Blogging These Days

I love to blog. I love it.  (Even though you all haven’t seen me around here as much as I’d like to be lately. Pesky old life gets in the way.)

Have you noticed, though, that blogs have lost some of the personality and flavor they used to have?  I started my first real blog in 2007. (Want to see it?  A Studio in My Basement   Kind of raw, wouldn’t you say? ha!) Not too many people were really reading that blog, but it was fun. Some of the navigation buttons don’t even work, because I didn’t know how to fix such things back then!

These days, blogs are way more professional looking. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but does a blog have to be so clean and generic to be considered “professional” looking? After all, blogs are a bit more personal than most commercial websites, so I’d rather they look a bit more personal. Is it just me?

I’m in the process of a redesign, and that got me thinking about this whole topic. Trying to figure out that fine line between generic and cluttered.  (I love “clean and simple,” just not “plain and generic.”) I’ve had the same template for 4 years, so, at a minimum, I figured it was time for a fresh header! More to come, hopefully…

I’m hoping that the trend toward plain and generic slows down a bit. What do you think?

And, fresh out of my phone, here’s my daughter at The Container Store.  We’re reorganizing the many years’ worth of craft supplies downstairs, so we needed containers with lids. (Remember that old post?)  My daughter loved the tiny little boxes so much, and, in her words, she “just couldn’t contain herself.” (See what I did there?)

And here’s the first daylily of the season. When my sister moved to Florida, she “placed” her many daylilies for adoption, and I was a grateful recipient of some. (I was afraid I would kill them, but, so far, so good.)

Enjoy your week!

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  1. I think a lot of blogs are starting to look alike. Mine is still a bit messy and eclectic and I wonder sometimes if I should change mine too?? I really don't know! I have certainly changed my writing and turned blogging into more of a career, but it's still me there!

    1. I agree, they are starting to look alike. I love the look of your blog! It looks professional, but it still has personality. Plus, you have rare gifts in both writing and photography, so you always shine through.

  2. Hi Pam – nice to pop in and visit you here. For a minute, I thought the picture of your daughter with all the containers was in your home. Nice to see you're still blogging. ~ Abby

    1. Hi Abby! It's so nice to hear from you and nice to be back blogging again. When I'm away, I really miss it. I hope all is well with you!

  3. Hi, Pam. I found your blog through the over 50 bloggers link-up at Katherine's Corner. I can relate to what you are saying here. I first started blogging in 2006, when blogging was geared more to fun and friendship than to "growing" your blog and turning it in to a business. I stopped blogging entirely from 2014 until last month. I'm having to navigate a much bigger blog world now…and feeling like a very small fish in a massive pond.

    Anyhow, your blog is clean and lovely.

    Patti @ Embracing Home

    1. Hi Patti! Yes, blogging has changed so much, hasn't it? It's so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for the nice words about my blog.

  4. Hello Pam, just found you via net Link Exchange on the Mostly Blogging Monday Link Up. It was really nice to see another arty/crafty/photography blog on there (I'm not on the list yet). I am UK based. I agree with you and your other commenters about how the blogging world has changed – it is a very crowded daunting place now! Your blog looks good – very easy to read and clean but with personality.

  5. SO know what you mean Pam! Love what you've done and are doing with your blog! Congrats – you're our Friend Of The Week at this week's Friendship Friday Party #232 at Create With Joy. Have fun celebrating and invite your friends to join us! 🙂

  6. I like the simple look of your blog. I just started a new blog, and I put the theme and layout that is on there now in a short period of time myself. However, there are future plans to change it. I just haven't fully figured out how I'm going to do that. However, I do agree with you that many people are choosing the same type of blog and there's very little personality showing on the blogs I visit.

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