What Is Happening To Blogging?


I have wanted to post about this topic for a while now.

Has anyone else besides me noticed an overall ‘shift’ in blogging throughout the Internet lately?

Some things I've noticed:

-People seem to be blogging less or have stopped blogging altogether.
-The way in which people use this media has drastically changed.

Eight years ago, when I first started on this social media, it was all about forming a dialogue and community. Yet, I’ve noticed that over the past year, blogging seems to be turning into a single experience in which many bloggers are writing posts and then not discussing them, thus, there is no sense of community. And I’m not just talking about discussion on their blog, I’m also referring to them contributing discussion on other peoples’ blog.

Even if a blogger uses their blog as a business, they are not going to generate any business unless they know how to form a strong sense of community and dialogue first. And a perfect example of how I know this is because of a professional blog I read called, Young House Love. Author's, Sherry and John Petersik, get anywhere from 200-300 comments per post and post anywhere from 3-4 times per week, and yet they still take the time to respond to a great deal of those comments. But not only that, the real key to their success is that they know how to form a sense of community by making everyone who visits their blog feel like they are included. Granted, they run a business blog so that's their livelihood. However, I read many professional business blogs who don't even come close to the way Sherry and John have formed a community. I've never seen two professional bloggers work with such dedication and heart. They are truly an inspiration.

Yes, I realize that blogging takes a certain amount of commitment and energy, so perhaps people are getting so busy that they don’t have time anymore. Yet, I think people have always been busy, so I don't feel that is the whole reason.

If a blogger chooses to stop blogging because they have lost interest; takes a break from blogging; their lives have changed in some way so they can't blog anymore; or they simply don’t have anything to say or share any longer, I can totally understand and honor those reasons. But what I can’t understand are bloggers who continue to blog, but blog as if their eating at a fast-food restaurant and dining for one.

Partially, I think it has to do with so many other social media platforms that have been created, which have greatly impacted online communication to a ‘quick social fix’ by using only a few words or posting a photograph. I also think that these social media’s have caused a distraction from blogging because people are so busy socializing, generating more business, and getting more followers through these other platforms that they can’t concentrate on blogging, which is where the meat and potatoes really are.

I think people are getting impatient and bored with blogging because it's not quick enough for them.

I’ve also noticed that commenting on blogs has slowly diminished to clicking the ‘like’ button. All I see lately on a lot of blogs are ‘likes’ and less and less communicating. And I can’t help but think to myself, “Did any of those 20 people actually take the time to READ the post or did they just do a ‘drive-thru’ liking?”

The whole landscape of blogging seems to be changing. What used to be a media of quality online community and discussion is becoming more of a Tweet, a Like, or a form of solo-blogging masturbation.

I know we’re all different, so we are drawn to different online social media’s. But for me, blogging is (and will always be) my favorite form of online socializing because it’s all about quality not quantity. And I also find it extremely creative and inspiring.

Look, I can’t say that I will always blog because there may come a time when I feel the desire to stop. Yet please know, that for however long I do continue to blog, you have my word that I will always blog with a sense community and discussion because that’s what blogging means to me. And that’s what blogging will ALWAYS mean to me.

And I thank you all for being a part of this community.

You are greatly appreciated!

62 comments

  1. Bravo! Unfortunately, Ron, not every blogger is or ever has been part of the blogging community. I come to that conclusion because I often see well-written blogs that have none or few comments. It's as if the reader thinks okay, she/he's said his piece, that's her/his opinion, and toddle off to the comfort of their own blog without offering a response. You have always been different, and I say that in the most respectful way, because you give off airs in your writing that encourage a response. I wish I had that knack.


    I must admit that lately I have run out of things to say...and you can understand why that is. Not getting out in the wide world is very limiting when it comes to subject matter.


    You are right in the assumption that social media is responsible for the drop in posting, it is so much easier to 'like' something than to have a full blown conversation. I am opposed to doing that ever since I did it (once) and saw my name in various other places, announcing the fact that I 'liked' something. I was so appalled I never used it again.


    Anyway, it's the start of another lovely week weather-wise so enjoy. Oooh I just looked back... honestly, don't I just go on...and o... xx

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  2. I've been blogging almost as long as you have - since mid-2006 - and what I most treasure about it is the sense of community. Sure it's a sort of personal journal for me and a way to hold on to the things that happen in my life. But it would be far less enjoyable if I didn't have the sense of sharing my life with people and getting to share in theirs in return. My blog doesn't even have a like button so people either comment or don't. I can't say I understand the choice not to respond to comments. I always do. I'm touched when someone takes a moment to leave a comment and not answering would be a bit like turning my head away when someone says hi to me. I am trying to figure out how to get answers to also go to people's email so they get my response whether or not they come back to check.


    I've also found that I become more attached to people who respond to the comments I leave. And when the relationship feels more reciprocal. There are some blogs I've stopped reading either because every post is pitching some product or because they don't visit my blog in return. I know their are popular blogs where it seems very one-sided and the person just seems to collect followers but not really engage back in return. I don't have a lot of time for that in my "real" life and I don't want it here either.


    All that said, I do think some people blog for a while then run out of steam. Over the years I've felt a little sad when I blogger I'd been conversing with just stops blogging. I get losing interest or energy, but it still makes me sad. Personally, I'm so overwhelmed right now that I'm having a hard time carving out the time to blog. And I don't like to write posts if I don't have time to be reading the blogs I like. But I see it as a temporary lull and know that when I get some order here I'll be back into more regular involvement in the blog world.

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  3. I agree with you Secret Agent Woman, it is frustrating when people don't respond. I try to respond to everyone who comments on my blog, after all if they took the time and trouble to visit then it's only courtesy to acknowledge them. I don't understand why people 'follow' yet never visit. If you do find a way to email our own responses I hope you will let us all know.

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  4. Rob LenihanJune 23, 2014

    Excellent post, Ron. I think you do a fantastic job of creating a blogging community. I have "met" so many other bloggers because of you--I'm a part of the Ron-i-verse!


    I believe Twitter and Facebook have taken away from blogging as people become more impatient and look to get their message out as quickly and briefly as possible.


    I only blog once a week, which I suppose is pretty sparse, but I do my best to keep to that schedule and i tend to write longer posts. I'd like to post more often, but i have other commitments that keep me from doing so.


    I've been blogging for nearly 10 years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I started at a very bad time in my life--no job, father suffering from dementia--so blogging was my lifeline to the outside world in a way that Twitter or Facebook could never be.


    Thanks for being such a strong supporter of the community. You are most definitely greatly appreciated!


    Take care!

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  5. People blog for different reasons and often the reason changes as time goes on. I don't blog as often as I did four years ago. Now, I blog when I have something to say rather than to say something. However, I do make a point of responding to all comments left on my blog...sometimes the same day, sometimes not.
    My reason for changes is because I was spending so much time writing posts and in blogging communities I was not working on other writing projects and books. It was time for me to make changes.
    I don't plan on shutting down my blog, but there will probably be a time I make more changes, whether it be an increase in posts or not.

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  6. Ron, excellent post! As you know, I don't have a blog but am a blog reader, and I read a lot of blogs, so I too have noticed a shift in blogging. Yours is one that I will always comment on because you have wonderful way of making your readers feel welcomed and appreciated. And you also always respond to comments, which many bloggers don't do. But what I've noticed is that the bloggers who do respond to comments have a very loyal readership. It's as you said, it forms a dialogue which allows readers to feel included in their community. Not only do I enjoy reading your posts, but I also enjoy reading what everyone else shared.


    It's true, I see more likes on blogs than I do comments and have thought, are these people really reading the post?


    So keep on blogging the way you do, Ron. I appreciate it.


    Have a wonderful week x

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  7. Ron, I forgot to mention in my first comment that I also read Young House Love. Isn't it a great blog?

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  8. Goooood morning Valerie!

    " not every blogger is or ever has been part of the blogging community. I come to that conclusion because I often see well-written blogs that have none or few comments. It's as if the reader thinks okay, she/he's said his piece, that's her/his opinion, and toddle off to the comfort of their own blog without offering a response."

    Yes, I often see the same thing myself. And yes, I do understand that not everyone is part of the blogging community and that they simply blog to say their piece. However, those are blogs I usually won't read or comment on. Especially if I am a first time commenter and take the time to leave a comment and then the author doesn't even take the time to acknowledge it (in fact, that just happened to me recently). I'm different I suppose, but I read a blog for discussion and community. I mean, that's why a blog has a comment section, a blog is not static website. If a blogger chooses to not respond to comments, then I think the comments should be turned off.

    "I must admit that lately I have run out of things to say...and you can understand why that is. Not getting out in the wide world is very limiting when it comes to subject matter."

    Yes, I totally understand. TOTALLY. However, when you do blog, you always blog QUALITY. And that's what matters.

    " it is so much easier to 'like' something than to have a full blown conversation. I am opposed to doing that ever since I did it (once) and saw my name in various other places, announcing the fact that I 'liked' something. I was so appalled I never used it again."



    Which is why I don't have a "Like" button on my blog.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic, dear lady. Muchly appreciated. And thank you for your kind words.


    Have a super week!


    X to you and Joe!

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  9. "and what I most treasure about it is the sense of community. Sure it's a sort of personal journal for me and a way to hold on to the things that happen in my life. But it would be far less enjoyable if I didn't have the sense of sharing my life with people and getting to share in theirs in return."


    Yes, I feel exactly the same way :) Blogging would be FAR less enjoyable if I didn't have a sense of sharing (and communicating) my life with people and getting to share theirs in return. Also, I am very often inspired by other bloggers through what they share on their blog. Blogging teaches me so much.


    "I've also found that I become more attached to people who respond to the comments I leave. And when the relationship feels more reciprocal. I know their are popular blogs where it seems very one-sided and the person just seems to collect followers but not really engage back in return. I don't have a lot of time for that in my "real" life and I don't want it here either."


    LOVE how you said that! And that, to me, is what blogging has always been about - engagement.


    And yes, as I shared, I do understand if a blogger runs out of steam and stops blogging. Like you, it makes me sad as well. In fact, that just happened with someone I used to blog with, he stopped blogging and it did make me sad but I respected his choice. I mean sometimes that happens.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this topic, girl. Muchly appreciated. And I totally understand that you're busy right now with your new home and can't blog as much. However, when you do blog, you always blog with quality posts and a sense of community. Thank you.


    Have a super week!


    X

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  10. Yes, Babs...that's why I LOVE Disqus!

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  11. Hey there Rob!

    Thank you for your kind words :) And I am soooo happy to hear that you met many other bloggers through this blog, because that's what it's about...sharing the community and making it wider. Also, you have a great blog and write in such a unique way that bloggers should be reading your blog :)

    "I only blog once a week, which I suppose is pretty sparse, but I do my best to keep to that schedule and i tend to write longer posts. I'd like to post more often, but i have other commitments that keep me from doing so."

    As I shared, I think it's quality not quantity. And you ALWAYS blog with quality.

    "I've been blogging for nearly 10 years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I started at a very bad time in my life--no job, father suffering from dementia--so blogging was my lifeline to the outside world in a way that Twitter or Facebook could never be."



    WOW...you've been blogging for TEN years? I don't think I knew that. Way to go!


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this topic, buddy. Muchly appreciated. And please know how glad I am to have met you through blogging. You da' BOMB!


    Have a super week!


    X

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  12. Ron, I LOVE this! I've been thinking the same thing, my friend, but you said it WAY better than I could.
    I'm conflicted over that "Like" button. While I'm grateful that folks took the time to stop by and click on it, I, too, wonder whether they read a single word, whether they just didn't have anything they felt "worthy" of adding, or whether they were too busy to compose a few sentences!
    I love the interaction/communication of blogs. I LOVE getting comments on mine, leaving comments on others', and getting a response from my comments. So different from say, Twitter, where I kind of feel like I'm shouting into an empty football stadium, ha!
    I suppose we all blog for different reasons. And I suppose over time, those reasons change (as do our circumstances). I mean, hey, if your "little" blog with 10 readers suddenly gets Freshly Pressed, you might see readership blossom to the hundreds (and how could anyone keep up with that??) Still, those who do -- like Young House Love -- are definitely worthy of admiration!
    Happy week, my dear!

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  13. Hellooooooo there Debbie!

    "I'm conflicted over that "Like" button. While I'm grateful that folks took the time to stop by and click on it, I, too, wonder whether they read a single word, whether they just didn't have anything they felt "worthy" of adding, or whether they were too busy to compose a few sentences!"

    My feeling is this: If someone clicked the Like button, then they obviously "liked" something, right? Well then, why not say that in comment? I can understand a reader maybe being too busy to leave a comment every once in a while, but what I see happening is that the "like button" is becoming a habit because it's so much easier and quicker to do. Blogging is losing its sense of discussion.

    "I love the interaction/communication of blogs. I LOVE getting comments on mine, leaving comments on others', and getting a response from my comments."

    Me too, because it's creating dialogue and a sense of community. I mean, if I'm going to take time to form online relationships, I want them to be quality relationships in which we talk about things and share.

    "Still, those who do -- like Young House Love -- are definitely worthy of admiration!"



    It totally blows me away by how Sherry and John run their blog. They have TWO children and dog, yet they still take the time to let their readers know that they are being heard. And they share posts that take A LOT time to create. I can't even imagine how long it takes for them to write just one post.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post. Muchly appreciated. Have a SUPER week!


    X

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  14. BenzekneesJune 23, 2014

    I have also noticed this shift Ron! Partly for me because I don't blog as often due to health reasons. I hope once I get on a regimen that agrees with me & addresses my numerous health issues that I will feel more like blogging again.
    I have always made it a point to address every single comment I get on my blog, I think it's only polite. If someone took the time to read what I wrote & comment, they deserve my time back in acknowledgement. I also try to comment on each blog I visit, but have found sometimes I have absolutely nothing to say so I "like" to let them know I stopped by.
    I love the sense of community of blogging & I will miss that if it goes away!

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  15. Hey there Shae!

    " I love blogging and the reason I love it is because I have made some great blogging friends. Without my blogging buddies I dont think my passion for blogging would exist."



    Yes, me as well! I also love to blog because it fulfills a passion in me to express my thoughts, feelings, and my life with others. But the whole idea of blogging is discussion and community, it's not some one-sided thing.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post, my friend. Muchly appreciated...X


    Have a super week!
    X

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  16. You too, Benze? I've been noticing this over the past year and a half, especially.

    Yes, I too love the sense of community of blogging. I mean, that's the wonderful thing ABOUT it - community and discussion.

    "I have always made it a point to address every single comment I get on my blog, I think it's only polite. If someone took the time to read what I wrote & comment, they deserve my time back in acknowledgement. I also try to comment on each blog I visit, but have found sometimes I have absolutely nothing to say so I "like" to let them know I stopped by."



    I TOTALLY understand what you've been going through with your health issues, so you can't blog as often. However, thing the thing about you is that you when you do blog, you blog QUALITY. And you have such a wonderful sense of community; helping and supporting others. You're a great blogger!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. So glad we met through blogging!


    Have a super week and I hope you got some time to relax this weekend after your long week.


    (((((((( You ))))))))


    X

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  17. "or a form of solo-blogging masturbation." ROFLMAO!


    Ron, I love the way you use words and express your thoughts. That was great!


    I've seen the landscape of blogging change over the years too. The thing I have always preferred about blogging compared to other social media's is that it seems to be more genuine. And like you said, quality socializing. But what I see happening is that it's transforming into some of the other media's and also becoming more business driven.


    I read your blog because I get sense of you through what you share. And the icing on the cake is that you response to everyone's comments and make us feel valued and a part of your blog.


    So keep on blogging the way you blog, dude!

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  18. Mark PetruskaJune 23, 2014

    Great topic to address! I've read that blogging is falling off in popularity, largely due to the reasons you've addressed in this post (mostly the fact that people have shorter attention spans than ever nowadays). We're also a society that doesn't read as much, and that just kills me. But what can we do? My own daughter finds history "boring." I minored in history in college. There is a huge disconnect between generations there. Hmm...I've just given myself an idea for a blog post...

    "But for me, blogging is (and will always be) my favorite form of online socializing because it’s all about quality not quantity. And I also find it extremely creative and inspiring."



    Absolutely agree. I've been doing it in one place or another since 2001, and don't ever see myself stopping. I'm a writer at heart and like to share with the world. Even if my readership dwindles to zero, I'll probably still do it FOR ME.


    Hope you have a great week, my friend!

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  19. Hmmm...... I have like a million thoughts racing through my head on this one. LOL

    Yes, I've noticed those things. Many seem to have gotten away from their blogs or are using other social media either in place of or in addition to. For me, having just gotten back to blogging again (if that one quick little hello with 2 photos can be considered getting back to it), I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed actually at where I want to go with it. FB takes a lot of my online social time these days. Since a few of my blog friends have FB pages I'm glad that I have at least gotten to still be connected to them, although I've missed the rest here. I have never invited my family or most personal friends or the high school reconnections to read my blog (for different reasons) so I use FB to keep all those people up to date. I guess it's just been easier for me. Also, those who don't blog, or FB, might be sending me emails.... and that has to be kept up with. I need three extra hours a day... please!

    Also, even though I know you are absolutely dedicated to returning comments... not everyone else is. Myself included, but, yes, I have tried. Thing is, I never know if a person who reads my blog comes back to check for a response OR has subscribed to comments. Is there some way to know that?? I have responded to many, written people privately even, but I have not found that to be something that everyone does or does consistently. Although, I guess that can be said of FB, too.

    You though, are most excellent at the back and forth with readers!!! Excellent!

    So there is also the thought... why do I have to comment on a post that I find rather boring or that I just have no opinion on. I see blogs where the writer is talking about ... uh... just pulling something out the air here (hope to God you didn't use this topic like last week).... ketchup. Or whatever. You know what I mean. Someone will blog about the most ridiculous thing and then their regulars will all be like... OH, that's soooo funny. Or OH, that's just so DEEP. And I'm thinking WTF? Really? She was talking about a tampon commercial (OH, I'm really hoping that someone didn't just post something about that and here I'm dissing a blog I haven't even read, right?! ) LOL You get what I mean though. People don't always have time for that stuff. Sheesh, I really feel like I've insulted someone by using those examples and I'm sorry. Point is, it's not always quality with regard to blogging. The post might have been written with proper punctuation and grammar... but OMG, STFU already about which toothpaste is better (again, OMG, I'm gonna die when I start going through blogs again and have to tell someone that Colgate and Ultrabright are in my bathroom right now and for no reason other than price probably).

    Hmm... I think I have a bad attitude. Haha!

    This was a good post, Ron. Really, you CAN talk toothpaste. It's OK! ;)

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  20. Hiya Matt!

    "But what I see happening is that it's transforming into some of the other media's and also becoming more business driven."

    Yes, me too. Many blogs are becoming more business driven, which is great, but when that becomes all they are, without a sense of community, they lose something for me.

    I realize that not all bloggers respond to comments, however, that's something I have always chosen to do because not only do I enjoy it, but I also think it opens the floor to discussion. Like a conversation.

    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing on this post topic, buddy. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a most excellent week!

    X

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  21. Hey there Mark!

    "I've read that blogging is falling off in popularity, largely due to the reasons you've addressed in this post (mostly the fact that people have shorter attention spans than ever nowadays). We're also a society that doesn't read as much, and that just kills me."

    Yes, I've read that too and it kills me too. I don't read as much when it comes to books, but I do read articles and blogs online, and will often participate in discussion if I feel drawn to do so. So I think I'm still reading, but just not as many books. But there is nothing quite like reading a book, is there?

    "I've been doing it in one place or another since 2001, and don't ever see myself stopping. I'm a writer at heart and like to share with the world. Even if my readership dwindles to zero, I'll probably still do it FOR ME."



    You GO, boy! And I can always feel your passion for writing on blog because I can sense it in words!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy, and for adding your thoughts to this post.


    Have a grrrrrrrrreat week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  22. Hello there Mary!

    WOW...what a comment! And I loved it!

    Yes, I know you love and enjoy Facebook and that's great. Like I shared, everyone is different so we all find a way that we like to socialize online using a different media. And like you said, FB works for you because it easier.

    And as far as responding to comments: To each his own. Some people, like myself, respond, while others do not. But I will say, that I no longer comment on blogs where the blogger doesn't respond to comments. I WILL comment on blogs that I've been reading for a long time (such as yours and others) but if I find a new blog where the author does not respond to comments, sorry, I won't comment. And here's a thought: notice the blogs that you read where the author DOES respond to comments. Because I bet you will see that MOST of those blogs have a LARGE sense of community.

    "So there is also the thought... why do I have to comment on a post that I find rather boring or that I just have no opinion on."

    No, I don't think that you (or anyone) is obligated to comment on a post. If you notice, not everyone comments on all my posts, which is understandable because they might not have anything to share or say. I certainly don't comment on every single post of the blogs I read. What I am referring to are the bloggers who just post on their own blog and seem to never visit or comment on other blogs. It's appears to be too one-sided to me.



    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this topic, my friend. I always enjoy what you share!


    Have a super week, neighbor!
    X

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  23. Hello there Jayne!

    " Interacting with others is the best thing about blogging."

    I so agree with you. The BEST.

    "but I always dialogue with those who are kind enough to stop by and comment on my blog. I'm coming up on five years in August. It's taken my places with my writing that I could have never imagined and I've met the most interesting, fun, inspiring people. A blogger's life for me!"

    Yes you do, Jayne, you always dialogue with those who comment on your blog and I admire that about you. Also, what I admire about you is that you have taken chances, by following your heart and allowing your blog to change and morph as you change and morph.

    Brava, my friend!

    Thanks for stopping by and have a FAB week!

    And blog on!
    X

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  24. Hey ho Robert!

    " because they seem more of a website than blog, which is supposed to be like a forum of discussion."



    Thank you, my sentiments exactly. Blogging used to like a forum in which people shared discussion, but it's not that way anymore.


    I tried Facebook and Twitter once, but never found a use for either of them. However, to each his own because I know MANY people who really, really love them and find a great use. I do use Pinterest, but use it more for research. I've have found so many great things on Pinterest. I don't use it much though, maybe once a week.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic, buddy. And thank you for your kind and supportive words. So glad you're a part of this community. Thank you!


    Have a great week!
    X

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  25. Wow! By the length of the comments, you've really touched a nerve here, Ron! What an interesting topic!

    I agree about the lack of response to commenters. I dislike it as well. I've stopped following people who don't respond to comments coupled with not commenting on my blog. It feels like you are talking to a brick wall. No thanks! And yes, I've also noticed some of the commercialization and the weird posts that are about three sentences long, but they post every day. Um, no. That's not blogging!

    I tend to compartmentalize (is that a word?) my social media. None of my Twitter, Facebook or Blogger mixes. Different friends for different needs in my life. However, I am tempted to 'friend' people who quit blogging because I miss them so much. And it really bothers me when people leave the blogging world without saying goodbye. Or they take down their site without a word of explanation (I think you know who I'm talking about). That just plain worries me.

    Well, I could wax on about this, but let me conclude by saying I love how much thought and time you spend on your posts and comments. Thank you! XO

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  26. "Like". Uh... did you say masturbation? Now I'm going to have to read this again and not just skim. LOL!
    I can so relate to this post. So many of the original bloggers that I started following, well their sites no longer exist. I've taken a break from blogging too, only posting 5 times in 2013. I'm trying to return, and really have a head full of stories. Plus I love to read and comment. Okay, now I'm just rambling.
    I always enjoy your posts, and hope I don't disappoint you, my friend.

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  27. Helloooooooo there Jean!

    "Like". Uh... did you say masturbation? Now I'm going to have to read this again and not just skim. LOL!:

    Bwhahahahahaha! Yes, I did say masturbation :) It's the first word that came to my mind when I wrote this post yesterday and it seemed liked the perfect word for what I meant.

    "I've taken a break from blogging too, only posting 5 times in 2013. I'm trying to return, and really have a head full of stories. Plus I love to read and comment."



    Yes, as I shared, I can totally understand and honor someone taking breaks from blogging for various reasons. And you, my friend, need not worry about disappointing me whatsoever because when you do blog, you blog QUALITY because you post, respond to your comments, and read and leave comments on other blogs. I used to post three times a week, but reduced it to two because it just started to get to be too much between posting, responding to comments, and then reading and commenting on other blogs. Twice a week seems to work for me.


    Much thanks for stopping by, Jean. And thank you for your friendship! Have a super-duper week!

    X

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  28. Ron, I am going to answer before looking at everyone's comments because I want to see how my thoughts differ from others without being swayed. First of all, I think as I'm sure others have said that Facebook has killed the blog. People can post their pictures on facebook now and more people will see the pix than perhaps what their blog would have shown. I have a facebook page and sometimes I don't post pictures i am desperate to share simply because I want to save them for the blog.

    For me, I used to post two to three times a week. Then it just became too much in the last year... so much going on as the kids are getting older. You would think it would be opposite. I feel guilty when I don't post... when I don't get to everyone's blogs... and as you noted, I see many of my favorites aren't posting much either. It just seems to be a lack of time. But I LOVE writing and I plan to keep mine going a while - I don't want to fall out of writing practice.

    You know what also might be taking away from blogs? Netflix. On Demand... all that stuff. People can now watch what they want WHEN they want... I think a lot of people are watching rather than writing.

    I love how you are scheduled... I always know when something new will be here. I think that helps your blog a lot. Your posts are always different, inspiring, thoughtful and FUNNY. You are a champion at this.

    So don't stop blogging. Not yet. I love your writing and pictures too much to have you stop! :)

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  29. Babs... I hope you don't give up. I love your posts!

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  30. Helloooo there Katherine!

    I think you are spot on about Facebook killing the blog (and other social media's as well). And for the reasons you shared. I had a FB account for about a year, but deleted it because I just didn't find any use for it. But hey, it works for some people.

    "For me, I used to post two to three times a week. Then it just became too much in the last year..."

    Same here. I used to post three times a week, but it got to be too much. Twice a week seems to be perfect for me because I enjoy responding to comments and visiting other blogs and commenting as well. Like I shared, it's not the quantity that matters, it's the quality. And I when you do post, you always post quality!

    " But I LOVE writing and I plan to keep mine going a while - I don't want to fall out of writing practice."

    Yaaaaaaaay...I'm so glad to hear that because I love your writing, your photos, and your FAAAAAAAAABULOUS sense of humor!

    "You know what also might be taking away from blogs? Netflix. On Demand... all that stuff. People can now watch what they want WHEN they want... I think a lot of people are watching rather than writing."

    Hey, you know something? I never thought of that but you could be right. That could very well be another reason why people don't blog as much anymore.

    "I love how you are scheduled... I always know when something new will be here."

    For me, a schedule works because it keeps me on my toes to write something or take pictures. Also, it keeps me active in the blogging community. If I didn't make myself post on a schedule, I think I fear that I would get blase about it and gradually not post.

    And no, my friend, I have no immediate plans to stop blogging because I still enjoy it too much. The only reason I mentioned that is because if and when it ever does become something I don't enjoy, I will stop.

    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post. You've added MUCH! And thank you for being within the community and for sharing all that you do!

    Have a super week!

    X

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  31. Hi there Ron! I totally agree with you!! I have been blogging for seven years now and it sure has changed in that time!! Facebook has taken away a LOT of bloggers...as has Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr...you name it! There is SO MUCH social media that people are inundated with it, I believe. It IS hard to keep up with it all!! I know I struggle when I cannot comment on everyone's blogs...it is frustrating to me as I used to enjoy that "sense of community". Now, it seems there is never enough hours in the day. Sadly, I am not getting the sleep I desperately need. I really need to re-think that!! Please continue to blog Ron, as I seriously enjoy YOUR writing so very much!! I value your opinions and your posts are always very thought-provoking!! Thanks for bein' you!! xo Jeanne

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  32. Hey there Jeanne!

    "There is SO MUCH social media that people are inundated with it, I believe. It IS hard to keep up with it all!!"

    It is, isn't it? Back when blogging first became popular (2001), that's all there was. However, over the years, so many other social media's have been created that people are inundated; trying to do them ALL. I think they each have a purpose, but for me, blogging will always be my favorite.

    No, I don't have plans to discontinue blogging because I still enjoy it too much. I just felt the need to express my feelings on how it's so drastically changed over the past year.

    MUCH thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts and feelings on this topic, my friend. And thank you for being a part of the blogging community, both on my blog and yours!

    Have a terrific week!

    X to you and the girlz!

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  33. ...Hello dearest Ron! *waving* :o) I just had to come out of the woodwork for this one. As you know I've sorta stopped blogging. Well, not sorta, I've stopped. Period. I miss it and like you mentioned, I miss the sense of community. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you or the others that would comment regularly on my blog, I follow you via email so I have to admit that I read your posts but I've gotten a lil' lazy with the commenting. Okay, okay, I've gotten a lot lazy. lol... ;o)

    ...I can't pinpoint a specific reason why I stopped blogging. Laziness is one. Time is another factor. And lack of content is another one. Like you mentioned, I don't want to be one of those bloggers that just post a photo and a few lines and that's it. If it comes down to that then, pfffft - why blog? *shrug* I have to admit I seem to gravitate towards Facebook and I'm a big fan of Pinterest. They do take up a bulk of my allotted social media time, so sadly, my blog has taken a back seat. I'll start back up here soon as I just feel the "need". I miss you, your comments and all the camaraderie that goes with having a blog. There is really so little of that on any other social media. It's just a simple 'click' on "Like" and you just scroll on. What kind of communication is that? I think if one is immersed into their blog they are baring their soul to their little community, people feel that and appreciate it. How can one not feel a kinship to someone who does this on a regular basis and takes the time (like you do) to read reader's comments and respond? I know I do. I feel like I have a brother who lives in Philadelphia. Really. ;o)
    ..."Solo blogging masturbation", what is that exactly? Do I wanna kno'? *giggle* ;o)
    ...I miss you Ron and believe me, your always in my thoughts and prayers. And "thank you" for keeping up your blog and for providing us with thought provoking content and of course, the laughs! You're simply a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

    ...(((hugs))) to you my friend!
    ...Peace & blessings.

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  34. OH MY GAWD.....TJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *clapping and cheering, wildly*

    You have NO idea how HAPPY I was to see your comment! OMG...I have soooooooooo missed you!!!!!!!!!! I stopped by your blog several times last year to see if you had posted and left a comment because I was hoping you were okay and doing well. So I'm glad you stopped by today to let me know you were just taking a break.

    Last year I joined Pinterest and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I don't spend a lot of time over there (maybe once a week) but I find great about Pinterest is all the resources it provides. I have found so many great things on Pinterest. However, I don't really socialize on it.

    "There is really so little of that on any other social media. It's just a simple 'click' on "Like" and you just scroll on. What kind of communication is that? I think if one is immersed into their blog they are baring their soul to their little community, people feel that and appreciate it."

    Amen! Couldn't agree with you more. And that's why blogging will always be my favorite form of online socializing. Yes, it may take more time to blog, but I would rather place all my attention on blogging than spread myself so thin using all the other media's as well.

    ".."Solo blogging masturbation", what is that exactly? Do I wanna kno'? *giggle* ;o)"

    Bwhahahahhaha! I just made that word up because it sounded good :)

    I can't thank enough for stopping by today, dear lady. You made my WEEK! I've missed you too and look forward to when you blog again. And please let me know when you do, okay?

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!

    (((((((((((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    X ya bunches!

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  35. I've found that many of us cut down on posts during the summer. Maybe because there's other things going on outside, travels etc. You are sooo great about visiting blogs and commenting. And even responding to every comment here! I really wish I had the time to be that dedicated. Lately, I'm struggling to get around to my favorites (you are one of them!) and comment regularly. Still, I value the interaction I have with so many people who visit my blog and comment regularly. Thank you for your dedication. And BTW, I love your new blog header! :-)

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  36. Hi Ron.
    I haven't been at this blogging game for long enough to judge (2 years this week, so WordPress tells me) but it seems to me that even in that short period, I've had a big drop off in comments, an increase in casual "likes" and an increase in spam too.
    I have to admit to having taken a short break, but I'm about to return to the fray.
    I also admit to being too busy to comment on all the blogs I follow, all the time, so I tend to rotate the ones I comment on and just READ AND LIKE the others.
    I can't bring myself to unfollow anyone, so I end up with far too many things to read each day and have to do an e-mail binge every now and then instead.
    And I have certainly met some very good people via blogging, some of whom have become good friends, so I say you're pretty much spot on.

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  37. I just found you via FB ...a place I mostly scroll through - used just to post a link to my blog LOL

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  38. Hello Grace and welcome! Thanks so much for stopping and saying Hi!

    " used just to post a link to my blog"

    HA! Funny you mentioned that because when I was on FB, I did the same thing to let the friends I had there know that I had posted on my blog. But then FB decided that we could no longer do that (import our blog posts), so I just deleted my account.

    So nice to meet you! Hope you're having a super week!

    X

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  39. Hey there Dale!

    "I have to admit to having taken a short break, but I'm about to return to the fray.I also admit to being too busy to comment on all the blogs I follow, all the time, so I tend to rotate the ones I comment on and just READ AND LIKE the others."

    Yes, and I can totally understand that. I know that some bloggers take breaks from blogging and get busy, so they can't post OR comment as much. However, you always take time (when you can) to post on your blog; respond to your comments; and visit other blogs. I'm referring more to the bloggers who practically post everyday; don't respond to comments; and seem to never visit other blogs. Those are bloggers who I feel are blogging for one.

    "And I have certainly met some very good people via blogging, some of whom have become good friends..."



    Me too! And I thank you for being one of those!


    Hope you're having a super week, buddy. Thanks a lot for stopping by!


    X

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  40. Helloooooo there Lisa!


    Yes, it seems that blogging does slow down during the summer, with people taking vacations and doing more things with family and friends.


    But what I'm referring to on this post is an 'overall' shift in how blogging has changed. Mainly, I think it's the lack of dialogue and sense of community that was once a big part of blogging. However, I will continue to blog that way because that's what blogging means to me. Plus, I ENJOY doing it.


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're week has been faaaaaabulous so far!


    X


    P.S. Thank you. Glad you like the header. I do too. It came as a option with this new blog design.

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  41. I was thinking about this just today! How Facebook is killing blogging. I've been blogging since 2007, and still try to leave a comment when I read a post that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :-)

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  42. You have Kathy from The Junk Drawer to thank for that - She posted a link on FB with this post. I use my personal account whatever you may call it to post links to my blog posts - that's allowed. So maybe revive your personal account and just add a link to your posts in your status...That's what everyone else does - you don't need a special page just for your blog.

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  43. Welcome Heather and thank you for stopping by. So nice to meet ya!

    Yes, I do think FB and other media's are killing blogging. And it sadness me because I love the whole community and discussion that goes with blogging.

    I've had this blog since 2007, but I had another blog on Wordpress a year before that, so you and I have been blogging for almost the same time.

    Again, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to share a comment. I appreciate that. And if you have a blog yourself, please let me know because I would love to visit.

    Have a super week!
    X

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  44. OMG...I LOVE Kathy! She's such a sweetheart and a fellow Pennsylvanian.


    And that's very interesting to hear about Facebook because I had no idea you could do that. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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  45. You can use the facebook share button right there at the bottom of your post or you can use Bloglovin (you can enable that on the 'settings' page0) to directly post to your personal FB page or you can copy and paste the url of any particular post as a status update Easy-peasy.

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  46. Grace, you're a WEALTH of knowledge! Much thanks for letting me know that X

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  47. petra michelleJune 25, 2014

    Yes, I've noticed the same over the last several years, Ron. I must have started blogging about the same time -- 2008. Many over the last several years have decided to move to Facebook.
    However, I do understand what you mean. I'm guilty of posting a photo at times with a few words as caring for my father really does take much out of me where I just don't have the energy but to visit others, like yours, a substantive, community-oriented blog.
    For the reasons you mentioned above, your blog has taught me of Philly's architecture, Philly's community, your nautical love, etc. -- where I'd be lacking had I not come here. So, please keep it up, Ron! I so enjoy your community! :))

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  48. Ah, Ron. Another great post. Grace is right. Ironically, I shared this post on my Facebook wall and it got a lot of feedback -- over there. I sent you the responses via email because otherwise I don't think you could read them, as you're not on Facebook. And that's something that started to bother me when I blogged more. I'd share a blog post link on Facebook and people would comment there instead of on the blog and frankly, I'm not even sure people read the actual post! It's just too easy to comment or click like and run!

    Here's my own response to your post that I left on FB:

    As
    for me, I've somehow lost my ability to see humor in every day things.
    My radar for it sort of shut down. Life gets in the way. And part of it,
    too, is the time it takes to write something entertaining, my fear that
    I've lost
    my chops and the easy of writing for Facebook and getting nearly the
    same response to things as if I'd invested 3 hours writing something.
    It's easier for me to just share a thought or blurb or really bad pun on
    Facebook. It got too easy and I got too lazy.

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  49. your assumptions are probably spot on.

    "I think it has to do with so many other social media platforms that have been created."



    there's facebook, instagram, twitter, google+. those platforms are quick and easy. to write a blog post, one has to sit down, write it, proof it, add photos, answer comments, etc. it's time consuming and no one has any time left after posting to other sites. i doubt blogging is as big as it was a few years ago, it peaked and now everyone is coasting down the hill to the bottom of inactivity.


    too, people don't like to read long blog posts anymore or long articles for that matter. i send things for my friends to read and they don't read it because it's too long. everything is happening so fast around us, if we can't be satisfied in a few minutes (did i just type that) then we move on to something more fast paced.


    we're on a constant information highway, we're all in the fast lane and no one wants to drive in the slow lane anymore that is blogging.


    now i do enjoy your blog and i don't know how you come up with so many topics to write about. so keep blogging, ron for those of us who can't or don't want to any more. the baton has been passed. ;)

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  50. This makes a lot of sense to me. For my part, I stopped blogging a few years ago, shut down a moderately successful blog, with a handful of consistent followers, and then, a few months ago, decided that I wanted to start up a new project-related blog. I'm finding that I post a lot less, I share less, and I don't ever really get comments. I don't think my content's nearly as funny or interesting as it used to be. So, I really do feel like I'm pretty much blogging for myself at this point. And, I'm kind of okay with that.

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  51. Goooood morning Petra!

    I started blogging in 2006 with a blog I had over at Wordpress. It was a blog about Reflexology, Reiki and alternative health topics. I had that blog for year before starting this personal blog in 2007. The Wordpress blog is still there, however, I don't post on it any longer.

    " I'm guilty of posting a photo at times with a few words as caring for my father really does take much out of me where I just don't have the energy but to visit others, like yours, a substantive, community-oriented blog."

    I can totally understand posting a photo on a blog post with a few words. What I meant (but failed to be specific) about 'posting a photograph' was on Instagram, which seems to be another "quick" form of social media.

    Your posts are always filled with so many interesting and informative things. If hadn't been for you, I would have never found out about the movie "Jersey Boys!"

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, my friend. And thank you being here. Your presence is very much appreciated!

    Have a great week!

    X

    P.S. hope all is going well with your father.

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  52. Hellooooooooo there Kathy!

    Yes, thank you soooooo much for sharing this post on Facebook because several of your readers stopped by yesterday and today to let me know.

    "And that's something that started to bother me when I blogged more. I'd share a blog post link on Facebook and people would comment there instead of on the blog...."



    Yes, I know exactly what you mean because back when I was still on Facebook, I would import my blog posts, but found that my Facebook friends were posting comments there instead of on my blog. Plus, I was responding to comments here too. It just got to be too much.


    Thanks for sharing your response to my post on your Facebook page.


    You're right, it does take much longer to post on a blog. Like you, I don't post everyday, but still, it takes a lot of time to write a post. For me, sometimes it takes DAYS because it doesn't always flow out in one sitting. Plus, I have to edited my photographs and sometimes add links.


    If Facebook works better for you right now, I think that's great! However, whenever you do post on your blog, you ALWAYS post quality and take the time to respond to comments.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. And thank you for your support and encouragement.


    (((((((( You ))))))))


    X

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  53. Greetings Thomas! Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a comment.


    " For my part, I stopped blogging a few years ago, shut down a moderately successful blog, with a handful of consistent followers, and then, a few months ago, decided that I wanted to start up a new project-related blog."


    I did the same thing. I had a completely different topic blog in 2006 over at Wordpress. I had it for year and just felt like I had run out things to say, so I started this personal blog in 2007.


    "So, I really do feel like I'm pretty much blogging for myself at this point. And, I'm kind of okay with that."


    I think that's excellent because blogging for yourself and sharing topics that interest you is important because it keeps your reason for blogging genuine and passionate. I do that myself. But I also enjoy the sense community and dialogue that blogging brings. And to me, that part of it seems to be fading in the blogworld.


    Again, thank you for stopping by, Thomas. Nice to meet you!

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  54. No thanks necessary. Keep up the good work.

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  55. AkelamaluJune 26, 2014

    GUILTY I am! I tend to only blog now about trips we take and will admit it is mostly by way of a diary for us to look back on rather than just the photos. I do however still read blogs and comment. I'm afraid Facebook seems to have taken over blogging for me.

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  56. Ron, I stopped by to read everyone's comments. Wow, this topic really made for a lot discussion, didn't it? I'm so glad you posted this!

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  57. " I'm afraid Facebook seems to have taken over blogging for me."

    Yes, it has for a lot of bloggers. In fact, many of the people who commented shared the same thing.

    " I do however still read blogs and comment."



    Yes you do and I really appreciate that, m' dear. Thank you :)


    Hope you're having a lovely week. Thank you for stopping by!

    X

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  58. HA! I know, Denise...this topic seems to have opened a lot discussion. And I'm glad too, because I think bloggers needed to share their thoughts and feelings.


    X

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  59. I'm glad I was late to this party. It gave me a chance to read every one of the responces. And it gave me some time to give thought to it all. I'd talk about it in general terms, but that would be too comfortable. I'd tell you how it's FB or Twitter or blame social media as a whole, but the last I knew I was capable of making decisions and choices...and I don't belong to any of 'em so that's not my issue. I could agree with whole cultural shift with life in the fast-self-serve-no-patience-and-feeling-entitled-to-be-rude-cuz-I-had-to-FREAKING-WAIT-lane....--cuz it's true. This medium was designed to bring people closer together....and it appears it's creating isolation and social deprivation instead. Those "social medias" ARE NOT SOCIAL. How's that for having an opinion. ROFL!!! Talk about solo-masturbation. LOL
    I could tell you those things and have that be truth--in a vague, limited, depersonalized way. There's truth in those things.
    But one of the many things I've treasured in having had the priviledge to cross paths with you....was the authenticity and integrity you shared here, with ME. If you share that with others, great...LOL...but I'm selfish and I care about you and ME. I adore the community that's blossomed here, but....if they all went away tomorrow....it'd still be you....and me. And as you well know, my little piece of cyberspace was/is, very much about me. I whine. I kvetch. I take my inventory. I whine some more....LOL...and never, ever did I expect a comment....'cept from a stray buddy from a topic board that knew where to find me. They closed topic boards all over the place when web logs started, go figure. I'm always a novel writer on other people's web logs. LOL. As evidenced with yet another wordy one. My conversatios happen here, or at Val's, or Bill's or Jackie's or Diane's. It's not that I don't adore you stopping in--and I'm zipping over if the comment tells me you're hurting or excited...cuz it MATTERS. I've simply never used my web log for that purpose.
    Have I posted less...oh yes. LOL. I started HEARING my own whining....pissed me off. ROFL. I'm TRYING to get over it, but given my defects of character, you know that could take a crowbar or a couple cases of explosives. :-/
    But you ain't getting rid of 'the wordy one!!'...just cuz....

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  60. Helloooooooo Mel!

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and honest comment on this topic. It's been so interesting to read how people think and feel about blogging and the various social media's and their preferences.

    "But one of the many things I've treasured in having had the priviledge to cross paths with you....was the authenticity and integrity you shared here, with ME. If you share that with others, great...LOL...but I'm selfish and I care about you and ME. I adore the community that's blossomed here, but....if they all went away tomorrow....it'd still be you....and me."

    Thank you and I treasure that our paths have crossed as well.

    (((((((((((((( You )))))))))))))

    Blogging for me is most definitely my own personal preference of social media, in which I can share my interests and passions in quality way, but also as a means of connection and community with others. And I will continue to blog for however long that passion to share and commune online is with me.

    It's been an AMAZING eight year journey, where I still continue to learn, grow, and cherish.

    Again, thank you for stopping by and sharing your voice, dear lady. Much appreciate it and valued.

    Have a super-duper Friday and weekend!

    X

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  61. I am pretty sure we can blame Facebook for ALL THINGS like. And I do agree with you, blogging is about community. I may not be timely in replies, but I do always reply. I love meeting people and blogs. I wish I had more hours in the day! :-)

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  62. Angelia, you ALWAYS blog with a sense of community. And that's why I enjoy blogging with you, both on your blog and my own. Thank you for that!


    And thank you for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaaabulous weekend!


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