First of all, thank you so much for your feedback, whether you left a comment or sent an email, I really do appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts with me. Let me just say first of all that I doubt I will ever quit blogging. Don't worry about that! Yes, there are moments of angst and moments of rethinking how I blog, but I am just enough of an extrovert that I need to keep blogging. But the hard part about being an extrovert who blogs is that extroverts don't just like to talk in a vacuum. It really is the give and take of the conversation that we thrive on, not just the talking. In fact, most people I know who love to just talk and talk and talk without really looking for feedback lean more to the introverted side. Not all introverts, just some.
One of the biggest things I've noticed about the change in blogging is that there are significantly less people commenting and that's across the board. Big blogs, small blogs, professional blogs. A friend pointed out that some very famous, big name bloggers who used to get hundreds of comments per post have dropped to less than a hundred on a regular post (hundreds only if it's a giveaway). I think there are a combination of factors that have contributed to this. Cell phone readers, the duplicity of places to comment (Instagram, FB, Twitter, etc…), and the natural changes in family life are all contributing factors. While I do believe that blogs are not dead, the heyday of blogging has come and gone and bloggers need to accept that.
Change is inevitable in all things, including the blog world. When I mentioned "changes in family life" one of the things I meant was the way my family has grown. I will frequently walk by the family computer and see my kids reading my blog. So, I definitely consider them too when I blog now in a way that I didn't before. Three of them are now teenagers so respecting their privacy is a huge consideration.
I can't complain too much because I know that my personal commenting has changed. When I first started blogging, bloggers were also readers and commenters, not just bloggers. I made a commitment this week to try to increase my commenting but even then, I didn't get a chance to comment as much as I would have liked. Regarding the specific book club question I asked, I think what I had decided on was pretty much confirmed. I am going to continue blogging the way I have and if anyone needs specific details, they can email me for more info.
So, thank you so much for helping me work through this moment of reflection. Now, it's crunch time for Christmas prep. You all have a wonderful weekend!