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What is a blog to you?



Its funny.. just after I started writing this post Maxabella posted one about how true blogging used to be described as raw and that for all people that could be a very different thing.

You see this week I have been drink dispenser that has had the valve released and I haven't been able to stop pouring words into posts that I then delete as they are "too raw" something I would call an "overshare". I almost felt this was nearly and overshare but after chatting with a close friend she said "Really it is up to you, it is your blog and you can do and say what you want"

It got me thinking. What do you expect to see on a blog? What do you want to see on a blog?

Essentially it is up to the owner and what they share vs what people want them to share is only driven by whether they are blogging for their own pleasure or for the praise of others and to possibly build it into a business they can make money from.

Mine is the former but I never expected it to be. I started the blog way before my website so I could share my style, connect with the style of creators I hoped would be part of DTLL and understand more about a world I had been told was fabulous for business.

I did all that and shared my feelings along the way along with me and my life. I have shared the shit times and the good because although DTLL is going great guns I can't pretend it has not been hard work or has not taken its toll on my lifestyle. That would be lying.

I handed it over for a few months to make it more about business but in the end that felt wrong for both Amelia writing it and myself.

So I am back and it will be personal, it will be my life, my thoughts and the things I love. As my girlfriend said it is your therapy and you know what, it is and I both need it and love it. It happens to be the style of blog I like to read. One that owns the words they write even if harsh bit true and one that displays bits of their life, their style and all that comes with it.

But I am still curious.. what do YOU think a blog should be?

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  1. Everything you said times a thousand. I find blogging is like therapy, it is my space to connect and reflect and I just love that little place xx

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    1. Me too.. I am loving being back in this space... possibly need to edit some thoughts though as I do want to keep in mind the overshare part.. I am toooooooo honest

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  2. My blog is about me and my passion and being myself and really that's all I expect from others. If people are being real showing themselves rather then showing what they think others want I'm happy. I agree blogging is like therapy and has helped me immensely to have that focus and outlet to help with my healing process and grief in the last five years.

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  3. To me a blog is a little snapshot (not very good when I'm taking the pictures) into my life and my day.
    It's taught me to be more open. I've made a personal decision to ditch my fear of being ridiculous and it's been liberating......
    I love to read blogs to have a window into how other people live. You can generally tell if someone is warm and genuine.
    Tania xx

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    1. Oh yes I ditched my fears of being ridiculous a long time ago.. I think it is something we do with age as we learn to just be and be happy with what we are..
      I agree you can see when it is all forced and it turns me off :) So glad to have you part of our DTLL family Tania x

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  4. I'm a bit like Sonia, I like to share stuff, I can't justify it so I don't, I just do, take it or leave it. I don't have a huge blog following and I'm OK with that, it's my little space. Although I struggle a little with the raw, because I'm not a confrontational person and I know whatever I put out there needs to be something I'd talk about in person.

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    1. I think if you are enjoying yourself then that is all that matters.. i have never counted followers as thats just for those that are making their blog a business x

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  5. real life, if you are feeling raw share it, I recently shared on my blog how some of the men in my life are addicts - it was so hard outing myself it was embarrassing and shameful - but doing that made me not ashamed anymore, and the emails and messages I have received have been heartbreaking and so supportive, I'm not alone.

    Your words have power x

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    1. Wow Lisa, thats a big step but I bet you needed it and there is nothing to be ashamed about. I had someone come up t me asking if I was ok the other day and I said "yes why?" she said " I saw the picture with you crying on your blog".. I laughed, that was over a year ago but it reminded me I had shared it for a reason.. to be able to reflect at a later date and you will too :)

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  6. For me, my blog is a place for me to process to share to laugh about my challenges and just try to connect with those who are going through the same thing! But, I also love blogs that feature cute things and crafts, so I think blogs really can be anything, but it has to be Real! x Karen

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    1. Oh I love a craft too Karen, but I am crap at them so mine are always just sharing other amazing people :)

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  7. A blog should be what you want it to be and from the heart. I enjoy reading blogs where the writing does one or all of the following: inspires me, teaches me, makes me laugh, makes me cry, touches my heart, opens my eyes and shares thoughts and opinions. I love blogs who don't lose sight of why they blog even though over time they may change :)

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    1. Oh Jodi, I hear you.. I did as I lost my focus and I am so glad I got it back. the blog world can be such a happy place and I missed it without knowing x

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  8. Just what Jodi says above. That's what I look for in a blog and I hope my blog gives my readers even just a little of that. I started blogging a few months ago as I needed something just for me. It has given me more peace, therapy and love than I could ever imagine!

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