It is the perfect creative outlet for me. It has replaced a lot of my television time. And unfortunately, reading time. I am still reading, but I tend to read online more then I do books and magazines these days. Call me crazy but sometimes, I really just miss the smell of a magazine or book fresh off newsstand. Computers don't quite have that effect do they?
I often wonder about this unique world blogging. Everyone has their own style, their own approach, their own things to write about. And no matter what people write about, someone will read it and find it interesting. There is a blog for about everything out there. I have yet to really explore blogs outside of the realm of horses, families, pets, mommy blogs, photography and some home decor/interior design blogs, or some that focus on everything about life in general. Now that I type out that list, I see I have visited quite the variety of blogs!
Have you ever noticed that a blog that you enjoyed reading....just up and disappeared one day? I have, a couple of times. I always wonder what happened. I hope nothing bad happened to them, and they just lost interest in blogging or had things come up that prevented them from continuing to blog.
Most bloggers I read have been around just a couple of years. That makes sense, as blogging is a fairly recent invention. Do you think we will still be blogging in five years? Ten years? Twenty? Do you think you will be blogging for a long time?
I wonder how blogging will change? Will it become more interactive? It is such a great place to be entertained, to network, to make friends, and to find information. Some people use blogging to make money and are very successful at it. Others don't. Yet others might like to make money off their blogs, but aren't sure how to go about it. It doesn't matter to me what someones intent for blogging is. As long as I enjoy what I am reading and seeing, I am happy, whether the blog is full of advertisements or not. Do you ever click on ads on blogs?
Blogging is contagious. It tends to have the ripple effect. First I read a few horse blogs. Then I started mine. Then my sister Paint Girl started hers. She has a private blog for friends and family. I think it'd be great if she went public as she always has funny animal stories to tell. But with 13 pets to take care of, a full-time job, and her own cowboy, she is a busy gal. Maybe someday I can convince her to give it a go! Many of my other family members are now blogging as well, as many of you may know. Note: At times I may claim to not be related to them! I will take a DNA test to prove this! But seriously, it's a great way for us to keep up on each other's lives, since we don't get together as often as we'd like, especially with our horses.
I'd better stop there. I can talk about blogging all day. I'm sure many eyes would roll and yawns would be stifled. What are your thoughts and questions on blogging? For you, is it just a hobby, a paying enterprise, a paying hobby, or, like it is for me, an obsession? And do you think you could quit cold turkey? Is there anything you wish would change about the blogging world? Has your own personal path of blogging changed since you've started, and where would you like to see it go?
Happy blogging, everyone!