The Death of the Blog?
I was encouraged to start blogging in 2009 by Tara Cain - a journalist and writer who was already kicking the butt of the blogging world.
She introduced me to other bloggers and Mum's and it gave me the opportunity to meet other women like me. Professional women, working women, who were also Mum's - all of whom liked writing, or being creative in some way.
|Bloggers & kids - On a walk up the Lickey Hills - 2010|
It was great - we shared meme's, reviewed stuff, our kids got some free things. Nice.
But as time went on things changed, YouTube became huge, Vlogging became a thing, then TikTok, Snapchat, Reels, Stories, and all the rest.
The beautifully written blog seemed to become a thing of the past.
I have just gone through my brilliant blogs (that you can check out at the bottom of this page) and deleted a dozen links. The links either didn't work, or the pages were there but hadn't been updated for many years. So sad.
Don't get me wrong - some of them have gone on to do brilliant things - this includes Jay Emme who is an amazing cellist and life coach and Josie George who has had her book published and remains one of the most creative people I have met. Similarly, Nickie O'Hara who still blogs, but also has a brilliant podcast.
The thing is a blog is very different to someone talking/dancing/reciting spoken word poetry/falling over etc on the screen, not that there is anything wrong with that, but some of these bloggers were incredible writers where you would be so moved by the words on the page, that you would cry or laugh out loud. I feel an incredible sense of loss not to have them available to me now.
Now I have new blogs about writing and other interesting things. The wonderful Lou Wilford's Blog is a great example of brilliant writing. Similarly, Lily who writes about writing and is a great poet in her own right. Then there is Su Menon whose amazing repertoire of skills amaze me - she is a poet, songwriter, singer, yoga teacher and wild swimming expert. Last but definitely not least, is RE Loten - incredible writer and friend (I don't have the words to describe this one). These are amazing women doing amazing things, I remain inspired by this community.
So is blogging dead? I don't think so - I think it is harder now to get an audience, harder to be heard or read. But it is still there and I'll keep plugging away at it.
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