It’s been good to get back into a routine of writing and commenting, years after I stopped doing either of those things with any sort of urgency or regularity. I’ve missed this part of blogging, and it’s been reassuring to see blogging is, in many ways, quite similar to how it was when I started.
But in even more ways, it’s vastly different. A few weeks ago I cleaned out my Bloglovin’ feed. Many of the blogs in my list were gone, private, or hadn’t been updated in months or even years.
And I grieved.
Blogging, which by nature is public and archived, measures starkly the changes of its own landscape. It’s easier here than in other environments to see how it’s developed from what it was previously, and for those of us who blogged before sponsors and advertisements and brand collaborations and most link-ups, I think it can sometimes be disorienting. Maybe it is for everyone; maybe even those who started blogging after those elements had celebrated their advent feel it’s changed drastically in even that time. I couldn’t say.
I loved this post from Kerri about feeling lost and the choice to keep blogging. She concisely and eloquently wrote everything I’ve felt for a while now. It’s encouraging to know I’m not the only person who revisits their space and is determined to keep creating in it and for it and through it. Blogging, really, is the creation of art and community in one, in a way we will never understand and that regularly floors me.
So 31 Days has been a lovely exercise in rejoining that world with consistency and creativity. It’s been refreshing to come each day or every two days to this space and brainstorm what to write and share. I’m looking forward to continued work, writing, and community here.
What would you say is the most drastic change of blogging since you’ve begun? Do you sometimes feel disoriented in the new landscape?