Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Revisiting Why I Blog

I just want to take a minute and revisit this post I wrote last July -- "Why I Blog"

Go ahead, go read it, you'll really enjoy it!

Lately I've been feeling very torn about blogging. Do I follow the trend and take sponsors, do group giveaways, sponsor blogs myself...? It seems like that's what everyone is doing and I thought maybe I should do it to. If everyone else is going to make money off their blog, why not do it too?

I've been torn on where I want this blog to go and what I want to stand for when I write. I don't want to be that blog for y'all that you skip over because it's another sponsored post or another group giveaway. I don't want that. I don't want that for me, my memories, or for our family and friends who are reading every day.

But then I think... that's how everyone else is doing it. It's back and forth in my head constantly. Then I went back to that post I wrote last July and I got my answer.

I'm not doing this to have 1000 followers over there on the right. I'm not doing this to make money. I'm not doing this to make friends. I'm doing it for me, for my memories.

What actually really struck me to write this post was a few emails I exchanged with Mandell the past few days. She said, "Man, it's a lot of working trying to put together a decent blog! I don't know how you do it!"

And since some of you might be thinking the same thing, I want to share what I told her. "I focus on MY blog. I comment when I can and respond to comments when  I can, but my main focus is documenting my life for me and my family. So that's my first goal when I sit down at the computer. Then if I have other time, I'll comment and respond."

That mindset isn't for everyone though and not everyone is going to agree with it. But it's my blog, my life, and my writing. Yes, you'll be deeper in the blogging community and have more blogging friendships if you "mingle". But I don't have time for that! My number one priority is my marriage. Going home, getting on the computer and commenting on blogs and responding to comments, isn't the way John and I are going to grow our marriage and relationship. The evenings are our time together and like I said in July's post, my main priority is getting my own post written. Most of the time I get those knocked out during the weekend so we have our evenings together.

So, like I wanted Mandell to know, there is no "right" way to blog. If you want to take sponsors, take sponsors. If you want to do giveaways every day, do them. If you want to just blog and not ever comment, fine. It's your blog and you do with it what you want to do!!

And now that I've gone on a little rant, the main focus of this post was to tell y'all that starting today, we're going back to the basics over here at What Makes Savanah Smile... 

True, raw, real, from the heart posts. 

THAT's what I want to remember next year when I'm reading back on my blog. Not the big group giveaway of the week. Not the random pinterest pictures I found. Not a sponsored post for something I will never use.

I truly appreciate everyone who reads my blog every day... family, friends, blog friends and all those other people out in the internet world I don't know about. Your comments mean the world to me even if I don't get to say Thank you every time you leave one.

And if you aren't yet, I hope some things I've said here will help you get to where you want to be in your blogging adventure. Just write from the heart... Those are the posts that I want to read. Those are what grab my attention and make me want to comment on your blog and follow your story....


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25 comments:

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

This is why I come back day after day - I am interested in what is going on in YOUR life - not your sponsor's! I love your blog and am so grateful to have met you through this crazy blogging world!

Kristen Alexis said...

I am in the same boat as you. Although you have a much bigger following...I'm torn whether to join the money part of blogging or just keep it simple and all about me, which is why I started blogging. I love your blog regardless. By the way, who did your design? I'm looking for a blog facelift. :)

Vicki said...

I adore you ... and this post is amazing. I love reading about YOU and YOUR life ... a sponsored post here or there is cool ... but when it takes away from YOUR voice then I feel like its not fun anymore, ya know? When I moved to WP I promised myself I was going to lesson the linkup posts and try to post more ME stuff ... I think I've succeeded for the most part. I think our blogs should be a reflection of US not a bunch of sponsors/other people, ya know? It's all about balance :) LOVE YOU!

Veronica @ Passion, Pink & Pearls said...

Great reminder! I agree hands down! It's good to hear others feel the same way :)

Holly Higgins said...

Thank you for posting this as I've been thinking a lot about this myself lately. I think that I got a little lost the past few months and obsessed with trying to be one of the cool kids that I forgot the real reason I started blogging. Thanks for the reminder!

Jessica said...

Amen. Do what makes YOU happy, not what everyone else is doing. I actually prefer a plan (if you want to call it that) blog over all those sponsors, and giveaways, and other stuff. I just want to relate to a normal person like me who has similar interests & real life experiences which is why I would say, "Stay just the way you are, because that is what we all love about Savanah"
:)

Rachel said...

Great post! I struggled with this too but then I thought, if other people can do it, why not me? So I decided I would take sponsors etc. I don't wait it to me the main focus of my blog though, like you are saying, but I do a few sponsored post or giveaways once and awhile!

Lindsay said...

Another great post! I needed this reminder.

A few years before I started blogging at my current blog, I wrote on a personal blog that like, hardly anyone read and it was fantastic! Then, I was "discovered" by a very popular blogger with a huge following and was asked to join the team as a contributing writer with my own page on that blog. After a while, I started to feel A LOT of pressure to post ALL.THE.TIME, to say/not say certain things, etc. Ultimately, THAT is why I left that blog, it became WAY too much and I didn't enjoy it anymore.

I find myself apologizeing all the time on my current blog because "I'm not posting enough" and this post made me realize that there is no need for that! I blog for myself and my family and my memories. Sometimes, that means posting more often and sometimes that means not posting a lot and that is OK! Sometimes I miss all of the people who found me and supported me on the popular blog, but really.. this low key blog is much more enjoyable.. and with no pressure!

So, thanks again for the reminder! :)

Jodi said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I've been saying the same things since Blissdom. I don't want to do sponsors/big group giveaways or all that other jazz. It is just too much work. I want my blog to be a scrapbook of my life. If people think it is boring then oh well. At least I'll have it as a keepsake for me! Love your blog and I'll keep reading for sure!!!

Sarah said...

I LOVE this. I wholeheartedly agree. I wouldn't turn down awesome sponsored "fits" for your blog (e.g. a product you use daily wants you to do a short write-up in return for free product--I saw go for it!), but I agree with the massive giveaways, and blog sponsors with sidebar ads. Amen.

Maura said...

love this Savanah!!! everyone gets so caught up in the blog world, it's refreshing just to see someone wanting to record their life!

Leslie said...

I absolutely love this post, and couldn't agree with you more. I blog for ME. My memories, my feelings, and my raw emotions. Getting back to basics is going to be the new trend.. there's a bunch of people jumping on board here lately and I couldn't be more excited!

MintedPlus said...

I love so much about this post! So much of what you touched on is why I started a new blog. It is my random little space on the web with no strings attached. Perfection!

Kasey said...

This is why I love you and your blog. I see so much "sponsor me" and group giveaways that it totally puts me off. I like seeing good ol fashioned posts. I don't always comment but I'm trying to get better at it.

I've been trying to get back into blogging after taking a long hiatus. I find myself saying "no one will read that" but I need to remember that my blog is about ME, for ME. If people read, great! I love connecting with others. If they don't, I need to remind myself that it's okay!

Kathryn said...

I feel the same way 100%. I like reading blogs to learn about people's personality, what's on their mind, and hopefully make connections with others if I write something they can relate to or vice versa. I don't want to get dragged down worrying about sponsors.

Nichole said...

Amen, chickie!

Tickled Pink Mandy said...

This was great to read. I've been tossing and turning about the sponsoring thing as well. It seems like everyone is doing it, so I felt like I needed to be doing it too. I don't want to get caught up in the "game" of blogging... so I'm with you- just doing it for me! :)

Ashley said...

This is a great post, something that has been on my mind lately too. Sometimes I feel bad when I don't get a chance to read and comment on other blogs and "mingle", but like you said real life comes first! I'm sure everyone understands that :)

Cayla Hess said...

New follower and I am already obsessed with you! Hope that's not too stalkerish ;) I'm a fellow cat-mama, and your wedding was breathtaking! I just got married last summer and we honeymooned at Secret Silversands. Reading over your wedding posts I did a million double takes because it looked JUST like our resort...same restaurant names and all!!

This post is amazing. I'm at the same crossroads. I have a tiny follower count and go back and forth on the sponsor thing, but I stand firm that my blog is for me, to document my life. Besides, I'd rather have real readers who "know" me then a few thousand followers who never spend the time to read what I write. It's so nice to hear I'm not the only one who goes back and forth on this :)

Have a wonderful day, Savanah!

Rachel said...

I love that you blog about you and you are not concerned about follower count and sponsors. I'm so bad about commenting on blogs I read (I read yours frequently, and am ashamed to admit I don't always comment). :( A lot of times I'm reading from my phone and it's just a pain to try and comment from there. I don't have a huge follower count, but I get enough responses that I know people are reading it. I also blog to keep track of what I have done, or what my friends have done. It's fun going back and re-reading old posts and remembering good times.

Hope you have a blessed weekend, and keep on blogging!

:)
Rachel
http://www.averyfan.blogspot.com/

Ashley R said...

This is why I blog too- and I am so glad to be preserving memories. :) <3

Heather said...

I LOVE THIS POST BEYOND WORDS!!!! For a while there, I lost my way with my blog. I was tired of reading sponsored posts, the constant giveaways, and the holier than thou attitudes. But then I realized why I blog...for ME. I want to be able to come back to my blog in 5 years from now and read about what me and Nate were doing before we got married and what season of life I was in. I DON'T want to look back on my blog and see that I was blogging for others!

LWLH said...

Amen to this!
I've struggled with this over the last year while it seems blogs have shifted in a different direction. I questioned alot of the things you did and I came to pretty much the same conclusion. I'm not here to make money off my blog or become blog famous but if I meet a couple cool people along the way, that's awesome.

It's about priorities and even though I love blogging and documenting and sharing our lives, it's also important for us to live one.

Sara Lynn said...

I love this post! I feel like some of my used to be favorite blogs are nothing but pinterest and giveaways. Therefore, I hardly ever read them anymore unless it looks like a REAL post. I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading more!

Tanya said...

I can relate to this post! Sometimes I get caught up in trying to get more of a following in the "blog world". Then I remember that I am blogging to record my own memories.

I love reading your blog! It makes me remember my Texas roots while we live in the UK. Keep sharing from the heart! :)

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