Sunday, September 14, 2014

Has the blogger inside of me died?

I fear the blogger inside of me has died little by little as time has gone by and life has changed pace on me.

Did Instagram, with it's quick, of-the-moment-photo capability and tidbit of wordy accompaniment kill it?  Or is the season of life I find myself in- mother to a teen and almost teen, to blame?

There was a time when I had gobs of time.  (Ironically I didn't think that I did.) I had full days when my car never left the garage.  I chased small people around the house, kept them entertained, taught, loved, well fed and cared for.  I took breaks to my computer and fell in love with blogging.  It was 2008... a simpler time.  (grin)

Flash forward to this past weekend.  My man and I threw overnight gear for a few days into bags, told the kids to pack theirs, and with very little forethought, we piled into the car, crossed the border into Canada and spent three days adventuring, exploring, bike riding, cab hopping, and memory making in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Guess how many times I pulled out my camera.  Like.  Two times.  I considered it many other times because there were so many cool shots I could have gotten and so many freeze frame moments I would have loved to capture...but we were so busy doing things.  Things I didn't want to interrupt.  We took a trolley, hopped off in Gastown for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory then wandered around by the famous steam clock and watched a bride and groom get photographed in front of it.  I pulled out my camera for evening photos and the pure challenge of it, and came away with a few fun shots.  The next day we rented bikes and then rode the seawall all around Stanley park and beyond.  It was beautiful and the perfect September weather.  There were so many amazing sights I could have stopped and photographed but I just didn't feel like it.  After biking all day the hoodlums wanted to swim for almost three hours, then we had one of the most memorable dinners ever, at a fun restaurant.  They swam again the next day before we headed home and had a birthday party with my extended family. 

 




    


 
I would never have believed I could participate in all of that fun and not feel much like photographing it.

What?!

When I chat about blogging with some of my other blogger friends, I am finding they are saying the same kinds of things.  Our kids are getting older and (dare I admit it...) we're falling in love with Instagram, maybe just a little more than blogging these days.  Some of the similar comments I hear from them when we have this conversation are that "it seems there are fewer people reading blogs, fewer bloggers hitting publish with regularity, and even fewer leaving comments."   The connections made are wonderful and I have personally made a few life long friends that I would never have had the chance to meet if not for blogging.  But, I have noticed the decline in the blog world as well and it makes me wonder... is blogging kind of becoming old news "out there?

I blog a lot less and I don't feel bad about it in the least.  I do what works, when it works.  When it feels like pressure or work I back far away and once it becomes fun again I jump back in.  I don't think I'll ever quit completely but who knows.  I also see and hear things constantly about comparisons and I know some people can't stand reading about someone's (seemingly) "perfect" life, (which of course is false but photos can say anything we want them to say, can't they?)

Has the polish dulled somewhat on the shiny blog world we see served up all over our computers and phones?  I would love to know what your thoughts are on this topic.  

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  1. Interesting thoughts. I feel Pinterest has really had an impact on the blog. Where are most pins from? Blogs, but we are letting others find them and we are merely pinning, not visiting. I still enjoy blogging, but as my kids have gotten older I do find myself on the computer less and less. For those of us who count on blogging income, I am not sure there are any easy answers. I don't see instagram or Pinterest offering an income opportunity so until then, I will continue to blog and share.

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    1. This is exactly the kind of conversation I have been having with myself Becky, and I love the way you phrased it. You nailed it about how important Pinterest is but and yet how often do we go to those actual blogs... and as for the income, I've personally had quite a drop yet what I am still bringing in matters so here I stay for now. No easy answers on my end either but more than anything I love that I'm not the only one seeing this or chewing on it and wondering how it's going to effect me as my kids continue to grow and life continues to change. Thanks for weighing in with your thoughts!

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    2. I must be the rare soul that does visit sites from Pinterest (I won't "pin" unless I check the link most of the time,) but I am normally the one "pinning" from the blogs I read verses "pinning" from Pinterest.

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  2. i enjoy reading your blog so much; it's always the first one I check for updates. I would really, really miss hearing how you and your family are doing. Best regards.

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    1. Thank you so much! When all is weighed out I would probably really miss SHARING those parts myself... the desire to share everything is long gone and a good balance is key for me so I will continue to share the way that feels right for the stage of life I'm in.

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  3. (I don't now if this posted the first time, so if this is a duplicate, my apologies. Please just delete it)

    I have been a reader for years, but this is my first time to comment. I have a feeling there are tons of people just like me, too.

    I love your photography (and have pinned you many times), but I come back for your voice and perspective. You offer a perspective and an honesty that I consistently benefit from. You have strengthened my walk with God and encouraged me so many times. I hate to hear that you might be blogging less, but I understand that it may be time for you to enter a new season with you kids and responsibilities. Know that when you do post, it is a real ministry to many of us. Since I have never taken the time to say it before now, thank you for your wisdom, vulnerability and inspiration. You have lifted my head and heart many times.

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    1. Emme that is actually such a sweet thing to read and I promise I didn't write this in expectation of getting a bunch of readers to come out of the woodwork to reassure me... yet you did that and it truly blessed me so I thank you. I know there are so many who read and are unable to comment for a variety of reasons. I think that hearing from them from time to time does help because of course bloggers gauge what information is being enjoyed or appreciated or mulled over based on comments- I don't ever look at my "numbers" I just read comments. I don't have time for anything else and I respond when I can which isn't often. It really does help to know your audience! :) Thank you for taking the time to leave a little sweetness here.

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  4. I too find sometimes it is easier with IG, but for those I following both blogging and IG I still enjoy stopping in to hear them in their blogs. Blogging is where I got to connect with so many creative, faithfulled ladies, I hate that with many it is going by the wayside. But I know being a mom, wife and working outside the home, it takes a lot of time.

    My family had visited Gastown earlier this summer. So neat to see it through your lense!

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree with the connections and the sadness that it's going away as well Sheila... and like you I totally understand it because life certainly leaves little space anymore! Thank you for weighing in!

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  5. It's funny how life changes!! I know that I can't manage to blog regularly at this stage of life -a house full of teenagers and one pre-teen! I do think that instagram has changed blogging, not for better or worse, just different! For me, there are so many blogs that it's hard to read all of the ones that I have interest in, so I only have two really that are a must read, yours and Shannan over at Flower Patch Farm Girl, with the occasional Ann Voskamp (but there was a day that she was a must read every single day). There are so many on instagram that I'd love to visit their blogs, but I just don't have the time. I think it's good that we have so many different options to stay connected, each seems to work best for certain stages of life and mothering! I have missed your regular postings, but what a wonderful thing that you are out and having FUN, being present and being fully there with your family!! We certainly can't complain about that!! If anything it will encourage others to do the same!!

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    1. I hear you girl! At one point I felt that I must read the blog of everyone who read mine out of courtesy... only then I wasn't every speaking to anyone in my home because I was frantically reading and commenting. It was nuts. Thankfully balance was restored and as time has gone by I've pared my readings down to just a few and most of them rarely blog either so I go days without even turning on my computer now. It's nice, I must admit. :)

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  6. I'm glad you guys got to take some time to get away together!!! :)

    I hear all of your thoughts, think a few of them myself, and completely understand! I just ask that you don't put the closed sign up for good! Your blog has been one of my favorites for YEARS....And I have a feeling your kids will love looking back on it some day. :)

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    1. Oh my goodness I had that same thought as I was typing this out- like, what if something ever happened to me... they would have so much of my heart right there on the computer.

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  7. Hope this comment doesn't show up twice…I think I deleted the first. But I have often wondered the same thing. Are people just too busy to blog? My sister stopped her blog for awhile because it was becoming a "chore". I continue to blog because I need a way to document in words and pictures what we are up to from season to season. Several years ago, my sister had the first year of my blog "published" into a hardcover book. It was great! I want to continue that so someday my kids can pick it up and read all about the memories of their childhood. So keep it up! But do it for YOU not for the rest of the world.

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    1. I have wanted to turn my blog into a book for years!! I think it would be such fun to go back and read and view photos.... but what a chore that would be... and expense! Still, it would be awesome to have that. Thanks for the comment.

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  8. Hi Sasha, first let me tell you that I have always enjoyed and been inspired by your writing. You are creative, artistic, wonderful photographer, great hostess, amazing mom, lucky wife, inspiring Christian, funny and sweet young lady. You are so honest and I know that makes everyone feel like they're your friend. I'm also a blogger but I don't do it for income, just a way to document our families life so that one day when I'm gone hopefully they will have some insight into what makes me "me". That being said I have noticed how dramatically bloggers have either cut down on their blogging or have stopped altogether. I miss all the interesting ideas and inspiration on everything from decor, holidays, recipes, party ideas and most importantly all of the post that are faith based. I especially love those. It has lead me closer to God than I ever was before. You are one of those bloggers that I credit that with. I think Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest play a part because it is instant and takes a few minutes where putting a well thought out post with pictures takes much longer. I use Facebook and have recently done Instagram, and I'm a long time pinner. I'm way too old for twitter because these little brief statements will never take the place of a thoughtful post. It's kind of sad. I do understand that life gets too busy. Especially with Tweens and teens. Mine are grown now and it went way too fast. I want those years back. I'm taking that time now with my grand babies when I can. Trying to make the moments count. So Sasha, take all the time you need for life. You can't get those years back. I know! When they are grown you will have lots of time if you want to be a full time blogger. I just hope you do occasional posts for those of us who feel like "friends" and something for your babies to look back on. In case you don't know, your are really appreciated.

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    1. This message felt like a hug from a dear friend in every way. Yes it is going so fast I can't even believe it. after reading all these comments I am starting to feel like it's just a balance, which I say constantly and everything comes back to that!

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  9. I'm not a blogger but just a reader and I have noticed a decline in post from my favorite bloggers you being one of them. It kind of makes me sad. Reading blogs is my escape an escape from my everyday life. My hubby works long hours my boys are 21 and 15 and really don't need my attention. So for now reading blogs is a way for me to get lost in my passion. Since I was a little girl I have loved everything about interior design/decor. I enjoy turning our house into our home. A place we all love coming home to at the end of a long day. Reading your blog and others has helped me make our house this cozy home. But you have to what is right for you and your family. Enjoy these years making memories. Trust me the tween/teen years they go by way to fast.

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    1. I understand that sad part too. I feel that way myself sometimes, missing ladies that I checked in with frequently!

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  10. Well, Sasha, just as Deborah said, you cannot get these years back, so you need to do what you feel you need to do. And, if that is blogging less, then that is what you need to do. I always enjoy stopping by and seeing what you and your sweet family are up to, but I'll still be here whenever you do blog. :o)) I blog for my own enjoyment and will continue until it is no longer enjoyable. Who knows when that may be. Happy week!

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    1. Aww thank you Lea. Always love when you weigh in. :)

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  11. I sometimes feel the same way Sasha. I have only been blogging for a year, but it takes so much of my time. For now, I am still enjoying it. Once it feels like a chore, I will stop. I do love your blog and your shop, but you have to do what works for you. I hope blogging continues, as I am not sure how I will get dressed or decorate my house without it! Susan

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    1. Hahaha that was awesome. I laughed out loud when I read this then looked around and realized I was all alone in the house. and I probably looked like a crazy person. Ha!

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  12. I agree Sasha. I barely blogged this summer. However I am always on Instagram. I call Instagram "speed blogging". A quick photo, a few words, and a quick conversation with people all over the world. I am about to enter my seventh year of blogging, and I think I will still update a couple of times a month. Our kids are 10 and 15, and life is busy! Home with a sick child today, so that's the only reason I even have time for specking out the blogs.

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    1. Ha- I'm like the Instagram hit and runner. I quick put something up then have to get off... I LOVE instagram though and wish I had more time to follow more people's feeds and just enjoy what's going on out there.

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  13. Oh Sasha, never stop! Your voice has not died!
    I feel like there's ebbing and flowing to blogging. It has opened up so much opportunity for me, I have a hard time seeing myself stopping. Also, a little extra income makes it worth it to me! I love IG, but I have SO much more to say than a five-word caption shows ;) I think IG has changed blogging, but I don't think it's necessarily for the worse. If I find a new IG person to follow and I love their feed I always check to see if they have a blog...and then I go read it. I hope people to the same for me! Keep it up, girl!

    PS: are you on blogger?? if so, how to you fix your comment section so you can leave replies?? I can't figure this out for the life of me!!! Ugh!!

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    1. Okay I actually really appreciate that since you took that nice break a while back and yes the little income does HELP!! Yes I am on blogger and I have no idea how but it just gives me the option to hit reply when I go into my comments. I don't have any capchas or blocks for comments though. Maybe that makes a difference?

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  14. I adore your blog :):). Your words this summer have been a godsend at times. I would ask you to please never stop but I understand completely that family comes first!! You are an amazing woman and it's a joy to catch a glimpse into your world :).

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    1. Oh thank you. I give Him all the glory. I just sit here and vomit out my story and my struggles and then I'm amazed when anyone says that they went though it too.

      Okay so as for the ferris wheel... I am working on it. It turned out so cute but because of the filter I used the image looks like it's grainy which it isn't - it's a high resolution image but it just wasn't something I felt I could sell and escape complaints. If you want one I am happy to get you one though- I am still working on it but I might just sell it as photo prints not a Giclee.

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  15. P.S. A little while back you posted a beautiful picture of a carousel that you mentioned you might turn into a canvas and sell. Well, I've been dreaming of that canvas since so please do :):).

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  16. I love your blog!!! You are an inspiration in all you do!

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  17. Hi Sasha, I always read your blog and get it delivered into my inbox, I have commented before but am very poor at doing it often.
    I love what Emme said and echo her thoughts. I've enjoyed seeing you develop your artistic side, hearing about and seeing your children grow and finding out about you (and Adrain).
    Yours is my very favourite blog.
    I'm pleased you had a fun time making memories with your family.

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    1. Oh thank you. I am working out all the balance issues and I think it will be okay. I appreciate your kindness.

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  18. Life is funny, isn't it? When you were discovering blogging with your young ones, my life was in the stage yours is now. I didn't know what a blog was, as I was working, chaffeuring, counseling, and stocking a pantry within an inch of my life for my 3 teens. Going on the computer or taking pictures just seemed another thing to do - as it is now for you. Now my kids are grown and have moved far away from home or are in college and I have finally entered the blog world, and even started my own travel blog as time for travel is now something that I have. I really enjoy reading your blog but I understand how fast your life is moving right now. I hope you decide to keep posting. Whatever you decide, I know you will enjoy looking back on your blog posts someday when your kids are grown.

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  19. I still read several blogs and enjoy visiting. I don't comment a lot though. I don't have instagram but do look at it occasionally so appreciate very much when profiles aren't private!! :) Your blog is one of my absolute favorites Sasha!! :)

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  20. I recently joined Instagram, because my favorite bloggers (you included) kept mentioning it and I felt like I was missing out on the action. I love it, but the people I follow are often not the people following me, and, as with blogging, I feel like I'm not one of the "popular girls". It's like being back in high school! After seven years of blogging I have only a few regular readers. However, that doesn't really bother me (most of the time ;-) and I keep blogging a few times a month because I get to tell the whole story, with more than one photo. But I can't deny that I have written less blog posts since joining Instagram!
    I love reading your blog, as others have said, it is always encouraging.

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    1. PS I find I post on IG things I would never write a blog post on, and vice versa. And then there's some overlap sometimes, all good fun.

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  21. You're right - it's happening everywhere... and I feel it too, for sure. I've thought and thought and thought about it and taken breaks from blogging that lasted a month or two, but I always seem to come back to it and I'm so glad I do. My kids are busy. My husband and I both work nearly full-time outside of our home, we have a kindergartener and a toddler and we farm 330 acres as well. Life is busy. I never seem to have time or energy to blog. When I do though? I feel SO good! Going to keep it up and I hope you do too! I love reading about your trials and triumphs and your daily life.

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  22. I never leave comments but I'm in love with your blog, please keep it going......

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  23. I am also a frequent reader and not so frequent commenter ;). I love to read your blog...it is one of four that I check in on regularly! Whatever you decide, I am sure you will find the balance that fits you and your family. That balance is different for everyone! Blessings! Alisa

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  24. Oh I would be so sad if you stopped blogging! I read your blog on a regular basis. It's the right mix of home décor, kids and faith. I marvel at your photography skills and love that you sound 'real' in your posts. I'm from Maine and enjoy seeing a different part of the country. I have ordered a few things from your Etsy shop and felt like I received items from a celebrity when they arrived. Having said that, as a working mom to a 14, 12 and 6 year old...I GET IT! Take care!

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  25. lol Oh my dear Sasha whom I've never met, but you know we should. I am so grateful for blogging because I have "met" SO MANY wonderful people through it. One of the first bloggers I connected with who is a couple of states away just had her daughter enter college this month but when we first started blogging she was ten years old!!! It's been a great delight to come to know YOU!! Here's my personal take on my own blogging motivation...(check out the published date): http://pandaleidoscope.blogspot.com/

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  26. Reading your blog used to be a Saturday morning ritual for me. I'd sleep in, grab a big cup of tea and be comforted by stories from across the other side of the world. It does seem that you've been blogging less, understandably - life is getting busier for you. And as a result I tune in less, maybe once every few weeks so that I've saved up a decent chunk of reading. I don't have instagram and have no desire to get it so I follow your blog and pinterest. Instagram is convenient because of its immediacy but I want to read your words and your stories through your blog - your blog has a sense of humour that I'm not sure can be captured in images alone. Yes there are a bunch of other bloggers out there but, particulary the American one's, they just seem way too into themselves, have way too much money and have made their physical environment their world. I've checked out their blogs but yours is the one I keep coming back to. I follow your blog because it's genuine, honest, it has a great balance of family life/struggles/interiors/food/events, you work with but are not burdened by a budget and you are inspiring. I don't yet have a family but your blog shows me how I can live within my means AND create a happy home and special memories. I am a feminist through and through and I think your blog is a great example of a woman empowered by her embrace of domesticity.

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