Do You Miss The Golden Age Of Blogging?

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Sometimes I stroll through the blogosphere and wonder when I turned into the grumpy old man screaming at kids to get off of my lawn muttering about their awful music and funny sense of style.

It makes me wonder if I rode the train off the tracks and over the cliff because the time was I didn’t talk like this. Didn’t walk around grumbling about the damn rookies who clutter the blogosphere with crap they call content.

Didn’t walk around lecturing people about how they take too much time worrying about trying to produce videos that are more technically more sophisticated than the ones I grew up watching at movie theaters and/or fighting to produce content that goes viral.

“Viral, hell I remember when saying you had a virus was a bad thing but not anymore…”

It Shouldn’t Bother Me

It shouldn’t bother me. Why should I care why people are writing. What difference does it make, it is a big pie and there is enough for everyone to have a slice.

But sometimes it does. That is the truth.

Sometimes I get irked by the puppy dog excitement some people display writing about stuff that we wrote/covered ten times over years ago.

It is narishkeit on my part, just a waste of energy.

But sometimes I miss when it felt less commercial. Sometimes I miss writing and reading stories where we did it without ulterior motives.

It wasn’t because we hoped to get a book deal or be asked to write for Babble, iVillage or Huffington Post. We didn’t worry about how many dads or moms were brand ambassadors.

We just wrote.

We talked about what our kids were doing, shared our fears about life/parenting and did it all again the next day.

Love, Tesla and Magnetic Field Strength

That is the name of a post I wrote at Words Left Unwritten. You could say it is tied into She Says She’ll Never Get Married Again.

You can find quite a bit of my fiction over there.

Blogging is what made me decide to write stories. Blogging is what led to my figuring out what my life is supposed to be about and when I finish writing these stories and publish my book blogging will receive credit for sending me on this path.

I suppose The Shmata Queen deserves credit too for supporting and pushing me to write more. If she hadn’t I might have gone a different direction.

Does The Universe Speak To Us?

I am an agnostic on that. Can’t say that I completely believe or disbelieve. There is an interesting discussion to be had around it.

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

That is one of my favorite quotes. I have had experiences that make me believe there are things we can’t see or touch going on around us.

I don’t think we have complete control of everything that happens in life but I don’t believe that every decision is predestined or all of our choices have been made for us.

I see it more like we are captains of a ship sailing on the sea. Sometimes we sail through storms and sometimes through calm and everything in between.

Much of what happens depends on how we plan, prepare, act and react to what comes across our path.

Do You Miss The Golden Age Of Blogging?

I don’t know if there really was a golden age of blogging. It was just different and while I definitely think some things were better then there are things that are better now too.

Mostly I like the tools because at heart I am a storyteller and my goal has always been to become a better one. So I appreciate having more tools and resources to use to do so.

And one of the things I have always liked best about blogging is how it provides me with a way to clear my head and sort my thoughts and that still works for me so I am happy about that.

Maybe every age is the Golden Age of Blogging and maybe not. The real question in my mind is whether it is fun or not. As long as it remains so and I feel like I get something out of it I suppose you will keep seeing me show up here.

What do you think?

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  1. TheJackB April 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    cynkingfeeling  I am all for that.

  2. TheJackB April 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Natalie the Singingfool  The best and only “real” advice I have is to just write, not that you asked about  for it. 🙂

  3. cynkingfeeling April 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I’m going to pretend it still is the golden age of blogging and not write for the hype.

  4. Natalie the Singingfool April 12, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I wish I wrote during that golden age of blogging, because I too dislike the hype and marketing and hustle and whatnot.

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