What's Changed?

When this calendar year ends, I will have been blogging for FIVE years. Five, people! That blows my mind to think about. My blog design has changed more times than I can count, I've written on just about every topic you can imagine and I've seen a lot of blog 'phases' come and go over the years.

Last night I discovered that an old blog friend who had mostly left the scene was starting her blog back up again. I was so excited to see that! This was a girl I literally would not know if it weren't for silly me opening up a blank blog post back in 2011 and deciding I wanted to write about my engagement and wedding planning days. We bonded over all sorts of things and we enjoyed keeping up with each other's day to day, no matter how mundane it might seem to the outside world.

And that's what blogging was for me for a long time. A place to write about daily life, my job, fun places I went on the weekend and maybe share a funny meme or something I found on Pinterest. The comments would flood in on practically every post. And I'd respond to those comments. My blog email inbox would constantly be ongoing conversations with blog buddies, new and old. Heck, I could write a post about being old and never leaving my house or how much I love circus peanuts and receive dozens of responses from friends all over the country.

So what's changed? When did blogging become solely about monetization, likes, shares and pins? Don't get me wrong... I still apply for various paid opportunities and get super pumped when a cool sponsored post comes my way. I still run ads on my sidebar and do a couple other things to make (a tiny bit) of money from this blog. The fact that a hobby of mine can make any money at all is pretty cool, but I still continue to blog because I crave the friendship and the interaction that blogging originally brought me. I have real life friends now because of this space and that alone is my greatest "accomplishment" in blogging.

Blogging is where friendships are born! It's where I find great new recipes. It's where I can laugh out loud over something funny that happened to you at work. It's where I can get ideas for new places to travel to and where to eat when I'm there. It's where I can read updates on your kids who are older than mine and learn new tricks to try to get him to nap longer during the day. Blogging is this awesome conglomerate of people that I just can't quit.

I know people are still reading. The pageviews and stats still show that, and that's great! I'm so glad there are friends out there who come back time and time again to see what randomness I write about, no matter what stage of life I might be in :) But the comments and the interactions are less and less. Are we all just bored of talking to each other? Are we just too busy to comment? Would we rather scroll through Instagram to get those tiny snippets of life, versus take the time to read a wordy blog post?

I don't really have the answers to any of these things, but sometimes you just want to open up blogger and hash it out. At least I still feel that way. I don't feel (too) guilty when I write a post without any fabulous photos. Or if I don't have an image to be pinned or shared. This is my blog after all, and I'm proud of where it's been, where it is now and possibly where it will end up one day.

So, who's out there reading?? I would love to hear from you. Blogger, former-blogger, never-ever-gonna-start-a-blogger? How long have you been here? What makes you comment or not comment? I'd also love links to your favorite bloggers who still write and share like the good ole' days ;) The floors open!

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  1. THIS!!! Thank you for putting all my little thoughts into words! I am so thankful that these little blank pages brought you into my life. I have truly loved watching your sweet family grow and all the transitions you have made, both personal and business. YAY for what blogging was and what it still is to some of us around here. :) I adore you friend. Happy to be back.

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  2. I've been blogging for 4 years now and it's crazy how much blogging has changed! Although I have monetized my blog, I do write solely for myself and my friends, so oftentimes I write posts that others might think are "boring."

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  3. I feel the same way! For me, it's all about the connections with other bloggers, but so many of my favorite bloggers quit blogging.
    Personally, I comment a lot less on other blogs now because of shady internet in China and because I read blogs on my phone these days. I'd prefer to type a comment out on my computer. Interesting to hear your take on this!

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  4. Hi Erin- I'll bite. I'm a frequent reader, rare commenter. I love reading your blog, but always feel like a weird creep writing comments. It's like your my friend and I know all about you and you don't know who I am so it's sorta weird like when you think a tv character is your real life friend. Were around the same age and live sort of close (I'm in Dayton) so I like to think we could've been real life buds. I love hearing about your local adventures. I probably would not have known about Jungle Jims but for your posts! Also as a reader and non blogger, paid posts are ok and I get the point...but for many bloggers they don't fit their natural site content and come off awkward. And once bloggers start doing them all the time, I lose interest in their blog because I miss their normal content (life, fashion, cooking, whatever!). A little is ok, a lot is a turn off in my opinion. But I've really enjoyed your blog since I've been reading! Keep it up :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I get what you're saying about how it could feel creepy, but just know that I don't think it is-lol! I put it all out there on the internet so I just assume everyone reading is a friend ;)

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  5. I've been blogging since February of 2013, and it feels like blogging is a completely different ballgame! I think you were one of the first blogs I started reading but I can't remember for the life of me how I found you! I am incredibly thankful that there still are bloggers out there that blog about life as it happens. I recently did a huge Bloglovin' clean up and unfollowed a lot of people who had only been publishing sponsored posts or posts full of affiliate links. My favourites are still 71 Toes, Hugs & Lattes, stephanieorefhice.net and (Bee)utiful Blessings.

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  6. YES. Since you and I had been talking about this lately I planned on writing a similar post but you basically took the words right out of my mouth and I plan on sharing. I really miss 2012-2013 blogging days. People were SO full of interaction and didn't feel the need to make a post "worthy"! I totally agree. I miss the old days (Alexa, Kaitlyn, Ashley, etc.!) and am so thankful for our blogs to connect all of us!

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  7. So I totally wrote about my blogiversary today too!!! I am there with you, the comments and interactions are much less these days than they were a few years ago but I still want and crave them. Blogging for me has always been about the interaction and the day to day life. I have received a few free items to try out and share, but I have never had a paid post before. There is nothing wrong with them but that just isn't want blogging is about for me. I miss the old days when we all shared more random stuff and real life things and less of what seems to be all over blogland these days. Here's to hoping us oldies never change!! I for one am glad we met through blogging!!

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  8. I enjoy reading your blog, but I have no idea how I wound up here :)
    I started a blog several years ago-documenting our move to a small horse farm. I kept it up for awhile, but then life just got so busy--ehh--I didn't make the time. Recently I've found it kind of therapeutic to write about my challenges of lessons, learning, etc. I guess with a farm and 2 full-time jobs we are super busy people, and I get most of my interaction from social media. (that kind of makes me sound like a weirdo, but I'm not :) So-I'm blogging for my mental self lately I think. If you ever want to read about blog life...
    https://windyridgestable.wordpress.com/

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  9. I have been reading for quite some time...I can't even remember how I found you??? I like how Jennciz ^^^ put it! I feel like I know you and would hit you up for coffee if we lived in the same city...but I feel like a creep commenting sometimes. Why is that?! No idea. I enjoy your blog posts and I'll happily keep commenting :)

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  10. Commenting for me depends on whether or not I feel a connection to the post or if I have something to say. Kind of like in real life... if it's something I don't know anything about or am not interested in, I don't really comment. One of the blogs I used to follow was Living in Yellow and I unfollowed Instagram and blog posts due to continual sponsored posts. I was over it. I get why they're done but they can't be 98% of your content.

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  11. Totally agree! I just wrote a post about this in August I think and received so many awesome, thoughtful comments if you want to check that out, too! I think a big reason comments have gone down is because people are reading on their phones now... I know I do that a lot when I'm holding a sleeping baby haha - and it's like impossible to comment on the phone. But yes, love blogging for the real life stuff and this sounds bad, but I usually drop a blog when they start going to sponsored stuff!

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  12. I really like this! When I started blogging 3ish years ago, everything was very personal and story based and now it's more money driven. I don't really prefer one way over another because it is cool to make a little money from a hobby like this that I enjoy so much. It's so cool that you can "know" people through blogging without ever meeting and I love it. I feel like this response was super rambly because I like both ways and I don't know if I have a true opinion on which is better!

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  13. What I found most interesting from the blog survey I did recently is how many people don't leave comments but how many people like reading the comments. Interesting, right? A lot of people are reading throughout the day on their phones, and it's just harder to comment that way and takes longer. I've noticed a drop in comments too, but I hope that means people don't still enjoy reading my blog! I have a blog Facebook page where I post links to posts and share things every once in a while, and I get a good amount of likes and comments on there from people who have never or rarely comment on the actual blog. Next year I will have been blogging for 6 years. Crazy!

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  14. It is disheartening when people visit and don't comment, I would highly agree. I see that people visit mine all the time and don't comment and it makes me wonder why. But I make sure I comment when I visit because I feel close to some blogs Ive been reading for a long time. Eventually everyone is going to post something like the above but blogging will still stay the same!

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  15. You know I'm reading! But yes, I agree about the comments. My # of blog readers has increased but my comments have decreased tremendously. I get super shocked when my email tells me someone commented on a blog these days. Ha.

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  16. Hi, Erin! Long-time blog stalker, first-time commenter (if that's a word). I mostly catch up on reading blogs at lunch and just zoom through quickly. And I don't use any social media but I have a feeling that really is the issue here. People forget to reach out and invite me to things because I'm not on FB. Anyway, I will now make the time to comment! I have enjoyed your blog so much and yours I continue to read because of the LACK of monetizing. I'm glad people make money by blogging but I have quit reading many blogs because they're always selling a product or trying to tell you how to improve your blog and make money with your blog. I find THAT boring. Congratulations to you on Baby T! He's the perfect little blend of you and Jared. Keep writing and I promise to comment. ;)

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    1. First-time commenter, woohoo!! :) Thank you so much for saying hi and for your sweet words- I appreciate you reading and keeping up with my randomness. I definitely read blogs on my phone a lot more now that I'm at home, so it's a lot harder for me to remember/take the time to comment on others, too. I get it.

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  17. What a good question! I blog and people leave comments and sometimes their comments are dumb and a burden to respond to (just being honest). As much as I know that bloggers like nice comments, if I don't have anything to say beyond "I agree" then I don't say anything. Or if I haven't gotten to know the blogger yet, I'm like eh, they won't miss me if I don't leave a comment. It's laziness in a lot of ways! I definitely like the change away from monetized blogs and seeing fewer sponsored posts, but I think with so many forms of social media, blogs will continue to get diluted. In my own post today, I said that two things I would normally talk about have already been covered on instagram!

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  18. I have loved following your adventures over the years! I've seen the change too in the blog world and there are times where I feel like maybe I'm not cut out to do this whole blogging thing. But then I remind myself why I started it and it was to hopefully create a positive platform in a dark world. Keep at it sister!

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  19. Blogging under various names, sites, designs, you name it - now at www.bybrianne.com as I've picked up a few freelance writing opportunities. I am a loyal reader of yours, however I rarely comment. I wish a had a good reason why.

    I do like the fact that blogs can be monetized, however for me, the writing aspect is more important. My main aspiration is to publish a book, so I'm trying to get in the habit of writing more. There has to be a balance between sponsored and personal (you have managed to achieve that, in my opinion, and your sponsored posts align with your values and personal experiences - I have never "eye rolled" one of your sponsored posts for that reason, lol!)

    My main takeaway is this though - though blogs have changed, I don't think the community really has. If I don't get a comment, I hear from people on my other social media channels. But, reaching out to bloggers by commenting on their posts is something I want to improve on.

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  20. YES! It makes me sad that blogging has turned into just a moneymaker. I don't ever want to be that blogger that focused on money, I make zero off my blog and I am perfectly ok with that.

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  21. I have been blogging on and off on various sites since I started college in 2007. I have used it as everything from an online journal, to a way to write for fun, to a way to connect with people who have similar interests around the world. It's introduced me to countries I never knew I wanted to visit and hidden gems in different cities.

    I have not enjoyed seeing everyone monetize their blogs because I feel like it has changed the initial intent behind blogging and many of the blogs I've read since I started in 2007/2008 just aren't as fun to me anymore because they don't feel as authentic and I miss the "connection" I felt to that individual through reading their blog.

    I don't comment often because I tend to read blogs through the bloglovin' app on my phone in the "dead" moments of the day - waiting for a meeting to start, waiting for my mid-morning cup of coffee to brew, etc. and that app is not comment friendly. If I'm reading a blog from my computer I almost always try to comment, and if there is a blog post I want to comment on that I initially read on my phone, I will mark it as unread to be able to easily pull it up later.

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  22. Hello. :) I've been reading blogs since 2008/2009. I even started and ended a few in those years! I love reading blogs written by gals around my age (now the age range is 30-35. Yikes!) who are in relatively the same life stage I am. It's refreshing and calming to know that some of the challenges I've faced are the same ones other women are going through.
    I moved to Montana to be with my husband, but it is VERY lonely here. I started my current blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends who live far away as well as start interacting with the women I've admired for years. I think I interact more via instagram with them than I do in any other way.

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  23. While I do love Instgram so many of my favorite blogs "closed shop" and switched to using only social media. I guess I just enjoy the act of reading! But it's true. When I first started out I would comment on EVERYTHING! Now it's rare because as I've grown in my career and life (hello kids!), I feel like I have less time. Which isn't necessarily true. I really should comment more so that the writer know that I am appreciating their blog.
    I'm a fellow blogger who has slacked a little more over the last couple years after the arrival of my son. I still love having an outlet but it's harder to come up with content that isn't always involving my son! ha ha!

    Thanks for the inspiring post today! xo

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  24. Exactly what Jennciz said above. I'm a 'never-gonna-be-a-blogger' but I've been reading your blog for at least a few years! Sometimes commenting can feel too familiar, like we have a one sided friendship that you don't even know about and I'm worried I'll come across as creepy sometimes? Also, I'm usually on my phone and it's just more annoying to comment from there than a computer for some reason!

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  25. I read every one of your blog posts! I usually read in the mornings on my phone in between getting kids ready. Sometimes it takes me all day to get through a post because someone always needs my attention, lol. So I usually don't comment, but I love reading :)

    I miss blogging so much. I think about starting up again every day. It's a constant struggle of wanting to share about my life as a mom, but not wanting to share TOO much. I constantly look for other autism moms to connect with. I'd love to share our journey because it's not only good for me, but I feel like it may help others. It's a lonely world and I wish there were more mom's that shared in a honest, but respectful way. But I don't want Kase (and the girls of course) to grow up and wish I wouldn't have shared certain things. Always a back and forth going on in my brain!

    I don't know how I found you years ago, but I'm thinking it probably had something to do with football being in your blog name! I never would have guessed then that we would now have a little business together, but I'm so thankful we crossed paths! I love the blogging community!

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  26. Blogging has changed so much since we started writing. Back then I was making friends all over the country and world by simply writing about my life. I LOVED comments and the back and forth it generated. I feel as blogging moved more into monetized content, it became harder to leave genuine comments about things. So many blogs became that way you just stopped commenting all together. I'm still reading, I haven't stopped. I don't really write much any more though because I worry it isn't worthy content you know?

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  27. I definitely do miss the old blog days, where everyone would follow everyone, and it wasn't just about likes. I still barely have a fan base, and thats perfectly fine with me. I blog because I love it and makes me feel whole. I've been following you since you first started, and although my blog pages have come and gone, I'm happy to know that no matter where I go, you're still keeping the good old blog days alive <3

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  28. I stopped blogging for SO long. Almost two years really... I miss all the great friends though. And even more than that, I miss having a place to go to see all of the ridiculous memories I was making. We all need to try a little harder to keep in communication. Everybody knows that comments are the best! Great post friend <3

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  29. I have to admit that I didn't really know that much about the relationships that form through blogging until I had been blogging for a while, but at the same time I didn't start my blog to monetize it. I have a few blogger friends that I'll text and even when I travel I'll send some of them emails so we can meet up, which is so crazy but totally awesome at the same time! I can't remember how I found your blog, but I loved getting to read all of your posts about your life, and especially all of your football posts! It was so much fun to find a girl that loved football too!

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  30. I love this so much & it's so true! Blogging now is so different from when I first started. It's just like you said, more about making it big, less about just interacting with others & sharing your life.

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  31. I love reading your blog ! we are huge football fans at our house so I think that's what brought me to yours. I remember even telling my husband "she got to do a pregnancy announcement from the football field!" . But you and about 8-10 others I read everyday because you keep it real .. don't over monetize .. and keep it interesting .. I read your sis in laws too! Blogging has changed but it just comes down to reading what's interesting and if not moving on..

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  32. And this is why I love reading your posts---^^^because of that beautifully written post! Blogging is definitely about laughing about something that happened to a blog friend at work :) I stick around and read blogs a lot more when they AREN'T all sponsored posts. So thanks for being awesome :)

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  33. AW love this! I'm not-a-blogger, but read tons of them, and I've been reading yours .... hm. at least three years? great post!

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  34. It has definitely become less social I think. I get very few comments on my blog even though we have plenty of readers and it has me scratching my head - is the content not engaging enough? What types of questions do I need to ask at the end to get people involved? I don't know the answers either, but I've definitely seen the shift. I have also noticed though, as a blogger who comments, fewer bloggers reply to comments these days, and so many of the platforms are hard to even get notified if your comment gets replied to because you can either get EVERY comment posted on that post, or none at all as follow up. And who can have 100s of comments being emailed to them a day?

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  35. I also think commenting has become a little less popular over the years, but I don't think that the blog which is just funny stories and reflections on life is dead. I've not gone the route of 'advice blog'--my blog goes through the good and bad of life with me, and I always try to write in a honest yet quirky and hopeful sort of way--and I'm grateful for all the blog friends I've made over the years!

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  36. I've been blogging since 2008, however not always on this site. I love to blog and miss the interaction & friendships that used to be formed. A few of my very BEST friends I met while blogging, so it's truly a wonderful world! I'm a new reader to your blog, so hello! I look forward to reading more and getting to "know" you!

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  37. I'm here! Whitney - blogger of 5 years. I still love reading and ocmmenting. It's impossible to comment when I read posts on my bloglovin app on my phone. So I try hard to read on a real computer as much as possible. I would love to see the mobile apps make some updates so that commenting is doable on your phone. I love your blog and your blog design work. I quit reading blogs when they move from interesting content to all sponsored posts. I don't mind some here and there, but it seems as though some people's blogs have been taken over by infomercial type posts. I love blogging for the reasons you've mentioned and have so many blog friends turned real friends that I would never have met if I wasn't blogging. I love instagram, but it's no replacement for blogs for me.

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  38. You took the words right out of my mouth! I was on the money train for a little while and then I realized I wasn't talking about what I came here to talk about. I made some of my best friends from blogging by sharing my life stories and commenting on various blogs, and that is the way I hope to keep it. It's hard finding good friends as you get older, and blogging has shown me that it's possible! Love your blog, your little family and your stories, I hope you keep sharing!

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  39. I'm here! I'm reading. I'm mostly commenting. I'm having a hard time keeping the conversations going via email. LOL That's the truth, and I don't know why.

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  40. Erin, I love you and think you're fantastic! You have always been one of my most favorite bloggers and one I've striven to emulate. Your writing style is polished but personal and no matter what subject you choose you always keep me entertained. I admit to not having followed along for the past year or so, though. In my case, since I had all but abandoned my own blog, honestly reading other people's just made me feel guilty and sad about my own (non)blogging situation, so I just stayed off the blogosphere, although I've thought of everyone often! I'm trying to get back into it now though, and I'm happy to see that you are still here, blogging away! Keep it up, girlfriend!

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  41. I blog, but not very often.. many of my posts are picture-less and more about the things God lays on my heart to reach to people, with. I don't feel people really want to read that sort of thing these days, they don't like to read the heart-to-heart because it's easier to comment about a new pair of jeans you're loving,rather than being real and chatting about life struggles, etc. ..

    Lately I think when people go to blogs they want to see the showy,fancy posts with perfect pictures and sponsored stories. Personally that drives me nuts. I'd much rather read a blogpost that comes from the heart and gets you thinking or random posts that catch you up on people's lives and let you know that you're not the only human whose life isn't IG perfect all the time. Love your blog and your genuineness of being real and not trying to put on a show and love you! XO

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  42. YES!!! I hate the direction blogging has taken lately. It feels like it's all about personal gain instead of community. I miss the old days too! But I'm determined to keep them alive on my blog at least :)

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  43. I'm still here. Been bloggin' since '09 (which in insane). I do comment less than I used to because my brain is mush and the effort it takes to form a coherent response just feels like too much. Haha

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  44. I agree about how much blogging has changed. I LOVE reading stories about people's lives. What I don't want to read is outfit post after outfit post or posts that are just all affiliate links. I am so glad there's still some old school bloggers out there!

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  45. Hey Erin, I've followed your blog for a while now. Your blog is a favorite because it seems more real then others who seem to only do sponsored posts and you're a huge football fan! I am just starting my own blog to keep up with my life as a new mom and wife.

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  46. I have been blogging off and on since 2010. I'd say from 2010-2013 I was really into it, but then I started law school and it fell off. I also saw the "change" in blog world, and all the blogs I loved to read became less about personal stories and more about "pin this." I still follow a few of those bloggers but their posts really aren't personal anymore, I guess it comes with the territory of having a large following. This month I have been doing NaNoWriMo so have really been pushing myself to write every day and I forgot how much I love it and how cathartic it is, so I am resurrecting one of my blogs - about travel. I have a lot to write about because there are so many trips I've taken that I haven't written about yet and I don't want to forget the stories! Just going back through my blog from 2010 (which is now private) there are so many great memories captured there that I want to make a more concerted effort to keep that up again!

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  47. I read this on Friday and am just now getting around to commenting, which is pretty representative of my blog participation these days. I'm rarely in front of a computer when I'm not at works, so I do like 95% of my blog reading on my phone on my walk to work or when I'm sitting at my desk and just need a break for a minute, which obviously isn't really conducive to commenting and interacting! I so miss the days of email chains and real connections and interactions and even making genuine friendships with other bloggers, but I'm just as guilty as everyone else of not really posting, not commenting on posts, taking forever to respond to comments/emails or just not responding at all. I hate that this is what it's become but I honestly don't know what has changed or how to fix it! I know I personally have been going back and forth between how much of my life I want to share, and how much anyone will even care if I do share it...and then on the flip side, I want to read real life, honest posts from others but I can only handle so many mundane, everyday life posts - sorry, just being honest! And it's not even that I don't want to read them, I just...don't really have anything to say to them so I don't. And then I'm like well maybe everyone feels that way, so if I write about boring stuff I did no one will care and then what was even the point in writing about it? It's a catch 22 that I just keep going round and round on but can never come to a good conclusion.

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  48. I'M HERE!!!! and I totally agree. I shared a similar post a few weeks ago. I haven't connected with a new person in blogworld in forever, but the connections i made early on are all still strong - even if those people aren't blogging anymore. I loved keeping up with you and your family. I have an idea I'm going to send your way about reconnecting with peeps. Watch for an email later today.

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  49. You know I'm all up in your business, Erin ;)
    Blogging has been such a wonderful outlet for me as a SAHM. I'll admit that I did get caught up in numbers and sponsored posts for a bit there and I HATED blogging because of it so I made the decision to start blogging about what I wanted to, to blog for me and my family. The friendships and connections I've made have been amazing. I will forever cherish my blog family.

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  50. I'm still reading your blog! It's one that I've actually kept up with and I love when I get a like on one of my instagram posts from you! I don't comment, but I've enjoyed watching your little family grow! I've never really commented on your SIL's blog, but I really enjoy hers too! So excited for her photography business to start up :) I would love to have an active blog, I just don't have a specific focus. I know this post was from a few days ago, but I just wanted to drop a comment anyways!

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  51. I've never had many comments on my posts but I always appreciate the few I do get! I think a lot of the people I originally connected with in blogging don't blog anymore and don't read many blogs anymore. So some times it's hard to write new posts because I feel like I'm writing to myself! I wish the blogging community would come back again! There are a handful of blogs that I used to love reading that I just don't anymore because all they do is sponsored posts. I love the real life stuff, even when it isn't all "shiny" or Pinterest worthy. That's why I keep coming back to your blog :)

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  52. I'm still here!!!!! I've been reading every post!!! As a new working mama - really the only place I can read blogs is on the Bloglovin app and the darn thing makes it impossible to comment :(. I LOVE your blog and your love for notebooks!! :)

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  53. Hey there! I read your posts! You're right, the blogger communication has dwindled recently I've noticed! I usually comment on blogs when I'm incredibly moved to do it...a post about something personal, or something that inspired me or helped me in some way so that I could say a quick thanks for sharing. Or to celebrate something or to provide my condolences.

    Personally I haven't been inspired to blog in a very long time. I have problems comparing myself to other bloggers since I don't make the same effort as those who make money. I have a simple design, lead a simple life, and don't have a fancy camera, so I don't think I'm too interesting. Plus, I'm not skinny and don't buy expensive clothes lol! I have thought a lot about blogging more...maybe I should? But you keep doing you! I love following along!

    Thanks for this post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks so much for your response! And thanks for reading :) I go through phases of feeling really inspired to blog, and other times when I can't think of a single thing I want to write about and I just consider quitting all together. Yet, I always come back :) I live a pretty simple life and definitely don't have fashion to share, a mansion to decorate or anything else extravagant- but those are the kinds of blogs I like to read about anyway! You should def blog more :)

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  54. I really love your blog there's a lot to share. Keep it up. Actually, I am looking for Funny Whatsapp Messages. Do you have?

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  55. I love this Erin! I'm a firm believer that a blog should be whatever you want it to be (whether that's a personal diary type blog, or as a means of a business), but at the end of the day the interaction is what it's all about. Although I've only been blogging for a year, I definitely love all the connections I've made, and I completely relate to it feeling less and less about friendships and more about just making money, which is unfortunate. But you're doing an awesome job and I always appreciate your honest life posts! :)

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  56. I'm so glad to have found this blog post as I get back into the blogging scene (again) because these exact questions have been on my mind--and I hope for the same outcomes of blogging: being part of a blog community. It's one of the reasons why I love your blog so much--it's personable and relatable, and feels part of a community. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    Lexi of Lex Be Livin’

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  57. blogging has definitely changed since i started too long ago (as in so long ago before Blogger was even around, before it was called "blogging" and when LiveJournal was all the rage). i like reading about REAL things like people's lives, what they like doing, what they did on the weekend, what they're currently working on...stuff like that. i don't like those monetized blogs or "5 ways to XYZ". I can google that myself, thanks; i don't need to read that in a blog.

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