WHY DO YOU BLOG?

As most of you know Google Reader is soon coming to an end. To some this can be devastating. To others, we improvise and find other ways to keep our readers in tact (BlogLovin', what have you). And then there's others who took off Google Reader from their sites months / years ago and never really cared. Either way, this whole "numbers" thing really had me thinking. Why do I blog?
When I first started up my blog almost two years ago I was going through a great change in my life of getting married to my best friend and I wanted to document it. I was never very good at keeping consistent journal entries and turned to the Internet, a space where I consume so much of my time, as the next best option. Within weeks of starting I really just found a passion for blogging - the community, the writing, the inspirations I found from other bloggers and within myself.

^^ Image Via: The Business of Blogging / The Man Repeller
And as blogging is continuing to be seen as this massive platform for other potential opportunities (writing your own book, becoming a spokesperson for clothing lines, starting your own line, getting your own television show) so many have turned to blogger for their chance. I would be lying if I were to say that numbers didn't matter to me. Don't get me wrong, numbers aren't everything but there is just something so exciting when you sign into blogger and see that you have gone up another reader. That's another person who enjoys coming to your site, loves reading what you have to say, what you have to show to the world. Who doesn't want that, to feel that their voice matters? So yes, numbers can matter if you are really wanting to take your blog somewhere "special".
Where am I going with this? Of course I would love if I could really turn this here blog into a mini business. To make it my big platform into bigger and better things. But more importantly I don't want to loose that sense of community and being inspired from one another. So going back to Google Reader...
Is it just me or does it seem like ever since Google Reader announced that it will be removing this feature within the coming months that blogging has just changed? It's almost as if we are all throwing in the towel and giving up on blogging. A lot of people don't seem to be posting as much, commenting as much (all of which I'm guilty of as well). Instead of building each other up there's so much contention of comparison and breaking each other apart.

I guess what I'm getting at is, why do we blog? What are our goals?
Don't loose that first initial passion that I know we all had / have.

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85 comments:

  1. Ohhh that is so true. Blogging is my big passion, a part of my life :)
    Cheers from Poland, www.littlebird07.blogspot.com

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  2. I blog because I enjoy the writing - I do see it as a gateway into bigger and better things, but not necessarily for the blog itself, more in the way that future employers can use it to get to know me and my writing style a bit when I apply for jobs. If that makes sense?

    I started using bloglovin ages ago so haven't felt a massive shift in the way i read blogs etc, but I have noticed a lot of panic on twitter.. yes its a numbers game but it shouldn't be all about the numbers. I'm babbling so I'll stop now, I'll just end this on: I'm glad you blog, yours is one of the few I always make a point to check up on, even on days/weeks when I'm not very active in the blogging world. You are awesome x

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  3. I started bloggin beacuse i wanted to tell about my exchange programme in Stockholm and to improve my english. My english is not improved yet but i love love love my blog altough if it has only 50 fidelity followers.

    : )

    testo

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  4. I agree with you on the sense of community and building one another up. I think it's so easy to try and add up to each other instead of just soaking in the good. Your post hit it on the head a while ago "sin of comparison" I think it was called.
    I started blogging to keep a journal of my life for my husband and I to look back on... I haven't regretted it one minute - the bonus was getting to know other wonderful bloggers like your self!
    Thanks for the 'self check'. Needed that.

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  5. I blog because I want to document my family's happy and precious moments for my extended family and friends to see. In my generation and esp in my country, having a child/children is deemed as "the end of freedom" for couples. Esp young couples. I hope tt from my blog, people will know tt having a kid is actually such fun and joy! And having money and success is not worth it when you have no one to share with.

    Btw thanks for this honest post. Love it. :)

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  6. well said! blogging is such a great community and i love learning from all your smarties out there! i don't blog to meet a schedule or post something just to have a post--when you write and share things that you are passionate about--readers will come and won't judge you for not having a post up everyday. i have to remind myself not to let comparison be the thief of joy--and i find lots of joy in blogging! (and reading your blog too, for that matter! :)

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  7. I love this post... and completely agree. Its so good to stop and think about why I started blogging and the meaning behind it... to me. Thanks for sharing this post. Xo

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  8. My blog was started as a way to write about things I love that I don't get to write about during my 9-to-5 job. I've made so many friends as an added bonus!

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  9. I blog because I enjoy documenting things that I will love to look back on. It's also a great way to meet others just like me. The sense of community is really great.

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  10. This is a great post! I am new to blogging and never got into google reader (especially since I use Wordpress). I really enjoyed your perspective on the situation. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I document everything. I take a lot of photos that I never get to share with anyone or do anything with... same with craft projects. It all makes sense even if it's not clear here. Plus it's therapeutic. I miss it when I don't do it!

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  12. nice thinking and sharing dear..
    I blog cuz I love writing and photography, so I think that's more beautiful if we could share it to public
    my goal is simple, Never stop to blog and always have a new friends as much as people in this world.., so i can say Hy to them and share happiness together:)

    Xoxo,Ila

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  13. I didn't even know what google reader was. I had to look it up. In fact I'm still not even 100% what it is.

    I blog for my own sanity. I blog because I always lose my journals and I don't print pictures enough to factor that in on paper and because I genuinely enjoy the community... for the most part. The genuine side, I enjoy. The numbers side I do not.

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  14. great post! it's always good to take a minute to think back at why we started something.

    i started blogging to document little parts of my life with my boy that i can look back on. i've been blogging for about a year now and looking back at the past year through my blog makes my heart so full.

    i personally don't care for google reader. i think its a tool bloggers use to verify whether a blog is worthy of their time by the number of followers they have. i don't blog to get readers or have the most readers and/or comments. i think getting rid of google reader will allow for new bloggers, such as myself, to get people to read my content based on what i write and not the number of followers i have.

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  15. this is a really great post tj.

    i feel like for some reason this did cause a lot of chaos. for me i think its rather exciting, its like a fresh start.

    but i mainly blog because i like to (if that makes sense) its a good place for me to write down my thoughts that are longer than a tweet. And its a great place to meet really great people.

    also i know i stopped blogging a little less just because its almost finals, but that's just me.

    K

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  16. great post ! I love blogging because I love helping people. I'm a Mama of a two year old and I blog about life being a new and give mama's tips about being a mom. I love it ..I'm not going anywhere .. reaching One person thats all that matters to me. http://mamashiptips.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is great. It really is important to remind ourselves and hold onto why we started in the first place.

    I started blogging because I hope to become a professional blogger. I love everything about blogging. The people, the creativity, the individuality, the fast pace, the connection...it's all fantastic. It's also a challenge. But the good things in life don't usually come easy :]

    xo sharon

    free people giveaway on my blog!!
    http://freelyronnie.blogspot.com

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  18. Wait, what is Google Reader? I'm so confused!

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  19. I too noticed a drop in page views and in comments. I feel my content is only getting better, so I agree that the trend seems that bloggers are losing hope in blogging. But I'm with you inn having to stay strong and trying to hone in why I blog and keep that in the front of my mind as motivation!

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  20. Great post. I agree.. the numbers make us feel special. I am also always surprised.. thinking someone is actually interested in little old me and what I have to say..
    But I blog to document, to leave behind a little diary for my kids and for me to look back at.
    With google reader closing shop I have noticed an increase in bloglovin followers.. and that I did not expect.

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  21. I love TJ that you say numbers matter because they do and I am so sick of big bloggers saying they don't when they know they do. Now to me the numbers matter for me as they do to you. I get so excited and rush to check out their blog and how they found me. I love saying hey and trying when I can to get back to their blogs or google+/twitters to check them out. I love the community and networking possibilities that blogging offers. To open the world up even more.
    I started blogging because I had various things to say back in 2007 or 2008. I can't remember because I didn't take it seriously. Now I started my current blog because I wanted to showcase Indy and a bit of fashion and really just me (because let's face it I'm pretty weird). I never imagine I would meet people like you and others who are so helpful and welcoming. Who are welling to teach me things and allow me to grow and be myself.
    Now I have noticed a huge drop in my comments and that is sad because I feel like that is part of how we communicate with each other. I have tried to crave out an hour or so a week to catch up on all the bloglovin posts from you and other bloggers I love but sadly grad school makes that difficult. I just hope soon things go back to normal. I miss all the jokes and fun my followers would leave scattered on my blog.

    Chao
    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

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  22. Love this post! And I am thankful for finding your blog, a year ago now I suppose. You were one of my first followers which was such a thrill and it's been a delight getting to know you through your posts and comments. I've always hoped for a day when our paths will cross! :) xo Sara

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  23. I blog to journal, but connecting with others has been a nice surprise. I don't even know what google reader is, I blog my heart so I am not going to try and convince people to read, if you want to great, if you don't great.

    There are a bazillion blogs, and to truly make $ you have to run it and put in the time like a business, I already have a job of raising 3 kids and a household, I have no plans on adding another stress to my life.

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  24. love this post! I'm certainly not giving up, although admittedly I've been commenting a little less on blogs..Google reader did make it all so easy. We will evolve! Keep it up lady, I'm right there with ya!

    xx
    MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

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  25. I'm in love with your blog!!

    xx.
    http://callaquenosmiran.blogspot.com.es/

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  26. This post is amazing & helpful.
    Well, people mostly blog because they want to have some profits. I blog because I love it and it makes me happy :).
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  27. I never used Google Reader so I wasn't too sad about it ending, but you bring up some interesting points about why we blog. I originally started my current blog so my new husband and I could keep our friends and family members who we don't see often enough updated on our lives. But ironically those people don't ever comment on our blog, and it's actually the new followers who stumble across our blog and leave comments who make me the happiest. :-)

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  28. I really enjoy blogging, it's like an outlet for all of my creativity and gives me a chance to keep up to date with people who have likeminded interests! Great post by the way, it was a really good read!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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  29. I blog because I love the blogger community. I love that you commented on one of my very first blog posts. I looked up to you so much so it was such an honor. Everyone was so kind. I also do this because I love expressing my true voice.

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  30. I think you're right. People focus a lot on the numbers, even little blogs. Maybe losing Google Reader will be for the best! Blogging is all about creativity anyways, not followers :)

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  31. Love this post. I really enjoy reading what other bloggers have to say about the whole google reader thing. I have definitely noticed a decrease in blog post's from some bloggers but hoping it has nothing to do with google reader and just the fact that some people are busy right now. Time will tell.

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  32. I think perhaps that this is for the best. Blogging has gone beyond just the numbers for us! It's great to see it grow...but really the growth we see is more in the response and interaction from readers than just raw numbers!

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  33. I'm so glad you posted this! I was just talking to a friend at work the other day, and she was explaining her distaste for blogging, and she asked me that very question, "Why do you blog?"
    It put things into a lot of perspective for me, made me re-evaulte my purpose in the blogging world,
    and just what exactly the point of me writing words onto a vast internet.
    I loved what you had to say here. Very well written,
    xo Bre'an

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  34. I know that I love blogging just because of all the great people that I've met so far! It's always nice to reflect on why we're really doing it, cause I think that a lot of us know, if it was for the money we would have stopped a long time ago. I think the passionate ones are the ones that will keep going!

    Shannon
    http://GBOfashion.com

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  35. Honestly, I took the GFC widget off of my blog a long long time ago. I want people to read my blog because it has interesting content, not because of how many followers I have. Now they can base their decision upon what I write about rather than how many others read my blog! xo

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  36. i started my blog so i could document, as well. i used to strictly only document my activities, and now it has turned into other various postings (reviews, diy, etc). i really did love reading this post. my favorite blogs are the ones that people don't take "too seriously", or come across as they don't at least! the ones that are extremely admit on followers and sponsors.. eh not my taste.

    lindsey louise
    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  37. This is so true, you really have a point. People comment because they want a comment back, people follow your blog because they want a follow back. It gets me frustrated and it seems to become a competition. I don't have a lot of followers, but that does not really matter to me. What matters is when I see the numbers going up after a new post: people wanted to read that. And than the nice comments, it really makes me feel special and it makes my day. It's not about quantity of your readers, but the quality. As soon as I realised that I stopped with the whole 'follow me follow you' thing. I follow when I want to, when I love the blog, the person behind it. That's what matters more to me.
    I guess I had a lot to say about this topic! Maybe I'll write a post myself.


    http://cestmoiavectoi.blogspot.com

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    1. as a new blogger i found that "follow me ill follow you" thing frustrating as well. i follow blogs that i love and as a new blogger i commented a lot and followed tons of people and i never once had the thought that they should follow me or comment on my blog because i followed them. very refreshing to know that there are others out there in it just for the love of blogging!

      -s.

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  38. I blog because I want to inspire just one person. I also find it to be therapeutic and...fun. Turns out, I just love to write. A dream of mine is to grow my blog to be as popular and impactful as yours. You're an inspiration.

    xx, Elin

    http://girlwiththestartattoo.blogspot.com

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  39. i blog as a creative release, to document, and to connect - to make it very simple. i think it's important to hold on to that, rather than get caught up on numbers. that's how you hold on to your blog's "soul", if you will.

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  40. I didn't even know Google Reader was going bye bye. Haha. Well, I've alway struggled with getting followers. I've literally been blogging consistently for three or four years and I get a new follower every few months. It's sad because I work so hard to share my heart and make it as interesting as possible (I know sometimes its now) so it's hard. But because of that, I've learned that I don't blog for numbers. At all. I blog for myself and for the few wonderful people who are kind enough to comment on my posts.

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  41. Ask my husband - I was just dancing around my living room...! He knew right away "you won?" THANK-YOU YOU DARLING GEM!!

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  42. Oh I love this! I'd be lying if I didn't say that a little part of me wants more to come from my blog, but if it never does... that's more than okay. I blog so I can write, and I love it for that. It's my creative outlet. :)

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  43. I am one of those people who didn't use Google Reader so it isn't a loss to me but most of my reader's did so I do sympathize at their loss.

    I began blogging just because I love writing. It's my passion and I'd love to work professionally as a writer - whether it is film reviewing or someday, a novel. It was also a way to challenge myself to have a place where there was no editor checking my work. It's been a wonderful journey that has turned into more of a learning experience that I'd ever imagined! Blogging for me has become a "community" of sorts and I appreciate the feedback, the camaraderie and friendships I've made as a result. If Readers closing does begin breaking apart bloggers (which I hope it doesn't), either way, the experience has been - and I hope will continue to be, a rewarding one.

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  44. Great post! I started my blog in December and used bloglovin. I just recently began gaining readers through gfc. It would be nice to have hundreds of followers but not having that amount isn't going to make me give up on my blog. I started my blog because I wanted to share my style transition and how it's evolving. It was a way for me to feel as if my life wasn't only about work and home. It's still a work in progress and a bit time consuming but I'm learning something new every day.
    Mo
    Who is that girl Mo?

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  45. Oh gosh, I'm a bit guilty for not commenting as much either. it makes me feel pretty selfish...
    And it really irks me when other bloggers leave a comment on my page saying, "Great blog! If you follow me I'll follow you!!!" It doesn't happen that often, but when it does, I usually put it in "spam" rather than deleting it, because that's what I believe it is. Unless I actually am interested in their blog! But 99% of the time I'm not.

    ANYWAY. I blog because it just looked like so much fun! And it is! I remember when I discovered the Mormon fashion bloggers community through Clothed Much, and that's when I decided that it was something that I could definitely do.

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  46. im fairly new to blogging...ok, ok...im super new to blogging and it seems everyone is freaking out! im not sure what to make of it and i dont know if i should also be freaking out?!?
    where are people going to promote their blogs now...bloglovin obviously is a favorite but its not as easy as just signing up with your email...so, i guess if anyone would be so kind as to fill me in a little that would be awesome!

    -s.

    serioussarahblog.blogspot.com

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  47. I starteed my blog because of how wonderful the blogging community seems to be and I of course really love blogging about what I blog about. I only have 6 followers and I really hope one day that I have at least 100 followers. BUT right now I am so thankful for my few readers! I certainly blog for them, just knowing that there are 6 people out there in this whole world who want to read what I have to say is really heart warming. I cant wait to become more part of this community.

    You have a wonderful blog! I love how abundant your life seems to be in terms of happiness. I makes me so happy and I am sure many others. Keep on doing what you are doing it is great =)

    http://inthingslist.blogspot.com

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  48. First of all, great post!!! I have only been blogging a couple of months and I am in love with it all. The new chance to meet friends, the opportunity to inspire others and myself. I want to have fun with this and make this a special creative outlet for me. I hope my blog is as awesome as yours someday!!! Love you girl!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

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  49. i've been blogging for about 2 years as well, and i can't help but get excited when i learn of a new follower....which is few and far between... but still exciting when it does happen! lol i have to admit, i'm not sure what i'll use instead of google reader, or if i'll replace it at all. but i do know i'll continue blogging, for the joy of it, but also for sharing it with others. i'm basically on both sides here......

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  50. I blog for fun, to write, and have a place to store pieces of my life. I've purposefully avoided ads and sponsorship, mostly because I'm not ready to make that commitment.

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  51. i just started blogging and it's such a fun outlet. it's basically like an online journal of my outfits, and that's all. a place to go back and look at the pieces i put together.

    xo

    Cecile In L.A.

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  52. I think the biggest thing we have to look at is why did we start and is it the same reason now? Back to basics and what have you :)

    I love this, and agree in every way

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  53. i started blogging for a similar reason - i can't keep a diary, but i love to write and i like to share content. i want my blog to grow, get bigger, better, and reach more people so the numbers bit is really hard to deal with. i do think that we'll move on and up and just get better. these kinds of things are only setbacks if we let them be
    kw ladies in navy

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  54. I started blogging 5/6 years ago, maybe more, but I was never very consistent, and I can honestly say that I'm loving what I'm doing with my blog right now. I also care a little bit about numbers, but since I'm not on blogspot, I can't really see it that way...only through subscriptions!

    Honestly what I blog must pleasure me first (and I'm not saying this in a selfish way), so that I know I feel good when I please others that view my blog...does that make any sense? The goal is precisely to not lose sight of the initial goal: take pretty pictures (as best as possible).

    About google reader...people will move on. I'm sure other ways to follow the blogs will rise, and everything will get back to normal.
    =)

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  55. I have never used google reader, really.
    So I don't mind it, it doesn't influence my blog or readership.
    Lately I have just been so busy with freelance work and opportunities, that my little blog hasn't been updated as much as I would have loved to.

    I think your blog will grow regardless and there are so many other ways to monitor your numbers, like your statistics or bloglovin etc.

    You have established a great blog and readership for sure.

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  56. I started blogging over 3 years ago.... At first it was kinda my journal that I wrote hoping that my friends from all over the world would read it and would love to know how I am doing..... Then I figured that none of them actually read it =))))
    Through the years my attitude towards blogging changed.... I figured that I find a lot of inspiration in the blog sphere... photography... ideas... recipes... everything.... It all still keeps me going... I want to be useful.. I want to give something that people would be interested in..
    But I'm not really good at writing so I mostly show everything in pictures =))) And I'm still working on my "blog strategy" of how I want to develop it and what I want to write about...

    Talking about numbers... Whenever I see my numbers - 16 readers in almost 4 years... pfff... It always makes me wanna forget about the idea of being a blogger... Thoughts like "Noone needs it... nobody cares... I'm boring" often come to my mind....

    But then I think - In Russia you are either a fashion blogger or a food blogger... I can do none of that.. No wonder why I have this few readers then.. None of my friends have blogs and none read them.. Some never even heard of blogs =)))
    But every rare comment I get and number of views mean so much to me.. It gives me strength to go on and to not give up...

    So why do I blog? I blog hoping someone will find it interesting...hoping it will make someone smile...Hoping I could be useful =))) And to keep some of my memories in one place =)))

    I love your blog... And it's one of those rare blogs that I actually read and not just look through pictures =))) So... Thank you for keeping it updated =)))

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  57. You are so interesting!
    As a new blogger I have wondering why I have decided t o start a blog, and where I hope to go with it. As someone who spends hours on facebook and pinterest doing nothing but looking, I thought it might be a good way to contribute and work towards doing something tinsead of passively looking at others,

    Your last video has inspired me to (maybe) try making a few videos myself...we shall see. Havea good Friday!
    Love,
    Morgme
    lovemorgme.blogspot.ca

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  58. This is a great post!! I started to blog almost two years ago as a personal outlet to share my style with others. I have always loved fashion and wanted to really show girls my spin on everyday wear for the budget friendly wallet. I hope it takes me somewhere!!

    http://www.leopardmartini.com/

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  59. I blog because I love to share little thoughts and photos with my family/friends/whoever would like to read them. I have never used Google Reader, only Bloglovin'. I set it as my homepage - I like it!

    Hope you're having a great Friday, TJ! :)

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  60. For me, blogging was a creative outlet from my 9-5 job. Since I started in 2011, I've decided to switch careers and be a part of an industry that I love; FASHION! Thanks for this post. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  61. This is a great post. So many bloggers lost sight of being true to their own personal brand - which is unfortunate because that's what keeps me coming back. What's the point of blogging about stuff that you're not passionate about? People can feel when you're not 100% behind everything you post. I started blogging / writing as a creative outlet, and as a desire to document my life. I've grown to really, truly love it. Those blogs that make you feel like you know them, that inspire you to write or create, that help you reflect or start a discussion or look at life a little differently - those are the gems. :)

    Happy Friday!

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  62. I blog to encourage myself to keep taking photos! So far, it's really been working!

    Some Snapshots Blog
    Jess

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  63. This is a really great post. I often find myself asking this question every other day. Numbers are pretty sometimes important to me also, but then I find that I don't really care because at least I'm doing something I am passionate about. When I first started blogging, it was just for fun and I had joined after Livejournal started losing interest to me. So Mostly Lisa is really a continuation of my Livejournal. I don't have that many readers but the ones that do are so amazing.

    Love your blog though.

    Always,
    Mostly Lisa

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  64. :) i think that sometimes at "turing points" like this whole google feed thing that people might fall off but i believe the people who really have a passion for blogging will stick around and those are the ones that are going to encourage, challenge, and grow. and i am even a new follower for your blog :) just found it. let's blog for passion and enjoy each other's company!

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  65. i started the whole blogging world as an outlet, sort of a journal, then i switched to focusing on my fashion blog as a creative outlet. it's always something different from the everyday i guess.

    -issa
    wewearthings.com

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  66. you make a very good point. i guess i count myself as that small percent that doesn't really care about numbers at the moment, especially since my blog only has a small following. but i agree with you that people shouldn't give up on blogging just because GFC is shutting down. just because it might mean you'll have to start making an effort to gain followers again, it's important not to lose that initial attraction you had to blogging. for me, blogging is an escape. it's how i express my creativity, while also sharing my adventures with people on the web. i feel like as long as you're passionate about writing, blogging is something a person should keep doing.

    xoxo, Oleah
    xthesimplethingsx.blogspot.com

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  67. Very truthly what you wrote.
    It's so important not to loose our firts inspiration wich made us start a blog. Completely agree with you.
    Happy weekend and love from armarioenduddas :)

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  68. girl i've been pondering the same thing. and it is great to look back over my blog and see what was going on in life and what i was doing... and yeah, it's kinda awesome to dream that maybe i can be something special and that people like me... blog on girl, i love what you do :)

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  69. I think more or less like you, because there is nothing more rewarding than open the blog and see a comment from a reader, have the opportunity to publish a book, etc.. My blog started in college and even today, after graduation, I continue blogging. ^^

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  70. A really great post!
    I blog for myself and because I find it enjoyable. Numbers do matter to me but not half as much as they do for some people. I absolutely despise the "follow back" mentality some people have - you should follow a blog because you like it, not to get something in return.
    I'm still relatively new to this whole thing but I am wholeheartedly enjoying the experience and blogging never loses its fun for me!

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  71. I saw this entry for a contest for admission to a 3 day design camp at the Seattle Design Center! I thought this might be something you would enjoy, worth a try! (I don't know if I have ever commented, I live in Puyallup and found your blog through your sister-in-law)

    http://www.seattlemag.com/win-it-seattle-design-camp-ticket-1297

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  72. Honestly..I have never even used google reader! ha. It makes no difference to me. This post is beautifully put though; it's hard to not get into the numbers (those who say they don't look are just plain lying. lying I tell you!) but that can't be what its all about. I'm glad you came over to my little spot, so that I could find yours!
    xo

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  73. you're so right, we all shouldn't forget why we started to blog - because we wanted to connect with other people that have the same passions, and not because we wanted to make money from the whole thing. By the way, I discovered your blog and I wanted to tell you that it's amazing! I'll be coming back soon :)

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  74. I almost find me asking that question, but I keep it as a journal of what I love to do, google reader may not have an impact on me because I'm still new using it, but definetely is a tool to get readers.
    xx
    Viva la Trucco

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  75. so glad you blog!! xxo
    Jamie
    www.candystilettos.com

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  76. Google Reader and Google Friend Connect are two different things and GFC won't go away... Or at least that's what the guy from their tech support told me when I mailed him about it :) I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. But I know that many of my readers will not make the jump to bloglovin' or feedly or whatever :( and in that way, yes, the dropping numbers will give me a big blow and might make me want to stop going on... x

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  77. I love this post.

    I never used google reader and just started blogging, so I don't see it affecting my blogging. Though, I wish it was around, sounds like a great thing.

    I think that the blogging world will find ways to replace google reader eventually. Maybe it will take awhile? I dunno.

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  78. This is a really interesting post... and I guess for me it was about challenging myself to use my closet more efficiently, and has really grown into a fun community :) I love it :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  79. Thanks for posting this. I only just started blogging, so I wasn't even aware of google reader coming to an end. Personally, I see blogging as an oppurtunity to practice writing, but also to catatlogue my life and talk to people with similar interests. I guess numbers are important to me, but its only because more numbers mean more people to chat to :)
    xx

    Only Ogres Know

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  80. I haven't visited your bog in a while lady and I'm glad I finally did! What a great post. I have been on and off blogging for years now. And it's such a good question. Sometimes the numbers can be encouraging.. hello! Get back to serious blogging! And yet other times discouraging... this isn't your "real" job, it's never going to, stop wasting so much time here. Ah blogging. What a world.

    xo! Lizzie

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  81. Well, I started blogging personally to encourage young women to dress in modest clothing. It can be very frustrating if it's all about the numbers. I'm so thrilled that I have over 300 followers now, but there are times when I have to remind myself that I'm not doing it get 1,000 followers (though that would be nice...).
    Great post!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  82. I'm not sure I've noticed a decline in blogging, but it's possible. To me it's so overwhelming because there are just SO MANY blogs on blogger, wordpress, and tumblr. And some of them are so great and just never get noticed, and some are somehow really successful but really bad? I'm not sure how a person goes about it. I blog because I realized one of my passions in life is improving other people's lives, through whatever way possible. And I blog because I want things to be better- people, products, travel.

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  83. I think the number of readers does only matter if you want to take your blog to the next level. If you want to do it as a creative outlet and as a personal journal with some interaction because it's fun, like I do, than numbers don't really matter. I have apparently missed out on the stuff that was going on in blogland. Not sure what happened, but maybe I'm glad that I am out of it. -Jessica L

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  84. We've long been inspired by urban art and have finally created a collection that pays homage to this secret addiction of ours!

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