So (being the most overused word on my blog of the past year). It’s January 1st and many people are in that reflective “What’s next? What’s to come of this year?” mode. I was going to write out my 2015 Goals/Manifesto/what the hell am I actually doing here post today. But instead I wanted to do something that I probably should have done in the last week of December (except I was super sick and there was no way I was getting on a computer) and that is to share blog posts from other bloggers I read that really stuck with me throughout 2014.
You’ll find there is a bit of a theme with them as is to be expected, as I do a lot – probably too much – over thinking about blogging. And because of that I tend to gravitate towards honest posts from other bloggers about their lives and about why we actually blog. If you think about this medium, you put your life, your home, your likes and dislikes on display to the eyes of essentially millions of strangers. We could very well do the same thing in a journal or a scrapbook, but we chose to do it here. Sometimes these lives are a little more curated and edited and other times they’re raw and full of emotion.
And every one of us each has a different reason for doing so. When Cityline asked me this past month to give my best blogging advice, I wrote out like 10 answers and erased them all. Because honestly what works for me, isn’t going to work for you because at the end of the day our circumstances are different.
That’s what these posts reflect. Each bloggers personal experience and their thoughts about blogging from their point of view. So here, in no particular order, are some of the my favorite and most memorable reads from this past year.
- Jen from Rambling Renovators shared her thoughts on Can A Blog Die? and if all the effort we put into our blogs is worth it. This came after a lot of long time bloggers felt blogging had changed immensely in the past couple of years from their original roots.
- Lauren from Lauren Liess Pure Home Style wrote a deeply personal retrospective The Evolution of Blogging (For Me) on how her blog has evolved over the years and how she has finally come to a place where she is happy where it is and its purpose for her.
- Lindsay from Lindsay Stephenson (formerly Little House Blog) graciously responded to a critique about her blog in Bits + Pieces, A Reflection on my Blog & Content after someone complained that her content had changed. The posts she links back to within this one are all worth the read as well.
- Rachel from The REWM who just wrote the hilarious post What Happened When I Lived According to Pinterest for a Week, wrote out her thoughts on the documentary American Blogger that came out this year. She also talked about her thoughts on Bitch Magazines Better Homes and Gardens back in 2013 that caused a lot of discussion in the blogging community on the impact lifestyle blogs have had overall.
- Jen from Brave New Home who I met way back when we both started blogging (who knows all too well how bad my original photos on this blog were when I started), wrote about her relationship to blogging and changes she made to her blog as her 2 year blogging anniversary arrived.
- And last but certainly not least, Kirsten from Sweet Tea and Saving Grace wrote a post Advice for Bloggers about Stats & Numbers that I think should be required reading for everyone considering starting a blog and existing bloggers alike. You see, Kirsten left a successful blog that she previously wrote in for years because she felt she wasn’t being genuine anymore. Now she’s come back and started a new one with a completely different outlook and direction. I think I shared this post and what she talks about in Reality # 4 more than any other post this year.
Thank you all!