Eight Hundred and One

This is my 800th blog post on Sarah Rooftops. And also my first. The other 799 have all been archived. They’re still there in the background and some of them will be shared again in the future but for now I wanted to scratch things out and start afresh.

I feel like things lost their way a little bit the last year or so. Partly I mean in my real life which has been very good and very bad this year but rarely anything in between. Partly I mean on my blog because it’s hard to write with a consistent voice and consistent focus when your offline self is up and down. And partly I mean blogs in general – I’ve seen the creeping disillusionment, heard the chatter about commercialisation, exploitation and perceived greed, and while I believe this is an unsustainable blip, that there will be an advertising crash and a move back to more personal blogs in the future, I’m sad to see that a lot of my favourite writers have given up and stopped sharing in the meantime.

So I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks thinking about the future of this blog. Did I want to keep it going and, if so, what did I need to change?

Yesterday, I read this post on Hygge House (found via Kate’s Twitter) and it echoed a lot of what I was thinking. One line in particular leapt out at me: “Instead of talking about life and helping each other discover new things or talk about ideas, we are selling to each other”.

I’m not going to talk about the selling right now (although I agree it’s gone too far) but the rest of that statement summed up exactly what I used to love about blogs and what I was originally trying to achieve with mine: talking about life; discovering new things; talking about ideas. In my case, with a largely positive mind set and a focus on adventures over possessions.

(There are still some bloggers out there writing that way. Some of my favourites are Make Do and Mend, Words That Can Only Be Your Own, Domestikated, Fiction Burns and Suzy Krause and the Skyscrapers. I would love to get some recommendations from you, too.)

Recently, the new things and ideas have slipped from my blog. The tone has been sardonic; the style has been haphazard; I’m less proud of what I’ve been putting out. And it’s time for that to stop.

So I’m chopping it right off, right here, right now. I’m starting all over again.

22 comments

  1. I know how you feel! I have this problem where I get hung up on what I want my blog to be, and I can't figure it out, and then I feel like I'm just posting garbage. Not always true, I guess, but sometimes? Ug. I look at some of my old posts from my old blog and I really like them, even if they're sort of all over the place. Even though I really like the blogging community, sometimes I wish I could just blog in a vacuum instead of being influenced by other blogs I read and getting hung up on what I should/shouldn't do.

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  2. Wow, what a radical step to take. I'm so pleased you aren't entirely abandoning the blog, though, and I love that quote you found. I'm really trying to focus on high quality, thoughtful posts but fewer of them and I know lots of other people trying to do the same, so there are a few of us left who want to keep things less corporate!

    And, of course, thanks for the shout out! Can't wait to finally meet up sooooooon after all these years of admiring each other from afar (does that sound weird? Sorry if it sounds weird!)

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  3. I feel exactly the same way about my blog. I get all excited about new posts, then in the next instant I'm beating myself up for how stupid they sound. I'm really interested to see what you post :)

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  4. Ha... yeah... I just need to figure that bit out! I think it's harder when you're going through big personal changes (like you are!) - you don't know how much you should and should not share and you're changing as a person, too, so your normal style maybe doesn't sit quite right any more. If that makes sense?!

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  5. Ha ha! If it does, I'm weird, too! Not long now - I'm so excited!

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  6. Oh, that's an interesting idea: what would you blog if you didn't read other blogs/have any readers? Hmm...

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  7. Oh awesome! I love a good fresh start. And thanks for the recommendations, I'll be thoroughly blog stalking them all shortly.

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  8. Yay, glad you're not abandoning the blog! I know what you mean though - I've gone through phases where I've wondered what I want my blog to be, and I've concluded that I just want it to be what it is. No schedules, no selling, no attempting to 'grow' it, no stressing about whether a post seems stupid/boring/whatever - just a personal blog with posts about whatever I feel like writing, in whatever style I feel like writing.


    And thank you for the mention :) . I'm off to check out the others (apart from Janet, who I'm already stalking...I mean following...)

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  9. duck in a dress25 March 2014 at 22:42

    Wow - that is a big step to take! Fair play though, sometimes a fresh start can be just what's needed. Look forward to reading your 'new' blog - in whatever shape or form that may take! :-) x

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  10. I just realised, with a sinking heart, that your series on taking good photographs will have disappeared into the ether :( If you ever want to resurrect anything, please consider those posts- with a brand new camera in the offing I was looking forward to referring back to them (I need all the help I can get!).

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  11. Excellent. I talked myself into it with, "Nova's done it at least twice..."

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  12. Oh, yes, I'm planning to do something along those lines!

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  13. Ha yes and I've lost cumulatively around a thousand followers in the process. You're doing it the right way, don't change the URL!! haha I still get new followers on a blog I quit in 2011.

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  14. B (Make Do and Spend)27 March 2014 at 09:35

    Wow that is a big step! The thing you won't lose though is the heritage of all the writing you've done and positive impact that's had on the dedicated followers you've attracted over the years. We both love your blog so very happy to hear this is a fresh start rather than the end!

    We often discuss how we can 'develop' our blog but anything that moves away from just posting what's important to us or what we're interested in at that moment never really appeals. The real enjoyment comes in sharing something we're excited about in the hope others will be too - rather than trying to offer what might be more popular to 'sell' our blog.

    B x
    (Make Do and Spend)

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  15. Aw, thank you!

    Definitely. Mine was a bit more shaped when I was job hunting and putting my blog on CVs, but it's never been about making direct money from it or building a big following; personal blogs are supposed to be fun, right?

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  16. Ha! I don't have a thousand followers to lose!

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  17. Oh, goodness, even their header is making me feel like I need to up my game. No, Sarah, no - it's not a competition!

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  18. i so hope you're right about the impending shift back to personal blogging. i'm getting so sick of advertising and "sponsors" (remember when people just put the links to the blogs they really liked on their sidebars? for FREE?). the blogs that got me hooked on blogging in the first place were ones that just focused on either writing beautifully, taking pictures beautifully, or being very real. no giveaways. no sponsors.


    sigh. NOSTALGIA.


    :)


    and thank you very much for the shout-out. you're so sweet. you're definitely one of my permanent blog reads.

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  19. You're very welcome.

    I don't mind the odd sponsor; I don't mind if people make a little money from a blog they put a lot of effort into. But I feel like blogs are more about generating a second income now than, you know, BLOGGING. And that saddens me.

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