Me at the height of my blogging, circa 2010.
I’ve got to be honest with you, a lot of the motivation behind this post is self-brought-on anxiety based on the fact that I haven’t really put up anything all week. I tend not to like ‘filler’ posts but I haven’t got one solid ‘story’ idea and several half ones, so this will have to do to alleviate my non-posting guilt.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about this blog, why I have it, what I get out of it, what I put into it. It’s been 5 and a quarter years since I started it and I’ve gone from posting 3 times a day to 3 times a week if I’m feeling good. Why is that? I think a lot because there are a tonne of blogs and websites out there now with the same kind of thing I am writing about. I also have this feeling that if I know about it, I assume everyone else already knows about it too, so why write about it unless I’ve got something specific to say?
Back at what I would say was the ‘height’ of my ‘blogging motivation’, I was checking my RSS reader every day (RIP Google Reader), I would wake up early and check up on all the news, just so I was on top of everything, I would check other people’s blogs and I would pre-plan posts late at night for the upcoming week. I don’t do that at all anymore and I don’t feel like anyone else does either. Or maybe it’s a case of assuming the way my circle of friends acts, is the same way that ‘everyone’ acts.
I don’t think I spend less time on the internet now, but my output is a lot lower. It recently occurred to me that if I don’t give a shit about what the majority of bloggers out there have to say, why would anyone give a shit about what I do? The amount of pictures of myself I used to post. Holy hell. Is this the natural progression of a blogger? Information out, information out, information out, then a few years pass and for some reason it’s now nicer to keep a few things private? Do their blogs still garner the interest they used to? Is it just me? Did I just fall out of love with the internet? And if so, why am I still here? What’s keeping me here? Will this pass? Tavi moved on, I feel like I haven’t heard from Bryan Boy in a minute, let alone Rumi Neely. I mean, what happened to all those #menswear bloggers from 2011? They all got real jobs, started writing for bigger publications, quit the menswear game, became photographers.
So that leads me to my final question: does anyone even read blogs anymore?