Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Round table: Am I too old to blog?


Like so many bloggers...blogging is a creative outlet and a sense of community for me. It's a bit like my creative cocaine. {If one were to indulge in said activities, that is!} Some days I'm uninspired but most days, I feel satiated by the blogosphere and a sense of relief that I have something to plug into other than work, chores or TV. I've had the freedom to flex my writing muscles again, too which is a welcome release. Finally, it's allowed me to meet wonderful people, write some really honest posts and even test drive new products while making a few extra bucks on the side. Who's to say there's anything wrong with that?

Lately, I have been contemplating...what's next for the blogging world? And more importantly, am I too old to blog? Truth is, it's a hobby of mine that I really love. But do my readers love me? Is my content worth anything? Is there an age limit to blogging?

I don't have the answers, clearly, because this post went live this morning but I am curious to hear what you think.

Recently, a blogger friend told me that maybe I need to find a new or different subset of readers to tap into. Ones more my age with a family focus. I can't argue that point...it resonated. However, I would be nothing if it weren't for the people I've already engaged with. And truth is, I quite like my readers! I think the questions are...

How do you attract a new circle of readership?
How do you make time for that amidst life's demands?
And, are you too old to blog at 34?
What do you think is next for the blogging world?

Just some deep thoughts for your Wednesday morning.



26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. I've had the same thoughts at times, but I think you never too old to blog and you should do what you love. It's hard to attract new readers, especially the mountain of blogs out there now. I say do it for you and people will find you or love you. Can't wait to see you next week and catch up and discuss this :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  2. how strange to think there was an age limit to blogging! to communicating? to writing? to creativity?

    i read blogs from 21yr-olds and 60+ yr-olds - all that matters is the author has something to say that i want to tap into.

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  3. Jesus Christ I am 43 and i am still blogging. Don't think like that. You are still reeeeeeeeeally young!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  4. As an addendum - please don't think, ladies, I am saying I am too old...but rather I wonder if I've out worn my welcome in the blogosphere. I hope no one is offended :)

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  5. Leaving aside the age thing (we're the same age, Johanna)I totally relate to you on your vision about blogging: it's a hobby that stimulates our creativity, a 2.0 personal journey, if u will. I'm far from expert...but I think it's important to always be yourself. I read you almost everyday, and what I like the most about you is your vibrant personality and sense of humor, no matter what you write about. My favorite post of yours are the most personal ones with the family, the house...But again, I'll read your blog for as long as you are around, but because of your personality...it might be zillions of blogs, but just one Johanna from 101 Things I Love. Now, if you want to branch out, you can certainly start doing cooking shows in your new super kitchen ;) That would be SO MUCH FUN!

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  6. You are not too old and have not worn out your welcome! :) Thanks for popping over to my blog. It's been a busy summer. xo

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  7. We're the exact same age! So my answers to your first set of questions are: YES your readers love you / YES your content is valuable and HELL NO is there an age limit to blogging! I like to think we'll be doing it as long as we're getting a kick out of it.

    Oh, and the Revlon lip crayon - it's quite good, but a little drying, and not as good as the Clinique Chubby Sticks. But that's just my opinion!

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  8. A creative outlet knows no boundaries othet than what you set in place. There is no age limit to blogging as I am 48 and just started this year. It is where I find my own voice, inspiration, and connection to others of all ages. Reaching a new audience shouldn't be as important as being true to yourself and the audience wil find you! Great post, and keep on blogging!
    xo

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  9. Check out Taza from Rockstar Diaries: http://www.taza-and-husband.blogspot.com/ Her blog has evolved with her family and age. What was once a fashion/newlywed blog is now centered completely around her 2 babies and life in D.C. I grew attached to her blog and didn't care that it was evolving into something different. I definitely don't think there is an age cap on age for bloggers! Some of my favorite bloggers are 30+, 40+, 50+. And admittently, I'm no spring chicken either. Your readers grow with you whatever direction you want to take with your blog! This was a great post that made me think!

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash

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  10. You are not too old and have not worn out your welcome in the least. Blogging can be so much fun and yet so frustrating sometimes. The important thing is to blog because you like to.
    The way I think of it is as a personal diary to look back on. That way, even if no on reads it the. I at least have something for myself - to reflect upon later.

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  11. NO way you are too old. I also contemplate what's next to blogging. Attracting new readers is so beneficial and keeps me motivated. I would say doing guest posts and finding new blogs out there that you love and communicating with that blogger are great ways to do that. just my opinion. Not that I am a blog guru or anything. xo

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  12. You are not too old and have not worn out your welcome in the least. Blogging can be so much fun and yet so frustrating sometimes. The important thing is to blog because you like to.
    The way I think of it is as a personal diary to look back on. That way, even if no on reads it the. I at least have something for myself - to reflect upon later.

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  13. This is one of the reasons I've been on a hiatus, for myself I'm just thinking "what's it all for?" Not that every hobby needs a purpose, but my feelings toward it seem to ebb & flow. Sometimes I think "I'll just post whatever I want!" Other times I think it should be more focused. In the end, at my happiest point it was because I was satisfied with the current state - a small circle of readers that I felt really connected to. As long as you feel fulfilled I'd say that's the way to go!

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  14. Blog for yourself. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks. The minute you stop doing it because it makes YOU happy you take all the fun out of it. I could care LESS who reads my blogs. I do it 1000% for me. I'm 43 and plan on blogging until the day I die. :-)

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  15. Just want to say you guys are awesome - I learned so much from this one postpost!

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  16. Brava for posting this, first and foremost! I think as your life changes, it's only natural that your blog will, but as long as you continue to enjoy it, I see no reason to stop. Those of us who already know and adore you aren't going anywhere!

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  17. I don't think you can ever be too old to blog! And my day wouldn't be the same without the daily dose of inspiration I get from yours :)

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  18. Okay, I just turned 26 and I LOVE your blog. I don't think you need to find a "niche market" unless your blog is a part of your business. But, since this is your hobby, and something that you do that fulfills you, I wouldn't change anything! I think you always come across as someone who is sincere, thoughtful, fun, and authentic. That draws attention, and it speaks volumes.

    It doesn't matter what age your readers are, or what age the bloggers are whom you follow, because diversity is where it's at. Different perspectives help to shape our own perspectives (I'm assuming this is something you already know, but I'm just using this as a reason for why you don't have to do what every other mom does). Just because I don't have kids, or live in Europe, doesn't mean I won't follow those types of blogs. It helps me to see life through others' eyes, and that's something I treasure.

    Basically, I really don't think you should change anything unless YOU feel you should change anything. Let this be YOUR space on the internets. :)

    Don't you dare ever leave me!!!!

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  19. I have the same feelings sometimes, darling... And I am 36 :)
    I say stick with it: we love you!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  20. Johanna - you are as young as your words! You still post fun pictures and finds and readers of all ages appreciate it. We as the readers age too of course and you will find yourself attracting younger readers as well because they like to read what you post.

    If you love to blog, do it!

    As to what's next - let me know when you find it and I'll blog it with you!!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  21. I've felt the same at times, but age has never crossed my mind. I've learned to blog for my self and people who are interested will follow along. Blogging to make money is becoming really tough these days as there are so many out there: lots of people start for this reason and realize it's not that easy anymore, but thats a whole different topic.

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  22. never too old to express yourself!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  23. Definitely not too old!!!! Not too sure about any of the others...

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  24. I think the beauty of blogging is that you make it what you want it to be. There are as many reasons to blog as there are people.

    If your looking to branch into a new category of readers, I'd say comment and get involved with blogs that suit those readers... you'll get noticed. Good luck! :)

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  25. I worry about the same thing. I love blogging so much but it definitely comes along with a lot of insecurities. We're so inundated with pretty young things pushing these oh-so-popular blogs, but the truth is - there are so many readers to go around and so long as you keep on connecting with them, that should be all that matters!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

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  26. I do love the community... And everything else you talked a out. The public you cater to sort of shows up with time in the same way you read other peoples blogs, you follow them because you find the interesting.

    I don't think there's an age for blogging... We just have to keep it current.

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