7 Things I Miss About The Good Ol’ Days Of Blogging

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Yesterday Rosalilium turned 7. Yep, for 7 long years, I have been sharing my various thoughts and creations on this spot on the internet. I have had readers come and go. I have some who have followed my entire journey from 7 years ago (leave a comment if you’re an old timer reader!) and others pop in and out for the topics that interest them.

Blogging has vastly changed in that time.

And my goodness does it change quickly.

Last night I barely slept. I was anxious. Overwhelmed. All I could think of was all the gazillions of posts I haven’t written. The projects I haven’t started. The opportunities I haven’t yet created. I was comparing myself to bloggers who started after me and now making six-figure incomes. I was stressing that I wasn’t good enough, consistent enough, hip enough, cool enough, or just simply… enough.

Needless to say, this blogging malarky has been a huge part of me and my life for the best part of a decade (I did in fact first start blogging 2 years previous to that with a small travel blog). Blogging is just what I do now. But as I look back over the past decade it’s insane how much and how quickly the medium, the industry and the technology has changed.

So in the spirit of nostalgia, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at 7 things I miss about the good ol’ days of blogging. Because these days it’s all about professional standard photos, SEO-friendly copy, and content that needs to impress both audiences and brands. I want to step back to when things were totally different, and the best bits about it.

7 Things I Miss About The Good Ol’ Days Of Blogging

1. What’s a niche?

For many of us, our blogs were kind of like an online diary and a place to share our interests. We didn’t necessarily niche down. Instead, my blog was a place to just write whatever came into my head that day. A place to just share. Maybe I’d share the vintage things I’d found at the car boot sale that weekend. Maybe a recipe I particularly enjoyed making that week. Or something just an update on the random outings I had with my boyfriend. It was so fulfilling to share my thoughts and life with my readers and they seemed to enjoy following along.

2. Comments

Oh, I miss comments so much. I know I should be above it all, but I do miss that feeling that somebody is listening. Sure, my stats might be higher now so I know people are reading. But the comments have just dwindled compared to the early days. I used to get the most insane euphoric feeling when somebody commented on my blog. It was the most exciting thing for me. I would run around the house telling everyone I had a comment. I really did enjoy those commenting days.

3. Any old photo

I love photography, I really do. I love pushing myself to improve and hone my skills. But there is a small part of me that looks back in fondness to the days when we would whack up any old badly staged photograph to go with a post. And let’s not even START on the crazy filters we used … (cross-process anyone?!). Fancy a laugh, check out one of my early outfit posts.

4. Google Reader

I miss being able to log into my google reader every evening and read through all of the blogs I followed. It was the easiest way to catch up on new posts, I would click through and comment on the majority of them. And as a blogger I had great engagement come through Google Reader. In fact, I can probably pinpoint when Google Reader was chopped as that’s when my comments started to slow down.

5. The Friendships

I feel like it was easy to find and make friends in the early days. Maybe because blogging has become an industry now and there’s competition between bloggers, but I don’t find it as easy or common to make friends through blogging and that makes me sad. In the early days, we’d find people with similar interests, or likeminded. There was a genuine sense of optimism and support. We would send each other gifts in the post, make long journeys up north to spend the weekend with them. It just felt like a warmer place to be.

6. Twitter

Ooooh….I miss Twitter from the 2010 to 2012 years. That’s where I made so many friends and contacts. Where full on conversations happened. These days Twitter has become a broadcast medium, we all go there to share links to our blogs. But no-one is really listening anymore. Nowadays the conversations have moved to other places, maybe they’re in private WhatsApp groups (or so I’ve heard), or Facebook groups. Or group DMs. I miss the days when we’d spend hours on conversations on Twitter. Finding new people to follow, joining their conversation. It was ace.

7. No pressure

I honestly never felt any pressure in the early days. None at all. I blogged almost every single day. I commented and interacted with loads of other blogs every single day. And it felt amazing. There were no brand deals, no commercialisation (at least, not much in the UK), and it felt real. Blogging was real, raw, honest, and warm. That made for a comforting place to be.

Are you a blogger from the early days? Who’s in the 2010 club with me?

I’d love to hear what you miss about blogging a few years ago?

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Here’s one of those classic ‘outfit post’ photos complete with rounded edges and lots of filter.

old school rosalilium

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33 Comments
  • Lisa-Marie Hughes

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    Oh Elizabeth, it’s like you are in my brain. I don’t blog anymore for various reasons – partly because all of this was what I was in it for. But then, I got you guys (my London girls even though NONE of you live in London) and the B6 and Siobhan out of it. And you are still all my pals.
    Lots of Love ?

    • Elizabeth

      I love that you are my first comment on this post Lisa-Marie. Probably one of my original bloggy cheerleaders and made this an absolute joy of a place to be! So glad I got some lovely friends out of this.
      Lots of love too.x.

  • Natasha

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    All of this! I think I still blog like it’s 2010 mainly because I like the lack of pressure and also I’m not very good at keeping up with all the changes. I think the best bit was finding new friends all over the world that shared your passion (mine is vintage) and still chatting with them to this day.

    • Elizabeth

      I think a part of me still wants to share diary style, maybe that’s what drew me to weekly vlogging. I just want to have a place where I record my daily life.

  • Kezzie

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    I loved reading this as yes, I miss lots of things about the early days and a lot of people who don’t still blog. I celebrated my 12th blogiversary last week and it has changed so much over the 3rd of my life that I have been blogging! I’m glad that I still get quite a few comments but there was a wonderful heyday when there was a whole variety of folks dropping in. My blog has largely remained the same as mine is not a professional blog but I do miss the interaction from friends who have gone more down the pro route or have gone over to Instagram only. I could never understand why suddenly they stopped visiting my blog despite my constant visiting of theirs. Ah well!!

    Congratulations on the 7 years and here’s to the subsequent 7!

    • Elizabeth

      12 years?! That’s awesome. Agreed, I really did enjoy the variety of comments and people reading my blog. It was so interesting to connect with different people.

  • Kezzie

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    Great post! I loved reading this as yes, I miss lots of things about the early days and a lot of people who don’t still blog. I celebrated my 12th blogiversary last week and it has changed so much over the 3rd of my life that I have been blogging! I’m glad that I still get quite a few comments but there was a wonderful heyday when there was a whole variety of folks dropping in. My blog has largely remained the same as mine is not a professional blog but I do miss the interaction from friends who have gone more down the pro route or have gone over to Instagram only. I could never understand why suddenly they stopped visiting my blog despite my constant visiting of theirs. Ah well!!

    Congratulations on the 7 years and here’s to the subsequent 7!

  • Laura

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    Love this post and as a fellow of the 2010 bloggers club I couldn’t agree with you more! I also especially miss the comments, I think the whole thing has become so much more ‘fast’ if that makes sense. Even I don’t comment that much because I tend to read and move on and this has really reminded me to pause and comment more often. Oh and I totally get you on the comparison and not feeling good enough thing, it can be tough! But overall, congrats on 7 years of awesome blogging ?

    • Elizabeth

      Whoop whoop for the 2010 club!

      Yes to the FAST comment! I feel like I barely keep up and that has taken away from the time I used to have to read and comment. I definitely need to comment way more than I do.

  • Siobhan

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    I remember those days. I am in the process of (finally) migrating my blog to wordpress.org and have archived for my eyes only all my old rambly posts as it was an online diary and I am good with that! Now I think twice before I post some personal stuff due to work/career and as I am suddenly finding myself single I don’t want to put off any potential partners with my rambling oversharing. But I have returned to doing it pretty much for me so when my new shiny blog comes out in May I will feel good about it again. I hope. But those are things I miss too. You sent me biscuits! Remember? They were so good. I still have the bunting Lisa made me on my bed. It felt like a community now it feels a bit . . . empty? Or maybe I am just old and nostalgic!

    • Elizabeth

      I sent you biscuits?! That’s awesome. I totally forgot about that. Were they good? I bloody love biscuits so that sounds just like me.

      • Siobhan

        Sugar cookies. You sent them wrapped in a doily after I sent you a box of tea. Those were the days x

        • Elizabeth

          Sugar cookies! Oh yes, I do remember. I feel like I should do another baking and posting session. 🙂

  • Liz

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    Oh maaaaaan this post has made me nostalgic! I started my blog in 2009, and I totally agree with pretty​ much everything you’ve written here… I often find myself a bit intimidated to post these days, which is ridiculous. Maybe I need to join in with BEDM and just make myself post regularly again!

    • Elizabeth

      BEDM?! I almost forgot about my own blogging challenge. Blimey.

      Yes, I do feel like the pressure does stop me posting sometimes. If anything, sharing this post today has reminded me that we just need to get sharing again.

  • Janice

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    My blog turns 10 this year and I completely agree with all of your list. I’m still not a full time blogger but the friends I made are mostly still there and I’ve met some of them in person, even though we are at opposite ends of the country. Instagram has become my natural home now as you can still, just about get away with those quick photos. I found myself wondering whether I should only post food on Instagram for the niche effect, but have rejected that as it’s not me.
    I found this post via a blogging friend on Facebook, thanks for making me think about the early days and reminding me what I love about blogging.

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m so pleased to hear it resonated with you. 🙂

  • Kavey

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    Yep I hear you! My current blog just turned 8 and like you I had a short-lived travel blog before that. And it’s changed A LOT! And I’m nostalgic for many of the exact same things as you! (Hello, I’m Kavey, can we do this the old fashioned way and make friends through our blogging?) ?

    • Elizabeth

      Hello Kavey! So nice to meet you!

  • Leah

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    Hi Elizabeth. I’ve been a fan of yours since BEDM. I really identify with this post. I started blogging in about 2010 (before that I blogged on MySpace, ha!) but I’ve reverted the first couple of years of posts back to draft as they were so awful. I remember when Picmonkey first came out and I went wild on the rounded corner photos and crappy filters! What really made me identify with this post was the feeling of not being ‘enough’ as a blogger. I used to compare myself so much to other bloggers in my field (plus size blogging) and I made my entire life miserable because of it. Now I’m in a much healthier place mentally, and all the things I thought I wanted? I didn’t really want them. I just got caught up in feeling like I *should* want the same things as everyone else. I used to count blog success in financial terms, and now I count it in being happy. xx

    • Elizabeth

      Totally! I think how measure success needs to be personal rather than comparison. It totally depends on our own values.

  • Rhianne

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    I so miss Google Reader, I’m pretty rubbish at keeping up with blogs now because I never found a suitable replacement, which makes me sad.

    So many of the bloggers I loved way back when don’t blog anymore either, I’m still friends with them on Instagram and FB which is awesome but I miss reading blogs for the friendships so much too, that aspect is definitely not the same anymore 🙁

    I feel a bit like Natasha above, I just blog like I did back then (if on a fancier platform, I do NOT miss Blogger lol) I blog the things I want and don’t worry so much about the pressure. I kind of fell into my niche though rather than it being something I felt I had to have, so that probably helps with just sharing photos.

    • Elizabeth

      That’s so cool to hear you’re still friends with bloggers from before, even if it has moved to a different platform for communicating.

  • Amie Cadwallader

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    I totally agree with you on this. I’ve been blogging for 2 years (just had my blog birthday) & honestly I feel like it has changed so much over those years. Some changes have been good, others not so much but you’re doing an amazing job with your blog, try to not get so anxious. I know it’s easier said than done, but you’re doing an amazing job darling!

    Love, Amie ❤

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you for a lovely comment Amie! 🙂

  • onepotliving

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    I am not yet a blogger. Still in the process of creating one and I can tell you, I love love love blogs but I do miss the genuine way of blogs from ten years ago. Many of the blogs now seem so commercial that I don’t personally connect. Everything seems so perfect and well done that it is intimidating a bit for me to actually go live. This post was refreshing.

    • Elizabeth

      Good luck on your new blog! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Lori Smith (@lipsticklori)

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    I agree with every one of these! I miss those days, but have to keep reminding myself that I don’t need a niche, have met friends through Instagram (I still miss the good old days of Twitter though) and my blog is not my job so there really shouldn’t be any pressure. I love that you’re still blogging and am sorry that I hardly ever leave comments any more.

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you Lori! It’s so good to see you here in the comments. 🙂

  • Kate Sutton

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    YES! I’m in the 2010 club too, coming up for 7 years next month – blimey, things really have changed haven’t they? I miss the conversations, and the fact we were a small group of people … and, in a way, the fact that no one really understood what we did lol!

    • Elizabeth

      Whoop whoop for the 2010 club!

  • GK40

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    2010? Pah, late starters! I blogged from 2005-08 and loved it. It was like having a whole new circle of
    friends. In fact I had a 6-month relationship in 2006 with a lovely guy I met just through clicking the “next blog” button on Blogspot.

    I am still in touch with another chap who I’ve been reading since 2005.

    I miss written blogs. Vlogs take too long to watch and are often too shouty.

    • Elizabeth

      Old school blogger! That’s awesome. 🙂

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