Is casual blogging dead?

I don’t know.

I really hope not. Especially since I’m finally feeling the urge to write and blog regularly.

Back a few years ago when I was blogging regularly, I had several regular visitors here. And I also regularly visited their blogs. We all had similar blogs in that we blogged for the love of writing and we wrote about our lives and the things that we loved.

When I go to visit those sites now, they are either gone or it’s been months or years since their last post.

The casual blogs are disappearing.

Maybe it’s all about blogging as a career.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Maybe it’s all about Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

There’s nothing wrong with that either.

I just don’t want to lose my place on the internet.

The place where I can write for fun and connect with people who want to do the same. Blogging may just be a hobby to me, but it’s a hobby I love. Even if I haven’t shown much motivation for it the past two years.

I know that things have changed in the past few years, and I’ll have to adapt. But I’m not going to give up. I’m going to keep writing and hopefully connect with some great people. Just like I did last time.

I’m also going to do some cleaning up and revamping around here. The blog is long overdue for some TLC. I’ve already updated the layout. Now I just need to clean up the links, and update the about pages.

Now tell me, what do you think? Is casual blogging dead? Or do we still have a place on the internet? Let me know in the comments!

My greatest hits: Facebook Edition

Occasionally, I can be funny. Who knew? Right?

Anyway, I wanted a nice and easy post, so I thought I would share some of my status updates from Facebook. These are the ones that got the most likes and comments. Hope that they at least give you a chuckle!

All these years I thought I was a Hufflepuff, but the Sorting Hat on Pottermore put me in Slytherin. Talk about a blow to my self-image.

It’s four o’clock in the morning and I’m eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and reading Harry Potter. Maybe the vampire life isn’t so bad after all.

I finally realized that my memory isn’t really bad. I remember everything! Just never when it is actually useful for me to remember it.

I realized that if my neighbors ever had to describe me to the cops, I would probably sound like a serial killer. “She was really quiet and kept to herself.”

Sitting here watching everyone put their tents together. Man, I really got this supervising thing down!

Someday I hope to be one of those people who actually learns from their mistakes. Obviously that day is not today.

So, I just had two people tell me not to be texting and walking at the same time. Do I not look more capable than that?

I looked out my window and almost had a panic attack because I couldn’t see my car. Turns out I just didn’t recognize it now that the rain has washed it clean.

Everyone in the orthodontist’s waiting room is on their cell phone. I wonder if they’re as grateful for the technology that keeps us from having to interact with one another as I am.

Why can’t I ever find matching socks? And don’t tell me it’s because I never sort them. I know that’s not it!

My new goal in life is to play a zombie on the Walking Dead and be killed by Daryl Dixon.

Trying to adjust to a world with no Twinkies. This wasn’t suppose to happen until AFTER the zombie apocalypse!

People. Can’t live with them. Can’t survive the apocalypse without a few slow ones around to distract the zombies.

Here are a few that my sister, Paige posted to me:

So, I think that the reason I am such a slacker is that, as a child my greatest ambition was to be the girl in the song “babys got her blue jeans on” and since that didn’t “come naturally”, I didn’t see the point in striving for anything else…

I wish I could do my eyeliner as good as rodrick heffley…

Watching the Golden Girls…Blanche said “just one dessert and the elastic in the legs of my panties cuts off my circulation”… I can relate!

So, when you need a quick and easy post, what do you write about? Also, what’s some of your greatest Facebook hits? Let me know in the commments!

Attention Bloggers, Comments aren’t just for you!

Apparently some of the big name blogs are turning off their comments. Why? Because always thinking about their readers affects the way they write. (WTF? Is that really a bad thing?) Or because they don’t think that comments are the best way to engage with their readers. (Lame!) Or because they don’t like getting nasty comments. (I would feel like I’d hit the big time if I ever had a troll!)

Well, I have news for anyone thinking of turning off their comments – the comment section isn’t about you, it’s about your readers!

True, when you’re a small blog like mine, most people comment to engage with me. But this isn’t my end goal! I want to build a community, – though this may take years – where people will have actual conversations, not just with me, but with each other. Shouldn’t that be the goal of every blogger?

For great examples of what I’m talking about, check out Maryann Johanson’s Flick Filosopher and Sally McGraw’s Already Pretty. These ladies don’t answer every comment on their blogs, they don’t need to! Why? Because they have built communities! Check out their comment sections. Their readers are having conversations – commenting not only on what was posted by the blogger, but on what other readers are saying as well. Sally has often said that some of the best ideas and tips come from her readers in the comments!

Also, the reasons some of these blogs are giving for turning off their comments, doesn’t make sense to me. To a certain extent, shouldn’t you be thinking about your reader when you’re blogging? You can’t control how anyone reacts to your blog, so don’t worry about that, just write what you believe your readers will find interesting and helpful.

It is true that there are lots of ways beside blog comments to engage with your readers. You can use Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more to do that. But the best way for your readers to engage with each other, is through the comment section on your blog.

And as for the nasty comments you might receive, all I have to say to that is – Boo Hoo! Get over it!

Every blogger has a right to run their blogs as they see fit, but I think turning off your comments is a great disservice to your readers. I also know that if internet gods, Seth Godin and Leo Babauta are turning off their comments, then it won’t be long before it’s the new trend in blogging.

If turning off your comments is something that you’re considering, I say stop and really think about it. Realize something – not everything is about you! Including you comments!

So, what do you think? Is turning off your comments a disservice to you readers? Or do you think that there are valid reasons for doing so?