Friday Musings 1.7: Old Style Blogging

playing with shadows

Who knew blood, running, flowing (or rushing, as the case may be), pumping through one’s fingertips could be so beautiful?

As much as I hate to complain about anything, it seems of late that I have been missing 2010ish style blogging. You know, when people put their thoughts and feelings into prose and scribbled away snippets of their minds onto an online notebook. When photographs didn’t have to be perfect, just imperfectly perfect enough to handle being imperfect. In those days, I didn’t feel like a contestant, but someone sharing things with others. In those days, blogging felt a lot more innocent – it was an extension of hanging out with friends.

In a way, blogging is still like that – you make friends, you have people you idolize, you share content with each other… but at the end of the day, I feel like blogging has gotten a lot less personal and a lot more commercial.

Before I continue, let me say that commercial does not equate bad. No, we are peddling our own goods at the market (yes, even me) and that is perfectly fine for all eternity. I am only saying the type of peddling we have right now is different than blogging was 6+ years ago. Different also does not equal bad. I’m just not one to ever be marketing products and have 300k Instagram followers and every moment of my life be so curated that I no longer feel like myself. (Because I wouldn’t be myself. That is not to say others are not being themselves. There’s a mountain of difference.)

Nowadays, we have a magnificent world of “lessony” blogs that show us how to do things, what to style, which colors go with what, or something as simple as why you should keep more flowers around the house. I love this.

However, there is something beautiful about the older style of blogging at times, too. I adore and reminisce for the simple act of stringing a few delicate words together and sharing a delightfully imperfect photograph of a moment that matters not at all, yet so very much. Something simple, yet relative that we all know, see, and understand on such an organic level as human beings.

Such as blood coursing through one’s arm in a hotel bedroom.

Bloglovin. Instagram. Pinterest.

  • I feel the same way! I’ve been making a conscious decision to share more personal, imperfect posts on my blog and not worry about the aesthetics. It’s tough when you feel like you’re competing in a contest you didn’t even enter. And it’s so hard to find normal blogs who aren’t always pushing tips about how to live your life (especially on Bloglovin’ – all they promote are the bigger/commercial blogs), but I appreciate your content so much!

    Xx
    http://www.TheActiveSpirit.com

  • This is lovely, and I can relate. I often find myself missing how personal blogging used to be. I think I’m striving to find the right balance of commercial and personal for my own. It’s a work in progress.

    This was such a great read.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  • I completely agree! As someone who blogs purely for personal enjoyment, I much prefer to read blogs with the same purpose. I don’t mind a bit of sponsored content every now and again, but I much prefer reading something that feels like there’s a real person behind it. Additionally, I prefer organic content over set-in-stone topics. Not to say I don’t love a good weekly roundup – I adore them – but when someone has all their content perfectly planned out with themed days every single week it can get bland because you can tell when someone’s forcing their writing rather than letting it flow naturally.

    Kate | girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

  • Totally agree! Lately I’ve been seeking more lifestyle blogs to get back into real life and not that pretty veneered blog life. It’s nice to read people’s thoughts and get a peek into their life. That’s one of the reasons I love your blog. It’s easy-going and real!
    ~Sara

  • Sophie Sierra

    It’s so strange, almost like the whole reason behind blogging has collapsed in on itself. I’ve heard a lot of people say they turned to blogging to escape the glossy, unrealistic lifestyles portrayed in magazines and in the media and now blogging has turned that way too, which I agree with somewhat. At the same time part of me enjoys the glossy side, but then parts of me wishes it would go back to how it was when it seemed more authentic and honest. I know just what you mean about feeling like a contestant, the pressure can sometimes feel immense. I always think I should post more and do other topics and things but then I realise there’s no point if I’m not feeling it.

    Thank you for this post, your words are so refreshing and beautiful and calming to read as always! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  • I started reading blogs in 2010 and 2011, so I definitely remember how they use to be. They were very inspiring, honest & truthful. It made me want to blog. It has definitely become more commercial. Now there’s a world of YouTubers. I try to connect with blogs that share their true opinion & thoughts. I try to keep that with mine. I have a love for beauty products, but I won’t hesitate letting someone know if something is bad or good. LOL We need more of that! Less of companies paying for opinions. I’m hating the whole follow & unfollow trend. I nearly left Twitter & Instagram because of it. Blogging has changed. I hope we reel back its old art form.

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/