Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN BLOGGING WAS FUN?




Hey Mum, I think you'd be WAY more fun if you did less blogging. Why not get Aunty Nicole to help you out?

Do you remember when blogging was fun? Do you remember feeling like you were really PART of something when you commented on or wrote a post? Do you remember the conversation? The community? The newness? The sharedness? The goodness? The honesty?

I remember.

Gosh blogging has been good to me. Gosh I've grown and been nourished by it and goodness me I'm glad I've written my children's stories (scandalous, I know). I'm also glad I can continue to do so because it's my blog, my party - my rules.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to bring some contributors on board here. I need some help to keep this thing rolling, plus, I want it to be FUN, you know, like a real life party in velour trackies. I want it to be a community and since the blogging thing seems to have changed so drastically over the past couple of years (comments anyone?), I'm bringing my community to me.

Some time this week I'm going to introduce you to the new Beetle Shack crew. The peeps that will keep this do com going with their skills and loves and letters.  Of course, one of them is my mermaid sister, Nicole. She will be in later today to introduce you to a new series. She will also been queen of DIY round these parts (hello crafty).

When you vist The Beetle Shack you'll be hearing not only from me, but from my friends and family. We'll cover topics like parenting,* cooking, gardening and DIY. Some days will blow your mind and other days we will put you to sleep with our useless drivel.**




YAHOOOO!!

Tell me, how have you found Blogging/Blog reading lately? Has it lost some of it's sparkle?




*okay okay, I'll write stories about my kids.

** okay okay, sometimes *I* will put you to sleep with your useless drivel.

28 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see what inspiration you'll be dishing up here!

    I've never stopped loving blogging or thinking it was fun. Mostly cos I do my own thing and stay out of shit. The emails can fuck right off though!

    Love ya guts x

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  2. My little blog is nearly three and I love her more than ever! I moved from the UK to Canada and my blog was my way to connect, to feel part of something when I felt lost in a big world. I love your blog, your honesty, your mum moments when they are high and low and you have a way of capturing light that makes me smile. I am happy it's becoming a party. I love parties!

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  3. I can't wait to meet the other party people!
    I still love blogging.
    I think I have stepped back a bit from reading other people's blog and commenting…which is sad as that is part of what I love most about it…but sadly my little guy no longer naps and that has seriously eaten into my blogging time.
    Anyway, I like it because it keep me thinking, learning…it makes me keep track of myself a bit when I could slide so easily into being "just" a mom!

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  4. Oh sounds fun Em! I still love blogging, but then again I've always followed my own rules :) xx

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  5. This does sound like fun! I look forward to getting to know the new additions. Rachel xx

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  6. I still love blogging too - but I think IG and the smart phone have changed the blogisphere a bit. People want everything to be so instant these days, but I still like the blog format the best, you can tell deeper stories, connect more meaningfully etc. Looking forward to the future of the Beetle Shack - Everything you do is awesome! x

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  7. Yeah, why don't people comment on my blog anymore? I get more views than ever, but no conversation...is it Instagram? Look forward to seeing your contributors! Briar x

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    1. Im always checking in on your blog. I shall make an effort to comment more. Those last waterside pics for the hotel were lovely.

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  8. I've been blogging since 2006 (OMGosh!) and it's changed so much. I think that if we want it to remain a community, we need to keep it that way. Blogging is fun, and I've veered away from the competitions and sponsorship for this very reason. I blog for me, and that's the way it's going to stay. That being said, I am looking forward to your family's contributions! ;) x

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  9. I;ve had mine for so long & still just a little one compared to you, it used to be fun but what I feel like people got carried away with making money from them so heaps lost their sparkle.

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  10. Yes! Much less fun. Most of my favourite bloggers have slowed down ( you included) and heaps are just doing sponsored posts which not a huge fan of.

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  11. I don't like the sponsored posts much. I like to blog and read about real stuff, the good and the bad. Thats why your blog is always a good read, its from the heart. Good on you for putting your hand up and asking for help. Looking forward to the new guys on your blog. T x

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  12. Totally, can I rant here, can I tell you what I really really miss.
    Back in the olden days, I would comment here and there and everywhere and then the blogger would pop over to my blog and comment too, over time we all commented on blogs and when a blogger commented on mine it was like a little reminder that I should pop over to them and see what they were up to. But now - well, people reply to my comment on their own blog, I get an email and they consider that 'my reply'. No! I don't want another email. I don't want a reply on your blog, bloggers. That makes me feel like a bit of a stalker if I comment a gazillion times on a blog. It's a bit weird.
    The End. Of Rant.

    As you were.

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    1. I miss the comment. I'm going to comment more. I feel like I'm speaking in to an echo-y room a lot of the time now. xx

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    2. You know, that is SO right. I'm guilty of it myself. I never comment on blogs anymore and it's just crap. I'm going to start. I used to dedicate and hour a week to commenting and blog hopping.

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  13. My blog is four years old - although I don't feel like it has 'taken off' like your blog (or some of my favourite blogs). I feel these bloggers are talking about how blogging isn't fun anymore or how they are finding their posts boring - but I'm still enjoying reading them and they're still receiving a bunch of comments. I'd kill for a few more comments.

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  14. I had a huge break from personal blogging, because business blogging took over and I didn't feel like I had much to reflect on except work! We're about to start some major home renovations and are working on the family side of things, so I've gone back and dusted off the cobwebs, ready to get back into it. As for comments, I totally love them but if I worried too much about not getting them (which I am prone to do), I'd be losing focus on the point of the whole endeavour. I read a lot of posts but don't always know what to say afterwards! I'd love to get to know some of my favourites a bit more, so will make a bigger pink-panted effort xx

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  15. Sometimes it loses its sparkle, but I only blog for myself, so when that happens, I just stop. But it has wormed its way into my life, and I never stop thinking about it! So I always end up back here, in this online world again. Plus I miss everyone else's blogs. I have my favourites (you included) that I just have to check up on.

    I do agree with what everyone says above also. Especially what Victoria saying that some blogs get carried away with money and lose their sparkle.

    ps did I ever tell you that it wasn't until you put a comment on my blog, that I discovered all the wonderful Australian blog community that was out there? Up until that point I had NO IDEA!!! Only my mum read my blog. True story circa 2011.

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  16. I feel like I shouldn't say it but I don't find reading lots of blogs much fun anymore. I have a few favourites but outside of that........

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  17. I adore reading blogs & I'm a comment-a-holic! I comment all the time because I'm Chatty McChatterson. I'm excited to see what you are doing :)

    I've just started a blog so I'm in the " super excited gun ho" stage. It's fun right now but if it gets un-fun I'll stop :)

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  18. I'm confused about my blog feelings lately. It was part of my daily routine when I was home with a baby and a welcome connection to like minded lovelies like yourself. Then I got sick and it became a life line to the outside world, a raft of support and a place to unload without burdening already stressed out family. Now I'm back at work in an art department in a big school and should have so much to blog about creatively but instead I find I am stuck. The mojo is just too tired, the computer at home too occupied and I can't find the well spring again. Maybe next week...
    By the way, I have barely stopped wearing that stripy oversized top since it arrived !

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  19. Blog reading has definitely lost some of its sparkle for me lately. Just as you (and many other bloggers) write for you, I read for me. I've just had a baby (nearly eight weeks old now) and I had a pretty harrowing birth experience and felt like I'd been hit with a freight train of negative and overwhelming emotions for the first few weeks. So I've stepped away from a lot of blogs I previously read because they were pretty / inspiring / lighthearted etc because I felt like they weren't honest. The blogs I read now are probably only a third of what I did previously and I think it will mean I take the time to comment on them more to encourage the types of blogs and posts that resonate with me - selfish much? I remain a loyal reader of yours though em!

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  20. I wondered about that. I've noticed even on some popular blogs there are no comments making it look like a ghost town. I thought it was customary to comment and then that person visit your page even just once but I noticed that doesn't happen at all anymore. Apparently everyone is busy connecting on Instagram solely it seems. I am new to your blog...I really that shop Bohemian Traders you've introduced me too.

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  21. Hi Emily, I am trying to get in touch to talk blogging and content & stuff. I blog here mukakids.com/blog, and focus on sustainability issues relevant to parents (I am a scientist by training so like to fit the facts into interesting chat!). If you think you may be interested in my stuff would love to chat.

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  22. Hmmm yes, this is a very timely post for me Em. After almost a year and a half out of blogland, I'm finding it vastly different now I'm trying to get back into it. I feel guilty that I kind of just 'abandoned' my own blog AND of course visiting the blogs of so many others, blogs I had come to know and love and enjoy. I have noticed many of my faves also stopped blogging regularly (or at all) in this time I've been absent. Oh well, time moves on and people's priorities change I guess. But I am very happy to see there are still a generous handful of lovely bloggers who I admire still working at their craft. You included :) xo

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em