I've been thinking a lot about blogging lately. Why I like it. Why it's hard to keep up with it. Why it may be a dying medium.
Many people say that it's not worth keeping a blog anymore. There's too much competition, it's hard to make it a career, and it takes a lot of time.
But other say it is worth blogging. You practice writing, you develop your voice, you get used to sharing opinions and thoughts with the world, and it's a resume of sorts.
When blogging first started, people treated blogs as a journal, a diary. They recorded travels and recipes and projects and life, with no intention to make money or become an author or develop a following. They wrote to write and share thoughts with the world.
These days, many people who blog want to become something. They want to make six figures. They want to get a book deal or TV show. They buy a fancy camera and learn how to take photos. They want more Pinterest followers or Twitter followers or Instagram followers or blog readers.
These are all great things. I'm not against aiming high -- heck, I've wanted these things for myself sometimes -- but I want to get back to what blogging used to be.
To blog for the sake of writing. To practice writing. To develop thoughts and just spew out whatever's on my mind for myself and the handful of people reading.
Because of this, I've taken ads off my blog. I also have never done sponsored posts and have shared limited giveaways and reviews, and only plan to do these things (at least for now) out of my own money. If you see a review here, it's because I want to share a product I buy and love.
I love to write. I love to blog. I want to write more but don't want to feel held back by sharing the best content or the best photos. The pressure of making my blog bigger or making money is just too much, and I want to get back to the heart of it: to write for writing's sake.