The Perils of Blogging

I’ve probably been in a funk lately. After reading a post written by a friend about her musings on the meaning of life, I took a little step back. I’ve been blogging since high school, when it wasn’t as much of a mainstream thing. I was blogging before all the food and beauty bloggers did nothing but review products and places and re-post press releases. In short, I was blogging before it became the next big business decision to professionally blog.

It only took me a few minutes to think back to how I started. My first home on the internet was in Blogspot.com. It was during this time that I got interested in writing. I eventually moved to Livejournal where it was a bit more social with other LJ users, hence a lot more fun. At this point, I did a couple of reviews but mostly stuck to writing about the goings-on in my life. When the ownership changed (and so did the system), that’s when I got into Multiply. For a while, Multiply was great because all my friends had their own pages. I was able to do a bit more reviewing, but there were also the photo albums to fill. Then it was purchased by another company and the site became jeje. *shudder* I stopped blogging for a while after that, but eventually found WordPress. Here I am.

The lesson? When the website starts to go south, it’s time to migrate. Aside from that, I was able to realize how my blog has matured over the years. Right now, I’m not particularly happy that I’ve mostly limited my writing to reviews. Whatever happened to just sharing my thoughts without them needing to go behind a product? No wonder I’ve been experiencing the burnout. Thoughts don’t always have to be categorized into grading systems. I was just caught up in the excitement of it all, seeing some bloggers prosper and turn their writing into a business opportunity.

Honestly speaking, I don’t think I can compete with that. I’d rather do this for the enjoyment and as a way to channel my stress and frustrations into a positive effort than to be obligated to mete out a satisfying review. Reviews are fun—as are increasing followers—but having my sanity intact is definitely more useful to me. I’m glad to have written this entry and to share my thoughts in earnest this time.

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