Is it cobwebs that I see in here? I haven’t opened my blog at all for the longest time… again!
I promised to write more often, but then life happens. So much has happened since last year until this year (we’re already done with the first quarter of 2019, can you believe that?!) that I am having trouble deciding where to begin. All I know is I want to write. And I want to write now because I have time to do so and I’m in the mood. I’m fully taking advantage of it!
I haven’t given up on my blog yet — and I want to believe that I will never give up on it. To be honest, there are a lot of bloggers out there (like me 😭) who have abandoned their blogs because it’s not as lucrative as it was several years back. In my case, the monthly views I’m getting used to be my average daily views in 2013-2016, which I believe was the peak of my blogging career. Chos, career daw. Hehe. So anyway, it made more sense for other bloggers to move to social media.
As for me, because I have a personal Facebook and Instagram account and do not really have a big social media circle, I decided to just stop blogging altogether.
But you see, I wanted to keep writing because I want to keep my writing skills honed (as I have stopped working full-time since last year — another story for another day). More importantly, I want to continue documenting memories. It’s so much fun reading old blog posts and remembering, for example, how Yuri was like when he was a toddler and what my days were like. I even wrote last year that my blog will remain online for the sake of Yuri (and, if God allows it, his future sibling).
However, I admit that blogging now does not come as easy as it did before, when readers would send me emails and would manage to find me on social media to send me messages. Having a readership was the ultimate achievement, whereas today, readers preferred to follow vlogs and soc-med blogs. Which is not a bad thing! I enjoy watching vlogs, it’s just… not my thing.
And then one day, I stumbled upon a comment made by a certain mommy blogger.
Forgive me, I cannot recall the exact person who said it, basta I’m sure she’s still an active blogger with a following. She said something like vloggers and social media bloggers are dependent on the existence of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc. It’s akin to being a renter; they do not really own their blogs/vlogs and, kung maglaho man ang YouTube, Instagram, at Facebook, maglalaho rin ang blogs/vlogs nila.
Unlike old school blogs especially self-hosted ones. We are not dependent on anyone — except, of course, on our webhost and blogging platform — and we have control over our blogs because we own the domain.
That inspired me to pick up where I left off. I really do not have anything against soc-med blogs and vlogs because I follow them myself and read them quite often. But because I found one more reason to keep writing in my old-school .com blog, I am grabbing that reason with no hesitation.
After all, what do I lose? Bayad pa domain and webhost ko! 😂 And there’s just so much to tell that it wouldn’t make sense not to blog.
Kung si Dory pa, just keep swimming. Aja!