What’s up with moving?

Ok – I am back. I didn’t have the energy to post anything yesterday. Feeling better today though.

So now I can get back to the discussion I started on Monday. I admit that moving my blog and looking back over all that I have put out here in the past 18 months is strange. It has made me wax all reflective about where I started and where I want to go. I started out blogging only for me. It was a creative outlet, though not a journal exactly. Just a place to put a little something out there in the blogospere every day. Like a slow leak from my brain, you know? Its evolved of course – who could have predicted Riley would be such a prolific blogger, after all? People who really know me well certainly could have warned you about things like dressing large squashes up in Larry’s old garden hat and pouring them a glass of Pinot Noir, but for small amounts of cash, they agreed to keep their thoughts to themselves.

I’ve had a few people email to ask why I am moving my blog and the reason is simple – I can do more with WordPress and to run ads on a WP blog, you have to be self hosted. I’ve also had some suggestions that I ought to have two blogs – one for cooking and one for the rest, but for the foreseeable future, I am not going to do that. I like having the different things I enjoy all in one spot – its how my mind works and how life is, so why mess with it?

One of the things I enjoy about getting noticed a bit is that I can share some cool stuff with you guys, like the “Oh Nuts!” giveaway back in December. I have a really cool giveaway coming up in just a few days and I’m working on even more. It is no fun to have these opportunities unless I can share the love a little ya know?

So I answered the first of my questions from Monday I think – why I blog.

What keeps me going to other people’s blogs? Two main things really – relationships and content. We form relationships with each other and, just as we are in our “brick and mortar” lives, we are drawn to people for whom we have an affinity somehow. I remember back in, probably the latter 90s, when, as the prices for computers became more reasonable, increasing numbers of people began spending a lot of time on the internet. It was predicted to be isolating and even ruinous to society. That is hardly the case with bloggers however, as we form friendships that are every bit as real and profound as those with people we see face to face every day.

As for the content, that can be anything, so long as it is interesting and genuine. I visit people who use their blog as a journal, other foodies, garden bloggers, other people who enjoy photography, people who make me laugh or think, empty nesters like me, people with young families, people who live a lot like we do here and people who have lives that are totally different, famous bloggers and obscure ones. I think the bottom line is that I like blogs where you can see there is effort put forth to produce something of quality, because that shows a respect for readers.

I have to admit that working more hours and getting busier with my own blog leaves me less time to visit others and I miss that. And while I greatly admire those bloggers who respond to every single commenter, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do that. It will improve a bit once I get everything moved and start blogging from there, but right now it’s not possible. If it’s a choice between responding to all the comments or creating, cooking, photographing and blogging a new soup recipe, I have to go with the recipe. I need fresh content, and besides, we need the soup for dinner.

One thing I can do is to thank you for stopping by – I appreciate that more than you can possibly imagine!

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8 Responses to What’s up with moving?

  1. Char says:

    I liked your answers to the questions too. The interconnectivity is a powerful thing.

  2. Pearl says:

    <3 your answers :)

  3. Cynthia says:

    Hey, I am a total dork and forgot to tell you that the picture arrived last week and I totally love it! Thank you so much. I am narrowing down my giveaway.

    I am a terrible decision maker, but I think I have it!

    Thanks again.

  4. Trisha says:

    Well said! I agree that bloggers form their own “community” of friends. There are people I have never met but whose blogs I read daily. They feel like my friends who I see in person daily!

  5. TSannie says:

    Thank you for creating something I want to visit again and again. It irritates me when I can’t get around to my favorite haunts on a given day, but nice that I can catch up when time allows again.

  6. Janis says:

    Glad you’re feeling better, D!

    The reason I like your blog is because I enjoy your sense of humor. You kind of remind me of my mom in the way you “talk” to animals. My mom always seemed (and still does to this day) to have a way of knowing what an animal is thinking and she’ll often allow the animal to speak right through her. It’s amazing how the animal’s thoughts come out in a strange, odd little voice. While you may not speak in odd animal voices, your interviews with Riley, squirrels and birds gives me an idea that you might.

    Anyway, I enjoy your blog. I love the pictures, the funnies and the recipes! You rock!

  7. Flea says:

    Blogging is all about connecting for me. You go, girl!

  8. Country Girl says:

    I don’t feel so alone knowing you are all out there.
    Am sort of depressed though because I had a nasty comment on my site. Blech.

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