Tuesday, October 16, 2012

when blog content shifts .....

A few weeks ago I was talking with a girlfriend and the topic of blogs came up. Although many of my friends don't have blogs of their own, like me they like to read a few favorites and it occasionally sparks interesting conversation. During one conversation a friend remarked that a blogger had gone from being one of her favorites to one that she really disliked. Her frustration was that the author's writing style and content had changed.

Obviously that conversation made me reflect on my own blog. But it also made me reflect on the relationship between blogger & reader. Seeing as you read at least one blog, you may be interested in this conversation, how it evolved in my brain and some info about my blog content....

Many blogger start off with a theme such as weddings, baby, or renovating and over time their content ends up shifting. In some cases, bloggers do dramatic changes like focusing majorly on monetizing their blogs. Although content changes are natural (and totally acceptable) The problem with these "shifts" is that when they happen the relationship between reader and blogger is at risk of being jeopardized. And in the case of my friend  - she found this particular bloggers content change frustrating and the relationship was, well, over.

I came to the conclusion that the relationships between bloggers and reader to be much like real  friendships - overtime lives/interests change and if you're good friends you'll continue to find what the other has to say interesting. On the other hand it's possible that a a "friendship" may not withstand a shift in in blog content.

So how does this relate this to my blog? If you've read my blog for awhile you'll know that since 2008 I've written about things that have love or have inspired me. But for the last year my life, and therefore my blog content, was dominated by a major kitchen renovation. Now as I wrap up this renovation I'm feeling mentally clearer to be inspired by other things and want to document them. But - here is the tricky thing .... The shift back to writing about my other passions after more than a year of talking about kitchens has me feeling awkward. So because of the conversation with my friend and realizing that there is a interesting relationship between you and I, I felt it important to address that I'm shifting back to writing about totally random stuff I love and feel inspired by. Because that's what my blog is all about.

Anyhow, such a silly post but I thought that it needed addressing that my content is shifting back. And I hope that perhaps you will still find this little blog interesting. :)

Here is to fresh starts. :)

 xo Lindsay

Photo: I needed a photo to go with this post - for the life of me I couldn't think of what to put. So I thought I'd post some art that I've been doing because I feel more inspired to "create" these days. xo 


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