Recently I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what this space means to me. What it is meant to be and where I want it to go.
The truth is, before last week I hadn't thought that much about it. Sure, page views, shares, followers--seeing all of that grow gets me excited. It's nice to be liked. I'm sure it's even nice to make money while doing it.
But is that what I want?
This question came forward with a current sponsorship I have running with Jaelan over at Making Mrs. M. She asked me some genuine, serious questions about my blog and my goals in order to maximize my sponsorship. And I felt sort of dumbstruck when my first response was "I don't know."
I don't know what my goals are or what the future of this space is.
When I started Life with Lolo, it was just that - life with ME. I entered the blogging world for two reasons - one, I had gotten into reading blogs and was inspired, and two, I was bored. Really bored.
I didn't get into blogging to inspire others. Or to be DIY expert, a fashionista, a food blogger or give advice on life or blogging. I got into blogging because I was bored and I wanted a place to express myself.
|Our goodies from the Idaho Blogger Luncheon|
Jaelan of course had expert advice on how to increase followers and page views - relevant, "evergreen"content that would keep people and bring people to your blog. Something more substantial than a weekend recap or confessions. And I get it. Heck, sometimes I even try to do those posts.
But is that what I want?
I think Erin put it perfectly when she wrote in this post: I feel like things have shifted way more towards the "I have to provide useful content and tutorials and perfect photography and ways to improve x, y, and z in order to be a relevant blogger that people will want to follow" aspect of blogging.
She meant that in comparison to the blogging of day to day happenings of our lives - the sharing of our story as if we are friends. And I couldn't agree more. I've felt the shift too.
The thing is, I don't know if that is what I want my blog to be. I don't know if I want Life with Lolo to make that shift - to be something that I am obsessed about growing numbers with and keeping up to date with relevant content.
I think I just want it to be about me.
Is that terrible? Are you still going to come visit me? I promise I'll still do some DIY and some recipes and even some truly mind-blowingly relevant content --but I'm going to keep it ME.
That's what I love about blogging. Telling other people your story and learning about them. Making friends no matter the miles between you. That's what this space has come to mean for me.
That thought rang true for me this weekend when I attended the Idaho Bloggers Luncheon hosted by Karli and Amy. Five of us Idaho bloggers met and chatted like old friends over brunch. It was absolutely the best way to spend an afternoon.
|Crystal @ Wine, Workouts and Whippersnappers | Rachel @ The Little Homeplace | Karli @ September Farm | Amy @ the Farmer's Wife | ME @ Life with Lolo|
Blogging brought me that.
And so far that's all I want from blogging. New friends, new perspectives, and an avenue for me to express myself and put myself out there. And maybe to learn a few things along the way.
Tell me - what do you want from blogging?
Big thanks again to all of the bloggers who attended the luncheon and to Karli and Amy for planning it!