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keeping-up-with-blogs Although that I’ve only been blogging myself for 6 months, I’ve noticed a few changes in the kind of posts I see and the way people write already.  Demonstrates just how fast paced the whole thing is!  Who knows what we’ll all be doing and saying in a year’s time, let alone further down the line.  I guess the ever changing nature of the internet is what keeps us so addicted, or so I’m telling myself anyway.  The internet is my biggest time suck by far 😉

Lately I’ve noticed more and more posts about the topic of blogging itself, and here I am writing a blog post about blog posts about blog posts!  Too confusing to keep track.  You know the kind of posts I mean: tips for growing your audience, discussing the nature of blogging, the dos and the don’ts.  I find them really interesting to read; it’s nice to feel like I’m learning something. 🙂  It almost feels as if blogging is being taken even more seriously lately, as we’re all recognising the potential of the internet and throwing ourselves into growing our spaces on it the best we can.  By no means am I saying that we don’t blog for ourselves anymore and everyone’s striving for that follower count – I just mean that we’re probably all in the same boat with wanting to engage and interact more.

Personally, I really enjoy reading others’ posts about keeping organised with blogging, improving your blog, and other tips and advice, as I find it really helpful and inspiring to know what works best for some people.  As I’ve mentioned countless times before (and I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing), ‘wordy’ posts tend to be my favourites.  Funny, ranty, or interesting thoughts are a sure fire way to have me click follow!  Recently loads of these ‘wordy’ posts I’ve read have had a ‘5 ways to…’ style structure.  It crossed my mind, that what with all the twitter chats and posts about blogging, we’re all going to end up writing about the act rather than actually doing it!

Typical Lily has gone off on a tangent again.  What I (think) I’m trying to say is that blogging is changing and evolving so quickly, that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up!  In yesterday’s #socialbloggers chat (the first time I’ve joined), one point mentioned was that bloggers feel overwhelmed with the possibilities of new networks to join, and new avenues to explore.
The to-do list just gets longer and longer.  I don’t want to come across as ranty, as I’m very enthusiastic about taking as many opportunities to do and improve as much as possible!  The only downside is that by following more and more bloggers all the time, my feed of unread posts builds up so speedily that it’s difficult to keep on top.  I feel like I end up spreading myself too thinly, and not spending enough time reading and commenting on posts that I think deserve the time.  Of course I do still comment and interact loads, (what is blogging without the social side?) but there’s a limit to how many keys I can hit in the time I can dedicate to ‘bloggy related’ stuff.  And then I feel bad for not showing enough bloggy love!  I promise I’d spend all day chatting to you all if I could 😀  It’s a bit of a quandary really: we all want to continue following 42842 new people after every chat but I don’t want blogs I follow to become lost amongst too many others.  Hmm.  In all honesty I don’t really know what I’m on about, my train of thought has run away with me a little!

Anybody else feel like they’re in their own little predicament about how to keep up, or is it just me?  I don’t mean to sound ranty and don’t want to be controversial in any way!

lily kate x
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    23rd February 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I completely agree and feel exactly the same. I have been thinking about this for some time and every week or so I go through the blogs I follow on bloglovin’ and if I find myself thinking ‘who is that?’ and having to check through their posts to find out, then i unfollow. It sounds harsh but it just gets silly if you follow all these blogs because it gets too overwhelming and, like you said, you can’t physically do it! It’s good to follow few but good blogs and that’s what I want to do. My aim is to cut the amount of blogs I follow to about 50. Not that I want to keep unfollowing people and following new people, I just think some bloggers get better at blogging and some get worse, so it all depends on the quality of the posts at the time I go through to decide who I want to follow and who I don’t! Now i’ve gone off on one… I don’t even think I’m making sense now haha!
    Naomi xo

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      23rd February 2014 at 8:14 pm

      That’s how I feel – so many have such similar names too that it’s difficult to remember which is which! I don’t like having to cut the amount of reading I do but I guess that’s how it has to be. Some blogs do seem to keep getting better and better and some get a little repetitive, which I guess contributes to how often I’ll click through!

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    23rd February 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! I can’t help but sit there and stare at the screen, thinking what am I adding to this crazy blogging world? Social networking can be so amazing but so intimidating as its just such a big community now! I think its just important to remember the positives of blogging, and you know I adore your blog 😉

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      23rd February 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Yep exactly, it kind of feels like the market must be becoming saturated and there’s only so much we can keep saying! Being unique is difficult amongst so many amazing blogs, and it is very intimidating. Thank you so much lovely!

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    3rd March 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I completely agree with this! There are so many bloggers out there nowadays, it is difficult to keep up with everybody. I usually end up with roughly 100 posts outstanding each time I look at my Bloglovin and spend entire evenings just reading through posts to try and catch up! Then there are all of the different chats on Twitter etc.

    All the same, it’s always fun to chat to everybody! x

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      4th March 2014 at 9:48 pm

      And it’s constantly expanding – scary! I have at least 100 every day it seems, leave it any longer and it stacks wayyy up. It is fun indeed! 😀

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