How Blogging Has Changed Over the Years

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An interesting thing happened to me today.  Well, first lets backtrack.  I woke up Monday morning and looked at my to do list and started to get that butterflies fluttering in my chest, anxiety provoking feeling of never being able to get it all done.  I had a crazy day at work, had to talk to one of the higher ups at the college about a problematic student and then headed off to teach my barre classes (yes plural).  I was driving home and thinking how par for the course that crazy day way.

Blogging Predictions

That was just my Monday.

So today, I’m sitting in my office.  There is no afternoon patients, my grading is caught up and I know what I am going to teach for class tonight.  For once, I am caught up.  Of course there is always the planner/OCD person in me that thinks about the long term things that need to be done but I had a moment to reflect about the journey of this blog and how blogging has changed over the years.  If you remember from this post, I used to be a closet blog reader.  I was drawn to the bloggers who would write about their lives.  I definitely gravitated towards lifestyle bloggers because you can only look at so many Chanel bag high end fashion posts without going, yeah right in another life and then moving on.

I liked reading about the local restaurants they would try, or just a life catch up kind of post. Back then I didn’t realize or even think about the behind the scenes thoughts of making sure your traffic is staying steady or continually growing.  Or the fact that a post without a “pinnable” image is basically a major blogging no no.  It was just a nice 5 minute break from my office job to check up on my favorite bloggers.  You start to feel a connection to them and want to see what is going on with their lives.

That is the crazy thing about blogging.  You put your lives out there, either just a little bit or some people choose to lay it all out there and then wait for people to either connect with what you have to say or if they move along to the next person.  Let’s be honest, there are a lot of blogs out there right now.

 

I read an article the other day with a total call to action title “IS BLOGGING DEAD???”  I have definitely seen even in the short amount of time (2 years this November) a huge change in the approach.  Everyone needs to be the expert of their field, find your niche, how you can make money without a product etc etc.  Nobody wants to read blogs anymore, Instagram is where it’s at.  Just kidding, now snapchat is where all the cool kids are.  What has happened to the days of people just using their space to write?  I am definitely guilty of the peer pressure effect of this.  Need to grow my numbers, pretty lighting kits for pinnable pictures etc etc but sometimes I just miss a good old fashioned what’s happening in life post.  So here you go.  I’m sure I’ve lost 90% of you by now with all this writing and no flashy pictures but here’s what is going on with me right now.

Currently…..

Settling into married life and definitely feeling a little bit of pressure for that next step.  I was never a big I have to have kids kind of person.  I come from a large family (youngest of 6), I work in Pediatrics and see very sick kids on a daily basis.  Until I met Mark I was always okay with the possibility of having or not having them.  However, after seeing how incredible he was with my sisters kids and basically all of his friends kids, I couldn’t imagine not having kids with him.  I can’t wait to watch him become a father.  So, it is in the cards.  Just not at this exact moment.  Mark and I are enjoying our crazy over scheduled lives and I can’t fathom thinking of adding anything on top of it right now.  I know life changes and evolves but right now I am happy and content.  What a feeling being content.

Planning

For our trip to New Orleans.  Is it totally crazy that I am already dreaming of what outfits I’m going to wear and where we are going to eat?  Oysters and an extra dirty martini are definitely on the radar.  Catching a show somewhere on Frenchman street.  Trying all the restaurants that Missy has recommended.  Hoping the Gators aren’t embarrassed too badly by the LSU Tigers.

Dreaming

Of a house one day and closet space.  Then stressing about where it may be and why the cost of living is so insane in that tiny square mileage of the neighborhood that we want.  Getting excited to think about where I may be in 5 years time.  Then scaling back and thinking about how good it is to have zero debt and no mortgage.  It is a daily seesaw that one.

Excited About

I have some almost too good to be true news about my full time job that I can’t share until it actually happens.  If it does, it will enable me to have more time to devote to here.  I’ll share once it goes down.

Honored By

The many who have reached out and let me know that I have inspired them to blog or asking to help them start.  Blogging and bloggers are definitely a rare breed and much love to all of those who support us and don’t question when we talk about our friends that we’ve never actually “met” but text with on a daily basis.

Praying For

Continued health of my family, friends and those around me.  Seriously you can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have your health, it doesn’t really matter right?

Thank you for hanging in there while I get the swirling thoughts of my brain out.  Yes I do see that blogging has changed and evolved.  Instagram and other instant satisfaction forms of social media are crucial parts.  However, I still think there is room to use this space as an outlet for freedom of speech, to catch up on life, share great shopping tips and to form connections with people who live halfway around the country.  I am by nature a constant perfectionist and always striving to get to that next mountain top but for once, it is nice to sit back and be happy with the perfection of health, safety, family and security.

As my mother always says, “enjoy the highs because the lows can be very low“.  So I am enjoying the sheer happiness of being happy and content at this exact moment in my life and excited to think about all the possibilities that the future will have in store for me. Thank you for being here to ride the wave with me.  xoxoxo

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61 Comments

  1. September 30, 2015 / 3:11 AM

    Blogging can get so overwhelming with all the extra steps that go into it now, pin-able images, share on all social media, etc. I personally love just a good chatty post about the day in the life of the blogger so I am a big fan of this! And girl, your schedule is just crazy! You are superwoman!

  2. September 30, 2015 / 6:06 AM

    Blogging has definitely changed a ton over the years. I remember back before you could buy followers and traffic. It was so much simpler then. I try to not get caught up in all the semantics of it now and just write about what I want to, when I want to but it’s hard. You put so much pressure on yourself to do things. Ok, moving on! Haha! Can’t wait to hear about your job news! SO exciting! And yay for your NOLA trip!!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. September 30, 2015 / 6:12 AM

    Blogging has totally changed since I started five-ish years ago. Like you said, now everyone needs a niche and everyone stresses about pictures. Keeping up with the Jones’ of blogging is exhausting so I just stay true to me and it’s working. I have to laugh though when you see bloggers trying too hard and PRETENDING to be something they’re not. A constant complainer and negative Nancy in real life, but on the blog it’s “I’m so happy, everything is perfect, we have no problems, I’ll pray for you to have a happy life like mine’! Gag me! Slowly the truth comes out in time and it is always interesting to witness.

    I’m currently feeling a lot of the same things as you. I’m content with life and in no rush to add to it as well. One day the time will come, but now is the time for trips, adventure and who knows, maybe a trip to Greece [need to text you]. Have so much fun in NOLA! You have to hit up Armaunds [so good] and do a ghost tour for fun. Mulattes is some of the best NOLA food I’ve ever eaten and Jackson Square is so gorgeous! Jealous of your trip, I LOVE NOLA!

  4. September 30, 2015 / 6:33 AM

    So excited to hear about your big job news – it’s going to be great! I’m so excited for NOLA and all the food…and of course the game, but mostly the food! I think blogging is what it is – there will always be a space for it, because there are so many people doing it!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  5. September 30, 2015 / 6:51 AM

    blogging has definitely changed since i started with livejournal in 2002 and with my blog in 2010. sometimes it’s great to just do a post like this and touch base with everyone. loved all of your life updates, amanda!!

  6. September 30, 2015 / 6:58 AM

    I love that you took a minute and did a post like this! Going back to the roots! :) I can see how blogging has changed over the years, but I’m glad that there are still the opportunities to develop relationships with kind, honest people out there. I was just talking to a friend of mine the other day about how I love blogging because I’ve met some people in real life from the blog that I never would have met otherwise (most of which I’m thankful for), either in person or not–like you!
    I’m glad that you are content in where you are in life but ready to embrace whatever comes. Just don’t forget the canola oil!!! hahah. I can’t wait to hear about the job news!!
    You should link this up with Jessi and I today :)

  7. September 30, 2015 / 7:03 AM

    I think you nailed it all. Blogging really has changed so much (and I have been blogging for a good 4+ years now) and I can definitely see it. I even got so caught up in the pressure of being something special for a while that after I took my hiatus, I let myself come back, delete my WHOLE blog and start from scratch because I didn’t want to feel pressured to be like everyone else.
    I just wrote a post the other day talking about the direction of my blog and I realized I’m so happy with where I’m headed. It’s genuinely me without this overwhelming need / want to be the best at everything and / or be like everyone.

    Yay for job news! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  8. September 30, 2015 / 7:22 AM

    Glad to hear you’re content and hopefully have some good career news! I really try to not let myself get caught up in the traffic, pinable pictures/posts, etc. Sometimes I have one, sometimes I don’t, but I’ve decided that I don’t want to stress myself out and right now my blog is just a hobby for me to post about whatever I want. My favorite posts to read are about other bloggers’ lives, not a collage of must have fashion items (although those are fun too :)

  9. September 30, 2015 / 7:34 AM

    I love this post and I love your blog!!! Thank you for sharing what is in your mind these days. You are so good at connecting with others and I think that is truly what I love the most about blogging vs. Instagram vs. snapchat etc. I like the words and the links and the connections. So happy to read that you are so happy in life these days and anticipating everything to come!!!

  10. September 30, 2015 / 7:41 AM

    As someone who has been blogging consistently (nearly every week day) since early 2009…Blogging isn’t even remotely the same anymore. Not even close. But I think, like with all things, change and growth is necessary. And I think some of the changes have allowed for people to make businesses out of their passions instead of just an online diary. I do think there is a fine balance, though. The pinnable images and constant concern for numbers only goes as far as you take it. At the end of the day, it’s still your space. And you’re still allowed to do what you want with it. I have a hard time remembering that sometimes but always try to push though.

  11. September 30, 2015 / 7:45 AM

    It really is crazy how much blogging has changed over the years.. so much more pressure to produce and be consistent. Excited to hear your job news! Couldn’t agree more about health.. if you have good health, you have what matters.

  12. September 30, 2015 / 7:48 AM

    Places to try in New Orleans: Acme, Nola (Emeril’s Restaurant)… Love that city!! Can’t wait to hear your news…. and totally feel you on the babies thing. I could have written all that myself – minus the 5 siblings part. :)

  13. September 30, 2015 / 8:03 AM

    I can’t keep up with all of the latest blogging trends. I just do what comes naturally. I did break down and created a blog Instagram. I hope this doesn’t mean I’m a huge hypocrite!!! LOL

  14. September 30, 2015 / 8:27 AM

    Girl, yes. I was feeling pretty burnt out and ‘over’ blogging this summer and I think it was all of the pressure of numbers/statistics/followers/fancy pictures getting to me. That wasn’t why I started blogging in the first place and so it was definitely taking it’s toll – I went back to just doing whatever I want and it has been the BEST feeling. I love a good shopping or home decor post as much as the next person, but I really read everyday to see what is going on in everyone life :)

  15. September 30, 2015 / 8:41 AM

    great post chica :) i’m glad we’ve become friends even if we’ve never met – which is still insane to me! i’ve been at this for 2.5 years and it still boggles my mind how much things change – and then also how much stays the same. so exciting about the future if you ask me! :) xo

    xoxo cheshire kat

  16. September 30, 2015 / 8:55 AM

    Thank you SO MUCH for writing a post like this! When I started I was determined to not have high expectations just to blog more for myself and to get things off my chest, have a creative outlet, etc. I wasn’t aiming to make this a job or try to make money off of it, I just wanted a new hobby. That being said, it’s hard to maintain that when everyone is so over my head with their images and everything else that goes along with it. It’s hard to stay motivated when I feel so behind but I just try to remind myself that it’s my space and it’s what I make it for the time being, since it’s not my job then there are no rules. It really helps to remember that if blogging anxiety creeps up on me!
    Thanks again!

  17. September 30, 2015 / 8:57 AM

    Blogging definitely has changed over the years. I definitely still think there’s room for personal blogging. It’s all about what you want it to be. :)

  18. September 30, 2015 / 9:00 AM

    Yesssss to this whole post. It can be very competitive, and when did we all get too lazy to read a post (me too, of course)…funny enough, I overshared today on the post, and doubt I will get many comments/views but I had to get some things off my chest (#freetherapy). It’s a nice feeling to be content (surprisingly, also something I talked about today!)….I can’t wait to hear about your work news!

  19. September 30, 2015 / 9:03 AM

    Love this post! These are my favorite, like you the reason I started reading blogs and blogging myself was because I liked reading about my favorite bloggers’ lives and what’s going on with them, and connecting with people. OMG you are going to the FL/LSU game, SO jealous!! Have the best time!

  20. September 30, 2015 / 9:04 AM

    I think blogging has certainly become more “job” based. I mean, if you can make a living off of your blog, then more power to you. I happen to enjoy blog that are lifestyle based too. Yours is a great example. You mix fashion, food, and normalcy into your blog. Plus those Friday laughs are the best! (; You work, you’re married. I feel like I can relate to you. Keep doing what you’re doing girl! Very excited to see where the future takes you!

  21. September 30, 2015 / 9:21 AM

    I love this. I think your blog is a perfect mix of lifestyle, plus style picks, etc. I appreciate the pretty pictures on insta of the “high fashion blogs” but to be honest I see no reason to visit the actual blog. They really are pretty boring and uninspiring.. It isn’t all that impressive to me to spend a ton of money on whatever is trending at the moment. It takes a good eye to create budget friendly style and home decor. Btw the ladies who are moms who are impeccably dressed in designer clothes on a daily basis… who is actually taking care of your children lol. I can however appreciate a mix of high end and low end items!

  22. September 30, 2015 / 9:26 AM

    “As my mother always says, “enjoy the highs because the lows can be very low“. So I am enjoying the sheer happiness of being happy and content at this exact moment in my life and excited to think about all the possibilities that the future will have in store for me.”

    ^^^^ I love that!! Yes, I copy and pasted it down here because that’s how much I love it. I’ve been such a downer lately about our move and all the catching up we’re having to do to get back (mostly financially) on track. But this is such a good remember to enjoy the season of life that we are in right now! Because it’s pretty darn good.

  23. Darcy
    September 30, 2015 / 9:28 AM

    I have seen a couple articles claiming that blogging is dead because we have Instagram now. i agree Instagram is important but I love blogging! I love getting to say more about myself and interact with people in the comments, as well as visit their blog. Instagram is great and all, btu I don’t think blogging is going anywhere!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  24. September 30, 2015 / 9:35 AM

    Love this! I am much happier reading about people’s personal lives in all honesty. I think it’s part of the reason that my blog had stayed small, which I’m fine with, it’s just not me to do much posting about current fashions and new recipes. I try to keep my blog about 80% infertility related, but it is fun to sometimes do a Friday favorites post or something along those lines! I think it’s awesome when people can keep their voice and grow their blog by giving the readers what they want but also staying true to themselves and you’ve definitely done that for yourself! Thanks for the life update! Can’t wait to see those beautiful babies you make one day, but totally understand the reason to wait! ?

  25. September 30, 2015 / 10:06 AM

    Blogging definitely seems like it’s changed a lot over the last few years. A lot of bloggers have become “experts” at certain things. I like reading about people’s lives and if you do have a hobby, blog about it! Maybe it’s because I don’t consider myself an expert at anything, but I also never wanted to pigeon hole my blog into a certain niche. I love your little personal inclusion in this post – I always prefer that over pinnable images. :)

  26. September 30, 2015 / 10:12 AM

    I’m totally with you girl, I really enjoy reading a bunch of lifestyle blogs because let’s face it people are nosy and they want to know all about your life and what’s going on. I also think that lifestyle blogs help connect people through commonalities and truth. Not everyone has a perfect “Instagram” photo-worthy life, and that’s ok. This was a fun post to read because people got to know you more. I’m also with ya on the whole over-whelming myself when things seem to be caught up!

  27. September 30, 2015 / 10:18 AM

    Great post. Blogging has totally changed over the few years but I certainly don’t think it’s dead. It is totally competitive for sure which is both a good thing and bad thing. At the end of the day, all that matters is how you feel. Happiness comes from within not from flashy things. I’m so happy that things are going so well for you and that you have exciting career opportunities ahead. And you are so right, without health, you have nothing. Look at Steve Jobs, all the money in the world and in the end it couldn’t save him.

  28. September 30, 2015 / 10:21 AM

    I agree that blogging has most certainly changed since I started years ago. I haven’t really followed in with that change too much haha. I still write the same kinds of posts I always did. I love little life updates like this one!!! I totally feel you on the next step pressure. I am excited to hear about your job news!! I hope it is what you want :) So exciting! I haven’t been to NOLA since 2001, I would love to go back some day!

  29. September 30, 2015 / 10:39 AM

    If you think blogging is overwhelming now…just wait until you have a kid! Both totally worth it though. :) PS Congrats on the job news!

  30. September 30, 2015 / 10:51 AM

    You didn’t lose me – I enjoyed just reading :)
    I’ve been blogging for 8 years now – its WAYYYYY different then it used to be… but I’ll never be the cool kid so I’m OK with blogging as is – simple & straight forward :)

  31. September 30, 2015 / 11:07 AM

    I definitely miss posts like these in the blog world. I’ve been blogging for several years now and those lifestyle blogs are the ones that inspired me to start adding little pieces of my life into my posts. You’re right, there are only so many Chanel bags, and new lipsticks that one can talk/read about. lol Thanks for always being a breath of fresh air, Amanda.

  32. September 30, 2015 / 11:12 AM

    I would love to go to New Orleans. I imagine the food and culture is just ah-may-zing! I’ve been blogging for a few years now and I would love to blog stuff that would gain me A LOT of new followers but I want to remain true to me and blog about what interests me. Trish – tales from trish

  33. September 30, 2015 / 11:20 AM

    Girl this is right up my alley. So many bloggers don’t share anything about themselves, and I eventually tire of them. I like the personal side of blogging. Especially being a SAHM now, it’s like my little connection to other people, not just their pretty homes or high end bags.
    And yes, blogging changes all the time. Last year, who would have thought that Snapchat and Periscope would be the big thing now?

  34. September 30, 2015 / 11:24 AM

    Blogging and social media have changed SO much in the last like 5 years. I mean I planned my wedding BEFORE Pinterest!! Haha. Anyways… You got me a little teary-eyed this morning!! Even though I haven’t met you in person, you are truly an amazing person. Your posts brighten up my day, make me laugh, and inspire me. Those are things that honestly inspire me to be a better person, so thank you. :-)

  35. September 30, 2015 / 11:35 AM

    haha was it my post from a couple weeks ago titled: Is Blogging Dead?! Obviously I don’t think it is! It’s changed but in a good way :)

  36. September 30, 2015 / 11:45 AM

    Love this post and thanks for the shout out :) Blogging has changed so much for sure and now that I do it, it has changed for me personally in the 3 months I have been doing it. I want to get better and make it prettier and introduce some new elements besides just cooking because you are right about what the people want. We are all just naturally nosey!

  37. September 30, 2015 / 12:22 PM

    Blogging has changed a lot and I think there’s a lot of pressure to grow an audience, portray an image, and constantly produce posts. Honestly though, I try not to focus too much on that because it would take the joy out of it for me. I share things that interest me on a steady basis, and read other blogs as much as I can, but life happens and I’m not going to let keeping up with everyone else consume me. I mean some of the people blogging really just amaze me – the amount of time they put daily into producing content and participating in the community while having a family, social life, and usually a regular job to juggle too. More power to them, I would require a full time staff! I did read an interesting article a couple years back about how a lot of the more famous mommy bloggers seemed to be getting divorced. Sure makes you think about how life-consuming blogging can be doesn’t it?

    Posts like this connect you to like-minded people and gives you more engaging readers in my opinion. Stay true to yourself and you’ll always find an audience to relate to!

  38. September 30, 2015 / 12:37 PM

    This is great! Blogging can be very overwhelming. When I started out, I naively thought that if I created great content that the followers would come, and while I’ve learned to enjoy Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., creating the content is still the most fun.
    Emily
    http://www.waltzmetoheaven.com

  39. September 30, 2015 / 1:11 PM

    Dropping a post like this every once in a while (or, even more often) is FANTASTIC. It reminds followers why they’re following you. It builds trust and empathy. Sure, there’s no image to pin or tip to “learn” from – but there’s a CONNECTION, which is just as important to maintain! My post yesterday was nearly all text with one stock photo image, and it went mini-viral. It was because I was sharing a deeply personal story that was relateable. But man, was I scared to publish it! Sometimes, putting yourself out there is harder than all the marketing crap that comes along with blogging, right?

  40. September 30, 2015 / 1:36 PM

    Yay for posts like this!! I was an “only blog reader” for years and I loved READING about people lives not just scrolling through a feed with outfit/lifestyle photos. Honestly, I think Instagram is Instagram and blogs should be blogs. I know bright photos are eye catching and make a post pretty but those are the blogs I scroll through when I’m bored. The blogs I actually take the time to sit down and read are the ones with great content, topics I can relate to and “real” people behind the words.

  41. September 30, 2015 / 2:02 PM

    i’ve been blogging way before blogging was called “blogging” and yes, things have definitely changed over the years! that said, i’ve never really been one to follow the joneses; i just continue blogging the way i blog which is pretty much puking up words and some funny gifs on my site. nothing special!

  42. September 30, 2015 / 2:30 PM

    I love, love, LOVE this post. I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels these same sentiments – yes, I know that there are certain pressures and expectations of bloggers now, but I really find nothing wrong with still sitting down to just create and write in a space where I/we find pure enjoyment. And, whether people want to read it or not, sometimes that is just a-okay. Also, I hear you about the pressures about the next step – we just found out last night that friends of ours (they actually stood up in our wedding) are expecting a baby (and didn’t have the decency to tell us before posting it on Facebook …), and they only have been married a little more than a year. So, I was sobbing that Ryan and I are the oddballs out that we aren’t rushing into it. But you know what? You’re right – I’m happy and content with life right now, and that’s all that matters!

  43. September 30, 2015 / 2:37 PM

    I love this post! These are the types of posts that keep me coming back to a blog. I love getting to know the person behind the blog and what is going on in there lives. I want to feel connected. That way I actually care about their opinion when I am reading posts on whatever they are promoting or blogging about otherwise. Thanks so much for sharing, Amanda.

  44. September 30, 2015 / 2:40 PM

    I love this post! I am a very visual person so I appreciate good images but the part about you wanting kids above was even better! I love that! You are going to be a great Mom, Amanda!

  45. September 30, 2015 / 3:27 PM

    Your mama is so right; glad you are on a high. Love you, the thoughts that you share, the advice you so freely give, and having the chance to see you grow your fabulous blog :)

  46. September 30, 2015 / 3:55 PM

    What a great post! Glad you’re settling in to married life and starting to plan for the future but also enjoying the moment now. Your schedule seems sooo packed I don’t know how you would fit kids in without changing around your schedule. It’s good to enjoy your time with Mark while you have it so need to rush into it despite the pressure. I feel ya on that one!

  47. September 30, 2015 / 4:44 PM

    Love this post! This was such a great read – I love the posts that are relatable and enjoyable just for fun the most. The new job news sounds quite exciting – can’t wait to hear and NOLA will most definitely be a blast, I’m sure!

  48. September 30, 2015 / 5:01 PM

    I love this catch up! You are in such a great groove, but you definitely had a TON on your plate! I love reading every day and look forward to everything to come for you!! xoxoxo

  49. September 30, 2015 / 6:08 PM

    Girl this is one of my favorite posts that I have ever read on this blog of yours! I am SO much more interested in lifestyle blogs than the picture perfect girl with the magazine outfit, new Chanel purse every day, hair and makeup to perfection at every moment, 100 selfies a day because let’s be honest… that’s not me and it’s not real life for 99% of people. I love reading about relationships, marriages, jobs, struggles and successes because it makes me feel like I actually know and relate to the girl behind the blog! Loved hearing more about your marriage and job, and so so happy that you are in your “happy place” right now. Xoxoxox

  50. September 30, 2015 / 7:54 PM

    Excellent read! I agree with the change 100% but I try to stay in love with it you know? I don’t always use a fancy camera and I’m rarely long winded – I try to stay honest and simple but I’d be lying if I didn’t think about all those things mentioned! I ADORE finding new lifestyle and diary style blogs and I was a closet blogger too. I only read home décor and craft posts and started my blog JUST for DIY’s and crafting so that has definitely evolved. I wouldn’t change a thing about your blog! Love everything about you! :) Thanks for linking up with us today! xo

  51. September 30, 2015 / 9:04 PM

    Can’t wait to hear about your big job news – congrats in advance gurlie! And I hear ya on how much blogging has changed. I feel like as time goes on it’s less about us being creative with our own space on the internet and more about overly staged photos and making money. Making money is fun, but I also enjoy it when our spaces are just plain ol’ real. I’ve given up on perfect photos, because it’s just not happening and if my readers don’t like it then oh well. I love the friendships I’ve made here, and I hope that doesn’t ever change :)

    Green Fashionista

  52. September 30, 2015 / 9:11 PM

    This is honestly one of my favorite posts of yours in a while… I miss hearing about YOU. I like looking at pretty things just as much as the next girl but my favorite thing about blogs always has been and always will be the actual people who are behind the posts, and what their every day lives are all about. :)

  53. October 1, 2015 / 1:25 PM

    congrats on the big job news girl! so exciting! and yes to health. you have nothing if you don’t have your health.
    screw the 90% of people if you lost them ;) i love posts like these, i feel like lately there are a lot of how tos and perfectly posed pretty picture posts (alliteration woah) but it’s nice to just read about the actual person and their life. i love posts like that, don’t get me wrong, because they teach me things and make me buy things (hahaha probably not a good thing) but what i love about blogging is the friendships, and you can’t have a friendship with people you don’t know, you know?
    totally feel you on the pressure to take things to the next step – i’m happy that you are content and loving married life, those things will come when they come ;) and i feel you on the seesaw. that is how a lot of things are with me ‘lets move, lets travel, lets do this or that’ and basically immediately i think of money and the seesaw comes crashing down lol.

  54. October 2, 2015 / 8:17 PM

    I love this post so much. There is just so much truth to it and how much instant gratification there is. Since I switched jobs in January, I had to step back and realize I wasn’t giving myself enough time to read news articles and blogs. I was solely relying on Instagram and Twitter. Since setting aside time, it has made a huge difference! I also love your sentiments about having a child with Mark. I feel the same with DG. Can’t wait to hear the good news! Fingers crossed! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  55. October 3, 2015 / 10:45 AM

    This was such a nice Saturday morning read. Sometimes I feel like I want to share more about life on my blog but then I think, would people even care? I guess that’s when you find out who your real engaged readers are. I envy the feeling of being caught up – I was thrown into a new job before they could find a replacement so I’ve been juggling both roles and ever since then I feel like I’m always behind! SO excited for you career news – you clearly work incredibly hard and deserve every success!!

  56. October 3, 2015 / 6:23 PM

    Blogging has become an interesting subject so to speak. I think Instagram and Snapchat both have increased because the younger generation {well, still ours but the younger ones in our generation} are eh, too lazy to read or write, and that is exactly where Instagram/Snapchat come in. I am not saying I don’t enjoy those outlets…to be honest I sometimes prefer them, but yeah…blogging has changed. Sadly. I still love to read though, and write and I know there’s a bunch of us out there somewhere. :) AND, funny thing…I was just thinking of a “currently” post for myself because…well, it’s needed. :) Love your currently list. Amen to health!!! Amen!

  57. October 8, 2015 / 12:58 PM

    It took my a while to read and finally comment on this post (sigh), but I just wanted to say it really resonated with me. The whole reason I started blogging was the share the types of posts that I liked reading myself– people talking about their lives, without so much focus on making money or earning pageviews etc. And it’s so easy to get swept up into that. Heck, it even makes sense– why not get paid for doing something you love (and are already doing anyways?) But, that’s not what blogging is for. Not to me, anyways. So thank you for voicing your thoughts on the subject and being so honest. I have been and will continue to be an avid reader of Meet at the Barre for that reason!

  58. October 13, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    I totally agree that the league of blog-readers is now a small one. Everyone has a favourite blog or two but no one seems to really read the as religiously anymore. You’re right; now-a-days it’s all about social media feeds or email newsletters. Very interesting and thought provoking post. I’m glad I came across your blog!!!
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  59. Julie Joy
    October 14, 2015 / 8:53 PM

    Well I just loved this post! Lifestyle posts is where it’s at! It reminds us that we’re all human. We’re not all living that “picture perfect” lifestyle that social media can sometimes portray. Even though I do love all types of blog posts, I’m not huge into “what’s hot” in the fashion world or what’s on sale only because I simply can’t afford to shop as often as I wish I could. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love to see those types of post! What can I say, I like a mixture! ;) Myself on the other hand… I’m not a very good blogger. Mostly because I don’t have much time or experience with it and I just do it to see/meet/read about other people’s lives around the world and to document our lives. I was actually just thinking the other day how my page is so “unprofessional” and boring. But, it’s a simple place to document life for my sake and not necessarily to please others. I’m excited for everything that is in store for you and I love that you are simply enjoying life as is right now! That is priceless!

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