If you’re wondering who is reading…

{this picture makes me happy all the way down to my toes}

If you’re wondering who is reading your blog, I am.

There’s so much talk about Search Engine Optimization and becoming an A-list blogger, making money blogging and “are bloggers really writers”? All of those conversations are important and  I don’t disagree with any of that, oh trust me I am SO grateful that I learned about SEO! However, I am saddened that in the last couple of months several of my favorite blogs have become, well, commercials. I miss reading about these bloggers lives. Oh yes, they did giveaways every once in a while and had ads and sponsored content from time to time. I begrudge no one the opportunity to make money for their family. But by and large what drove people to these blogs in the first place was the blogger, the bloggers families, their activities, their lives.

Now if we’re lucky we get a thinly disguised post about a trip somewhere to do something with surprise! a disclaimer at the bottom saying they were gifted this for review or something like that.  I miss those bloggers.

I miss what was so lovely about blogging in the first place. I miss YOU. Blogging made the world a smaller place for me. It opened up worlds that I had no way to experience before. Homeschooling, conservative families, uber liberal families, families living abroad, families living with children who have special needs.

Perhaps I’m a little nutty (oh, shut it you!) but I feel grateful for having these windows into other worlds. I feel like I know these people- as much as you can know someone on the ol interwebz. When those blogs close down, or suddenly ONLY become giveaways and sponsored posts, well, I miss them. I guess I’m kind of an Internet Peeping Tom, except I’m only looking at what you’re putting out there on the web. No stalking or searching for this gal.

So if you’re a little blog that can (like me!) just writing about life, what you think about what’s happening in the world, about your kids birthday party, health, shopping, crafting etc. and you feel lost in this big old competitive blog world, know that there is an audience out there for you.

It’s me.

I want to see how you decorated your house. I want to know how the cake you baked for your husband’s birthday turned out, and that bathroom re-d0? I am anxiously awaiting those pictures thankyouverymuch.

The Boss and I have been sick this week, again. It feels as if our whole household has been sick since September. Enough with the sick! And while I am fighting a toddler who will not let me on a computer during the day and a pregnancy exhaustion that knocks me out, I am reading. I try to visit everyone who visits me here. If I’ve missed you please let me know. I’m usually reading on the iPhone which is such a drag for commenting….but that’s the way it is. I say to The Boss “mommy’s going to do a little bit of work” (which is total code for hey! mommy wants to read some blogs!)  and The Boss says “I’m going to do a little bit of work too!” and hops right on my lap instructing me to put on Sir Paw Tawney in concert. So, yeah. That’s how the computer thing is working around these parts!

My daily bookmarked blog list is long, and I sneak peaks throughout the day, turning the iPhone this way and that to get a better look at your pictures, to drink in your words. I hope that blogging keeps this element and protects it. The element of the person behind the blog. I read your blog because I like YOU.

And since I like YOU specifically if and when you do reccommend a product or something, I listen. (Heck, my very first giveaway starts tomorrow!) So again, if you get an opportunity to take your kids somewhere fun in exchange for a blog post….do it! (p.s. the Laurie Berkner concert was awesome!) I’m with ya.

But be true to you and I’ll be true to myself and together our little blogs that can, will.

xoxoxox

Minks.

76 thoughts on “If you’re wondering who is reading…

  1. I’m coming in from SITS, and wow am I glad I found you–and this post! I have no problems with monetizing a blog, if it’s done well.Which to me means that you retain what made your blog unique and the money is secondary. Sadly, this isn’t always the way it’s done. It’s a balancing act, but I think most people (myself included) read blogs to connect, to learn, to share and when you lose that for money…well, that blog stops being so special!

  2. Amen! Nothing like authenticty to bring me back to a blog. I don’t begrudge anyone giveaways or product reviews, but I don’t read them or participate in them. I have no interest. I like reading blogs because I can get a view of worlds I never see otherwise. I like knowing how other people think about things, what has had an impact on them.

  3. What a sweet and refreshing post … I blog because I love to write and yet when you bop around other blogs there’s such a variety and I think, “I should do that … or that … or that … sigh …” What I love is sharing stories … so thanks for the boost in the arm to do what I love …

    Enjoy your SITS day! 🙂

  4. Funny, I caught myself recently thinking the exact same thing. I even cleaned up my google reader because of it. And I too tell my child I have to work when really I want to blog. AND I live with my in-laws (again). We’re kindred spirits, I just know it.

    Happy SITS Day! Enjoy the comment love today.
    Hanneke

  5. Well, I agree with you. I want to READ a blog not just look at ads, give-ways & such. And I don’t care to read reviews either. I’m one of those people who would rather try it out for myself, because I might just like it even though you didn’t.

    Anyway, Happy SITS Day! and I believe I have seen all those commercials (except the first one, which was hilarious).

  6. I hear ya. That’s why I don’t do giveaways or a bunch of other things. I try to write about what I’m doing or what’s on my brain. And I stopped reading a bunch of blogs that went all giveawayish. 😦

  7. I’m glad I was able to hop on your blog from SITS. And yes I agree I’m one of those who likes to read personal stories and I love seeing ordinary lives turned a little extra ordinary by acts of genuine love and kindness.

    Happy SITS day and enjoy the comment love.

  8. AMEN! I don’t like when people just post giveaway after giveaway after giveaway. I don’t even click over. It doesn’t interest me in the slightest. I want to know about the people and their families. Giveaways Schmivaways.

  9. Wonderful post! I enjoy reading about people’s lives, their travels, what they’ve been up to, if I also like their writing style 😉 I run away from sites that only do giveaways or product promotions.

    Congrats on your SITS day! 🙂

  10. Congrats on your SITS day!

    I can’t believe how much has changed in blogging, especially in the last year. I still read some of those blogs, but by and large I find my self gravitating toward the same kinds of blogs you are. I don’t care about book deals or sponsorships—I want to know about your dogs and hear about your life.

    I blog because I want to write. I’ve always kept journals and blogging is an extension of that. If people come by that’s just icing on the cake!

    • I agree! I don’t mind giveaways from time to time,and I don’t mind one little bit if someone gets offered something cool for their family, but I want to KNOW about your family!

  11. I agree 10,000%….I just want to know that I am not out here doing this thing alone! I need the encouragement even if it is only electronic! I need the sisterhood of fellow bloggers.
    Thank you for being authentic!
    BTW… I don’t live with my in-laws but my mother in law lives with us and now my sister and brother in law are staying in our basement!

  12. This is so true! I don’t mind occasional reviews or giveaways, and I’ll admit to sometimes being stuck in my Google reader for days on end, but I LOVE the EXPERIENCE of blogging. I love reading about the real-ness (not a word?) of people’s lives and I love relating to what they are going through. Plus, I love seeing the personal touches such as backgrounds and buttons and headers on personal/mommy blogs. I know how much I slave over mine, and I love seeing others pick new stuff 🙂

  13. I just found your blog via SITS. I just want to say this is the best blog post ever. So sweet! I feel the same way. While I respect people making money on blogging, I really dislike when a fabulous blog turns into 90% sponsored filler. It makes me sad! Thanks for this really amazing post (and blog) 🙂

    Erica

  14. THANK YOU for writing this! I just wrote a post about how blogging is like high school. All the big bloggers get the traffic, but, like you said, they’ve lost focus and have become too big, too commercial, too…Anyways, if anyone reads my blog, thank you. If not, that’s ok too. I’m your newest follower now, thanks to this post. 🙂

  15. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’ve unsubscribed to many blogs that were awesome until they became constant advertising. At least the Pioneer Women has good content, too! Even still, I don’t subscribe to her and check in on occasion.

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