I’ve been somewhat involved in the world of blogging for YEARS now. I started reading my very first blog (and it wasn’t even called a blog back then) in 2004. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about blogs since then, it’s this: They come and go.
The act of blogging can be difficult, because it’s a commitment—just one more thing to add to life’s never-ending to-do list. Inspiration doesn’t always come easy. The motivation is not always there.
Over the years, I’ve seen some of my favorite blogs fall silent. And although I’m always sad to see that happen, I understand it because I’ve thought about quitting my fair share of times over the years. I’ll usually keep the quiet blogs in my Google Reader, just in case they ever decide to come back.
Recently, though, I went through my Google Reader and did a clean-up. I removed blogs written by those who have long since abandoned them. And then I started looking at the ones that remained. Some of them had 20-30+ posts sitting there, unread by me. I wondered why that was. For some reason, I wasn’t compelled to read them anymore.
The thing is: Life changes. Our interests and priorities change. I no longer have the time to spend hours in the kitchen baking up delicious desserts. New dinner recipes have to be quick and easy in order to make it into our rotation and onto our plates. And sometimes, the blogs or bloggers themselves change as well. Maybe my interests no longer align with that particular person’s.
Whatever the reason, I had to make myself LET THEM GO.
I’ve come to realize that I’ve picked up very few new blogs over the years. Most of the ones I read regularly, I’ve been loyal to for a long time. I’ve tried out new ones for size, but many of them end up falling by the wayside in my reader and I ultimately unsubscribe from them as well. But I love a lot of blogs. I love having blogger friends. And I know there have to be blogs—real gems—that I don’t even know about.
So I ask all of you: What are your favorite blogs? Who do you read first when new posts pop up in your reader? Who do you “check in on” most often? And why?
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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