Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let's Chat

Hanging out for a whole day with Nicole back in September - aside from being the bestest most best Saturday ever - gave me a lot of opportunities to geek out over Blogs. And chat about blogging, and what we like and don't like about certain blogs, and what makes us subscribe (and unsubscribe).

Y'know, I've been blogging for years, and I have way less followers than some ladies who have only been blogging for a couple of months. And truthfully, most of my followers are real-life friends, family, or spammers from overseas! Am I jealous of those upstart bloggers and all their readers? My feelings on that range from "not really" to "heck no". And I'm really okay with that.

A lot of bloggers (new and old) offer "advice" on getting more readers, retaining those you already have, connecting on social media, building your "audience", how to manage comments and giveaways and sponsors and blah blah blah.

I will never ever understand how people can take a blog and make it a business. And I guess those are the blogs that I have started to avoid.

To me, blogs started out as being personal online journals for making friends and sharing your story. And I guess that's kind of where I want my blog to live. I deem my blog a "success" as long as I enjoy writing it, and if I can meet some sweet new friends through it. Some even "IRL"....ermagherd.

I continually turn down (loser) requests for sponsored guest posts that "will really interest your readers" ass.....I want to write about things I like and if somebody else out there likes it too, well then shucks. Ain't that just super fun! And if I get some hate mail along the way, well then I'll know I've really "made it." HA!

Please note: Every once and awhile I feel I've just got to get things off my chest. I haven't yet determined exactly what kind of filter I could put on the blog for privacy, etc. That has never really entered my universe of thought, and I doubt it will any time soon. I like to rant in real life, so why the heck shouldn't it spill over here. If you take offence, please send me my first piece of hate mail so I know I'll have really made it!

And yes, I realize this is a super loser post to be putting out here right before Christmas, but it was the only one in my Drafts folder that was pretty much good-to-go! This week has been a gong show for me, working 9 hour days (not including the commute...), leaving and coming home in the dark. Ugh. I really just want to sit and relax, and scrapbook, and hang out with Dude & R! I hope to get some Christmas things under my belt before the weekend, but I'm not holding my breath.

But Christmas is next week! I get to see my brother, sister-in-law and nephew!! I get to hang out with my family, and play games, and drink too much! And snuggle babies! I get to drink homemade nog and watch old movies with BFF!! I'm fricken going to Disneyland! That's a lot to look forward to....and to help me take this week for what it's worth.

later loves

1 comment:

  1. There are some newer blogs that I keep running into lately that are so obviously striving to monetize their blog and become the next big thing and already, even though they only have a hundred or two hundred followers, I'm unsubscribing. I just can't deal. Why can't blogging just be a fun outlet and community thing? Money just bungled it all up. BUNGLED IT, I SAY!

    That was a lovely day, wasn't it. I hope to see your smiling face again one day soon... say... when I'm in Edmonton at the beginning of January!

    That's right, I'm coming back! Only this time, I refuse to drive, so it's Greyhound for me.


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