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.