The Evolution of Blogging From The Past 7 Years
Thursday, January 28, 2016
This is my 1,800th blog post.
If you look at my archives on the left side you'll see I've been around for awhile. Since 2009 actually. Sometimes in the blogging world I feel like an old dog. An old dog sitting on her old couch, wrapped in an old knit blanket, drinking her old dog tea, talking about the good old days.
Let's just say I've seen some shit.
Jk, I haven't. What I mean is that I've seen quite a few changes evolve in the blogging world over the past seven years. And that's just from my point of view, there's definitely been trends that have come and gone that I didn't even realize happened. I tend to be a little disconnected in this blogging world. I'm getting better at branching out, but for the most part I feel like I'm on my own little island trying to figure stuff out. It's probably not the best place to be, yet it's always where I end up.
Every time I see a new blogger pop up on Instagram who's been around "For An Entire Year!!" and is so thankful they've just hit 50,000 followers the old dog inside me sighs and thinks, damn I wish it was how it used to be. When blogging was just blogging.
But then I think I'm probably just fooling myself. Blogging has never been "just blogging." It might have been for me, but that's only because I was behind the game (as usual.)
So here we go, here's just a few of the changes I've seen take place over the years.
When I started back in the dark ages, Instagram wasn't even a thing. And photos on blogs were good, but not crazy good like they are today.
People used to write more (I may also be romanticizing this slightly) but then Buzzfeed came around and let everyone know that list posts and how-tos are much easier to read. And probably more useful, really.
For instance I know this post won't get nearly as many hits as when I write a "28 Things You Need To.." kinda thing. But sometimes you have to do what the heart wants.
Big old blogger giveaways were huge for awhile. And the main entry? Follow via Google Follow Connect. I need to get rid of my GFC. I know this, but it feels like my security blanket and I'm not ready to let go.
Bloglovin was just a side piece. Until Google Reader went away. (Right? Isn't this what happened?)
The big bloggers concentrated on growing their Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. And for a hot second some jumped on Vine.
Then Instagram inched its way it. And this was a game changer. You no longer had to have a blog to be a blogger. And now people spend less time reading blogs and more time scrolling their insta feed.
I'm interested to see what changes evolve with Instagram. At some point the numbers will be so inflated that nothing will even matter anymore. Everyone will have 100,000 followers. Or maybe not. I don't know. I'll just keep taking photos of my feet and hope no one notices.
Really though, the newest change I'm enjoying is snapchat. This app is ridiculous and I follow way too many people that are ridiculous and cringe worthy but I do it anyway. Like, why is everyone always just staring at how good they look while they show me their new Prada bag? I don't care. But apparently I do because I'm watching.
Does anyone else follow people that you kinda loathe but you just can't look away? *Sidenote: If I'm your hate-follow, just go ahead and stop. I promise I'm not worth loathing.
However, don't unfollow if you'd like to watch my new snapchat miniseries called "Children Of Bloggers: the story of a filtered childhood and Freshly Picked mocs." And yes, Snapchat miniseries are a thing, I just decided. My handle is @thedailytay, obvi.
What changes have you noticed over the years? Have you changed as a reader? Is anyone out there? Should I just cut this off now? Okay, yes. Bye.