BUT….what happened to it? I remember when I first started blogging it was a pretty big thing. If you were in a rut it helped shake out the cobwebs a bit. It introduced you to so many new blogs because everyone had some sort of blog hop going on. You could get stickers and banners for your blog. But not so much anymore.
What happened? Monetization maybe? Everyone wants to make a buck from their musings and if there is no interest in the topic then there is no money coming in, therefore you’re not going to waste time and money writing fluff? Is it lack of interest? People are so busy they can’t make the time to post once a day? Maybe they feel they don’t have anything to write about? Maybe they feel like no one is interested in what they have to say?
I do know that a few of those reasons are why I have had a problem every November or even throughout the year truthfully. But this year, whatever the reason, I don’t care. I’m going to try posting every day this month and I know it’s going to be a challenge. I can’t even write something once a week much less every day. But I’m going to push aside all of my doubts and angst and put something down to paper.
There are thousands of lists out there with blog ideas and prompts and I’ve written down a few of my own ideas and will go from there. Are any of you planning on taking up the challenge this year?
It’s also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) so if you have an idea for a book then why not jump on the writing train. You ONLY need to write 50,000 words between now and the end of the month. Somehow that seems like an overwhelming number of words but taken in small chunks it can be done. Don’t know where to start? Check out this great article at reedsyblog.
I would agree that blogging on a website has been overtaken by people posting on Instagram. They call themselves bloggers but I don’t think that’s strictly true. I go through periods when I blog a lot (once a week) or there can be times when I post nothing for months. I use my blog as a record of things I make and if others choose to follow then that’s nice, maybe if it was a source of income I might be more bothered but I’m not.
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I feel the same about mine. I do like people to visit or why would I be sharing? But I post at my convenience and what I want. It sounds nice to make money from your blog but that’s not what I set out to do and I don’t want to be dictated by how many followers I have or by sponsors.