6.10.2014

a bit more why




in contemplating a blog change and many people asking me why,  i thought i'd share a bit more about my own personal feelings and some things i found while researching blogging. first of all, after all the years of blogging that i've accomplished, it felt odd to "learn" about blogging, as i thought i knew everything. well maybe not everything, but certainly enough. nope. totally wrong on that one. there is so much about blogging…the good-the bad, the right-the wrong, the pretty-the ugly and more…that it makes your head swim. so here's your warning. don't do it. don't google it. eat chocolate and go on  a long walk instead.

one of the many things that kept leaping off the many pages i read, was defining and redefining your style. i sat back in my chair and thought…do i even have a style? then there was more information about advertising or not advertising and simple lines and non-cluttering or distracting pages and writing your story and not giving a shit about what others think or giving a huge shit to what others think, since they're your readers. this is where i took two aleve and banged my head against the wall...because wait, there's MORE. single columns or double columns, word justification, newspaper or magazine style and what's more pleasing to the eye, colors or no colors and then finally the one thing i've always known...don't ever write without adding at least one photo to your post. whew. i could check that one off my list.

so personally, and this is where i get honest, here's what i think. i think blogging IS all about your story and if someone doesn't want to read what you write, so be it. some blogs, filled with too many colors or distracting backgrounds, moving photos/sidebars and loads of advertising do give me headaches, but i'm a migraine sufferer so i'm probably in the minority here. it's your blog and you can do whatever you want, but i did say i'd be honest. for example, i used to write with my words being center justified and stopped doing it when someone told me it was hard for them to read. i had no idea. now when i get to a blog whose words are centered, i hate it…and you know what,  it IS hard to read.

so anyhow,  i kept my blog similar to my old one, simple and white and eliminated a few things from the bottom. i added a "like" button, as i totally understand that people don't have time to comment and i'm okay with that. it's a bit "face book" or "instagram" like but after learning or actually relearning about blogging,  it was mentioned multiple times how the true and real blogging is fading away…that FB and instagram are taking over and those who used to blog are still doing it, BUT on those platforms and not a blogging platform and that made me sad. one of the many reasons, you got it…the ability to "like it" and not leave a comment, as that takes too much time.

so hopefully you will the love the hell out of what i write in my new space and keep coming back for more, but if my words fail you, that's okay...hopefully my photos will wow you instead, or at least make you smile.

10 comments:

  1. when did blogging get so confusing? just write, like what you do here, and there you go: a win/win all around! : )

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  2. I love blogging - even though I don't blog. I've thought about it, but never started it and now find I would be too late to the party anyway! I read your blog daily. It's simply wonderful. Please keep doing what you do here. It adds richness to my days, too.

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  3. I like it. And you bring up a point I have been contemplating -- which is justifying vs. centered. Rick mentioned the same thing and I'm going to be switching my posts to that, too. I miss you follow button. I think this was a little darker but still a little light.I'm trying to adjust the angle of my screen -- doesn't help much; maybe a little. But I do love it -- and I especially love your sweet bird!

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  4. What I love about your blog (and your previous blog) is that you write from your heart with honesty. I am a 50-something (actually inching closer to 60) Wisconsin born and raised gal. The stories about your young adult children, husband and life sound so familiar to me. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more. Your photos are stunning too!

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  5. well, even if i 'like' or 'plus one' a post, i seem to want to comment, too. :)

    thanks for coming by, beth. and i completely agree with you on blogging being a 'to-each-their-own-style' sort of thing. karen replied she hoped she didn't seem critical with her post. i assured her i knew it was a personal preference sort of thing and that's how i meant my comment back to her, as well. if we're smart, we'll go with 'what feels right'. if we're lucky, we'll 'find our niche'. and hopefully they are one and the same. :)

    really nice to 'see' you again! i do hope you are just loving the heck out of life. :)

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  6. Love your words and images, and happy to follow you wherever you go to share moments in time with you.

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  7. I love your words and your photos and love your design clean lines and especially the new "Like" button. I come to read for yuor story and images the rest is, as you say, all personal preference.

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  8. Are you trying to hide from me? No good, I found you. Interesting thoughts on blogging and how to do it, or how you should do it. Me, I decided to do it "just for me." If I feel like writing on the left I will, if I want to print the words upside down, I'm going to do that. When I first started, and you know when that was as you were my first follower, I read everything on blogging, and guess what, I got dizzy. I don't know if you are doing it write or wrong, ( who sets those rules) but your new blog is just as awesome as your old blog. Your words, your photos, both awesome, no matter what format.

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  9. I'll be sad when blogging goes away as it's really my one main creative outlet. I post my photos on FB, too, but not a bunch of them, just a very select few, but it's not nearly as rewarding...to me. Same with Twitter and Flickr, where I also post some of them...it just doesn't "do it" for me like blogging does. But, in the 5 years I've been blogging, my stats have dropped quite a but although I think my blog has continually improved. And many bloggers I used to know have fallen by the wayside so maybe it is petering out, little by little...

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  10. i just wanna say i always liked your centered posts. :) and i like the not centered ones also. i like your words and your images and your smile and your frown and i like that you're still doing this.

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