Friends, I am noticing a change this year. No, not "the change" but changes in what seems to be a new era of blogging. Have you sensed it? Ever since this article from Poppytalk earlier this season, I (and I imagine others) have been pondering what our online presence means now 5 years after the big design boom online. How do we navigate blogging, selling our wares or social networking in what seems to be a completely saturated market. Where do we find ourselves in this ocean of familiarity?
Recently, I have taken a more honest and forthcoming approach to blogging. Instead of just submitting pretty pictures, I try to put myself, my personality, and dare I say my vulnerability into my posts. And it seems other bloggers are beginning to ask hard questions on their sites as well. This post by my friend Christina of Down and Out Chic got my wheels turning this week with her honest struggle of feeling lost in a popularity contest. And then there was the Alt Summit last weekend. Have you been reading all the post-summit posts this week? Here are a few:
One theme that resonates with me on nearly all these posts is authenticity. Presenting yourself, your ideas and your continued creative inspiration seems to be the key to keeping afloat in this ocean of blogging. No one else has your unique voice. So keep those wheels turning and sing your song with courage! This ocean needs you.
On that note... what are your thoughts on this new direction. How do you navigate on these high seas of change?