Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Why I Blog

I don't know if y'all have noticed it but there has been a lot of negativity in the blog and twitter world lately. Seriously, every time I log in to blogger there's a post about how to blog, what to write about, what not to do, etc. I don't know about y'all, but my blog doesn't have rules. I will write about whatever I want. Same goes for twitter. Unfollow someone if you don't like what they're tweeting. Trust me, it'll make your timeline and your day a whole lot better.

So, that leads me in to me, my blog, why I do it every day.... 
What Makes Savanah Smile started in January of 2010. It started as a Project 365 blog where I just posted my picture of the day every day. I never read blogs before I created my account. I just thought blogger was a good domain to organize everything and I could send family the link. In May of that year, I decided I couldn't keep up. At my sisters graduation party at the beginning of June, several people asked me why I wasn't posting anymore. The more I thought about it I decided I should just post whenever I could, whatever I wanted. I wanted to keep my family and friends up to date about what's going on down here in Houston since we're 5 hours away from them. I should also mention that during this 6 months of blogging I had probably 5 followers. And usually when I posted I had 0 comments. But that's not what I started for. People would comment on the link I posted on facebook, people would text me... that's what mattered. They were reading. That little follower button didn't mean anything. 

July 19th was the day I decided to change my blog to a "real" blog and I wrote my first post.
But, if you've noticed, I've never changed what my main focus of blogging is. ME. MY LIFE.
I get a text from my mom every day that I don't blog. My blog posts on my facebook feed every single day. It's not all about all the people out there in the interwebs. My main focus is me and keeping my family in the loop of my life with pictures and stories that wouldn't necessarily come across over a text or phone conversation.  And don't get me wrong, it thrills me that so many of y'all who have never met me follow along every day. The comments I get, the support that's given, it's amazing. But I also have to keep it real. I'm not going to post something just because I think someone out there might find it interesting. I'm going to post things that I will want to remember next year when I look back at my blog. I love looking back at my blog from when I first started and seeing the pictures I took, the trips I went on, and my stories about my day.

Yes I do link ups, yes I do sponsored posts and yes I do giveaways. My weekly linkup I do, I was doing before I started having a link up. I got comments about it so I decided to let people link up if they wanted to. I post my cell phone pics every week anyway, so why not? IT's ME! No, I can't always comment on every single person who links up but that's life. I have a job, I'm planning a wedding, I have a family and 2 cats to take care of and I just can't always do it. And if you've ever linked up and I haven't commented on your blog, I'm sorry. It just can't happen every week. And yes, sponsored posts happen here in my little piece of the internet too. If it's something I use and actually like, why not get paid to write about it? I'll never take money from someone and rave about a product if I don't actually like it. Sorry. And giveaways. Yup, those happen too. Again though, all the giveaways I've done are with products that I use and bought myself previously. Even incorporating these things in to my blog, I still keep it real. Real life. Whether it's for It's OK Thursday, Wedding Wednesday, or giving away a Vera Bradley makeup bag. It's all ME. 

Let me clarify and say, that if any of you reading this don't blog like me, it doesn't mean you are breaking rules. There are no rules. If you want to do a giveaway every day, do it. If you want to link up every day, do it. It doesn't bother me. I may not read every day, but you may not read my blog every day. And let me just throw this out there too... Just because I don't comment, doesn't mean I'm not reading. A lot of times I read from my phone and follow twitter links.And just because I don't respond to every single comment I get, doesn't mean I don't appreciate them. Like I said before, we are all busy. My job consists of being in a car most of the day so I'm not at a computer. When I get home, I want to spend time with my fiance'. Not in front of a computer responding to emails. I think everyone can understand that, right? What's more important for me is actually getting a post up for the next day. After all, that's what I'm here for anyway... Blogging my life.

And let me just touch on the little follower button over there on the right. That number doesn't really mean a whole lot in my situation. Don't get me wrong, it excites me to see it go up and is disappointing to see it go down. But I know that so many more people are reading this blog than that number suggests. I'm pretty sure my mom doesn't even know the button exists. And I was at a wedding this weekend and 2 people came up to and told me how much they love reading my blog (Shout out to Lindsey and Shaudi!). They're girls I know in real life and have met through John and his friends. They aren't "followers" of my blog, but they are reading every day. That's what matters. 

Something that I've learned about blogging over the past 2 1/2 years is there will always be people who will try to tear you down. You'll get rude comments. You'll see people try to tell you to follow their rules. You'll see the mean girls and cliques. I've seen it all. And all I can do is continue to remember why I started blogging way back when. It wasn't to have 1000 followers, have 50 comments every day, or even to make friends (even though I've made some best friends from it). It was for me, to be my scrapbook of my life.




22 comments:

Leslie said...

I love this post so much Savanah! I try to keep my blog about me too, it's why I started it.. and it's what I want to look back and see. So much drama has been going on in the blog world about posts.. and people need to remember why they started blogging in the first place. Keep doing what you're doing!! :)

Molly Jac said...

I love this. So so much. Blogging has put so much pressure on me lately I've been trying to step back and post when I want to post, what I want to post, and of people read...great! If they don't, like you said...that's not why we blog anyway.

I feel like blogging is becoming a who had more followers, comments, etc etc. Sometimes I even catch myself wishing Had some of the things other bloggers do and start feeling how shitastic my blog is. That's when I had to reevaluate why I was doing.

I love you stick true to yourself and never let the negativity get in the way. I couldn't have written this post better myself. So glad you posted it because I've been feeling the same way.

Emily said...

nail on the head - love this, I could not have said it better!

Apples AndGlue said...

Love this post, it's well said and clearly articulates why I got back into blogging. That said, I wish I had your confidence to let everyone know about my blog - I worry someone in real life will find mine and I'll be embarrassed. Not sure why.

Whitney said...

Savanah, this post is why I love you! You gave me the push that I needed to really not care about what others think. I really appreciate that!

Jennifer said...

I couldn't have said it better myself Savs! I love you, your blog and your heart. You are a true friend and I'm so glad we met through blogging.
Blogging has always been for me and I know its the same for you. It's so sad about all the nastiness that's out there right now and the people that attempt to make themselves feel better by putting down others.

Jodi said...

WELL SAID!!!! I totally agree w/ you and I'm happy that I manage to stay out of all the blog and twitter drama. I really don't care how many followers I have. My blog is a keepsake for me!!

Suze said...

Love this- well said! I agree- too many chiefs telling everyone how to blog. Judgey, judgey- not cool! I love your blog, I love to blog, and I love reading blogs. That's all that matters, really.

Tamara @ T {times} Three said...

I've been feeling the negativity too... it is like it has turned into a race! And it shouldn't be like that at all! I am so glad that you have stayed true to why you blog... it keeps me coming back every day!

Carissa said...

I love this post!!! I hate the negative comments people leave on my page from time to time! I feel the same way, its my blog and if you don't like it then don't read it!!! I love to read the different blogs as well, I keep up with a variety! I used to have an app that was good when I had an andriod phone now I have to find a new reader app for my iphone that I like so I can read on the go! Does anyone have any suggestions so I can keep up on reading blogs from my iphone>>>

Katie said...

I've seen a lot of posts like this lately, and a lot of posts like you describe; telling people what the blogger rules are and such. It all makes me kind of mad and sad at the same time. There are no rules for blogging. Everyone has their own style, and that's perfectly fine because what it comes down to is that your blog is a personal space that happens to be available to almost anyone with internet access.
The good news is that nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head, forcing them to read a blog they don't like. The bad news is that social media has given everyone the opportunity to say whatever the heck they feel like, so matter how insensitive and unnecessary it may be.
Like you say, I blog for me first and foremost. Whether it's to have a pretend journalism career, or to be able to look back on our life, or to share something I think is interesting or important or whatever. I love when other people are interested in what I write, but I'd still do it even if nobody ever read or commented.
I just wish all the nastiness and pettiness would go away. There is no need for it, and no place for it here. You and I may have different blog styles, but that doesn't mean I love your blog any less! Our differences are what make life interesting. Keep on rocking that blog, girl! Luv ya!

Meghan said...

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! I've been really disheartened lately with what blogging has become, but I suppose I should look at it from another perspective. I blog differently than others, and that's ok. I do it for me, and I would still do it if no one read it. I am glad there is someone else out there who feels the same! :)

Krystal said...

=] Love. We have similar messages with our blogs -- mine is linked on my FB too for family/friends. Sure, I do sponsors and linkups as well ... but mainly it's for me to document things for people that I actually know. It's a nice bonus that other people are out there that care!

Christa said...

I totally agree with you! I mainly just blog so I can remember everything that has happened in my life.

Cole said...

Amen, girl! I'd much prefer to read something real than what people want me to hear. And if they're having a week when the only thing they can manage is two link-ups instead of "real" posts - that's cool too. :-)

Kiley said...

Wonderful post. Couldn't have put it better! :D

Vicki said...

I love you. This post is amazinggggg :)

Ashlee Miller said...

Such a great post Savanah! Thank you for posting this! I heart you!!

Wil Harris said...

You said said a mouthful and it was good! My sisters and I have only been blogging since February but we've learned a lot. We blog mostly about fashion because that's what we love and want to share our ideas and thoughts about all things fashion. We love and follow all kinds of blogs. Blogging is like one big melting pot of diversity. Each one is different and lovely in its own right. Great post!

Carly Ann said...

Um, I noticed that too! I feel like the past couple weeks the blogosphere has turned into this weird catty place. Like, I read one person's post and am like "wow, they are obviously calling someone out" and then the next post is clearly a retort to the last one. How bizarre. It feels like high school a little bit.

Heather said...

I love love love this post. This week has been hell in the blogger world. I almost got to the point where I just wanted to shut off Twitter and stay off social media all week. Like you, I'm so tired of people telling me how to blog. If you don't like what I post then DON'T FOLLOW ME. At the moment I'm incredibly glad I have a small blog and that I personally don't get caught up in all the drama. I have a life outside the internet, sadly some don't.

Stay strong and don't let anyone get you down :).

Melissa said...

amen! i was feeling the same exact way this week and this post just made everything better. xoxoxo

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