I miss blogging.
I don't mean I miss doing it; obviously, I'm still doing it. See me type?
I miss blogging when it was new. Fresh. Exciting. Kind. Honest.
I miss blogging back when the CWO blogring had about 100 blogs and you could hope to surf over and check out at least most of them.
I miss blogging when layouts were still mostly simple. When there was one queen and her court was small. I could keep up with the goings on back then. There was a weekly theme, and there was a special event. And that was it. And it was fun.
I miss blogging back when if I commented on your blog, you might come to mine and reciprocate the greeting in my comment section. Now, instead, my email box is full of "Re:" from people who feel obliged to make nice--because they're building toward a commercial blog.
I miss blogging back before there were ads in the sidebars. What's next? Sandwich boards in our foyers? Even worse is the product placement. For instance, can you tell the difference between a homeschool mom who lists and links her curriculum choices for the year from the one who has been paid to talk up a buzz about products that may or may not actually live on her bookshelf?
Are you shocked?
Well, sadly that kind of thing happens all. the. time. Maybe in homeschool circles; maybe not. The first time I got caught in the web of friendly deceit with a blogger who was exploiting her cyber "friends" with subtle product placement, I felt duped. I don't like feeling duped.
I miss the good old days when blogging was free and honest.
Back when ladies didn't push the envelope, selling out their kids and husbands for a cheap laugh. For the love of money. Or stats.
Back when ladies didn't build their base with a constant barrage of inflammatory statements about theology...in my Savior's name.
I miss blogging when it was more like iced tea on the neighbor's front porch than an annual staff meeting in a hotel ballroom.
How about you? Where are you in the journey? Months? Years? Do you feel competitive? Do you feel motivated or discouraged? Do you feel addicted or exhilarated?