Blogging Lore


I.

Hello there.

I have updated this space somewhat regularly since 2006. Two thousand six. As a matter of fact, the end of this month will mark the 7th anniversary of Leslie Wiggins’ little spot o’ interweb real estate. Seems like forever ago. And, in internet years, it’s like a century.

I’m just feeling a little nostalgic. Indulge me?

When this started, I blogged from my laundry room. Karl set up a desk area in there for me and put a lock on the door. It was my own little private spot. The children were much younger and the laundry room was my room of refuge. I read books, reviewed books, wrote about my life, politics, and solved society’s ills, all while processing the laundry.

Back then we had major plumbing issues associated with our laundry room. (Plumbing issues are part & parcel of owning an old home). The pipe leading away from the washer was the Joe Miller of pipes — it just couldn’t handle all the water at once. I used to stand at the machine and turn the motor off and on, controlling the water-flow until the tub drained. Not even replacing the pipes could fix it. You want to know the ultimate remedy? Installing a water-efficient machine. Gloryhallelujahamen, no more sprinting to the laundry to prevent a flood!

I don’t really recall the circumstances surrounding my moving out of the laundry room, but I think it had something to do with needing another computer and desk in the school room. Nowadays, I blog from anywhere. The children are older, and I no longer feel the psychological-health need to hide from them from time to time. Instead, they vie for their own spaces and attempt to hide from me.

II.

Originally, I called my blog, “Lux Venit,” and my theme was Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” I wrote a lot about Jesus and most of it was roll-my-eyes bad. Sometimes I wonder if I over-shared in those days. I didn’t think twice about sharing exactly how I felt about a thing. When I was feeling depressed, you knew it. I think people worried about me because someone would call or email to let me know that they were praying for me. But the great thing about the way I blogged back then was that it was therapeutic. And real. Having a reader respond with encouragement or, “I feel the same way,” was uplifting. I’m sure the prayers helped, too, though.

In 2006, when I shared with someone that I wrote a blog, I had to explain to someone what a blog was. The response was usually a strange look, followed by, “That’s neat.” Then, the internet got bigger. It’s no longer an interesting talking point to have a blog nowadays because EVERYONE and their pets have blogs. I mean that literally, not tongue-in-cheek…pets have blogs. It seems only fair since we wouldn’t have the internet without the aid of cats.

III.

Blogging was fun! I had a little circle of bloggy-friends, and we all listed one another on our sidebars, visited, and commented on every post. I even wrote a series of posts on blogging etiquette. (They seem terribly out-dated now that social media has boomed). We tagged one another in posts and passed around silly memes. We took quizzes and laughed with each other. Total fun and purposeless.

The last two years or so, I have really struggled with a purpose for this site. What’s my goal? Why do I blog?Β  The new blogging rules say things like, “Build your tribe,” “build your brand,” and, “shorter is better.”

Who decided those rules anyway? Who says I have to keep my posts short because readers are all, “TL;DR?”

Well, I’m bringing long-form back, y’all.

 

The End.

 

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10 thoughts on “Blogging Lore

  1. I enjoyed this glance back over your blogging journey! I remember many of these milestones. Those were the good old days, were they not? And, listen, long form blogging is alive and well at my site! I mean, even my posts at Out of the Ordinary–should do a word count comparison I’d most definitely be the wordiest of the wordsmiths there as well! πŸ˜‰

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  2. I loved reading this!!! I pictured you in the laundry room enjoying those “quick” precious moments of mommy time. I also pictured you in there yet the sounds of little voices throughout your home. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing. ❀ ya!

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  3. What fun to revisit the good ole’ days πŸ™‚ I have fond memories of Lux Venit, memes, and all that jazz. What in the world does TL;DR mean? At the risk of revealing how behind the times I am, I had to ask!

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  4. Great post! You’re right – the rise of social media has changed the cozy world of blogging so much. I miss the good ole’ days, too, where comments were like gifting a writer with gold, and bloggers loved each other just because they loved each other, and not because they were trying to be in “the cool kid’s club”, also known as a tribe.

    Thanks for bringing us back around to how it used to be!

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  5. Yep. I look back on those days with mixed feelings, and as one of your early “bloggy friends” my experience is very similar. I think it was somewhere in 2009 that I had an online identity crisis when there were a lot of things going on in my life that I wasn’t comfortable talking about online. I kept my blog, but largely stopped blogging. In fact, I have barely touched it in the past two years. Recently, I’ve been feeling the bug again, and I definitely miss having the intellectual and expressive outlet, but I haven’t decided what I really want my online persona to be, or if I have what it takes to rebrand myself and join the multitudes of modern bloggers. We’ll see…

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    1. I understand you 100%. It sounds like we’ve had similar struggles with the change in blogging. Ultimately, i decided that I wanted to jump back in whether anyone was interested or not, just like when I started it. I enjoy the writing. I enjoy reading and commenting on others’ blogs. It’s not really important if I do it the way someone else does it; this is my space to share.

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