December is a month where many of us look back, and look forward, preparing ourselves to take the next step into the new year.
During the past, this would be a time where I would go into my blog archives and compile my ten favorite posts. Â This year, I haven’t been motivated to do that.
2011 was an odd year for me online.
I felt more isolated as a blogger in 2011, as most of my peers grouped together under the parenting umbrella.
The energy moved away from personal blogs to social media and group blogs.
I had a troll bugging me for months.
I wrote less on the blog, and lost touch with others.
I went from someone who hardly knew how to use a camera to a person running around New York City taking instagram photos, feeling that I could better captureÂ my daily emotional state with images than words.
I seriously thought about ending my blog, and focusing my energies on more practical endeavors.
But I plan to continue. Â I am crazy like that.
Do you have any plans for your blog in 2012? Â Do you feel that personal blogging is dead? Do you feel that only 1% of the bloggers get 99% of the attention? Â Do you believe that you can make money with your blog? Â Can you still be honest about our lives online without being called a freak?
Usually, we discuss these issues at expensive blogging conferences in far-away cities. Â But a couple of us came up with an idea — Â why not just come onto Twitter tonight, for free, in an organized by free-wheeling conversation on this subject? Â No sponsors. Â Just talk.
Want to discuss the state of blogging heading into 2012? Â Tweet w/ @Schmutzie & I and many others at 10pm EST (7PM PST) tonight, Monday, December 12.
use the hashtag #blog2012
And remember, despite our many concerns as bloggers in an unstable economy, we should celebrate another year of online writing! Â This Sunday, December 18, isÂ The Sixth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! Â
Please submit all songs and photos by December 17th.