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    Blogging, Now

    08.07.2014 / WORK

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    I wanted to Instagram this picture of my very capable-looking jury duty outfit, but then the good judgment part of my brain lit up and thought perhaps this is frowned upon with the judicial powers that be? Could a juror revealing that she will perchance be selected to assist in the fate of another human’s traffic violation repercussions result in a hung jury? (Is it hang jury? Jury that has been hunged? Pauly Shore, send help.) So instead, I snapped the photo and kept it to myself, which is pretty unheard of for a blogger. Scandal!

    And OK, since we’re on the subject: let’s talk about it, shall we? I hear pretty much daily that blogging is dead. “Instagram killed the style blog!” “Twitter is the new email!” “Bloggers, diversify! Quick!” I mean, the New York Times shut down a slew of blogs, and when the New York Times does something (anything!), people take note. But here’s what I think…

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    Storytelling doesn’t die. I mean, women alone share like, 20,000 words a day. It’s true, I read it in the New York Times. (Get it?) And blogging is storytelling, but with a megaphone. We’re just here, on our soapboxes, sharing what we know – the good and the bad and the mundane and the pointless and, sometimes, a few words string together in the right way and spark a life change in someone we’ve never met.

    It’s good. It’s necessary. We’re cavemen, carving our stories on the walls of this Internet mountain – words and pictures and documentation that we were here. We existed.

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    I think about this all the time, about the kind of picture I’m carving. Is it worth it? Is it profound enough to exist in my mountain for future generations to view and question and fill in the blanks about the kind of people we were?

    The answer, of course, is yes. Absolutely, yes, one thousand times over. Whether we’re snapping selfies or pinning marbled wallpaper, we’re telling a story that history will use to piece together the puzzles of this age. And that’s a story I want to be a part of, regardless of the size of my megaphone or the value of my sponsored campaigns. Whether I’m sharing denim cutoffs or human rights, breastfeeding or political inconsistencies. I’m a piece of the puzzle. We all are.

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    Blogging won’t die, because it was never truly alive. The stories, the voices – that’s where the heart beats. And storytelling, friends, is forever. (Just ask the New York Times.)

    • YES to all of this. I’ve been blogging for ~15 years — since before it became a “thing” and even now after it’s “dead.” My blog is nothing spectacular, and I don’t have thousands (or even hundreds) of followers, but it’s this amazing thing that I’ve built, a record of a significant portion of my life from single college girl to married working mom. I can’t imagine ever quitting just because someone else says it’s over. :)

    • Diana Martini

      I was just wondering the same thing as I am contemplating about starting to blog again. I took a really long break with the demands of work and regret doing so. It’s hard to get back in the social media scene, but I think blogging (or some form of it) will be consistent. We will continue to want to share our experiences and connect with others.

      • Agreed!!! And you were SO missed, I’m sure of it, Diana!

    • YES! I needed to read this today. Thank you…this is perfect.

    • Say it sister! I’ve heard / read many a “the blog is dead.” and on one hand, I get it. But, on the other, keep on keeping on. I’m a believer in, if you’re into it, others will surely be too. I don’t think there is a space that’s replaced it exactly. Not in the community and depth of it… with that, I’m reading your slow blogging post next! x

    • Hear, hear! I actually have an ongoing discussion on this matter with my boyfriend. He thinks blogging is dead. That it’s hard for anyone to be heard, because to be heard means to post multiple posts per day.

      What I can’t seem to make him understand is that there’s this whole community here of people sharing stories and connecting with each other, like you do in the ‘real’ world too. That’s never gonna change, no matter if you post three blogs per day or one each month.

      Then again, he reads totally different blogs than I do, so he might have a point as well. Doesn’t mean I agree with him though ;-)

      • Ha, I agree! Men and women do tend to use the Internet differently, don’t they?

    • How I love thee, Erin!

    • I love this post !
      I remember reading one time that ‘women are the keepers of our history’ … I have been writing down ‘stuff’ ever since … in journals, sketch books, and on the internet since a few years ago. It doesn’t matter that I do not get a response but marvellous when I do.
      I love reading what other women write !
      I got your site through one of them.

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