BLOGS: What Do You Think?

Why do YOU read a blog?

I'm curious to know.

I had an interesting conversation with my friend Bethany about a month ago. I was expressing some of my dissolution with my own blog...and general boredom on the computer screen. She expressed that besides 2-3 blogs, she had stopped reading the large list she had accumulated in the past.

I confess, I have a similar story. You'll see on my blogroll, that I have around 70 blogs that I "follow". That WAS legitimately true up until about 4 months ago. While I still check in on most of my blogroll friends, and skim some content...I just find myself craving reading a book, rather than reading a computer screen.

I got to thinking...why do I read the ones I do...and why did I stop reading (besides maybe a quick skim) the others? Well it certainly has nothing to do with ANY of the blogs on my blogroll being sub-par. I highly respect every author on that list from content to blog design. Truly talented and thoughtful people, on every level.

 

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That being said, it may have been as simple as being too busy...life has sped up some and my computer time is limited. Thus, I just crave content that I actually absorb and think about during the day.

OR maybe even more, ahem...controversial...did we OD on blogs this year as a society?

Most people I talk to, are tired of computers, cell phones, social media and just want a little peace (maybe this is a, ya know, "dream of the 1890's Is Alive in Portland" kinda deal, but I have a feeling it's a national sentiment). I see friends around me unplugging cable, reducing their data plans and trying to write more letters. Maybe the speed in which we communicate and rapid responses/imagery of the "blog-o-sphere" have started to drain us...rather than inspire?

There isn't a firm answer to that question. Let me make it clear, I STILL love the blog world and all the blogs on my blogroll. Blogging has leveled the playing field and allowed everyone to have a voice. THAT is rad.

However, what ever happened to working really hard...putting in the hours, getting the college degree...staying up endless nights writing a novella...biting your nails waiting to hear from a publisher and then SEEING your book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble. Is that better than self publication, I'm not sure...probably not! I'm not saying either way, but have we lost a little hold on reality perhaps? Aren't there still some situations where an expert SHOULD be telling us what's good enough to click "post" on...and what's not?

Here's a funny SNL sketch, touching on this very subject!

Am I that wise old owl to judge? No way. I'm just posing questions here. I suppose it's a question of balance and quality control. It's great you can grow an audience without the help of the "big wigs" so to speak...but then, have we shattered a fragile eco-system along the way?

I think the answer is probably not, but sometimes I worry I'm just playing at a game that I don't really know how to be a part of, does that make sense? I really like looking at pretty things, however maybe I'm craving some more interesting content. I mostly speak of myself when I say that. Sometimes it just feels like the same old thing...nobody really needs another DIY doily or mason jar tutorial do they? (although I will confess I love that stuff)

Time for a blog face lift I say! I don't know what Jarfly will become...and it could be that I start an entirely different blog to keep things fresh, and continue to use this as a professional outlet. Who knows...but if I'm going to continue to contribute to this on-line mess of information, I want it to be worth something.

So...once again I pose the question: WHY do you read the blogs that you read? WHY (without naming the blog, or indicating who with a description) did you drop a blog? WHAT is your FAVORITE blog?

I Looooovvvveee my little audience and I love comments, I'm curious your thoughts. That means you BETHANY WECKS, and that means all of you!

-Jenni