Remembering the Days of Plain Old Blogging. Every once in awhile I get in a bit of a funk thinking back where I started in blogging. You know, the good old days when we were clueless about SEO and all that other shat and just wrote our little hearts out. The days when people flocked to our blogs because we had something good to share and they didn't tear our blogs apart because of:
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Remembering the Days of Plain Old Blogging

Every once in a while I get in a bit of a funk thinking back where I started in blogging. You know, the good old days when we were clueless about SEO and all that other shat and just wrote our little hearts out.

The days when people flocked to our blogs because we had something good to share and they didn’t tear our blogs apart because of:

  • grammar
  • lack of pinnable pictures
  • no keywords
  • bad or lack of SEO

But, we had a huge audience!

Then we discovered “Hey! I can make some money!”

And our blogs were never the same again.

I continue to follow several of my blogging friends that I made over 6 years ago.

There are simply too many things involved with blogging nowadays!

The pressures to do it right!

I get to the point where I say “Screw it!” I want to do it MY WAY! What’s wrong with that? I mean, I pay for my web host.

I mean, I pay for my web host.

I maintain my blog, theme, and backend maintenance.

I promote all the posts on social media.

I do it all for ME, yet the World wants me to do it their way?

Does that make any sense?

Remembering the Days of Plain Old Blogging

I’m guilty of the money bug too!

I have another website or a blog if that’s what you want to call it. It’s also my side business that I have been building for over a year. Even IT get’s tedious with trying to right politically correct blog content and being professional while doing so.

It gets old, honey!

We get blinded by the extra money we can make by blogging and we forget about why the hell we started in the first place!

I’m not blaming you. I guilty as well!

Extra money is always a good thing, especially when you have blogging expenses, right?

But when you build a business surrounding by blogging, web design, and social media, does it seem to take all the fun out of what you once loved?

It’s alright. You can say “Yes”. I won’t condemn you for that.

That’s why I keep a hobby blog!

But yet I still get sucked into all the politically correct bullshit! SEO, Keywords, Pinnable Images, Eye-Catching Titles, and the rest of that crap!

I don’t want to be sucked in, but it happens. Despite my best efforts to not do it, I find myself leaning that way. I’ve conditioned myself to it.

But I don’t want to!

As I sit here typing this up and I can’t help but notice at the bottom left corner that thing that saysΒ “Word Count”. Why do I continue to look at it? Because the rules say Google likes 700-1000 words for a post?

Meh, who the hell cares what Google wants.

I want to know what myΒ audience wants!

Do you want long drawn out posts that ramble on and on only so the author can get that word count?

Or would you prefer shorter content that spells it out?

I miss the good old days of blogging

I really do. The blog hops and such were so much fun. No pressures, just networking, making friends, and writing about our lives (even at our family’s expense).

The good old days

Do you miss it? Do you miss jumping through all the hoops and over the hurdles? Are there still other bloggers out there that are doing just what we did back in the day?

What doΒ you think?

43 thoughts on “Remembering the Days of Plain Old Blogging”

  1. Praise be! I loved keeping my blog until I got into some blogging groups that were insistent on pinnable images, then I have to admit I realized I might have bitten off more than I could chew as a SAHM of three. Now being completely homeless I know for a fact that the blog will just have to take breather for a bit. I don’t make an income off of my blog, but I’d like to someday after two years of writing and experimenting to get it where I want. Life happens, and consistent maintenance is just not something I can guarantee in life. Thank you for this, as always you speak to my soul, and remind me it’s okay to be me.

    1. Hey girl! Yeah! You could comment! Ya know, those groups are good, however, sometimes their mission is just a bit different than ours. 6 years ago, blogging was super fun, like Kita mentions below. Then the money thing hit and everyone wanted a piece. So many bloggers are creating products and offering services now too that there is an emphasis on all this politically correct stuff. However, this is my hobby blog and I’m coming unplugged. πŸ™‚ You need to find a rhythm that works for you. Trust me, if the content is good, you’ll do fabulous!

      Thanks for stopping by girly!

      B

    1. Hi Sharie and Welcome!

      You got that right. I think some forget where they started and can’t relate to some of the newer/hobby bloggers. Either way, I’m a firm believer in staying humble.

      Thanks for sharing with us!

      B

  2. Hi Bren,

    Let me tell you something funny. I launched my first blog in 2007. So I’m not really a newbie. But… guess what! I never knew that WordPress shows you the word count. I’ve just checked it. It’s there indeed. I never noticed it. Maybe because I never cared about the word count πŸ˜‰

    I always cared about SEO. I always had pages ranked very well for my keywords. But I never cared about word count. During the last years I didn’t even care about keywords while writing my blog posts (no keywords research or similar stuff). I’m not and I never been an SEO expert, but my pages still rank well for my keywords.

    These days every man and his dog is a social media expert or an SEO expert. The truth is that it’s a lot of hype out there πŸ˜‰

    I always have a good laugh when I see bloggers adding to their blog post titles the word count. As if anyone cares. No one cares. Especially the readers. When I’m looking for a solution to a problem, I don’t care how many words a blog post has. I don’t look for word counts, I look for a solution. If the blog offers the solution, who cares how many words are there? If the blog doesn’t offer the solution, why should I care that it’s a long post and every SEO expert agrees that it has the optimum number of words? LOL

    1. Get out! You mean, I actually taught you something today, Adrian? OMG! LOL

      I knew you were one to walk to your own beat. You even practice that when you leave comments. I admire that. I do think that so many get too wrapped up in all the hoopla. When it happens to me, it runs blogging into a pain in the arse and I don’t even want to touch it.

      But then I have a reality check and share a post like this or tweet it out and it reminds me why I started in the first place. To share with the World whether they like it or not. πŸ™‚

      It’s always a pleasure to see you here, Adrian. Oh, by the way, this post was less than 700 words and I do believe I got my point across. πŸ˜‰

      Have a fabulous week ahead!

      B

  3. I sooo needed to read this today! And by the way the above comment by adrian so loved! Today really for like a week I have been well lets just say annoyed by the “experts, not experts. I’ve only been in this for a year and I am making money and I agree with you the work that now goes into a blogpost is EXHAUSTING lol. I too have been trying to keep one of my blogs a place where I can be more personal and I rant about stuff on Medium lol.

    1. Hey girl!

      Adrian always tells it like it is. That’s why I love him so! What do you mean “not expert”? Don’t you know we’re all experts? LOL Ugh, yes, it’s so annoying. I see it in FB groups all the time. A newbie posts a question and people POUNCE! They talk to the newbie like a seasoned blogger. I talk to them as a newbie because I keep myself humble and grounded. Those groups can be pretty intimidating even for a veteran blogger. I’ve left a bunch recently because I just can’t keep up.

      Glad to see that you keep an outlet for your rants, gf. We all need a place to take off our bras and let the girls hang out! πŸ˜‰

      Have a great week!

      B

  4. I was just saying this with someone the other day. Blogging isn’t like it use to be the good ole days when we actually commented on each other and followed each others lives and it was a community of people who just got it. Today everyone is after money or trying to be this big blogger. No one is genuine anymore. The one thing I can say though is that blogging has taken a turn for entrepreneurship more and more bloggers are making money that doesn’t include just blogging. They actually offer products and services.

    1. Hey Kita!

      Great minds think alike. πŸ™‚ I know you can remember back to SayWhat and how much fun that was just spewing shat on our blogs. Oh man, those were the good old days.

      I understand people wanting to make money and for the most part, you still keep It’s Really Kita, REAL. There are many that are just plain obnoxious in their “politically correct blogging rules”. It makes me sick! That’s one reason I decided to publish this today. I was pissy anyway, so why not?

      I hope you’re doing well my friend! Catch up soon!

      B

  5. I’ve been blogging off and on for nearly 20 years, only deciding to monetize in November of 2015 and you’re so right – it gets old!! It’s my full-time gig now, though, so there’s no turning back. Definitely yearn for the “good ol’ days” sometimes…

    1. Hi Amber!

      Oh, bless your heart. 😦 I know how tedious it can be and to have that as your bread and butter makes it that much harder. I do hope that you have other outlets to cut loose like the old days. I really do miss them!

      Good luck with you monetizing! πŸ˜‰

      B

  6. Great post Bren!

    You nailed it here gf – I can relate to everything you said here. I get in a funk sometimes too and I think damn, it wasn’t this hard five years ago.

    I still love blogging but now that it’s a full-time business – it’s not just about creating content anymore. There is marketing, business planning, engaging and learning to do. And we never clock out because I go to bed thinking about my business and what there is to do the next day.

    I look at my word count too. When I started blogging, my posts were short and direct. I kept it at 500 but then I started reading about Google liking 1,000 or more word count and so there I go trying to fit in – when I should be like you, doing it my way. πŸ™‚

    I certainly miss the good ole days. I think there are some bloggers out there who are still doing it their way but for the most part, most of us are keeping up with the trends.

    You know I’m sharing this one gf! Have a great night!

    Cori

    1. Hey Cori,

      I totally understand those who are blogging and monetizing because it’s their bread and butter. I get that. However, there are so many that are doing it today. It gets a bit redundant seeing the same content over and over about How to Start a Blog and all the other stuff.

      I get it though, I’m just tired of all the bla bla snore, ya know? I think keeping a lifestyle blog and continuing to network with those folks keeps my sanity. As a matter of fact, I think some changes are coming to my business as well. There are days I’m just not feeling it. 😦

      Do you remember how much fun Work-at-Home Concepts was?

      Ugh, I want them back!

      Have a great week ahead girl!

      B

  7. I MISS THEM TOO – SO SO SO SO SO much! Sure blogging is my full time job… But I just don’t like how everyone these days seems to be blogging purely because they want to work from home and make money. OR all bloggers who have made some money from their blogs write 10 billion blog posts about how to do it and then say SIGN UP FOR MY ECOURSE, blah blah blah.

    1. Hey Gigi!

      I’m glad I’m not alone and I totally get your frustration with the same ole stuff on a lot of the blogs. I’m sure you’re doing the best you can with your blog at monetizing. I totally get folks like you who are full-time bloggers. But there are folks like me who have a full-time job outside of the home and continue to try and push into the online market. Blah, it’s so annoying at times. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us! Keep at it!

      B

    1. Hey Jeremy,

      Ya know, I like the shorter posts myself. I can’t keep focused on anything over 750, that’s for sure. I think some add so much filler to their content just to please Google. It just doesn’t make sense imo.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

      B

  8. Hey Bren,

    Yes, I do miss those days. Even though I started later in this than a lot of others, I enjoyed just using my blog as a form of personal creative self-expression – and that’s pretty much what it is for me now.

    You remember the recent post I did about censoring ourselves just to build a following. It gets tedious to hold back just to be politically correct.

    I can see a lot of others share your thoughts, as do I – so clearly you’re not alone πŸ™‚

    1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANA!

      I bet you do. That is one thing I love about your blog. You are RAW and REAL. I admire that. I do remember your censoring post because I even published one after that because you inspired me to do so. I love your blog now where you spit out “shit” and junk. I can totally relate to that. I’m tired of being politically correct. Why do we need to CONFORM to what the “so-called bullshit” rules say? If we join together, and not in a march or protest (lol), maybe we can let others know it’s alright to walk to your own beat. People will come.

      Great to see you making your rounds, girl. Have a fabulous birthday!

      Muwah!

      B

  9. YES. I’m realy annoyed by the SEO Google analyzer on my site that will tell me constantly that my blog post is shat. It gets a red light because too many sentences start with the same word OR the paragraph is too long…UGH. Shut up. Readability—red light. Anyhow, sorry I went on a rant there. I agree with you, Bren. Also, what difference does it all make in the end? If we’re connecting with readers and visitors isn’t that why we write?

    1. Hey Lisa! Oh girl, I hate messing with SEO! I know not all of us are on the same mission, but with lifestyle bloggers, most of us are. We want to share our stories and network with other. I know that’s what you like doing and you do it well. That’s what I loved doing with my old blog, MGP. Networking all those women together, making friends, sharing stories, and getting the support we want is awesome!

      I want that back and that’s why I have yet another girly blog for ladies and the men who dare.

      Rock on sister!

      B

  10. I only discovered blogging two and a half years ago – so I feel like I’m still back in your version of the old days. I don’t pay for my blog, I don’t monetize my blog, I decided not to worry about the rules and the word count, SEO, etc. I’m just dancing to the beat of my own drum and loving it – guess I’m an old fashioned kind of gal πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Leanne!

      You go girl! That’s what a lot of it’s about for some of us! I’ll admit, I do like to make money, but I have my business site for that. Here, I like to walk to my own beat. I love seeing more like you who just blog from the heart and screw the rest. THAT is what makes blogs like yours “Special” at least to me. Keep at it girl!

      B

  11. I just started last year so this is all I know about blogging. And since I am a perfectionist, I am always trying to “get it right” and I always fall short. Grrrh.
    I tell myself, one thing at a time. Let’s get the topics and writing in the right lane with some networking on FB and Pinterest and work on the rough edges later…

    1. Hey Marian. Depending on the “Why you are blogging”, would determine how closely I follow the rules. If you plan on monetizing, by all means, follow all those blasted rule. If you are blogging to share your story, have fun, and network, screw the rules! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Rose,

      So happy I’m not alone. Rules really suck, right? This is one reason I moved this blog back to free WordPress.com. I want to have fun with it. I want to write whatever I want, however, I want. I’m not looking for anything but to chat with y’all. Building a Community of Women is the Mission. If you can, get back to your main Mission and rock it out!

      B

  12. Hi Bren! A Timely post for me as although I’m only into 2 years of blogging I question why I’m doing it. I don’t make any money from it so it is a hobby. Yet I still get caught up in the whirlwind of feeling the pressure to write, share, produce a newsletter, be a member of so many FB groups I can’t keep up and of course all the other social media sharing. It certainly becomes a drag after a while and I have to constantly remind myself to stop putting the pressure on myself. I rue the day I heard about ‘stats’ and what I should be doing to keep numbers up. It is good to read other bloggers feel the same. Perhaps we have just put too much emphasis on being the next big thing and not doing it for the reason we started in the first place. have a great day! Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    1. Hey Sue! You’re not alone. We all get caught up in the hoopla and competition. It really sucks imo. Too much pressure for those who just want to have fun, write, and mingle with others. I think you nailed it. We are just waiting on the next big thing. That’s what happened to me over 3 years ago when I dropped my pet blogging to become a lifestyle blogger. Then the urge to monetize came, which I sucked at, and it was the demise of my old blog. Remembering why we started in the first place is a good place to revisit. Hopefully, it will help keep us grounded and true to our initial mission. Be true to yourself, Sue!

      B

  13. Years ago I had a blog that was just as you described. Then life happened and I stopped. When I came back with my new blog I was shocked by all the new pieces and parts to it. So, my new blog is only 4 months old and is a lot of work. I still like it though.. it’s become a big puzzle.

    1. Hey Beth! I totally get the whole “life gets in the way” thing. Been there, done that A LOT! πŸ™‚ Blogging can be a lot of work but the friends that you make along the way make it well worth it imo. Keep at it!

  14. I hear you. Not just in blogging, but just in basic life. You wanna do something marketable, you’ve got to adhere to certain rules. It helps to have projects that are purely personal and those that are strictly business. Of course you wanna your personality to show with your business stuff, but if I want to write something short or personal, I’ll do that on a different blog or stick it in my newsletter if it’s related.

    Of course, that means no one’s reading my personal blogs but whatever, right πŸ˜‚ I get to get my frustrations out.

    I think if you do want the results of blog marketing with more personal content, you’ve got to find a way to make the rules work for you and you’ve got to realize that you still CAN break rules. It’s okay if that light is red sometimes. Not all your content is going to fit into a certain rule set.

    Like instead of trying to make every piece of content searchable, have a few big posts that follow SEO rules and links out to your other, non-SEO posts. You get people TO your blog, then hook them with your other, more userfriendly content. Win-win for everybody.

    I really believe in writing for my readers first, which in the end, that’s what Google really cares about. You don’t need to completely change yourself to make it work, but finding a good compromise can help.

    1. Hi Stephanie! You have it all planned out, don’t ya? I believe there is a huge market out there for personal blogs. People who are being “real” and writing for themselves. As a matter of fact, I flock to those type of blogs because I can relate to their stories. The rules may say “write for your readers” but how can you write for them if you don’t know what they like? There’s a reader for every writer out there. I say, “Find what works for you and go for it!”

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  15. Hi,
    Loved this!! I am new to blogging and as such, have been reading a lot of tips. No matter how much a read, I found a limited (sort of like a standard) recipe in terms of writting and content structure.

    My goal is to create a community space were everyone is learning and sharing unique experiences on life, career and lifestyle in general.

    Your post inspired me once again!!

    You can visit me & share your thoughts @ http://www.indefinite.us

    I am still learning; thanks!!!

    1. Hi Amethyst! I’m glad you liked it! Even 6 years later, I’m still learning more and more about blogging. Blogging evolves and if we don’t along with it, we’re going to miss out. Find what works for you and blog your heart out! πŸ˜‰

  16. Yes, all of these blogging “rules” are so tiresome and they keep changing. You nailed it, Bren! πŸ™‚ I try to get the green light from Yoast’s SEO plugin, but that’s about the extent of it, for me. LOL. Even thought I’ve had Adsense on my website since 2014, it’s only up to about $40.00, so far, because I don’t want to plaster my blog with ads and popups. Then again, I don’t blog to earn an income, but because I enjoy it. It’s my creative outlet. Maybe someday, after retiring from the dog business, I’ll do more with it, but it’s already way too time-consuming as it is.

    1. Thanks Debbie! There are way too many rules to follow and who knows which rules are really worth it! I don’t follow the Yoast thing. As a matter of fact, I don’t use it on any of my sites. I found it more of a pain in the bum to have it, than not. Like you, I blog to be creative. If you notice on my business site, I rarely publish a post. I’d rather spend time networking with the over 40 crowd and now, my pet friend again. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for popping by and sharing with us! Btw, do you think you’ll ever stop the dog biz? It’s too much fun, no? πŸ™‚

      1. I think it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing. Following all of those silly rules only makes blogging a chore. πŸ˜› I was happy to see you’ve started up the Pibbles site again. Your two furkids are such cuties! πŸ˜€ One thing about the dog biz, when it’s busy it’s a lot of work and there are no days off. Plus, I have a few niggling health issues like arthritis, which can make walking them (especially in bad weather) uncomfortable. Still, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.I’ll have to see what happens when that’s no longer the case.

        1. I absolutely agree with you, Debbie. Thank you on Pibbles. We’re very excited. The pet blogger world is a lot more competitive now. However, we are doing it for fun. That is what matters. Plus I love writing about my kids. I understand how busy you can be and the aches and pains, but seeing those little boogers happy and playing makes up for that, right? πŸ™‚

  17. Hi, how refreshing – and thanks for following me! I started my blog last year when I hit 50, as a challenge. Up until then I used the laptop purely for word processing – and even that often caused me a headache and the desire to throw it out the window! Within a year I have a blog, I’m on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram – phew! I didn’t know anything about word count and frankly I don’t want to know! I write short, funny (well they’re funny to me lol!) true blog posts. If I’m faced with another blogger’s long, rambling post I give up half way through…even if it’s funny. So, I might be doing it wrong according to Google but frankly I don’t give a damn! And as for SEO, key words and pinnable images…what?? The only key words I’m interested in are ‘fun’ and ‘proud’, which is what I’m having and what I am πŸ™‚

    1. LOL I love your spirit, my new friend! Woohoo!! My personal opinion is jumping through hoops for Google is a major bummer. I mean, I can understand it if you have a business, which I do, on another website. I do, for the most part, follow the “rules”. However, this is my hobby blog, and like you, I’ll do it my way. Screw the rest!

      So happy you stopped by and that we connected. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! πŸ˜‰

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