How long have you been blogging? Whenever I answer this question about 70% of the people are a little shocked when I say I started in 2004. Most bloggers seem to be closer to the one to two year range.
Way back in 2004 the internet was a different place. At home, I still had a dial up internet connection and an AOL account. I miss the sound of a modem connecting…so comforting! I didn’t text. I just talked to people on the phone. Yes, that’s how weird life was back then.
I started blogging because deep down I am a writer and blogging was the only way I could get my writing out of my head. Social media didn’t exist, unless you counted MySpace, which we didn’t. Facebook wasn’t around, for the masses anyway, and those who created Twitter were still working for Blogger.
That’s where I started…on the Blogger platform. It was fairly easy to use and free. Images on blogs were beyond my pay grade, as it was for most people. My cell phone didn’t have a camera (heck I didn’t even text on it), so I would have had to carry a digital camera with me everywhere I went. Bloggers didn’t do that back then. Unless they were photographers or possibly food bloggers, but I don’t remember many food bloggers prior to 2006.
Creating an image was something only graphic designers did. Now you can go on sites like PicMonkey and make them for free with little to no knowledge of design. Granted, they might look like that to a trained eye, but a bad image is better than no image in the SEO world.
SEO was also a fairly new thing for bloggers. I never wrote to have my posts found by Google. I didn’t care about things like that. I just needed to write. I was young and dumb, what can I say?
Niche blogging was just non-existent. Being a blogger was a niche. Sure, there were some people whose blogs focused on tech, but most bloggers, at that time, had some sort of knowledge of basic HTML at the very least.
Being paid to be a blogger was like finding a unicorn. It didn’t happen. Big corporations didn’t know what a weblog was while newspapers and magazines were still trying to figure out their way through this whole internet thing in the first place.
Mommies didn’t blog. They raised kids and worked. I’m sure there were a few mommy bloggers, but no one called them that. They were just bloggers.
Technology has made it much easier for your blog to be fancy, but one thing has never changed…good writing is what keeps people coming back for more. You could have the prettiest looking photos and design, but if I see that you never use capitals at the beginning of your sentences or god forbid you center justify all of your text and you’re not a poet, I’ll never come back to your site again.
I can’t wait to see what the next ten years hold. Who knows what new technologies will come out and influence our lives?