I started this ol’ blog back in 2009, when Twitter was still a social media baby and there was no such thing as a sponsored post (well, maybe there was, but certainly no legal rules that required you to disclose that fact). It was my way of keeping track of my money as a new graduate in the workforce trying to pay off debt and save my pretty pennies (thus the blog name).
I think those were the glory days of blogging, before Full-time Blogger was a job title and everything got so promotional with the introduction of Pinterest and Instagram. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things — I love Pinterest and Instagram, and cheer on full-time blogging friends from the sidelines! — but some of the authenticity from blogging has been lost and I find myself reading some blogs that operate more like magazines that take a team of employees to plan, execute and write each post.
Despite the ever-changing landscape of blogging, I still love this little corner of the Internet, and am really happy to be a part of it. It is a great way to record my everyday life, keep track of my goals, meet similar like-minded bloggers, and give friends and family a way to connect with me on a regular basis.
One of the most impactful ways blogging has shaped my life is through the relationships I have met in readers and blog friends. The most beautiful example of this is when I put together a fundraiser for my friends’ baby back in March and my friend Amber (whom I’ve never met, but have been in touch for the last few years), bought a Team Owen onesie for her baby. That is what this is all about. Sharing and connecting and proving that this world is really not such a big place afterall.
Another good decision regarding blogging? Starting on wordpress. I don’t know if I would have the job I have today if I didn’t teach myself the basics of web coding and how to effectively operate a CMS.
But that’s another story for another day. :)
Have you ever started a blog? What is something you enjoy about blogging? Do you find yourself reading less blogs these days than before? (I read far less than when I had Google Reader!)
PS – Shoes are these from Old Navy.