Throughout my blogging journey I’ve always been open and honest, sharing my experiences and what I’ve encountered as a blogger for nearly three years. Well, today is no different. I am sharing again.
And I’m calling it the evolution of blogging – part II, if you will.
What I noticed about that blogging post I wrote a couple of weeks ago is the fact that I appeared to strike a chord with many of YOU. Apparently, I am not alone in feeling the wave of change in this bloggy space. Between my own words and the comments received on that post, I observed some interesting points that add to this dialogue about the evolution of blogging…
1. Many of us started blogging when our children were babies, but many of us have left the baby stage. I have to be honest and tell you that when I began Theta Mom® I did not see past the “baby” stage because when you’re in it, it feels like an eternity. Your life is SO consumed with sleepless nights and spit-up that it’s hard to think about anything else. Blogging became my outlet at that time in my life and I certainly was not thinking about when my kid turned ten considering I was just trying to get through the damn day.
Three years ago, my life consisted of raising a toddler and an infant, so I was VERY interested in conversing and following mom blogs that were going through a similar stage – we were in it together. But now, as my kids are older, I am far beyond the baby stage so I am not as interested in sippy cups or diaper bags – so this is a huge part of the evolution.
2. As our children get older, our interests change. And so do our blogs. Time, it’s such a precious commodity and it’s harder and harder to come by these days. When we had little babies we were pretty much chained to the house, so we were a community connected online – all of the time. But, as our children are growing up, so are our blogs. We are spending more time offline than online and it’s become increasingly harder to maintain a consistent readership through this change. Does it mean I have to stop blogging or not follow some of these other mom blogs? Of course not. But, it does mean that my interests have changed and my blog is taking on a new direction and from what I gather, many of you are experiencing the same kind of transition – which is another part of this evolution.
3. As our blogs change and our priorities shift, so does our love affair with social media. For me, Pinterest did me in. It was that final social media platform that put me over the edge. Trying to keep up with it all AND maintain a blog, business and raise a family was just too much. And of course I blogged about that shift, too. Again, it comes down to how much time you have to put into this and where you need to be most productive when you are online. Social Media was beginning to run my life and although I’ve built a business and have thrived in this space, I definitely reached a point where I needed to realign my priorities.
So, what added value did I just bring to the table in part II of this conversation? The idea that I am NOT alone in this journey because so many of you are in the exact same blogging boat.
Does it mean we have to give it all up? HELL NO.
But, it does mean that we should stop and smell the roses from time to time and continue to write because it makes us happy. End of story.
And all of this evolution stuff? Well, that’s just another script in this crazy blog journey waiting to unfold and only time will tell what happens.
So with that, cheers Theta Moms – here’s to another new chapter…
If you are a blogger, I would love to know your thoughts on this topic of “blog evolution.” Have you thought about it at all? Are you experiencing this blog shift? What are your plans moving forward in the blog world?