Our dessert at least week’s 15 year anniversary dinner. Appropriate also to celebrate a 9 year blogging anniversary!
Tomorrow, September 15, marks nine years I’ve been blogging here. Can we talk about that? NINE YEARS. No wonder I often feel like a broken record. But still, I have no plans to stop.
Last month, I read Vikki Reich and Nina Badzin‘s pieces (Nina’s inspired by Vikki’s) about whether or not people still read blogs with interest. I have certainly observed a decreasing amount of engagement here, and a flattening readership. But I still read blogs myself. Every day. I still miss Google Reader, but I read my newsblur subscriptions every single day. And the truth is, as I’ve written before, after years of feeling a lot of pressure and urgency around writing a book, I now think that what I am first and foremost is a blogger. Writer, maybe. Book writer, I’m not sure. Blogger, yes.
I love blogging. Writing here is a habit I have no intention of breaking or changing. I love the engagement with readers, the other writers I’ve gotten to know through the blogosphere, and am regularly deeply moved by what I read on other blogs. For me, the answer to the question of “are blogs dead” is an adamant no. Blogs are changing, no question, but they are still relevant to me. Maybe that conclusion makes me a dinosaur, but it’s definitely the one I draw.
I do share Nina’s view on list posts, as well as her admission that I’ve written them (probably my best-known piece is a list: 10 things I want my daughter to know before she turns 10 – as an aside, that daughter is about to turn 13!). In general, that’s not my jam, and I don’t love the way the bloggy world has embraced that kind of writing. As is true in many aspects of my life, in this respect I seem to have OMOF (the opposite of FOMO) – no worries at all about missing out.
Sometimes, though, I feel like I’m writing about the same things over and over again. Maybe it’s a spiraling, a getting deeper into a topic as I continue to circle around it. But maybe it’s a being stuck, too. I honestly don’t know. Perhaps it’s just part of the deal when writing regularly for nine straight years.
Nine straight years. For a long time, I celebrated this blog birthday by asking you what things you would be interested in hearing about. I don’t exactly know why I stopped, but I’d like to revisit that request today.
I’d be grateful if you’d share a few things you’d be interested in my writing about.
I look forward to hearing from you. And thank you, thank you, Vikki and Nina, for getting me thinking. I know I’m thankful for both of your blogs and hope you keep writing. As long as you do, I’ll be reading.