I'm having a "Hey you kids get off my lawn!" moment.
About my blog.
I think I've been doing this for too long and clinging to the blog world from 4 or 5 years ago (or possibly longer) that wasn't all giveaways and advertising and an INDUSTRY. It was just people writing thoughts, providing some interesting links and leaving a few comments on the web. It's a COMPLETELY different animal now.
This post by Helen Jane about getting more traffic to your blog, which I think is pretty accurate, made me realize that maybe I just don't have the time or energy to keep up with how it's supposed to be done now.
But as I was writing everything above, I realized that maybe I don't want to do this "right". I have always told myself I'm doing this for me. It gets to be whatever I want it to be. I don't even check my stats. Because honestly, I don't care. I can put whatever I want in this space. If it gets 15 comments, that's awesome. If it gets zero comments, that's okay too. IT'S ALL OKAY.
I don't want to make money from blogging, I just want my little internet space where I can write a little bit and display a few photos. And maybe through that, I'll meet a few people and make a few friends. Perk!
I really just want to sit down and write about my loose fit converse that I should have bought in quantities of 5 because they don't make them anymore and they're the best converse ever! Or how I unintentionally left hair dye on for almost twice the recommended time and do you know what happened? It got darker. WAY darker. But I kind of like it, so I might do it again next time.
And I want to put those things here for me. So I can look back through my archives and chuckle about it a couple years from now. And if they're helpful or amusing to you in any way, then bonus!
But (there's always a "but") there's a little tiny part of me that wants to yell (to no one in particular), "I've been doing this for over TEN YEARS! Doesn't that mean ANYTHING?!" And at this point, I don't think it does. It just means I'm old and my blog is old. And that's okay too.