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'm 33 and have been married to Michael for seven years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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