Go grab yourself a cup of coffee and lets sit down and “talk” for a minute. I’ve been meaning to start this conversation for some time now, but then Monday turns into Friday and I wake up thinking to myself, “Oh shit, I forgot to blog again this week.” I’m just going to go ahead and blame it on “Pregnancy Brain”, while I can still get away with that, okay? Thanks.
But for reals: I think blogging is dying (alright, alright … maybe that’s just my blog?) … but I’ve been around blogland long enough (FOUR years, WTF am I doing with my life?) to watch people come, people go, people gain great success with their blogs, and people who have had to GTFOMI. Blogging is changing. I’ve noticed that many bloggers aren’t sharing as much real “stuff” online anymore, people aren’t really interested in reading about other people’s lives anymore, comments and social media interactions are declining, and privacy is something that many are learning to appreciate and respect once again. What does this mean for the future of blogging? The world may never know (cruncchhhh) … just kidding …. I guess we’ll find out in 2015? What are your thoughts?
I’ve thought about quitting blogging more times than I can count. There have been endless stretches of time when I have had nothing to write about, or I would have something to write about but then I would have zero desire to sit down and actually write and edit and publish and promote and dance and sing “READ MY BLOG! THIS POST IS THE BEST ONE EVER. LIKE IT, SHARE IT, PIN IT! GO ME! YAY!”
And then life changes have happened. So, so many life changes. TJ and I have packed up and moved our things what? … 13 times over the past four years? Each season of my life has been reflected here in these blog pages – each of them gaining and losing readers, because I’m not the same person or writer that I was when I was 24, 25, 26, or 27, and I can’t expect everyone to be interested in where life’s journey has taken and catapulted us year after year, or expect anyone to follow along as I near my 29th birthday, become a first time mommy, continue to navigate through this new life as a “retired” hockey wife (PS I just threw up in my mouth a little bit), adjust to a “settled down” life in Syracuse, and experience whatever is in store for me and my little famjam in the days and months ahead.
With all that being said … as much as my heart isn’t into blogging like it was a year ago, I’m not going anywhere. Quitting seems a little too dramatic for me (yes, even IIIII have a dramatic threshold) … plus I really enjoy the fact that the past four years are documented here, and I think that 2015 is going to be the best chapter yet. But for that to happen, I do need a liiiiiiittle bit of help from my readers. I’m often being asked for my reader demographics … and while I knew what they were a year ago, I literally have no idea who is reading my blog right now (see said changes above) or what types of posts they are interested in. Plus I really want to know what type of content is valued here, and what I’m wasting my time on … which apparently I will be pressed for once Michaela makes her presence known. So could you please take a few minutes to fill out this survey?
As a Thank You to all of my readers (those responses above are totally anonymous, by the way – unless you leave your blog address) … I have a fabulous giveaway featuring pieces from Song Yee Designs! Four different winners will be selected at random on January 1st to win one of the pieces below, and yes, this giveaway open to International readers.
Anddddd finally. Did you know that I’m having a baby? And that Christmas is next week? Cool, I didn’t know either. Miss Michaela is set to make her arrival any day now (tick tock, tick tock!) … so I’ve decided to peace out of blogland until the New Year to spend this special time with my family. I’ll still be active on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so make sure we’re connected there if you’d like to stay updated about my boring life, or to know when I push a baby out of my vagina. Happy Christmahanukwanzadan!