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. 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 capture 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. I am crazy like that.
Do you have any plans for your blog in 2012? Do you feel that personal blogging is dead? Do you feel that only 1% of the bloggers get 99% of the attention? Do you believe that you can make money with your blog? 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. But a couple of us came up with an idea — why not just come onto Twitter tonight, for free, in an organized by free-wheeling conversation on this subject? No sponsors. Just talk.
Want to discuss the state of blogging heading into 2012? 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! This Sunday, December 18, is The Sixth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!
Please submit all songs and photos by December 17th.