Since 1994*–which, incidentally, is the year I was born (as well as the year of the dog, SCORE)–people have been blogging to their hearts content. But the only blogs that have mattered to me are the ones that have stuck with me over the years. Namely, writers I follow, aesthetically pleasing blogs, humorous blogs, food blogs, DIY blogs, and more recently–vanlife blogs.
I can’t get rid of the nagging feeling that this is simply a replacement for a personal diary–one that people will MAYBE read and comment on, if you’re one of the lucky ones. Lucky to have people read your largely unfiltered thoughts? Oh boy. This is where themes come in. Focusing on a central theme, like food, provides a structure. People can get around the fact that they’re reading about your unsolicited thoughts on your personal life if there’s something they can get out of it. Some people truly get a kick out of reading about other people’s lives (nosybodies much?). But others are just there for the damn This-Is-The-Best-Chocolate-Cupcake-In-The-Whole-World recipe (I’m part of the group that quickly–and irritatedly–scrolls past the “OMG my son has measles because I didn’t freaking vaccinate him” post to get to the goods (i.e. the recipe)).
So, structure. Right. Mine is going to continue with a rising trend I hope to join–livin’ that sweet, sweet van life.
Actual history of blogging included below.
*Visit that ^ and this > http://nymag.com/news/media/15971/
Both provide all the info you need on the history of blogging.