Sometimes it’s funny to me that I used to have a [very] modestly popular blog in ‘00-‘01, when 99 out of 100 people didn’t even know what a blog was.
I was way ahead of the times. I had my own domain. I coded by hand. I learned Photoshop and did my own graphic design.
I don’t remember exactly why I decided to close up shop, but I often can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if I didn’t.
Sometimes I feel like I may have missed out on the boom of opportunity and all of its advantages. To start out just writing about the little tidbits of life and then grow into something that people wanted to be a part of - whether it be readers who couldn’t wait to hear about what you made for dinner, or, better yet, sponsors/companies that could help generate some extra income.
I know back when I was blogging, it wasn’t about money, becoming internet famous (though it didn’t hurt), or famous to the rest of the world. Even now, that whole idea of making money from your blog rubs some people the wrong way. But hey, it’s out there, and why not take advantage if you’re given that opportunity? As long as you’re not consciously giving people false information/hocking a bad product to benefit you, I don’t see what the harm is.
Blogging today is about branding, and it seems to be very similar to being a business. The business of you. What you like, what you wear, what you buy.
There’s been many times in the last couple of years that I’ve wanted to try and pick back up where I’ve left off, but I wouldn’t know the first place to start. Sometimes I feel like the market is over-saturated with somebodies, and I’m just a nobody; so why would they care about ME? Who would care about what I like? What I wear? What I buy?
It’s funny to look back at what used to be, and wonder what might have been.