In the vlog I published on Saturday, you heard that this past month has been incredibly productive for me in terms of figuring out how to keep my blogging experiences and relationships positive. While I do still feel frustrated about some aspects of and attitudes towards blogging, that negativity no longer controls how I approach the broader blog world.
As I mentioned, though, the meditative posts I read and the challenging conversations in which I participated across social media actually provoked more questions than they answered. I'm still gathering my thoughts from the past month of reflection, but I think I've reached the limits of introspection and so I'm turing to you, dear readers, to help me put some of my observations in order.
I've made a Google form with five of the overarching questions that resulted from my month away from this space. Most of them stem from my confusion about the rapid evolution of blogging - like I said in my vlog, I know that the changes aren't necessarily bad in and of themselves but I simply can't keep up. I know from your comments and tweets and emails that you've been working though these issues, too, and I'd be enormously grateful if you'd share your thoughts with me, no matter how abstract or inconclusive they might be. My plan is to use the next two Mondays, the 10th and the 17th, to publish posts inspired by your answers to these questions; on the 24th, I have scheduled a post about sponsorship, a topic you'll notice is missing from this form though it's one that comes up again and again around here.
I really would appreciate as many thoughts as possible to help me understand my own, so I'm offering a little incentive. If you answered any of these questions - even one, even if you think your response wasn't coherent - leave me a comment below and you'll be entered in a giveaway to win a supercute set of ceramic measuring cups I picked up at Anthropologie recently for just this purpose. If you share this post and encourage others to join in, let me know in another comment that will serve as an additional entry! This is a scouts' honor thing since I expect predominantly anonymous responses, so I'll just trust you to only leave a comment if you did actually help out, okay? Thank you a million times over! I can't wait to read what you have to share.