This was a timely prompt, as I've noticed a lot of my favourite bloggers have really slowed down on posting and in some cases quit altogether. I'm always the kid left standing on the playground, yelling "It's still fun guys, I promise!" as everyone wanders off to a better game. It appears blogging is no different, and I'm feeling sad about it. I don't follow blogs I'm not going to read, so I really get to know everyone on my reading list and miss them when they leave.
My "following" philosophy also makes it hard to find new blogs. I love blog hops, but it's surprisingly difficult to find a hop that includes lifestyle blogs and that doesn't insist that you follow everyone you meet. I don't want people to follow me if they're not going to read and respond to my posts, and vice versa. I'm not a photographer, foodie or crafter, and reviews/giveaways bore me. Sometimes it feels like that's all there is in the blogosphere and I get frustrated.
It occurred to me yesterday that I should just visit a bunch of the blogs that my current blog friends have listed on their blogrolls. Kind of like finding a date through mutual friends - if someone likes both of you, maybe you'll like each other! Sigh. Thank God I'm married and don't have to actually date. I think it's clear how successful that would probably be.
My blogging style hasn't really changed over the last year, other than the occasional dabbling in fiction. I enjoyed it, but they seemed to be my least popular posts. The strict deadlines to submit your piece also added a level of stress to my life that I decided I didn't need right now. My job often requires significant, unexpected overtime, and when I found myself snapping at my family to be quiet so I could finish a story I'd had to leave to the last minute again, I knew it was time to dial back on that commitment.
Blogging goals for 2012...hmmm. I've never had as many comments on my posts as I would have liked, so I'd improve that. However, I don't know how to be more interesting and I don't want to change who I am. I have visited blogs before that seemed very dull to me, but had TONS of followers and comments, so obviously my tastes and personality run contrary to the norm. Meh. I yam what I yam.