When blogging feels pedestrian

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Blogs may have originally started life as personal diaries but they’ve since emerged into something else entirely; multi-author blogs (MABs), profile platforms, fashion blogs, food blogs – you name it. Based on prior history of similar technologies people have pegged blogs to have a shelf-life of thirty years but with plenty of people focusing on micro-blogging sites like Twitter or Tumblr, I wonder if that’s generous.

Next month I’ll see in my third year of blogging. Like plenty of other blogs, it’s an evolving beast; one that has frequently taken up too much time and been an outlet for thoughts, pictures, opinions and occasionally boredom; a place to practice words. When I started a Comms degree three years ago, a blog was just a given and I’m still trying to decide if dealing first hand with things like negative feedback and echo chambers while simultaneously studying them has been a help or a hindrance.

I’ve met some generous and loyal people via blogging and I’m fortunate to have found a fledgling career where I can share the pitfalls with people I respect but lately I’ve started to recoil from the personal narrative that blogging sometimes provokes – the “I” and the “Me” and the “I’ve” – it’s starting to feel like a narcisstic personality disorder and my life too pedestrian.

Blogging isn’t so much of an outlet any more and the novelty’s also worn off. Which begs the question if certain blogs have a shelf life (or is this the part where I embrace “slow-blogging”?). What do you think?

Do you think some blogs have a shelf life?

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Comments

  1. Anna Spargo-Ryan says

    I think blogGING has a shelf life more than individual blogs. Our attention spans are short, the potential to generate income is small and the amount of time we can commit to being part of a blogging community (including the peripheral social media) is minimal.

    I started blogging in about 1996 (when it was a ‘journal’ and everything was manual) and although the way that *I* blog hasn’t changed a great deal since then, blogging in general is totally different. It’s much less about writing words and much more about the social experience, and I do think there will be a degree of blogger (and blogger audience) fatigue in the not too distant future, if there isn’t already.

    I like me some slow blogging. It hurts the traffic and it makes me boring, but there are worse things.

  2. TeganMC says

    If a person stays stagnant in their thoughts and their writing doesn’t evolve then yes I really do think that blogs have a shelf life. However if a blog grows and moves with a person, the same stories aren’t rehashed, then I think that is what makes the difference. I know for myself, I cringe reading some of my earlier blogging stuff and that’s a good thing. It means that I am learning, and my voice is changing to line up with where I am at in my life.

  3. says

    I was lamenting to my sister the other day that I simply didn’t feel like blogging much since I started taking pretty pictures with my camera. She said that it was okay to move onto something else, if that’s what I wanted to do. So, I take my pictures and join in on a Wordless Wednesday, but if I don’t feel like blogging, then I don’t and there is something liberating about that.

  4. says

    My Blogging keeps evolving…

    I started back in 1996… it was kind of a personal journal…

    Then I went through my Mamamia phase and tried to be all clever and opinionated and chasing audience…

    Then I co-founded KiKi & Team, and I became a trade writer, filling up slots and feeding the content monster…

    Now I’m back blogging for myself – my Blog is more about creative expression than anything else… I use it as an output for my creative writing… a place to experiment and try out things… that’s why I call myself a subversive blogger… because I’ve stopped following rules – I’ve stopped listening to what other people tell me what a Blog should be…

    I’m not that worried about building audience anymore (though I still want people to read my stuff) – I’m certainly not building a brand… My Blog is simply an extension of my personality… it’s where I share “the stuff that comes out of my head”… if Twitter is like a stream-of-consciousness, then my Blog is like a long-form stream-of-consciousness…

    And it will keep changing… when I get bored, I’ll keep trying something new…

    I was totally burnt-out towards the end of my time with KiKi & Tea – and I fully expected not to Blog much when I left – but ironically, I’ve blogged more – I think because I’m purely writing to express myself in a creative way… I’m not Blogging for anyone else – I’m just writing stuff to entertain myself…

    Also, as someone who uses Tumblr as his Blogging platform – a platform that is full of unoriginal content – the fact that I produce original and new content feels good… I’m a creator, not a re-blogger… that’s really important to me… :)

  5. Kirrily says

    I’m very buoyed by these seasoned bloggers’ comments.

    I hit a wall about two months ago. True social media fatigue. Part of me feels I’ll never really get back into the full swing of it again (mainly because I just don’t want to). I finally admitted my time to stop my blog was overdue. I stopped altogether, reassessed what it was that I wanted to do and what was stopping me. Basically, I have felt stymied as a writer. As a creator of words. I have held firm to a few of my own personal rules and it has kinda killed the passion… I don’t chase audiences. Now I don’t have one. And yet, I have the kind that will come by and read, just not stop to comment.

    I used to be all huffy about that. But now I’ve stopped for a while, I sort of think that is actually cooler. I have a following. It’s a secret, truly virtual, following. Many have been with me all along, since 2004. They know I’ll write. And I have to trust (by now) that I know they will read.

    And I had to come clean with myself and realise that I truly *did* want to be read. It’s what I blog for. The feeling had/has gone (wanting to write to receive feedback) and I’ve given myself the space to catch up and be ok with it. Now I’m writing again, dipping my toe back in, but I’m really doing it for my own amusement, just like I did when I first began.

  6. Kelly Exeter says

    I don’t know if blogging has a shelf life, but I know I miss your thoughts on the everyday stuff. You always have a unique take on things

    • says

      Thanks Kelly, for some reason (and I think it’s in some part due to social media) I’ve learnt to reserve judgment on quite a lot of things….which probably doesn’t make for great blog fodder. Where’s Kyle Sandilands when you need him?! ;-)

      • says

        Same, same, same. I don’t know if I’m not brave enough or simply too lazy, but I often don’t say what I really want to say. It doesn’t feel worth it. And where is the voice in that? x

        • says

          You got really burnt that one time didn’t you C :(

          I saw at one of the (Kidspot I think) masterclasses that someone (Wendy Touhy?) said ‘don’t give people a stick’. I do get that … but I also get that if someone is inclined to be offended, they will get offended at anything. I love reading a post where someone says what they really think (which is why I love your posts Bron!). I don’t have to agree with all those thoughts – but I sure can admire a person for saying what’s in their head.

          As long as there is no intent to hurt (and there seldom is) I really think people should be able to say what they are thinking … It stimulates discussion. There is not a lot of fun in people saying ‘yes me too – totally agree!’

          • says

            I’ve never quite understood the real value in filtering what we say and do, as long as we are not intentionally trying to hurt anyone. Personally I think that people take themselves waaaaay too seriously these days. If you can’t have a laugh, where is the fun in life? x

          • says

            I did and I’m sure most people didn’t see the half of it but anyway, you write in a public space, you have to wear that!

            And yes, definitely think there’s a lot more to be gained from reading a differing opinion sometimes plus I try to make concessions for the fact most of us aren’t professional writers.

  7. says

    I do, but I think they evolve a lot over time first and then… well, the internet is littered with half-said blogs, isn’t it? They lie like roadkill on every blogging journey.

    I don’t think you’ve reached the end of yours, not even close. x

  8. says

    I think they do, but I also think you need to give them time. I’ve blogged in different formats and under different blogs for a few years now and each one seemed to have a shelf life. But it says more about me and my journey than the blog itself. It is only now that I feel I have found my blog home. A place that feels just right. I think your blog still has many miles and perhaps this is just the uphill section of road.

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