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    • I read that post. I find it funny how her and I will write about similar topics pretty near each other. Usually she gets her posts up before me, however I know that’s partly because of the strict posting schedule I follow. Always good to hear the same discussion from multiple points of view though.

  1. Authenticity certainly serves as a key to an enjoyable blogging experience. It’s also a good way to test various self-branding techniques, something that can be used in professional lives. Another thing I noticed about blogging is how it helps me consider what and how to express my thoughts. It really brings out the creator in all of us, which is why I blog.

    One thing to remember is the possibility of our reasons changing. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the blogs I follow start writing more commercialized reviews to generate revenue. While I tend to ignore these posts, I continue following them just so as long as they don’t sell out completely.

    • You bring up a very important point about revenue and why some bloggers choose to do sponsored posts for that reason/use advertising for that reason. I’m not against those who do it, however if they completely sell out their values (as you mentioned), it rubs me the wrong way. It’s more of a content shift that drives me away from blogs more than sponsored content. I can deal with beauty/fashion/lifestyle posts in small doses, but when blogs turn their frequency up to eleven (after they used to be a small part of the content), it’s hard for me to read consistently.

      • Then again, I’m sure there are people who got annoyed as hell when I’d have short story weeks and interrupt my normal blogging to do it. It goes both ways.

  2. This post came at the right time. I’ve been thinking a lot about the reasons I write, why I started writing, and topics I’m passionate about. When I first started writing, I wrote mainly about relationships and the frustrations of dating. Darkness, terrible experiences and sadness sort of fuel my writing– which isn’t always healthy, but helps me deal with it in my own way. These experiences made my posts raw and real, which is something I haven’t really found myself in the same place.

    It’s difficult because why you write changes so much over time. The things that frustrated me two years ago aren’t the same things that frustrate me now. And so much growth has happened over those past two years that I find myself at a completely different state in my life. I’m figuring out where I want to go, what I want to write about, and how I’m going to do it. Thanks for reminding me and asking questions that will help me steer my writing in the direction I want it to go.

    • Change is a natural thing when it comes to writing. For many people — myself included, as well as you from the sounds of it — writing is an extension of your inner psyche and your mind. As we grow and change as humans, it’s only natural that our writing would change as well. As long as you can still understand why you’re writing, even as those changes are occurring, you’re in great shape.

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