on blogging

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I think I'm having a blogging crisis of faith. There's no one thing I can blame - just a combination of factors leading me to re-evaluate what I do here. There's a part of me that loves blogging and wants to continue indefinitely, but there's also a part of me that's over it. Within this niche of lifestyle parenting blogs, I'm over the cliquiness, the meanness (on sites like gomi) and the materialism.

I've been noticing lately that it seems like Instagram is taking over. I used to get so many wonderful comments on my blog that would lead to conversations over email, and relationships formed. Nowadays, I get way more comments on Instagram photos than I do here, and I'm left wondering, is anyone reading? Perhaps this is just the direction we're going - more towards micro-blogging, where Instagram and Facebook will replace longer posts.

Then there's the question of privacy… An irresolvable issue that comes with the territory of blogging. I've always been careful to maintain my privacy (and to completely protect my husband's) but now I'm left struggling with what to do about my daughter. I love sharing photos of her, connecting with other mothers and reflecting on our journey as a family. But I worry about this whole generation of children, growing up online without much say in the matter. Is it fair of me to share what I do, or will 10 year old Clementine prefer I hadn't? I wasn't too worried about this before now, but with her first birthday approaching, I feel the need to re-assess where I stand.

Monetisation has also been on my mind. I know this is a loaded topic, and the truth is that I think it's great that people are able to turn their blogs into a career. That said, I'm finding all of the sponsor posts, and c/o's in blogland overwhelming. It seems to counter the message of minimalism that is often portrayed. Personally, I'm all for supporting independent businesses and other bloggers (hence the links on my sidebar, all of whom are friends I trade with) but I have made the choice to turn down opportunities to work with big companies, especially if their values and ethics don't align with my own. It's a decision I stand by, even if it means turning down a paycheque. I really value all of you who come here, read my stories and share your own and I never want you to feel that my content is influenced by financial incentives.

Another worry of mine is time. I can be a perfectionist, and the writing, photography, editing, and formatting of a post can take me a long time. For this reason I've been blogging a bit less lately; where I used to post 4 to 5 times a week, I now post once or twice. Sometimes I have so many ideas in my head they could be a month's worth of posts, but I'm learning to just let some things go. I'm also learning to find the balance between being in the moment/documenting the moment. This is a hard one for me as photography is truly a passion of mine, but sometimes I just need to leave the phone and the camera at home and be with my daughter and my husband.

Given all of that, I will continue this space because I love it and I'm not ready to let it go. So many beautiful blessings have come about because of this blog, and for now, they outweigh the negatives.

How do you feel about blogging?

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  1. well. this is the first comment I have written in at least a month, and I can say with confidence that I am feeling the same way. personally at least. I just don't have a lot of extra time to do the basic things, much less photograph, edit, write and comment just for fun. and is it fun anymore? It's all a personal preference I think. I won't say that I am done, but I sure haven't been running to the computer in my spare moments either. reading and getting inspired or motivated is one thing, but sitting down to write out thoughts is something else (...and yet here we are...)

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    1. Well I appreciate you taking the time to comment today :) I definitely used to comment way more on other people's blogs than I do now, and part of it is just to do with time. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day.

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  2. I love this, especially about the Instagram. I miss the days of reading blogs. I hardly ever visit blogs anymore unless someone's made a post like "check this out on the blog today" and I'll click through to the link in their profile if it seems interesting enough. Unless it's fueled through by IG, I hardly ever just visit a blog to see what's going on in that space

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 Oops it posted before I was done... Generally you've made some great points about where blogging is heading. Maybe a few months ago i went through a phase where I was just totally forgot I had a blog, I went through just being over it like you said. But lately I've come back and I have been doing a lot lately as far as posting and collaborations with brands. For me, I haven't claimed to be "minimal", or else I probably wouldn't want product from companies. I just want our things to be well curated which is

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  4. Ugh it did it again haha... Which is why I'm still very selective about the brands I want to work with. It's all about preference I suppose, the spare time we have, and passion for it. My passion for blogging definitely comes and goes but I'll probably never totally leave it, at least not for a while. Loved hearing your thoughts mama. ❤️

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    1. Thank you Teryn! I'm not totally against working with brands either, but I think it needs to be well done, as you say. I'm definitely not ready to leave my blog yet either, but I just needed to re-evaluate :)

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  5. SO TRUE GABY! I was nodding along the whole way. Yep, Instagram is definitely taking over.. I get the same thing with lovely comments relating to a link that I have posted on IG but not on the actual post.. I think it's because so many people are reading on their phones these days and they have trouble commenting, whereas I am old school and like to read on the big screen. But it still makes you wonder, is anyone reading this/seeing this? So well written, I love how honest you have been, and while I am guilty of not commenting enough, I would miss you if you weren't here. I get the time and perfectionist thing too - guilty also. And now with the business, my priorities have changed and given the chance to blog or edit.. majority of the time I would chose to edit. There is such an ebb and flow to it all, but I think you're right in there being a shift.. I feel the same way having met so many wonderful people and good things coming into my life since starting the blog. The business wouldn't be here without it - and I am sure that is what the blog was meant to do.. even though I had no idea. It's such a struggle, but I too have learnt to let it go and just do what I can. Finding time to do ANYTHING AT ALL outside of caring for our children is hard enough without beating ourselves up about it! xx

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    1. Thank you Tahnee. I really appreciate your comment, especially as I was worried I was being a bit too honest… I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks instagram is taking over! And I know what you mean - if I have a shoot to edit then the last thing I want to do is get on the computer to blog. BUT, I'm not giving up yet. Ebb and flow, as you said xx

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  6. I actually just wrote on my blog about how I sometimes replace writing a blog by just posting an Instagram photo instead. The convenience of it all is just too good to pass up sometimes.

    I do think that when it comes to blogging we need to fall back into the basics and remember why we blog in the first place. I struggle sometimes, thinking my blog isn't satisfying the needs of my readers but I have to remember that my blog wasn't built for them, it was built for me and if I am happy with what I am sharing and posting then that is all that matters. There shouldn't be any pressure to fulfil a set posting schedule or reveal too much about our private lives. We need to do what feels right by us.
    P.s. I never knew Gomi existed until now...I am shocked!

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    1. So well put Samantha! I guess I just have to remember not to put too much pressure on myself. You always leave the most thoughtful comments, and I so appreciate it x

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  7. Gaby, I completely agree with what you say here. I was having this exact conversation with a friend the other day and I have a very similar post rattling around in my head on the subject. It's comforting to know you feel the same. So many issues to consider and I have never questioned why i blog so much as I have in this past month. The blogosphere has definitely changed and I'm reassessing how to go about it and where my energies are best expended...I have regular breaks from Instagram, it's such an odd beast, so much inspiration but so much noise...blogging will always be my preferred method of connecting and although it may be harder to find them, there are still many bloggers who share a similar view. Each to their own but to cut a long story short, yes I'm reassessing the whole blogging thing but still want to continue with it....Mel xxx

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    1. It's been really nice to know that I'm not the only one and that many of us are having the same thoughts. Seems to be something in the air. I prefer blogging to instagram as well, and so it was a bit of a sad realisation that instagram is taking over. I really hope that blogging as a medium doesn't disappear. Thank you for your comment! x

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  8. love this post – i totally relate to every word.

    not much to add that hasn't been covered in the comments but i love your blog and your point of view and authenticity... when i see a post of yours pop into my feedly reader, i always click and read it! but admittedly am shitty about commenting.

    xx



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    1. That is so kind of you to say. I don't always comment either so I really do get it. It's just something i've been noticing lately in the blogosphere as a whole. So many more interactions seem to be happening on Facebook and/or instagram.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! x

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  9. I am definitely still reading!! I love your little blog and this post I can really relate to.

    I started 3 separate blogs when my children were babies and each of those blogs has been semi-neglected over those years because I cannot work out what I feel comfortable sharing. I know only keep one of those blogs active and lately I have kind of been blogging more but more words than pictures and more for me than for anyone else. Which is kind of how it started so I guess I have come full circle.

    It is comforting to know that I am not the only one feeling this way.

    xxx

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    1. Thank you for still reading! I think so many of us are going through this period of wondering, and evaluating what we're doing and whether to continue. Of course, everyone will find what works for them x

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  10. Fabulous post Gaby! I don't often comment (not for lack of wanting to, rather for being busy wrangling two littlies) but am making the effort to do so today. I 100% agree with everything you have written. I don't blog often but when I do, I just try to focus on 'chatting' to my family and friends whom read and recently decided to write to my girls (seeing as I don't keep a journal).

    I understand why blogs become monetised, but have some misgivings towards many of the bloggers who do so when many who write about authenticity and minimalism seem to go the complete opposite way. I guess it must be hard for them to strike a fine balance between being authentic and making money. I did delete one popular blog from my reader recently when they started using every opportunity to shill the products their new business was selling... that kind of stuff is not the blog fodder I am interested in. No big deal though, they need to blog the way they want to.

    I find myself turning more and more towards blogs without sponsorship... (mostly) women who write about their families, values and craft (much like yourself) and have been making more of an effort to comment and interact as I know I like it when people do so on my blog. I do find it can be quite cliquey and most of the time my comments go ignored. That's ok I guess, there's a lot of people whose comments are just as good as mine!

    As for the privacy factor and posting about the kids, I just consider if I (as an adult) would be embarrassed or hurt if my mum did it to me. For example, I don't post pictures of the girls half-clothed or in the bath. I'm sure as they grow older, I will reassess what I want to post though.

    Anyway, sorry for the ramble... I hope you continue posting on your blog. I feel as though you are one of the authentic voices on my blog roll and I would be sad to see you go (although I do follow your instagram too.)

    Best wishes, Linda. :)

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    1. Hey Linday, loved reading your ramble ;) Seriously, thank you for your kind words. Re: privacy, I go through a similar thought process as you… never posting photos of Clementine naked etc. But even still, I wonder if she will prefer I hadn't shared about her at all. It's a tricky thing to navigate, especially since we're the first generation to parent in this age of the world wide web. x

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  11. This is beautifully written. I have only recently started to blog, but already I find myself questioning it. I love taking pictures and sharing bits about my life, but the materialism/vanity/criticism surrounding blogs is almost enough to make me quit before I've really started. Definitely food for thought. Kudos to you for opening up about it! ♥

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    1. Thank you Emily. I think that if you're aware of the materialism/vanity/criticism on other blogs then you'll steer clear of it on your own. That said, there's always been a part of me that thinks, "what are you doing you narcissistic lunatic?!?" I think that's just part of the territory with blogging ;)

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  12. I've been thinking about letting my blog go, too ... and I'm really too tired to think of anything else to say. Kellie xx

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    1. You crack me up. There seem to be quite a few of us thinking of shutting down our blogs. In fact, one of my favourites (bluebird baby) has done just that this week. Now go get some sleep! xx

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  13. I nodded the whole way through. I had major concerns over privacy issues too...my mothering instincts are super protective when it comes to my precious children and the internet. And I just felt funny about sharing bits of my life to an unknown audience. Why did I do that I often wondered? Why couldn't I just write in a journal instead or document photos in an album. Why did I have to post it on the www? It left me feeling uncomfortable and vulernable energetically speaking (if that makes any sense). Being exposed like this just didn't sit right for me. And so despite the attraction of having a conversation and meeting like minded people...I gave up. I don't have facebook or instagram. But I love pinterest LOL... I'm quite free of most social media which has not stopped me from connecting with people and it's definitely good for my spirit and headspace.

    I think if something feels right...you will never question your decision. Listen to the nagging feelings and thoughts.

    But at the same time...I love reading a handful of blogs like yours :) So I hope those nagging feelings stop for my sake...he he.

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    1. Hi Nicole, so interesting to hear your perspective. I can definitely relate to everything you say, but I also feel that I'm not ready to part with my blog :) I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to move forward with regards to Clementine's privacy, and I do think I'll make some changes but for now, I'm going to keep blogging :) x

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  14. I've been having similar sentiments, Gaby. Lately, I've been posting once a month. I'm reading less blogs as well. I love having the documentation of our life abroad and our travels but I'm also a bit 'over' blogging as well. I feel less inspired by the community as a whole - actually, like you said, the community itself feels less. Most of my favourite bloggers are posting less frequently and stepping back as well. I haven't reached the point in which I think I'll stop blogging altogether but I'm definitely questioning how I want to move forward.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. The community really is changing. It's hard to know exactly what has changed, but many of my favourite blogs are shutting down or posting less or becoming less interesting to me. I always enjoy reading about your travels so I hope you continue to post though!

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  15. I really enjoyed this post Gaby and love your space on the internet. I don't blog personally, the privacy factor has always stopped me sharing my life on the internet, which is hypocritical maybe because I love reading about other people's families. I am in awe of those of you who keep your blog up to date while having a baby. I barely find the time to write very briefly in my diary every week and I know I will regret not documenting the early part of my daughter's life later.

    I have started using Instagram properly recently though and find it a much easier for me to comment, have a conversation and feel more involved as a non-blogger. I find it more user friendly too, as so many times I have written a comment for a blog only for it to disappear as I post it. I still read all my favourite blogs and continue to search out new ones thoug
    Also gomi ?! I stumbled across this once and it's horrific, people must have very sad lives to sit around bitching about people they don't know!

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    1. The privacy factor stopped me for many years as well! I had a private blog and I loved doing it so much that I wanted to go public and be part of the community. But I was so very hesitant. It took me ages to actually make the leap.

      In many ways, instagram does feel more interactive because you don't need a blog, it's easy to comment, you can tag people directly etc.

      p.s. what's your instagram name?

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    2. It's rachelthomasjones we follow each other :)

      I hope you all enjoyed Clementine's 1st birthday, her party looked lovely. We're celebrating Emilia's in just over 3 weeks,it goes so quickly!

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  16. I love this post :) there is so much to be appreciated and inspired by blogging, and taking the time to flesh out who/what/when/how we share our stories. I have had a hard time mingling and keeping up with the instagram crowd, and although I rarely comment here, perhaps I should make it more of a priority, as I check in often, and I'm an avid reader here :) I am (over) due to be a first time mama and your stories have help guide me the last 9+ months. I always appreciate the heart in your posts and more importantly, the quality over quantity. I also think it's essential to continue the ever-evolving discussion regarding a paycheck and mommy-blogging - it's a fine line of keeping our moral in tact - esp. with our children in mind. We need spaces like yours to keep the community 'real' :) xo - Sara

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    1. Thank you Sara, I always love when longtime readers take the opportunity to say hello :) I also think it's important to pause every so often and really think about what we're doing in these online spaces. And now I'm going to go check your blog and see if you've had your baby :)

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  17. I'll admit that I'm more of a lurker when it comes to blogging. I tend to enjoy the photos that people take and I usually read the posts but often don't end up commenting. I enjoy looking through your blog! Reading about your journey as a mom and finding inspiration here.

    I definitely see the concerns about blogging that you mentioned. As a VERY small blogger, for me it's just for me. I usually don't have any comments and that's okay. It's more like an online journal. I would never go after money because I just see my space as a place for me to remember and record happy thoughts. Maybe evaluate what you want out of blogging? Connections are great and it is a shame that fewer and fewer people are going around, but there are still a few here. Do whatever makes you the most happy!

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    1. I do a fair bit of lurking myself ;) I used to blog just for me and it was great. I still have that blog and I'll read through it once in a while and reminisce. It was nice not to feel any pressure; I blogged when I felt like it and shared whatever I wanted because I didn't have to worry about privacy.

      I like your advice to evaluate what I want out of blogging. I hadn't thought of it that way but it's a great way to put it, so thank you!

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  18. While I enjoy working w sponsors and getting some sort of income from blogging, I understand how overwhelming it can be to the bloggers and readers.

    But when it comes to comments I couldn't agree more. I've been trying to be a better and more engaging blogger lately, and guess what, we're not alone. There's almost a movement of bloggers vowing to be more active in blog land again! I love it!

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    1. I have really appreciated your comments lately Gentri! It reminds me that I need to be better about commenting, so often i just skim and don't take the time to say hi.

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  19. Hi! I commented on your instagram post about this, but I wanted to comment in more depth here - I think it's worth it to keep blogging first of all. Look at all these comments on this post! I am a new blogger, and I definitely want to be involved in blog land! I don't have many people who follow my page yet, but that's okay! I still love blogging regardless.

    With the monetization, I don't see anything wrong with it. I used to make YouTube videos and I made money off of my videos. However, I never made any specifically sponsored videos. I always did whatever I wanted to do! It was awesome. I didn't make much money, but I could have if I had kept going!

    On privacy, I totally know how you're feeling. For now, my thoughts are that if Logan later on doesn't want to be on the internet anymore. I will completely take him off & respect his wishes.

    Being in the moment, this has been on my mind a lot recently. I'm having a VERY difficult time learning to just put down my phone and get down on the floor and play with my son. I recently got a Canon T3i and I've been wanting to capture and share anything. Sometimes I think, why am I doing this? Who REALLY cares to see these pictures? I think all I need is some balance, but I'm not sure how to find that! It's very difficult in these times where everyone's life revolves around a small gadget in their hand.

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    1. I agree that it's all about balance. I love photography and memory keeping, and so it's tempting to spend SO much time on both those endeavours. But they really can pull you out of the moment. Yesterday, at Clementine's first birthday party, I was so tempted to film everything but I stopped myself. I did hand my phone to a friend who filmed the cake/bday song/candles and that was a great decision!

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  20. I think that you've done an excellent job in showing your true self with your blog. What you share and how you share is so unique, it's intimate yet minimal. We don't know everything, which is why we come back week after week to see what other piece you'll share with all of us, I don't think you've shown too much, nor do I think you ever will. It's somehow understood with the way you write. I understand your dilemmas, especially with your daughter, I have them too sometimes. However, I think our children will be part of a different generation where this will all be normal somehow, and I trust that this will all work itself out. Everyone's sharing if you think about it, even if they aren't blogging—with their facebook, ig, tumbler, and whatnot, so we're all feeling this on some level. As for the blog vs Instagram, perhaps because I'm more of a reader I find there's something special about coming to your blog and reading what you've prepared for us, it's special. Either way, whatever medium you choose, know that you have a loyal reader.

    Rubi

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    1. Thank you so much Rubi. That is so nice of you to say! You're totally right that even those who don't blog are sharing online, I guess it's just a matter of how much. I do worry about over-exposing Clementine, so I suppose it's just about finding the balance. x

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  21. Goodness, yes yes yes. I am right there with you. Very well said.

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  22. I feel and think the same I've been blogging off and on for a few years now and can't seem to get in a rhythm of regularly, I like to blog and don't see myself stoping anytime soon. I plan to keep my blog hobby only, though on day I would like to collaborate with other like mined bloggers and creatives.

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    1. That's great, sounds like you're just doing what works for you and enjoying yourself!

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  23. It is so nice for those of us who do not see you three on a regular basis to get visual and text updates. We love getting glimpses into your life. Hope you don't stop blogging.

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    1. I think you and my mom are my most faithful readers ;) Don't worry, I won't stop.

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  24. An incredibly apt post. Well written and honest. Possibly the two biggest reasons I love your blog in the first place (and then Clementine came along and stole the show!). But I remember when I first started blogging and you were probably one of the first people to find me and we commented on each others' blogs a lot. Now I hang around your instagram and while I read every post on your blog, I find the convenience of Instagram too hard to pass up.

    In saying that, I do miss when my favourite bloggers go on a hiatus from blogging. There is just something different about sitting in front on a computer and feeling like we are having a "chat" of sorts, finding out whats been going on in your life lately, via your internet journal (blog).

    That GOMI is some special kind of crazy though. I always hated the vulnerability of blogging and hence kept it a secret for a while. After meeting so many fabulous people on this platform, I decided to give it a go. But reading the forums on GOMI has me shaken up! What is wrong with those people?!

    P.S. Keep blogging. Please.

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    1. Clementine TOTALLY stole the show! And that's what I'm worried about… It's a tough call. x

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  25. Hi Gaby
    I really enjoy your blog. I've been reading for a bit over a year and I appreciate everything about the beautiful world you have created that you let us enter. Your writing is time consuming because it is beautiful, thoughtful and intelligent. That takes time to craft and it is a generous gift sharing that with your audience.
    I'm not a blogger but I enjoy reading a wide variety of blogs. So, my perspective as a consumer of blogs...
    You strike me as a mindful and very conscious person. I think that you need to use that to guide you in these decisions, particularly with respect to privacy. I personally don't have a problem with people earning money as a by-product of blogging either.
    Good luck with your deliberations! I hope you stick around :)
    Liz

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  26. GOMI is a scary, scary place. I remember the first time I stumbled upon it I just felt sick to my stomach. Same way I feel when I watch the news these days. It's made a lot of some of my favorite blogs stop or take hiatus. I don't understand how people can be so cruel? It's absolutely beyond me. I agree with Theresa though, keep blogging. I know I commented on Instagram, but I felt like I had to comment here too. This is such an important topic. I think you're doing a wonderful job and I miss spending time reading through blogs... going to make more of an effort these coming months. Love to you!

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  27. Gaby, I’m a lurker on your blog, which I follow through Bloglovin. It is my favourite blog, and I get a little skip in my heart when I see a new post come up from you on my feed.
    I love the joy that you take in your daughter Clementine, your approach to life, the great balance you have been liking things and minimalism. Although I’m not remotely crafty I enjoy your craft posts. I’m also enjoying immensely seeing how you are developing as a photographer (and also seeing that you are studying the photos which have been taken of you and incorporating them into your own practice). I love how you don’t paint your life as perfect, but you try to see all that is good in it. That is such a refreshing contrast to everyone who posts their lives as picture perfect. It is such a beautiful space that you have created. I hope you will keep up your blog – if only for my completely selfish reason, that I love to read it! Hopefully one of these days I’ll get around to creating my own.

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    1. Thank you SO much Kristy! No one has ever told me that my blog is their favourite :) I will be continuing with my blog, just maybe making a few changes. We'll see x

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  28. Hello Gaby. I read your post i agree with you in most of it. I just wanted you to know that i love your blog. I don't remenber how i got here, maybe some yoga blog or so. I like yoga (i can teach also) i really enjoyed your yoga posts. And i really like to see blogs from around the world, like what's going on in other hemisphere. I'm portuguese living in portugal and seeing blogs is a way of travelling and knowing other countries things. Sorry for my "bad" english! Keep on with blogging!

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    1. Your English is great! I love reading blogs from other countries as well. It's so cool to get a glimpse at a normal person's life who may be just like you, but on the other side of the world. Thanks for your comment x

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  29. Gaby, I'm with you... blogging can definitley have it's moments and slumps. Usually when I feel this way I take time away and reconnect with life, friends and just do things for myself. It gets me feeling great and ready to create in no time. I'd definitley say that I've noticed comments decreasing in the community... for my own blog and for others as well. But I continue to see the same traffic and growth. I can honestly say that I adore your blog, the life bits you share, your writing and photos. So keep doing what you're doing. I'm an avid reader and adore you, lady!!! xoxo

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  30. I read. Love you work. Would continue to come back regardless of what you were blogging about. Now that G is 3.5 I just didn't feel comfortable including and reporting on her, and also felt uncomfortable sharing lots about Lulu. Hence the new direction. Sharing recipes and working on my writing is much more in sync with my comfort level nowadays. Would love to "talk" with you more about it via email or even Skype! xoxo

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  31. I've come via Her Library Adventures. Hello! I truly hope that instragram does take the focus off blogging. Perhaps then the positivity and fun that had me blogging for all those years will be again allowed to flourish and inspire. I miss blogs with default themes, small blurry photos and walls of interesting and inspiring text. I miss the community. Maybe it is time to take community back?


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  32. I think one reason that Instagram is taking over the Blogosphere is that back in the day, people used to take photos with their phones or quickly with a camera, upload, write, publish and feel refreshed. Now that everyone and their sister-in-law's third cousin has a DSLR there is pressure to have amazing photos every post. I've seen time and time again bloggers actually apologise for using cell phone shots in their posts. So now posting consists of taking nice photos, editing with schmancy vintage effects, and writing viral content… and depending on your genre, it feels like too much pressure. Now people are like, screw it, take a cell phone shot and upload it to instagram and get back to life! Ha!

    I'm from the US and live here in Sydney with my husband and babies too :)

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  33. oh I totally agree with you I keep thinking I will get back to my blog on a regular basis and so I might do a post and then it just sits again for ages and I wonder is it worth it and yet I can pick up my phone at anytime for a minute and have a quick look at Instagram but I am finding I don't even do that as much as I was. I do feel over it. Some times more than others I feel totally over the internet and don't even turn on my laptop everyday now which was unheard of right up until a couple of months ago. There is a cliquiness in blogs and years ago I stayed away from some because of that but I am also finding that in some cirlces on IG too. Blogs that I had been following for years from when they first started and we formed friendships from blogging may not ever even leave me a comment on IG. I had been starting to feel really down about it and inadequate and paranoid, but in the long run I think it is what has made me realise just how meaningless it all can be. If the internet was taken away tomorrow we would survive. There is also good community too which is what is so conflicting. I find as a vegan I have found a wonderful community on IG and Facebook. A real feeling of family. Always new recipes and products to try out etc etc. Sadly it is in the crafting community I have found the clique lately and that has surprised and saddened me. Even though I don't have babies anymore (21 and 15) I am loving your blog which I only found tonight xxx

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  34. Hi Gaby,

    I found your blog via a cup of jo and i have been on here now for 30 minutes reading all of your posts. I keep saying 'just one more click of older posts and you'll get off' but alas I am still here. :) I just wanted to say though I just found your blog that I am completely smitten with it. It feels so warm and friendly. The way you write is beautiful and honest and humble. I can tell you that for as long as you decide to blog I will be reading. I think it shows great strength also to turn down certain opportunities because they do not coincide with what you believe or value! That is not the case with alot of other blogs I've come across. And I can understand of course what you are saying about your darling daughter and wanting privacy. Whatever you do I'm sure will be the best thing for you and your family. But like I said before, if you keep writing I will certainly keep reading! Your blog is wonderful! :)

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