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