Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was this magical world. It was made up of men and women and spanned continents. The stories they told made up the very fabric of what wove them all together.
“Old School Blogging”
This world was called Blogging. But, it wasn’t about going viral back then. We weren’t so concerned about keywords or brands. The images loaded into our posts weren’t fashioned for Pinterest or Instagram. These pictures were snapshots, glimpses of our families without fancy title text.
We were Mommy and Daddy bloggers. Sharing our tears and triumphs of everyday life. Supporting each other in the comment sections with words of wisdom, or virtual hugs.
Twitter became a giant group text where we spent hours every day discussing anything and everything. And, we barely used hashtags. Social media was social and uncluttered.
This blogging world expanded our networks, bringing people into our lives we would have never met otherwise.
Blogging has evolved tremendously since many of us started, back in the early 2000s or earlier.
Now, it’s become a money maker. And those who make money blogging about products, recipes, fashion, and whatever else that supports families? Those bloggers have the OG Bloggers to thank for it. Yes, you’re welcome.
It was bound to happen, though.
Tides seem to be shifting. Unrest. Reawakening. Stirring.
Lifestyle Blogging Isn’t Dead. It’s Sleeping.
There is a group of us. The OGs. We miss how it used to be. And this group? It’s small. But the names and faces are mighty. They are the pioneers, the early adapters.
The men and women who told stories. Real stories. Not just recipes with pictures. Although, those are very helpful so thank you for upping my cooking game.
But, just like any other movement starting, who knows how long it will last. Whether or not we move forward or shut down completely, only time will tell.
What’s Next For This Blog?
Dang, I don’t know. I want to blog again. I’ve missed everything about blogging.
I’m in a couple of new Facebook groups with the old gang. And, we’ve been talking and dreaming and hoping. But, most of us don’t have little kids to blog about. We have full-time jobs, positions that may have happened because we started out as bloggers and learned to navigate this online world early on.
My dream is to start writing here again. My reality is…well, I stop things as quickly as I start them.
But, as my family has gotten older, I find I have new stories to share. New feelings to deal with. And, writing about these seems like the most practical way for me to compartmentalize this life.
So, I suppose the best possible answer for “What comes next”? is “We shall see.”
But, that’s one the many answers to life’s biggest question anyway.
We shall see.