Thoughts on Blogging

Sebby

Some of you might have noticed that recently we’ve been blogging a bit less frequently than usual. While I ordinarily look forward to sharing our stories and pictures here, lately I’ve been struggling a little. Today I thought I’d share some of the thoughts I’ve been having about blogging and talk about some of the concerns I’ve been grappling with…

It’s strange this blogging thing. Sharing (parts of) our lives with people from all over the world, who we will likely never have the opportunity to know beyond this space. While I cherish the connections I have made with people through our blog and am seriously honoured to be a regular feature of your readers, emails and internet browsers, putting ourselves out there can be hard. Especially as in “real life” I’m actually very reserved and private, and really quite shy around people I don’t know well. Though we have been fortunate enough to mostly receive really positive feedback on House of Humble, I am awfully sensitive, and sometimes just knowing how much of our lives we expose to people we don’t know makes me stop and think. And worry. We have never shared stories or pictures of our friends or family as they are not our stories to tell, and we are selective about which of our own stories we tell here too, because I think that it is important to keep some parts of our lives just for us. Reubs and I always want to be honest and authentic with you all, and for the most part I’m very comfortable with what we share on House of Humble, but I am an introvert at heart. Sometimes blogging just makes me feel a bit vulnerable.

There is also the issue of monetising. I have a million thoughts when it comes to the commercialisation of the blogosphere and to be very honest, most of them aren’t terribly positive. While I love that it is possible to earn a living blogging (and I respect any blogger’s choices on how they use their blog to do so) I’ve become quite disenchanted with sections of the blogosphere where sponsored posts, c/o items and giveaways have taken over. Reubs and I decided really early on that we would never participate in sponsored posts or partner with companies that did not align with our ethos and as a result of that choice, we’ve turned down some big opportunites. We really value the trust of the people who allow us into their lives by reading here and we never want to jeopardise that trust by “selling out”. That said, saying no to potentially lucrative partnerships when the cash would really come in handy isn’t easy! I totally understand the lure of a paycheque.

Reubs and I don’t earn anywhere near a living off our blog. We’ve intentially kept our advertising rates really low so they are affordable for just about any blogger or tiny business, and as a result we earn just enough to cover the cost of our website hosting with a little extra pocket money. But lately, I’ve even been rethinking our sidebar ads. I love supporting the bloggers and little businesses in our sidebar but I think monetising a blog, in any small way, creates some level of pressure. I know in the last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking “I really need to post. We have people paying to adveritise on our blog and we aren’t posting enough!” but I know that blogging because you “have to” does not make for good content. I think there is a lot to be said for blogging purely for the love of it, without financial incentive or obligation.

Finally, there is the age old blogger’s dilemma of documenting life versus living in the moment. I’m so glad that some of the highlights of the last couple of years are preserved here on House of Humble, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the girl who has to photograph every nice meal, every pretty sunset, every cute moment with our pets. Sometimes I just want to let go of the need to record and just live. A few weeks ago Reubs and I had a delicious brunch with some friends then we all went for a walk at Harcourt Oak Forest. The food was lovely, the winter sun was shining, the leaves were yellow, red and orange… It was picture perfect. And naturally, our camera was out of battery! But you know what? I was actually kind of relieved. Instead of worrying about capturing the gorgeousness of the day, we just enjoyed it. I think it’s really important to sometimes take a step back from trying to capture every special moment and instead just soak it up.

I guess after two years of blogging I’m still just trying to find the right balance. Of sharing enough and not too much. Of making this blog financially viable without compromising on our integrity and values. Of documenting and living in the moment. It’s a difficult balance to strike!

Fellow bloggers, how about you? Can you relate? Do you struggle with blogging balance? What aspects of blogging do you find difficult?

Katie x

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50 Responses to “Thoughts on Blogging”

  1. Joy June 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Hello Katie,
    I too am a blogger, but just blog ‘for fun’ if you like and feel non of the pressures you document.No sponsorship is involved . I enjoy your posts and all the photos and appreciate your sharing of them.

    Your blog does seem to be overwhelming you at present so perhaps it is time to take some ‘time out’ from it all, to take away that pressure you feel especially about sponsorship and so on, blogging should be fun, not a career choice. Life is for living, you have your wonderful little house and your future to think of, worrying about not posting to your blog shouldn’t be part of that.

  2. Hannah June 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi Katie,
    The timing for this post could not be better and I appreciate your honesty and insights. I kept up a blog for a year while living abroad mainly to share pictures and events with family and friends. When readers began to follow me I was at once honored and a little nervous because I too am an introvert by nature.
    I’ve taken a few years off but am now considering starting to blog again because it was an enjoyable past time. I have treasured being able to go back to my old blog and remember those stories. But now I am more attuned to scope of the internet, it’s not called the world wide web for nothing! I have noticed that in blogs that I follow tend to always respect the privacy of friends and family by not sharing names, pictures or stories of others. I always feel like I am trespassing on private matters when i stumble into a post about a birth story or even a holiday dinner conversation.
    Thank you for keeping your posts authentic but also thank you so very much for not blurting out too much information merely for the sake of producing more posts.

  3. Zena June 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi Katie, I have been reading your lovely blog for a while and I felt compelled to comment. I understand how you would feel obligated to post often for your sponsors and readers. But you have a lot of integrity and as one of your ‘simplier life’ readers I think you should take the time out when you need it. That’s what we are all about! I do look forward to your renovation pictures but when you are ready to share:) Take care of you and Reubs first. xx

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      I wish we had more renovations to share Zena, haha! Sadly we haven’t had time to do anything much since we painted the two bedrooms… but hopefully soon! Thank you for your lovely comment. x

  4. Corinne June 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I too am a blogger, but in an utopian kind of way. I probably don’t have readership or community kudos, but I was swept away by the beauty of honest snippets, of the best parts of me.

    Real life is the challenge. As you said, being a shy person away from the internet can have a big impact on the way we see our online persona. I take comfort that there are actually many people just like us. I love looking through the tiny peephole at the sweeter parts of your life (And probably the not so sweet, as sometimes reading a blog forms a friendship like bond outside of any usual bond)

    So in a round about way I suppose I am saying that they people who admire your work here will respect the choices you make. And if they don’t? That’s ok too.

  5. Corinne June 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Also, I must drink coffee before commenting, sorry about the sleep-like comments!

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

      Not sleep-like at all Corrine! Thank you!! x

  6. Jenni June 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi Katie,
    I can completely relate with your thoughts and have really downsized in the amount of posting and taking pictures that I do. I was trying to consider just what it was that I was attempting to achieve with my blog which meant not posting for a long period of time while I worked it out in my brain. And I found that the pressure of posting went away, the need to capture moments went away. I still capture moments, but through fond memory and journal record. And I came to the conclusion that my blog needs to be very specific in its focus for me to not feel that pressure- I’ve now decided to only post on what I’m doing with my artwork and any designing that I do. For me, it feels like less pressure to post because if I’m not doing artwork, I have no reason to post!

    Thank you for always sharing your honest thoughts- I enjoy reading them and feel like I may have a kindred spirit across the globe :)

  7. EMily June 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    THanks for this post Katie. My husband and I are just starting a blog ourseves, which we hope will be a way to push ourselves creatively and I am really excited about it, but at the same time I have the same reservations as you do. Having to always document the moment and not just live it really takes away from being part of it. I think that is one of the things I love out Instagram is that I only need one image to remind me of that story and it’s taken and uploaded in two minutes : done. Having to sort through, edit, resize pictures is already doing my head in and we only just started!

    So I appreciate your thoughts as I am a great admirer of your journey and purpose. I hope you can find a way to come back and do it because you love it.

    And to end on a positive note… I am sending you guys happy-fun-time-good-vibes and all that!! Yippeeewweeeeee!!! :D

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      I do still love blogging really. I’ve just been thinking and reassessing things. I promise we’re not going anywhere! :)

  8. Ida June 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I can totally relate. I havent blogged since last year, and your post basically sums up all the reasons i havent. I understand your reservations, its not easy to have a balance.

    have a nice winter. Its summer here in Norway :-) (well, actually it snowed not far from here, yesterday, but thats also summer in norway ;-) )

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      It’s comforting to hear we’re not the only ones who’ve struggled with this balance Ida. Happy summer to you! I cannot even comprehend the thought of snow in summer. That is amazing! x

  9. Tricia June 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    hello,
    i don’t have alot to say but just wanted to take the time to let you know i enjoy reading your blog. It encourages me to enjoy the simple things in life. The lack of commercial content gives my brain and soul a rest :)
    Having said that, if the pressure is not too great, I think it is fair to recieve some income from your efforts here. You put in time, effort and creativity & inspire others; something worthy of a little recompense perhaps?
    All the best to you both.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      Thank you Tricia. Your support means so much to us. xx

  10. Shell June 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    It’s always hard when you start having ‘obligations’ with a creative project, it blurs the line between your initial plan (self-motivation, inspiration, maybe sharing your life with family and friends) and the expectations that you’ve suddenly found yourself under. I have many of the same thoughts that you’ve written above, sometimes it’s good to step away and perhaps write down your thoughts, goals and dreams for this space, and see if you can reach a good balance for yourself. I think when it comes to this point, a plan and intent is always helpful :)

    Good luck, I hope you can resolve some feelings, I do love visiting your blog
    x

  11. Natasha June 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Sometimes it’s great to forget about the camera and just enjoy the moment. When you know you won’t have a photo to look at later, you have to concentrate on remembering what you see more. I’ve always taken lots of photos, but I do think about taking photos “for the blog” a lot more now.

    I haven’t had any opportunities to monetize my blog, so I haven’t had to make that choice. It does seem fun to get free things, but I don’t want my blog to turn into an ad. I struggle to organize my closet and I wonder how bloggers who get free clothes all the time do it.

    I worry about complete strangers seeing my blog all the time, so I’m very selective about what I share. There have been times when I wanted to write about something, but decided to rather keep it private.

  12. Smallgood June 30, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    A blogger friend of mine had a button on her sidebar that read Blogging without Obligations. I liked the manifesto. And I have scaled back tremendously after reading it. I want to post content that is representative of me and of a quality and caliber that I’m proud of rather than posting something for page views. It can feel sort of pointless at times (I’m sure many bloggers have had that inner dialogue, “Why am I even doing this?”), but I do like the exercise of blogging– of finding the narrative, of noticing the small details, of working on the craft/art of writing and photography. It can be fun.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      I’ve often asked myself that same question “Why DO I blog?!” But at the end of the day I guess I just like it! Blogging reminds me of the goodness in my life and it’s nice having a record of things. I do love the blogging without obligations manifesto! :)

  13. Aubrey July 1, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Oh yes, yes, yes – I have felt this very same way. I shared a video where I talked about all of these very things. I grappled with boundaries and what not to share, I worried about blogging and its relation to narcissism, I worried that maybe I should be doing something else with my time, I worried that blogging wasn’t the best form of communication and relationship building. I grappled with it that to one point I made a post letting my readers know I was leaving. That, though it made me sad, my trepidation and worry told me to just leave. I didn’t know what else to do and I’m a firm believer that sometimes you need to leave and then reassess outside of the realm that you were in.

    I had thought about it for so long and decided to leave. I even deleted all social networks that I was on. So I wrote one of the longest but most from the heart posts. I had no intention of coming back. I was gone for two and a half weeks and then something happened which I shared in my coming back post. But what I will say is that break, oh boy did it help so much. I now approach blogging so differently. I post when I want (sometimes 5 times a week, sometimes one) and only use it to either help people or to be a bit of a cathartic experience, because I’ve always found writing to be cathartic.

    As far as ads/sponsored ads, I’ve always felt the same way. I had one company contact me three times telling me they will pay me $500 for a sponsored post and that they are disturbed that I have not responded. I finally did, letting them know that I’m just not interested in allowing that on my website. Then just recently I wanted to try out blog sponsoring but I was super hesitant because I didn’t want any level of pressure. Or I didn’t want to have to worry about the next month coming around and thinking, I have to look for sponsors otherwise my sidebar will be empty. Plus I missed my single column layout. So, after two days of trying out sponsoring, I went back to none. I suppose the gut is a very strong thing sometimes.

    So to say I understand is a big understatement. Instead I’ll say, I hear ya, I’ve been there and I bet many others have too and you aren’t alone. We must always be true to ourselves to the utmost – honesty, I believe, is paramount.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment Aubrey! I can relate to so much of what you said and it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one who has stuggled with this stuff. I couldn’t agree more about honesty being paramount!

  14. Rita@thissortaoldlife July 1, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    Hi Katie–
    I think most bloggers who don’t start with the intention of building a business run into these questions at some point. I know we have, and we continue to revisit them. We’ve made a conscious decision not to try to make money directly off our blog–for the reasons you mention. It’s a luxury to be in that position, and we know it. Sometimes it is frustrating. I love writing on the blog and interacting with our readers, and sometimes that has to take a back seat because, at the end of the day, it is just our hobby. Our paycheck jobs come first.

    For us, the freedom is worth its price. When we start to burn out or feel not quite right about it all, we pull back. It’s nice to know I can do that because we’re not obligated to anyone else. We did recently take a paying writing job for another site–an opportunity made possible because of our blog–and we’ve decided that’s about the only way we’re going to “monetize.” That experience (in which we have a deadline every week) has only confirmed for us that we don’t want to feel that kind of pressure coming from our blog.

    I’m sure you’ll figure out a balance that works for you. Seems to me that your blog is a nice vehicle to help support your new business, and a nice creative outlet for you. That’s plenty of reason to write one! :-)

  15. domestickate July 1, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    I don’t have the large following that you guys do (mostly just friends and family reading mine), but here’s the best wisdom I can offer:

    Don’t do it for others if it doesn’t bring you joy. Only post or continue to even have a blog if it’s making your life better. Readers and advertisers come second. First is living your life on your terms.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      Blogging does still make me happy, I think I just need to made some tweaks… Thank you for your very sage advice Kate! :)

  16. Sarah July 1, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Very well put! I’ve held back from putting too much of family life on my blog, it’s too easy to want to do something for the photos/blog post, rather than the far more important reason… your own/families enjoyment. I don’t want to be distracted thinking about getting a good photo, when my kids are trying to talk to me about whatever activity it is we’re doing.

    ps. I do love your blog though! :)

  17. Cheryl Nicholl July 1, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Boy- you’ve said a mouthful. I think every blogger questions their purpose/vision/time spent/money/selling-out, etc. I personally do not have any monetization on my site. Not because I haven’t been approached, but because I don’t like the ‘look’ and the ‘thought’ that a blogger may be influenced in their posting to just draw traffic in. So many of the monetized blogs will say just about ANYTHING, share just about ANYTHING, that I just don’t feel they’re being honest or smart. I say’ Live Your Life’ write and share what and when you think it’s fun. We will all still be here.

  18. Ali July 1, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Dear Katie & Reuben, not to repeat the same words, I agree with domestickate completely, I love your blog because your true personalities shine through but your life is yours, you will decide what is ok :) xx

  19. Meg July 1, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Katie (and Reuben) . . . I really feel for you guys and your current predicament . . . I hope you are taking some time out to work this out together . . . and that you come to a ‘you’ sort of balance (yourselves/each other/family/friends/life/work/blogging). . . your blog is lovely, and to be honest, it’s the only blog I look at . . . I love seeing what you’re cooking and making and thrifty buying, and seeing your hard work paying off in making your new house a home . . . I love your photos and your honesty and your joy in the beautiful simple things in life (autumn leaves and sunshine!) . . . and I love that you aren’t pushy (pushing ideas/values/products etc.) . . . you simply share and we, your readers, are very lucky indeed . . . so, thank you and best wishes . . .

    • Katie
      Katie July 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      Oh, what a lovely, lovely comment! Thank you so much Meg. You’ve made my day! x

  20. Elaine Briskie July 1, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I totally agree that sometimes you have to just live the moment. Smell the roses, feel the breeze, see the sunsets – for real and not through a camera lense. In saying that I really love all of your posted photographs. You’ve got talent.

  21. Esther July 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Katie,
    Your thoughtfulness and humility is, as always, so refreshing in this world of self-obsession and self-promotion. You truly are an ethical and honest being.

    I have a blog, with the idea that friends and family can keep in touch with us when we move (interstate, hopefully soon). We recently had a baby and it’s been a real challenge to only share what images and thoughts that I’m happy for the internet to have. I quit facebook last year for that very reason.

    I appreciated reading this as I can relate. If it’s any help, I think you manage to find a great balance. I’m very pleased with all I read about your house, market finds, cooking adventures, but rest assured I have no idea where you live or anything else personal. You’re doing really well!

    :)

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

      Gosh, you are so kind Esther. Thank you very, very much! xx

  22. Diana July 2, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I recently quit my job due to illness in my pregnancy (I was planning on being a SAHM anyways), but since I’m not contributing to my family financially right now, I do use my blog for monetizing. However, we live a very “crunchy” lifestyle and I do turn down a lot of opportunities, I would hate to live one sided and look like a hypocrite. Since it’s only affiliate links of products I love, it’s so much easier to live life and blog. I’m on pressured, I don’t feel controlled, and I can take mini breaks and blog when I want.

    I hope you are able to find your balance, too!

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      I think you do a great job of balancing monetising and not “selling out” Diana! I’ve always really, really admired your blog. :)

  23. Helen July 2, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    I can totally relate, except for the monetary side as I don’t do that (but then even that gets me thinking what is the point if I am not making money!?) But the balance thing I totally get, what to share, what not to share, it is really tricky and it has bitten my in the behind in the past and left me feeling extremely exposed and vulnerable. I tried not blogging, but really missed it, it is difficult, there is no easy answer, I still struggle, let me know if you find an answer to the balance problem.

  24. Maddy July 2, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    I think this is a really eloquent post about the trials and thought processes that most great bloggers go through – the fact that you’re thinking about these things just shows how much heart you put into your blog, vs. other blogs I read that are fun and pretty but you can tell they have become incredibly commercialized. My favorite blogs to read are the ones I can really relate to, that tell stories of REAL life, not just the glamorized version with high heels and dinner parties and new Chanel bags. I would love some of those things too (let’s be real!) but I really like the idea of connecting with others around the world. And it’s hard to make a connection if you’re just selling things. So I really think it’s great that you open yourself up on here, even if you’re naturally an introvert, and I think it’s really normal to struggle with that balance! You are not alone.

    RE: blogging to document life vs. living in the moment, I think that is also a balance. Like I said above, I read blogs to connect with others and get a glimpse into their lives, and part of that is wanting to know about the great meals and pretty sunsets. But part of that is also knowing that we’re not going to see every aspect of someone’s life – blogging isn’t a reality show! It’s a good thing to keep some parts for yourself and keep that balance.

    So, let me just say the word “balance” some more… and then say, have a great afternoon! I like this post a lot.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      Thanks Maddy! I like your comment a lot. :)

  25. Jenny July 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Katie,
    I like your blog because you don’t blog regularly! If and when you do blog I know it must be something that is REALLY captivating so I always look in. If you blogged every week I think it would scream “look at me, look at me, look at me”. I think I speak for a lot of your readers when I say we like the ‘real you’ and if that means you only blog when you are inspired, well….that’s what will keep you and your blog interesting and energetic. Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life. Thank you for your lovely blogging. BE HAPPY.

  26. Jodie July 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Hello Katie
    What a beautiful blog you guys have created.
    I am not sure I am the point of having to worry about maintaining post momentum as I do tend to just post when I am inspired to share something. So for me it’s not even nearly about the money. What I struggle with is feedback, I know I get visitors just no comments, at all. I do ask questions but also realize intermittent posting is no way to establish a community/network.
    You have me thinking though, so I am going to share more on other’s blogs in order to establish some nice interaction out there on the interwebs. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Mevrouw Wispeltuut July 3, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    Hello stranger from the other side of the world;)

    I understand your ‘problems’. The biggest problem I have is the ‘picture perfect’ one. Same as the ‘like’ buttons on facebook or Instagram… What is real? I can’t believe we are only happy and the sun in’t shining everytime.
    But…
    I love the way you share it. I love your blog, your pictures and your stories. Because it’s not just perfect. It’s life. Life of someone who wants to be happy. And you share it on your blog and inspire other people, like me.
    And about the ‘picture perfect’; I blog to remember myself; ‘Look what you can do, what you did, what you have…’ (because I forget that to much).

    (I am sorry; my Englisch isn’t very wel?)

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

      I understand you perfectly and your English is great! Thank you for your lovely comment :)

  28. Angela July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    I’m a reader not a blogger. I live on the good old Sunny Coast and I attend USC! I’m 26 and a regular reader of Down to Earth and I’m interested in down sizing my life into a natural and sustainable way of living. It’s inspirational for me to see blogs from other people who are doing the same things that I am doing so thats why I love to read your blog.

    I also enjoy your blog because of your honesty. You share little snapshots of things that you and Reuban make and do and you were truthful about the issues you faced living in sydney and the old bendigo house.

    I don’t expect a “how to guide” from you guys on how to renovate, crochet or have a compost bin because there are so many other blogs that do that. Don’t put that pressure on yourself to deliver something that you are not for the benefit of page views or blogger fandom.

    • Katie
      Katie July 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      We used to live on the Sunny Coast and I went to USC!! (Maybe you already knew that… I think I’ve mentioned it in a post before?) And yeah, we realised pretty early on in our blogging experience that we’d never be a “how to” blog because, as you say, there are a million of other people more knowledgeable than us and a million other places people can get better info than we could ever offer. All we want to do is share our story, and if that helps someone in some small way, well that’s wonderful!

      • Angela July 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

        Yep I think you mentioned you went to Usc, or went to uni at the sunny coast in one of your previous blogs. I wanted to comment that I go there now but at the time I thought it would be a bit creepy.

  29. Ravs July 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Beautifully expressed! I totally get where you are coming from especially about living in the moment vs documenting it. I’m unlikely to ever have to think about the monetising issue though – I don’t write nearly well enough.
    I agree with and admire the fact that you do not post photos or stories of your friends and family – I have made the same choice, especially about my children. They need to control how much of their life is ‘out there’, not me.
    Well done. Keep blogging – you do it so well.

  30. Brenda July 5, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I love your blog and would be very sad if it disappeared, there is something very “real” about connecting via cyberspace with similar people. A sharing that would otherwise not exist. I myself am one who doesn’t have a blog, for the simple reason that I don’t think my life is “interesting” enough – ploughing through housework day after day isn’t exactly going to cut it! I am the proud owner of one of your necklaces (thankyou) because of your blog.
    xxBrenda

  31. Susanne July 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi there, I just found your blog, and I’m happy to see this kind of post, because it means there is hope for the blogosphere :). I totally agree that sponsored posts, giveaways and other commercial bs has taken over the art of blogging. Blogs start out nice and personal and after a while you see these things creeping in and they become uninteresting. Sure I understand people take the opportunity to earn money but I hate to see blogs change and become less interesting to read. These things have always been a major frustration for me since I started blogging, and I quit my personal blog recently because I felt so discouraged when the rest of the blogosphere is so commercial, impersonal and well.. boring. You can be personal on your blog without sharing too much private stuff.. it’s all about sharing from REAL life.

  32. Kimmy July 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m also currently struggling with the issue of what I share on my blog. But more with the posting about things that I might not want people I actually know in life to read about.
    I feel much more comfortable with sharing things that are on my mind with strangers. But even show I only share what I want to share with them. It’s something I’m still learning.

  33. Katie Estelle July 8, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    I’ve struggled with this as well, and didn’t have nearly the size following that you two do. I still follow blogs, but I’ve neglected mine for a while. Maybe my opinion will change in the future, but for me, it just seemed like I was spending too much of my time thinking “this picture of us doing ____ will make a great post” instead of just enjoying those moments. I did make a few good friends out of blogging, which was great. I guess if it starts to feel wrong, or overwhelming, or more like work that somewhere to express yourself and your creativity in a positive way, then nobody would blame you for giving it up/toning it down for a bit.

  34. Molly July 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Katie, I really enjoyed this post! In the past few months I haven’t really been enjoying blogging, and I’m really just posting to keep the whole thing going. I don’t feel like I’ve made as many real connections as I thought I would of by this stage, and I very much doubt many of my four hundred and something followers even read my blog. When I started out I participated in blog hops and giveaways to get my blog out there, but in some ways I regret this as I feel like I gained numbers but not actual readers.

    I’ve decided to just post what I want to, when I want to, and not worry too much about other people’s expectations. That being said, I love your blog and I feel like your content is so relateable, so I hope you find your way again and continue blogging, and can start enjoying it again! x

  35. elle July 14, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Katie,
    I started reading your blog a year or so ago, after following a link from a blogger who had you on their reading list. I found your blog endearing and have been a faithful follower since then. I have enjoyed you sharing your search for quality and simplicity in your life.I know that blogging takes time and mental energy so the fact that you choose to share and encourage others has a cost to you both… I hope that you can find a balance that leaves you feeling content.
    I know that there is a certain pressure that you feel as a blogger to create content and keep the attention of your readers. I also know that sometimes the demands of your life outside of the blogosphere can keep you so busy that having to write on you blog can be a burden. I have a blog, (two actually), so I know that at times, “life on the ground” can demand so much of your attention that blogging either falls to the wayside or it feels like just one more thing on the “to-do” list. I have come to the realization that blogging runs in cycles. Sometimes there are plenty of things to write about, lots going on, and not too many demands so it is easy to write for the blog. While other times, work demands, real world project demands, (like a fritzed water heater), and backed up loads of laundry and dishes are all you have going on… it is hard to write when there is nothing extraordinary or lovely going on… it is then that blogging is more of a burden than a joy. Most of the people who follow you will understand that life is happening and will still be around and eager to read your posts when you have time and desire to write again. For my part, please don’t feel like you HAVE to write or come up with something when it isn’t really in you to do so, I will be glad to read your posts when you do write and think fondly of you and Reuben and hope that all is well with you when you aren’t able to post.
    To answer your question about what I find most difficult about blogging… I have a blog about mail art and letter writing and a blog about life on our little homestead, where I share about “simple living”, gardening, food, health, crafts, etc. I spend a lot of time creating my blog entries, I try to have detailed tutorials on various homesteading subjects at least a couple of time a month, but sometimes I feel like I am talking to myself, or that no one is really interested in what I have to say since I get very little reader feedback. My stats tell me that there are people seeing my blog but I have very few comments. At one point, I was told by some people I know IRL that I would have more readership if I was more “main stream”. I got very discouraged and almost quit blogging altogether, since I am not “main stream” and I really don’t want to be. It seemed like tailoring my blog to appeal to the mainstream is like trying to change who you are so that the popular kids in school will like you…. so I had to look at why I was blogging to start with… was it so that I could become “popular”, or so that I could share what I know with others who are like minded. I decided to write for those who are interested in what I have to say, and if that helps just one person not have to reinvent the wheel, I will be content, comments or no comments.
    I hope that you and Reuben spend your time doing the things that matter most to you both, that you enjoy whatever you are doing and that you are true to your own vision. Big hugs to you both! Elle

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