Reviving Old-Fashioned Blogging

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I miss the days of old-fashioned blogging. When Sunday mornings were spent sipping a cup of tea while sitting cross-legged on the couch catching up on whatever blog I was reading in those days. I loved the personal stories of whatever craft/knitting project a particular blogger was working on or the latest recipe someone tried for the first time.

The photography was stunning, less staged, more intimate and true to life. Not like some of the fake photo shoots that many Instagram influencers prescribe to these days.

In those days, everyone had become avid photographers, testing out their new DSLR cameras and various lens attachments, challenging themselves to create images that represented the stories they were sharing with the world.

I started blogging in the early 2000s. My subjects of choice were crafts and knitting. It was a fun, awkward, and experimental way to express myself. A way to connect with likeminded people. It was also a way to chronicle my life at that time and to grow as a human being.

But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. At some point, monetizing your blog became a thing. Online courses and blogging organizations and conventions cropped up. Everyone wanted to capitalize on their blogging hobby. And as a result, personal blogging became a thing of the past.

I lost interest in my blog. Sadly, I also lost interest in reading other blogs. With the rise of social media, people’s attention spans have decreased. They want information and they want it in small chunks. Personal blog posts can be as short as a quick paragraph to as long as a short story or a crazy manifesto. Many people just don’t want to take the time to connect anymore. So, I stopped posting to my blog and let it languish for years.

Lately, I’ve been feeling nostalgic for those days. Maybe it’s the current political climate. Maybe it’s the great divide going on in this country (the US) or being stuck in the house for months on end because of COVID. No matter what the cause, I’m feeling more and more compelled to start blogging again. Writing personal stories and keeping a record of what’s going on in my life, even the mundane stuff (honestly, much of it is mundane), is a cathartic way of expressing myself.

I think bringing back old-fashioned blogging is a good thing. There are still bloggers out there with personal blogs who share their stories with the world, making connections, maybe even making a difference in the lives of their readers by offering a few moments of escape from their hectic daily life to relax and unwind while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee or whatever tickles their fancy. Those are the blogs that I want to seek out.

My aim for A Cozy Yarn is to be an old-fashioned personal blog offering stories about the projects that I’m working on, the books that I’m reading, finding joy in the mundane, and just stories about life itself that I hope readers will enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by!