Rumor on the street is that blogging is making a comeback.
I suppose it makes sense. For most of us bloggers, (Frozen Spaghetti started in 2011), we started a long time ago in a way that appeased an early ambition for a side hustle. As Instagram grew and gave the impression of a blogger interface with a shorter, less expectant time frame, I know for me, at least – I came to LOOOOOVE how easy IG made it to get to the point.
I had a major pause in posting here on WordPress.
Where a picture of a Horse Ear on Frozen Spaghetti made me sit for multiple nights – even coming back to the post years later – trying to capture my draw to the horse ear, Instagram gave me permission to simply post a picture of the ear with whatever I felt in that very moment. “Do you hear what I hear?” and people who wanted to would get the point.
No uploading, arranging, bolding and emphasizing needed. Maybe a heart emoji… but even that came later.
As aforementioned ambition for a side hustle grew into actual side hustle grew into hey-yo this is my profession, a lot of those early blog loving content creators had to trade their storytelling in “to the man”. I think the cup of tea & foggy morning approach to writing on WordPress became the long lost best friend to those for whom the visual arts, sound entertainment and quick byte culture proved itself capable of being quite time-consuming, frustrating and – well, expensive as they require a whole new assembly line for a product that needs to sell the actual product.
As a blogger who doesn’t even ask you to “chip in a dollar” to “buy me a cup of coffee” to “show your appreciation for the work”, I will tell you an artful blog (who eats the $99 for you to read my nonsense ad free) is the still IG picture post in a world full of “Grandma’s Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Ever this FALL FAVORITE BEST did I say BEST already it’s Thanksgiving and this is my FAVORITE BEST STUFFING EVER, I LOVE Grandma! Best. Stuffing. #Thanksgiving” .
Was that obnoxious? Good. I thought so.
As a person who loves a good reel, my most popular reels in terms of views and shares have been off content I have taken on the fly, mixed in a minute and shared with pretty must little to no thought other than whatever comes from the core of the operation: my inspo.
The ones I tried to do? Ugh. Gross. Made me stop doing it.
Why do I bring this up? Well, primarily because one of my closest friends is passionate about this – so, she naturally inspires me to, at minimum, reflect.
So here is my reflection. Reels, Blogs, Posts, Sound, Pin.
How about we all agree marketing is best when inspired?
(Or Is that too Emily in Paris of me?)
It takes talent to write an artful blog. It takes strategy to write a successful one.
But both take inspiration.
Heart. Patience. And People.
My blog was for me. But now it’s also, in a way, for you.
179 people get an email in their inbox when I hit the blue “Publish” button, and – you know what? That’s kinda cool.
And, real quick, going back to what I said about not having a donate button. For me? I don’t want YOUR money.
I want a publishing house and a Netflix deal and maybe a ride at Disney.
And then I want those people to go get all the money for me. hahaha :)
I don’t need you to buy me a cup of coffee (though I will let you take me out to lunch) when I need my writing to buy me a house. <SO TRUE>
“What you can offer now?”, you ask?
What matters to me?
A: Your listening ear. Your attendance.
Sharing a post or writing a review or inviting somebody to a class.
I for sure get SO much encouragement chatting with your relaxed self after an experience stretching, listening, sharing or singing along.
You can start with a comment on this here blog post. I got TWO the other day and THANK YOU Alyssa & Anonymous. Made my freaking day.
Every single part of my evolution thus far in my life has been off of my distinct belief that you cannot be wrong unless you’re trying to be right, that what comes natural to you should be what you spend your time doing and – lastly – above all costs, take care of your heart & treat with respect your power to form an opinion and…
That if I ask for a fish, I won’t get a serpent.
Live your life according to your values, know who you are, and stay true to what you truly want.
The rest will unfold exactly as it should, which will partly be unforeseen & surprising.
Live inspired. Reel or Blog. Church or Studio. Hike or Kayak. Whatever. Just live your life.
And maybe, while you’re at it, enjoy Grandma’s Favorite Stuffing and make the Best Thanksgiving Ever come to life.
2 thoughts on “What Blog?”
This post made my day!! Blogging is by far my favorite way to experience other people’s experiences. Thanks for sharing yours!
Same here! It’s can feel like a clubhouse haha