I just have an instagram instead of a blog? What's the point? I'm sure I do things like this as well, I'm not perfect.

So tell me, what is the point of blogging? Why do we do this?

For me, I love the people I've met and the friendships I've made. I like having somewhere to talk, whether it's about books that only appeal to me, or about certain subjects that make my blood boil. I love feeling like I have a small spot in a community that is all my own and I didn't meet you all through my best friend or husband. I did this on my own, and I feel less lonely because of it. All expats should have a blog. But the point? I have no idea.

I am not comparing my blog to others when I say this, but there are so many bloggers out there that are fabulous writers and their posts just amaze me. They are entertaining, funny and real. When you are a little fish surrounded by amazing pretty rainbow fish, what's the point?

I don't read the very first blog I ever read anymore. Her blog is too unrealistic and I can't relate anymore. She's very popular and probably makes all the money, good for her. But I get bored reading her posts so I stopped. I doubt she noticed.

So I ask myself, do I want to get that big? Can I? The answer is no to both of those. I genuinely don't think my blog will ever be that popular or huge, and I don't think I'd want it to be. The pressure on those bloggers to continuously produce good content must be ridiculous. Not to mention dealing with negative feedback, which as a small blogger I haven't really had to deal with yet. It's one of the reasons I've been too scared to really sponsor anyone or have a consultation with Helene because I'm afraid of what will happen. They'll say my blog is silly or not worth it, I should stop now, or people will come to my blog via sponsors and be disappointed.

Anyway. This post doesn't really have a point, let alone blogging. I am not complaining or hosting a pity party, honestly just throwing my thoughts out there. I guess that's the point.



What do you think is the point of blogging?

65 comments:

  1. This has crossed my mind a lot lately. I kinda fell into the trap of wanting my blog to be bigger and then I just got stressed out because really I just write rubbish about what I have been up to and then I starting doubting the point of my blog, so I think small is best. I think we are all guilty of skimming through posts sometimes, people do it me and sometimes I do it, although not purposfully, it's just that I am so short on time these days! Your blog is great, it always cheers me up because your are super funny and I am interested in your life (not in a creepy stalker way though!), I just preper blogs where people are themselves and that's what you got going on here. Anyways enough word vomit. :)

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  2. I don't think I would like my blog to become that big either. Well, a part of me does but then I think about all the pressures that come with it... And then you probably have to stop writing about what you want and just write a bunch of sponsored posts. At least that's what I think. There was a blog that I really, really liked. She was pretty small but then she started doing so many giveaways that every other post was a giveaway! It really put me off and I stopped visiting... I guess I think the point of blogging SHOULD be to meet new people with similar interests. I think that's why I stopped visiting this blog with a bunch of giveaways... I want to know more about the blogger and talk about things we like... Not just join a giveaway.

    I like to think people visit my blog because they also want to get to know me better and want to chat about similar interests. I love blogging and my favorite thing about it is meeting more people! I don't want to become the blog that just hosts a $700 PayPal giveaway every month! Anyways... I hope my comment made sense. It's kinda all over the place. :P

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  3. people skimming my blog is my biggest hurt. i spend 3 hours taking pics, editing, writing, etc, all for someone to skim 10 seconds and then comment "thanks for sharing" or ask me something that was answered in the dang post had they read it. my biggest peeve as a beauty blogger is when i say i don't like a product and i get comments of, "did you try it like this? or it use it with this?" yes i did! i'm not a novice here. i started this blog to help people, and demystify the world of beauty. i hope i have.

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  4. i loveee meeting people through blogging! it made my move to charleston so much easier :) i dont know if i'll blog forever (i've already been doing it for 4 years!) but for now it's fun. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. I'm totally having this crisis right now... especially as the length between my posts gets longer and longer. Blogging is one of those things that runs on inertia, and I've totally lost mine! I will say though that over the years I've had a few bloggers that I followed religiously just stop blogging, and it always breaks my heart!

    Anyway, I guess I'm not really sure where I'm going with this other than to say that I totally get what you're saying. And to let you know that even though you may think that it's pointless, I love reading your blog :)

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  6. I've come to the conclusion that my blog will never be huge and it is a pretty freeing thing. The reason I blog has changed since I began a couple of years back, as has my style and tastes and for me, maybe that is the point of blogging. An opportunity to push myself, grow and develop as a person. I know I am far from an incredible writer or photographer but my confidence in myself and my work has grown immensely since I started blogging. I feel extremely privileged to be apart of such a wonderful community as well. Supporting, encouraging and always good for a giggle. ;) x

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  7. For me, I blog for myself. When I take a little break I know my traffic is most likely going to drop off and sometimes that bothers me, then I think about it and remember that I'm doing this for me. And don't worry, you aren't alone. I have people who comment on my blog without reading it at all and their comments are so ridiculous sometimes. Ignore those people! I had written one of my super long comments and deleted it to spare you one of my crazy rants but just know, I LOVE reading your blog!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  8. Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me and I have met so many people that I know I never would have if I hadn't started blogging (you included!). Your writing is not pointless and I personally look forward to your posts daily and read them completely.
    I'm not a huge, huge fan of bigger blogs because I have commented on a few and you can never make a connection with those people because they have so many people following them and commenting that they don't really need those connections. Blogging for me is about connecting with people and getting to know people and their lives.
    I haven't sponsored anyone yet and I also haven't offered sponsorship because I don't see my blog as that big of a deal...I just write what I feel like writing and I also don't want to disappoint anyone that may stop by expecting something different...

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  9. For me, I started blogging at a time when I had just moved to a new country and was in the search of finding others who have been in my position and survived! The community I found in blogging has given me new friends, the support I needed in crazy expat life, and posts that are always good for a laugh. And I so know what you mean by those comments when your just embarrassed for the people, they often are the ones who leave me links to all their posts. Anyways, to conclude this rant of a comment, I love your blog and so glad I recently discovered it!

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  10. Blogging is a weird thing. I love it but it's also weird! I know I won't do it forever and I highly, highly doubt my blog will ever make it "big" but I'm having fun with it for now so I'll keep doing it. And totally agree with you that it's made me less lonely. We don't really know anyone where we moved and so it's been to nice to get on here and talk with you guys everyday!

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  11. I think all bloggers can relate to this post. I know I've definitely had time where I think my blog and writing are not up to par with others. I'm amazed by some of the writing I see on other blogs. How do I do that? Hah. But, some of the best advice I have received is to write for yourself. I also think that we outgrow some of the blogs that we read. At some point a blog we once loved may not do it for us anymore and that's okay. We move on and find other blogs that will captivate us. This also allows us to meet amazing new people (like you!). As for your blog, I personally love it! I think you are so personable and I can always relate to your love for P&P. :)

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  12. I blog to remember this part of my life. It is more for me than anyone who happens to read my blog. That is why I know I'll never get really big bc I do not "write for my audience." Which is apparently the #1 rule in blogging.

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  13. Ah, what a fun post and great comments above, too. First, I actually disagree when you say no one will want to read this when you're 50-60. I think a lot of us that have made connections by doing this now will still be interested in each other's lives for many years to come, helping each other transition through the various stages of life. Why drop friends just because you get another year older? Why stop doing something you love just because you are a certain age? Also, when you said this: "I didn't meet you all through my best friend or husband. I did this on my own, and I feel less lonely because of it." This is a very big deal to me, too. I also started a blog after a move (not to a different country but it feels like it sometimes!) and blogging has really helped with the loneliness. Finding people with similar interests is MUCH easier through blogging than in real life! So yes, loved this post...you connected with me and for me that IS the point of blogging! Making those connections to enrich our lives in a unique way!

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  14. Yes to all of this! As you already know, from my post yesterday. Looks like more than a few of us are feeling this way! I also don't read the first blog I ever really followed regularly because she's too "big" now, and there's lots of sponsored crap and product reviews. And to your point, nope. She didn't notice. I say just do it because it's fun and be you!

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  15. Let me start off by saying, I love this post. Personally, I blog because I want to be able to look back and see how far I have come in life. To be able to relive certain moments that have taken place in my life. You see, I don't care about becoming the most popular blog out there. I do this for me and me alone. It's my little corner in the world and I love it. I also really enjoy meeting all these wonderful people In blog land! I'm not kidding, all of you are so amazing!
    By the way, I love your blog! You are just so real! I don't feel like I'm reading some picture perfect, cookie cutter, fit the mold blog: I feel like I'm reading my best friends blog. :) keep doing what you do, you rock!

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  16. Goodness, we are on the same wavelength. This has really been on my mind a lot lately. Of course, I would love for my blog to take off and be successful but I know that I don't have the time to put into it. Not that I've considered quitting blogging because I love it for many of the same reasons you do but I've questioned how much longer I'll be able to keep the few readers I have without uping my game {or if I even want to up my game}. But I have to remind myself that the reason I blog is so that when I'm 50-60 {maybe} I'll have this time of my life to look back on and actually remember. If you enjoy it, keep at it because I think you are hilarious!

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  17. I wonder this constantly! I'm always thinking, why would anyone care to read this? It's not special, or original, or even all that interesting! I love my life, but I'm sure it's pretty boring to other people, I don't go to a lot of parties or events, and I don't have tons of money to go shopping or try out products to recommend. And I'm not an expert in beauty or fashion or any of that. I guess the reason I started blogging was because I wanted to document my life and have a place to vent or just get my thoughts out and I saw the connections and friendships that other bloggers had and I thought that was pretty cool! So like everyone else is saying, I'm just really enjoying that aspect of it. I agree with what Lora Ashley said above about bigger, more popular blogs, I tend to get kind of bored with them because I can't seem to make much of a connection with the blogger and then it's like what's the point? I definitely have skimmed blogs from time to time but I usually don't comment on them if I skim them. Yours is one of my favorite blogs and one of my must-reads! :)

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  18. I have no clue what the point is, but most things I do are completely random and pointless so I guess that's why I blog :) I don't really sponsor anyone and haven't done a consultation either because I am afraid or to lazy, to put the work in, that is needed to be big and popular. I'm having fun just floating in the sea watching the bigger more colorful fish swim by.

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  19. I absolutely love your blog and how real your are in all your posts!! You make me laugh, you make me ponder things and you open my eyes to new things and I think that's what makes your blog important so I really hope you keep blogging!!! When I was thinking of starting my blog my first thought was who in their right mind would read what I have to write about and apparently we all have that same thought!! For me I dont know how long I'll blog, but I know I'll be able to look back and see everything we did and everywhere we went and that to me is what's important, a visual journal of sorts!

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  20. I love meeting people (like you!) through blogging. I also started blogging to remember this time in my life. I realized as I saw doing my yearly recap the other day that I don't remember a lot of the little things anymore so I thought this would help! Also, I think YOU are entertaining, fun, and real. Your blog is one of my favorites because I love your voice. :)
    PS-I totally get the people who don't read post and leave weird comments. I sometimes wonder why they felt the need to comment at all.

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  21. I agree with a lot of what you wrote.
    To me, the point of blogging is community. I think we all probably have different goals and ambitions when it comes to this whole blogging thing, and I think that's great. I had a few weeks where I focused on trying to become a lot like those "professional" bloggers, and then I realized that I just wasn't being true to myself, so I stopped. I started writing about what I wanted to write about.
    Part of blogging for me is just to have a sounding board. I love my husband, but he's not really a talker, and this just lets me talk about whatever it is I want to.

    So what's the point? I think the point is just whatever it is that you want it to be.

    And I agree.... I don't think anyone wants to read about my life at 50 or 60 years old.

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  22. Aww, this kinda made me sad Kristen! I think you have a lovely blog. And while I don't always read every single word (I don't read everything on most blogs...I'm more a visual person), I do love your point of view. Be it your photos or your words.

    What's the point of blogging? I think the answer to that is different for everyone. For me, I consider it to be a brilliant form of scrapbooking. I can't wait to look back and read it all in 20-30 years. I'm sure it will be hilarious.

    At the end of the day though, you do it because you love it. Because it brings you bliss. The day it stops being an enjoyable hobby for you is the day you should leave it behind. Till then, keep it up!

    Lots of love
    V
    Life+1

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  23. I go through this a lot. I used to care so much about my traffic and worry that I only had 5 comments on a post I worked really hard on. I think with my move back to Dallas I haven't had as much time to worry about my blog and you know what, it's been kinda nice to not have the stress! I love coming by your space and hearing about what you're up to (plus you're stories about your past never get old)!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  24. Great post, lady! I started blogging just to journal my thoughts and dreamed of one day being like one of those BIG blogs. but, then I started reading more and more and found different, often smaller blogs and felt I could relate to them more. Like you, I stopped reading a few of the big blogs I used to read because it just didn't relate to my life.

    You can tell the skimmers for sure. I admit, I've done it a time or too, when I've been in a rush, but wanted to still reach out and comment on different blogs, to say HI! It's funny when I receive a skimmer comment, I just laugh!

    The friendships are the BEST part of blogging and I'm so glad I found your fun blog!

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  25. Ya I wonder about this a lot. When I started I wanted to be that big blogger but now I have pulled back and I think like you said, the expectations on big bloggers are too much. It probably takes away from the fun a bit. I don't really know why I blog anymore, I guess a few reasons. Yes the people and online friendships, but I also like that it's a creative outlet for me. I never knew how much I loved crafts or writing about books or whatever. But I do and it's a huge destressor.

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  26. so last year i made it my mission to increase my readership because i wanted all the blog things. i worked so hard to do it and it worked but holy crap, i was not prepared for the amount of work it involved. i actually worked harder on my blog to churn out content and respond to comments and leave comments etc than my actual job that paid me. then when shit hit the fan at work and projects were coming out of my ass, i just couldn't do the blogging thing anymore so that took a backseat..and i haven't worked on my blog as hard as before...in fact, my domain renewal is coming up on dec 18 and i'm considering NOT renewing ...although i probably will because i do love it.

    so the purpose of my long winded, no-point comment is this: blogging is a wonderful way to express your thoughts and maintain the amazing connections you've developed thus far...that's why i keep coming back :)

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  27. For me blogging is a hobby. My husband likes to play golf, I like to blog, and shop but blogging is cheaper! :) plus I've made some good friends through it and have had some awesome opportunities because of it. It'll never be my full time job because I have one of those already but for now it's fun and I enjoy it. I do laugh at those bloggers who are trying to become big. There's no long career in blogging and it's all about who's hot right now so to think you're going to continue making big bucks makes me laugh! Love your honest posts like this! You totally write about what everyone else is thinking!

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  28. I definitely question why I blog (on a daily basis) and like you, I'm a small blogger wondering what the hell I'm doing swimming with the big blogging fish. I don't even belong in the same pond! Right now, I blog for the friendships and because I love to write (and there's another motivation to my blog that I don't share) but I'm 100% sure there's a shelf life to my blog. I'll stop when it feels right.

    As far as being concerned what others will say, I wouldn't stress about that. If you're happy with what you write and how things are going, then that's really what matters.

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  29. I have these same thoughts all the time. I blog because I love my readers and fellow bloggers and it makes me happy.

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  30. I started blogging as a way to get my thoughts out when I first lived in Germany and had no friends, and my boyfriend was busy all the time. After having zero meaningufl conversations for days on ends my head felt like it was going to explode! A blog helped me get those thoughts out.

    I continue blogging for the community and to have somewhere I can look back on what I've been doing and realise that, while I may not have taken the traditional path everyone else did, I AM doing something with my life.

    I would hate to be a big blogger - the pressure would drive me crazy!

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  31. The blogger's eternal question surfaces again. The blog world is tough. It is fully of beautiful, rich, paid-for-days people, who seem to do it all. -or at least that is how it looks. It is certainly hard to be the small fish. I read in a blogging magazine a quote from one of the ABM girls, and she said that she would hate starting to blog now. When they started it was such a smaller community, much less to compare yourself to, and judge your 'success' on. So it is just a strange thing we are all doing here. Mostly I just want to document life. The funny stuff, the pretty things I get to see, the recipes that I couldn't believe.. the classics I enjoyed reading... but who doesn't want people to read what they are writing? I hate that too, instantly being able to tell when people just look at your images. Even on a longer post, read the bigger chunks of text if you are going to attempt to leave a comment. I agree it is so sad sometimes. I have loved getting to read your blog. I am happy that you found my post (on twitter?), it has fun getting to know you through your writing, and others I have met through your blog. There are so many bloggers, who I have been trying to get to know for years, that rarely (if ever) commented on my blog at all let alone read it semi-regularly. They aren't 'rainbow fish', and I legitimately enjoyed reading their blogs (or still do) but they aren't engaging with their readers at all. Some of them don't even have many. I can understand on a hugely famous blog, not getting comments back or replies... but holy cow. I just think the role of a blogger is to network, make friends, share inspiration in whatever form, actually READ blogs too, not just write them. I'm really glad that I am not the only one who feels this way. :) Keep writing, the lifestyle blog is not dead, it is alive and well, making friends everywhere it goes. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  32. I love the image at the bottom! I think blogging for me is a way to talk all about whatever I think is important to me. Sure, some of the things I do as a way for others to "learn" or get an idea but for the most part it's all about me right now and I like it like that. I wouldn't want to be a bigger blogger because of the negativity but that's something you have to be aware of when you put yourself out there for anybody including the trolls. I think you're a fabulous writer. Witty, kind, relevant - keep up the good work! I love the friendships I've found thanks to blogging...that wasn't something I think I was expecting.

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  33. I was seriously just thinking the exact same thing the other night when I sat down to answer emails and how I felt by the people who would write "nice post" and I'm like what the hell am I supposed to do with that? I love blogging because it lets the crazy thoughts out of my head onto a little space. I am sooooo happy I "met" you through blogging because our daily conversations totally crack me up. I love how real you are and are completely unfiltered. So refreshing you have no idea. I also love seeing your adorable kitties and gorgeous self so you better not be going anywhere!

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  34. Haha! I love that last picture. I have those same thoughts. It can all be so overwhelming trying to come up with new content all the time and it can get stressful trying to read others blogs, but I really like connecting with people and having met some in person I love being able to count them as friends. The positives far outweigh the negatives in my opinion.

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  35. I have had the same thoughts before, especially when I see other blogs that started at the same time as me and they have a billionty comments and sponsors... me? I feel good having the same few people come hang with me and if they bring a few new people, yay another new friend! I also don't follow the first blog I ever read anymore either. I can't relate and it seems very blasé about life and connecting with other people. I just love meeting new people and sharing rando stuff.

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  36. This is definitely something that I've thought of before. In fact, I've started blogging and stopped blogging in the past because I couldn't figure out the point of it. When I started my very first blog years ago, I quickly fell into fashion blogging because that seemed to be what everyone was doing and what everyone wanted to click to your blog and see. I still love fashion and it will still be part of my blog, but I guess I got caught up posting things I thought other people wanted to see instead of posting about what made me excited. This time I guess I blog quite selfishly. I blog about what I'm interested in and what makes me light up. As long as I'm having fun, there's a point to it! Also, it's not always easy finding people you can relate to, and I think blogging is an incredible way to connect with others.

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  37. I'm with you - I have been blogging for almost 8 years now - I'll never be big. But the point for me is to get things off my chest - vent - journal.... FOR ME... & if others want to read it, so be it :) I love looking back at my life & thoughts & things that effect me. Memories... all right there.
    & the best part, I have made some dear blog friends through the years. Real ones. Who send me texts & messages & cards & gifts & phone calls of encouragement, prayers, laughter. None of them are big bloggers... I think that's why we can connect. Real people - real friendships formed. No thought of 'making money'.. I love that you share your thoughts with us. I hope you DO blog till you're 70 or 80... those will be some FUN posts :)

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  38. Just know that Helene will never ever ever say that, she's a doll and I highly recommend you work with her :) Or anyone, because if you like it, then do it. Once you don't like it any more, quit. It's a hobby. And why do any hobby, really? Is scrapbooking or stamp collecting all that 'productive'? Not really. But people love it, and their families like the end product even if the rest of the world couldn't care less. So I vote keep your hobby as long as it appeals to you and your friendships. Not everything needs to have a point or end game.

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  39. I think blogging is pretty much you get what you give. You comment, I comment, we've become blog buddies and that is absolutely the main point of it all for me, too. You're my rainbow fish, too, btw, so shut the f up and shout it out ;)

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  40. I've definitely had similar thoughts about my blog; I haven't done anything to make it look pretty, I don't have any unique things to say or info to give... so I definitely understand. But I have to say that I really do love your blog. I feel as though I can relate to you in many ways.... So I just like hearing your point of view on things and learning about your life. :)

    My reason for blogging is that I enjoy writing about my life/sharing it and just meeting fellow bloggers. I don't plan on putting too much actual work into it at least at this point because I don't have the time (and I don't know how, haha).... I'm totally fine with it though. I really just love reading blogs and if someone happens to read mine too then great.

    You shouldn't be scared to sponsor someone though, your blog is great.

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  41. I've been thinking about this a lot lately too. Do I want to continue blogging when/if I have kids? Will I just let this thing hang out there in the internet untouched? Do people even care? But I enjoy it and I value the community. So for now, I'm keeping it up. I hope you do too!

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  42. My blog really has no point and I'm okay with that. I'm not saying anything a thousand other people haven't already said, and that's okay with me. I don't follow most of the blogs that originally made me want to blog. For a lot of them it became really obvious that they were just writing posts to make money, or had seriously run out of things to say. I always think I wish I had X number of followers but I'm not sure I really mean that. I think I have like 70 followers and maybe like 20 that comment regularly but honestly I like that I feel like I truly know all of them. To be honest it freaks me out a little bit when I get a comment out of the blue, like who is this person and how did they find me? I mean, don't get me wrong, I really like meeting new people, but at the same time (er, despite having a blog…) I'm pretty private and don't know that I would want hundreds or thousands of people reading what I write every day. Being such a small blog does make me a little self conscious sometimes, like am I doing something wrong? Not that I think I have a shot at being a big blog but I doubt I'd like it very much if I were.

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  43. Aw I completely get that feeling! And I think you shouldn't think as yourself as a small normal fish - you are totally a rainbow fish! I love your content and your voice! And like you I actually don't follow big blogs, because to me it's all about the interaction and the people and I hate reading big blogs and then they don't interact with you, etc. But anyhow - I get the feeling of asking why we do all this, but I think it's a hobby like any other and it's fun and like you said it's a great way to make great relationships!

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  44. I blog solely for the relationships!!! I don't make money from blogging nor do I want to even try. My blog will never be big but it is my space and I love it and even more I love the people that I interact with because of it!!!
    I can totally relate to the "what I really do" picture - wine and laptop right here, right now!!!

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  45. Girl blogging is for you!! People ask me all the time, wow you put a lot of work into blogging, what are you getting out of it?! Why do you care?! I enjoy it and I have met some pretty damn awesome people along the way! Just know I love reading your blog every day!! But I do the same thing, so when does it end, maybe well be reading eachother's posts when we are 60 haha!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  46. I know what you mean. For me, it's mostly about the relationships, but it's also so I have a place to easily point to my writing online that's easily accessible. Long story short, my entire body of work I used as my online portfolio is no longer online, so I like having a blog to act as a sort of calling card. But I could have just plugged away at getting a new portfolio up and running, but blogging is a a more valuable use of my time. I love that I've met you and so many others through it, and I honestly don't care if I ever get "big." I don't want to manage it. This small blog keeps me busy enough! I commend those who manage to get huge and maintain, but it's just not for me. I do sponsor as a way to build relationships though, but generally blogs on the smaller side and that I genuinely like and want to support. My comment doesn't really have a point either except.. I hear ya.

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  47. Yes, I'm all about the smaller lifestyle blogs. Not only do I find those types of bloggers easier to relate to, but I've made some genuine connections with some fantastic ladies!
    One of the reasons why I read your blog is because I appreciate your honesty.

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  48. I really enjoy your blog. It's hard for me to keep caught up on everyone's blogs that I would like to. I mean my blog itself sees 2 posts a week if Its a good week anymore lol. I feel like I could never create enough content to post everyday. At least not at this point in my life. I really have met so many amazing girls through blogging and I just love checking out other's blogs for inspiration amongst other things. I don't feel as inclined to comment on larger blogs, because it seems that they don't typically bother responding, I totally get that people are busy, but its nice to have someone reach out. xo

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  49. Yes to all of this. Sometimes I feel pressure to be better or change my blog & then more often than not I decide I don't care. That it's my blog & I'll write when I want to & about what I want to. I know I'll never be huge & that's ok! I love your blog. I have quite a few on my follow list & yours is one of the few that I always read no matter what.

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  50. Great post. I look at the comments and think "Dang, she is totally popular. I could never get 50 comments." I don't think blogging should be a popularity contest. I think it's fantastic that there are people out there who have developed a following and even created a career from blogging. On the other hand, I will continue will my single digit comments and small amount of views and followers. That's okay. I'm happy with the little corner of my mind that my blog comes from. Keep it up girlie!

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  51. I ask myself this all the time. What the heck am I doing???? When I first started blogging, I was looking at fashion blogs and popular blogs with lots of content being posted all the time, but after blogging for a while, I realized I like my blog to be an outlet, not another job. I have always had some kind of blog since I was a teenager and got my first livejournal, so I like having a record of things and pictures. Plus, a lot of people on here are interested in (some of) the same things as me, so I can talk about stuff people at work would have no idea bout.

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  52. Twinsy, I tell ya - this is a thought I have at least once a week. I read all these stats about how many blogs there are on the internetz and I think "who's gonna care about yours?". Then I remind myself that for me, the point of blogging is the community and to have a place to show up and write, and I don't feel so bad. But it is frustrating sometimes because I can't help but to but a lot of effort into my posts and then the thought "what for?" crosses my mind before I promptly boot it out. Sigh.

    And just for the record, if you need a point to blogging, pick me! Blog so I can love on ya, 'kay? :)

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  53. How did I miss this?!! I too have wondered this many of times. I think for me, it's a lot of what you said - having your own little piece of something. To be able to talk about what's on your mind and a major plus is talking to the wonderful ladies that blog as well.

    Love your blog, and all of your posts are great! You do a really great job xoxo

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  54. I agree. I rarely blog anymore because I feel like what I'm sharing isn't even interesting. I don't even have the time anymore like I used to. Part of me wanted to grow my blog but I just didn't have it in me!!! How do those huge bloggers produce content daily and still maintain readers? The very first blog I read is nothing but sponser post after sponser post and product reviews. I kind of enjoy creeping into people's lives vs that other crap! so keep on writing, when you want to. we will all be here !! :-)

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  55. I think this is a common feeling that lots of bloggers have. I always say, blogging is weird. It's internal and external all at the same time. I actually did start mine because I wanted to document what we were doing, do something with the pictures, and remember our adventures. I didn't see myself scrapbooking. At the same time once I started I wanted the space to grow too...it's weird. I think anyone who didn't start a blog with business in mind feels this way. Clearly all the people above (and below) this comment see a value :)

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  56. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I wanted to say that for me blogging is about me. I don't do sponsored posts (And reading them generally turns me off). I like to read about people's lives, even if it's the day to day of it. :) I love reading your blog :)

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  57. I'm with you on the friendships/connections. I never would've thought in a million years that it was possible to form bonds the way people do through blogs! I don't read the first blog I ever read anymore, either! I used to read a lot of beauty blogs and I only read a few now... they get boring if there isn't any variety for me.
    Also: blogging is fun b/c it lets me socialize without leaving home. :) hahaha

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  58. well, i think all these comments prove you have something to share and read. I know the feeling of being overwhelmed by the amount of blogs and the quality of some. I find smaller blogs to be more original and have more passion behind the words - if you get me. I do think this is a great Q. why do we blog, what the point. i think some hope for success and validation and others for a hobby. Mine is hobby and I know if i just stop one day, it won't really matter to anyone, lol

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  59. Oh hun I wonder this way too many times myself. I too get comments and I know people didnt read. Im not a guru at anything besides law and maybe writing and noone wants to read about either everyday. I just paid a handsome amount for a blog design and I wonder why? I have no desire to have a huge blog for all the reasons you gave....

    Why Ill continue though... this year was rough and this blog and you guys gave me a wonderful distraction. I also fell in love with my space on the internet where I can be free to be me creatively without judgment or hateful comments (maybe because Im still a small blog as you said). I blog because of you guys and thank god I "met" you all on here! Sorry for the ramble!

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  60. blogging is a weird thing. a wonderful thing but a weird thing. i was feeling kinda down about it last week for a variety of reasons but i too get comments where i can tell the person hasn't read, which is why i have a policy of "if i don't have something meaningful to say, don't say anything at all." you always leave such thoughtful comments which are appreciated! i don't know how you have the time to get to all the blogs you do! you're a wonder woman

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  61. I like your blog. It stands out because it feels authentic. You seem to only write about things you genuinely care about, instead of trying to build yourself into a brand like other bloggers. And as far as the "point" of blogging... I like to think what you said about making friends pretty much hits the mark. I love reading comments from people who've actually read what I've written. It feels good to be part of a community :)

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  62. Bahahahhaha! That image is hilarious. Too funny. Honestly, I read this and I sat there and thought, omg, am I one of those people who write absurd comments?! I will admit, I "skim" a lot of blogs because I always have too many in my news feeds and I never want to skip any so I try to get a little in on each one. (what's wrong with me?!). But I think your right with the different purposes of blogging. I sometimes wonder how long I will keep doing it or how long my fav bloggers (including you!) will keep posting! Either way, keep on keepin' on girl! I enjoy your random, funny, enlightening, intelligent, interesting, beautiful, posts! :)

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  63. I think, for me anyway, that the purpose isn't about an end goal. It's more about the process. So if it's something you enjoy and that has meaning to you, it doesn't really matter if there's an ultimate goal or a deeper purpose than that. And I'd bet that you impact far more people than you realize just by being you and sharing ideas.

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