Blogging. Just because.

Some of us got in a little conversation on Twitter last week about the good ol’ days of blogging. It was the sort of wistful conversation we’ve had more than once, and then, finally, one of us threw down the gauntlet: let’s agree between ourselves to engage in some old school blogging this week. I’m in, I said, so long as you tag me in a meme…

A little old school blogging humor there. Bloggers don’t tag for memes anymore, do they?

Meme tagging aside, we’ve decided we’ll attempt to go retro. Vintage. Old school. Classic. Nostalgic.

And, indeed, what says old school blogging like a quiz? I thought I’d offer up one analysis of my personality on today’s post. In pursuit of excellence in retro blogging, I googled “What Downton Abbey character am I?” Of course, the Internet did not fail me and I was presented with various quiz options. I clicked the first link offered and quickly answered the seven questions presented.

I was Matthew Crawley, if you want to know. According to the wisdom of the quiz, this means I’m…”industrious and hardworking [and] justifiably proud of your modern sensibilities. You may have a little bit of a chip on your shoulder about your extended family’s aristocratic ways, but you’re learning to deal with it. Your good looks (and much-improved prospects) indicate you could be quite the ladies’ man.”

I don’t know. I think there’s a flaw in there somewhere.

Anyway, the more I think on it, the more I’ve decided some aspects of old school blogging are old school for a reason and maybe, just maybe, such quizzes and their respective blog posts have gone their merry way and justifiably so.

The truth is, what we really miss about those early years of blogging aren’t the quizzes or the memes nor even the blogging awards with their cheesy buttons, no, what we really miss is the conversations and the community. We, or maybe it’s just me, we’re tired of the self-consciousness that has gripped our posts. We are weary of the opinions and the pontificating and the pressure to produce posts that read like dissertations. We really just want to write. We want to rediscover the fun of blogging as well as the honesty of posting just what we’re thinking, whether it’s deep or frivolous or in agreement with so-and-so.

So maybe this is a start. Maybe between the three or four of us in our little corners of the big blog world, maybe we can rediscover the joy of blogging just because we want to, just because it’s fun, just because we have something we want to say and we want to figure how to say it, just because we enjoy the give-and-take, the community, the conversation.

Blogging. Just because.

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

16 thoughts on “Blogging. Just because.”

  1. Exactly!! Yes! It was different back in the day. I thought it was community, but I think that for me self-consciousness might be part of it. We’ve gone from having a blog (retro) to Being A Blogger.

  2. Lisa, love this post! Although I am quite far from you four gals, I can honestly say without a doubt that I hold firmly to that belief also, and work hard at not turning towards a different direction! It is tempting though, especially as you say when comments come in… Or comparison. Then I need to remind myself WHY I write a blog and why I even started. Thanks for reminding me.
    Ann x

  3. “We, or maybe it’s just me, we’re tired of the self-consciousness that has gripped our posts. We are weary of the opinions and the pontificating and the pressure to produce posts that read like dissertations. We really just want to write. We want to rediscover the fun of blogging as well as the honesty of posting just what we’re thinking, whether it’s deep or frivolous or in agreement with so-and-so.”

    Yes, yes, yes! I miss just spewing my thoughts onto my screen, the therapy of seeing them sitting there so plainly in black and white, and occasionally someone raising a virtual hand to say, ‘I get it. Me too.’ I miss it quite a bit.

    1. I canNOT tell you how thrilled I was to see your comment! Yours was one of those blogs who encouraged and inspired me so much in the early days. I was one of those virtual hands raised 🙂 I miss it too. Maybe we can rediscover some of what we’ve lost…

  4. Lisa – Sometimes I’m envious of the old school bloggers since I didn’t come on board till late 2009 but I can still relate to this:

    “We, or maybe it’s just me, we’re tired of the self-consciousness that has gripped our posts. We are weary of the opinions and the pontificating and the pressure to produce posts that read like dissertations. We really just want to write. We want to rediscover the fun of blogging as well as the honesty of posting just what we’re thinking, whether it’s deep or frivolous or in agreement with so-and-so.”

    Oh, I see JoyinChaos liked the same thing!

    1. 2009! You’re just a babe in blogging! 🙂 Early or late to the game I think we all understand the self consciousness and the pressure of branding ourselves. I am thankful for bloggers like yourself who help me remember what’s important here!

  5. Conversations and community. Ah yes. I have been thinking for a while that there is a lot less commenting going on in the blogosphere. I have a small handful of blogs that I try to comment on regularly – and they on mine – so we are our own little community. But there used to be far more commenting going on even a year or two ago. Now, as you say, just so much advice. Especially lists. And I used to love lists. So it was very heartening to read this cheery post. Hooray for you.

    1. You are quite right. Comments used to be the measure of a blog’s success, now it’s links! And I too miss the conversations and community. I think you’ll be safe from too much advice here at my site! 😉

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