reflection + Jeff koons at the Whitney

July 28, 2014 |  Category:   life

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These days, I come here and don’t know what to say. Are people blogging anymore? If I’m going by the handful of personal blogs I read, I might be tempted to answer no. I wonder what’s changed, whether we’re sharing in other ways or choosing not to share much at all anymore.

 

I’ve been distracting myself with work this summer, piling it on and saying yes to a lot of projects (but also no, too). I suppose it’s avoidance, keeping busy. It’s been good and what I’ve needed, but in the last week I feel like I’ve hit a wall and I have lost all energy. Maybe I took on too much too soon. Suddenly, I’m craving the space to do nothing and sit and search through decorative pillows and side tables on the internet if I want to. One day after dinner when I headed back to my computer to meet a deadline, Mia asked me, “why don’t you just say no to work if you’re so busy?” I laughed because it seems reasonable and logical enough. The kids are like mirrors, telling it like it is and reflecting back what they see without any judgements. I just think I need to find a better balance, but isn’t that always the question?

 
Now that we’re looking into August, it’s that time when we feel compelled to cram as much of summer as possible in the next 4 weeks. We’ve been going places, seeing art exhibits (Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum above), swimming whenever we can, and taking advantage of the free events in the city. Despite everything that’s happened, I think it’s been a full summer for the girls and every once in a while, I still catch my breath and think that we’re lucky to be able to raise them in a city where they can be exposed to so much.

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  • Linda July 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I think blogging (and social media) has become one of those mediums where people are sharing so much that they’re not sharing at all anymore. When something has gotten so big, repetitive, and similar, it’s hard to find anything new. And the only blogs I read these days are the ones where people create their own content and share more personal experiences rather than design-y stuff.

    Of course, other mediums of sharing are valid too. And maybe faster than blogging. I think blogging will still be around, always. It’s an innate characteristic for humans to want to share.

    • Jenna July 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I like that Linda – “sharing so much that we’re not sharing anything at all”. Yes, this is kind of how I feel too.

  • Lulu July 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Yes, i think most bloggers are so addicted to Pinterest that they try to stage their lives which makes blogging harder, i think? Some of my favorite bloggers are down to less words and more pictures. I would say 2008-2010 are my favorite blogging years. After that, its seems more commercialized.
    Off topic, have you heard of this site called GOMI? Its a forum where people gossip about bloggers and talk @#$% about blogs they go to. Never heard of it until recently. Under Mom blogs, you were mentioned a few times, nothing negative, all positive , which is extremely rare in that site. So yey!

    • Jenna July 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I agree about 2008-2010 being great blogging years. Pre-2008 was pretty great too. Yes, I do know about Gomi.

  • Audrie July 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I can’t answer for anyone else, but personally, Instagram has made me blog way less. I used to blog constantly but ever since Instagram arrived, I’m lucky if I remember to post once a week.

    And saying no to projects is difficult for me too. I just agreed to a huge one that’s got a tight deadline… Oops.

    • Jenna July 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I also agree about Instagram and other “microblogging” platforms. It’s made the need for more frequent blogging less necessary. Good luck on your deadline!

  • Rita July 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I would say that most blogs these days are aspirational as opposed to authentic. I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting (it’s telling that that’s how I think about it, starting, not *writing*) a blog, and most of the how-to sites say “Find a niche! Keep it narrow!.” It’s not bad advice, but you do end up seeing a lot of the same things over and over. Presenting a journal of your actual life runs the risk of being labeled “GOMI” as someone said above, or, as I’ve often feared, exposing too much about myself and having it come back to haunt me with future employers, etc. I might be overthinking things there, but I try to be cautious about my social media use in general and a blog seems like it’s just opening up the floodgates.

    By the way, I’ve always really enjoyed this blog. I would definitely put it in the “authentic” category.

    • Jenna July 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Rita. I think in the past few years we’ve only really begun to understand the implications of having our lives out there. Because of this, I have become a bit more conscious about what I post. As far as perspective employers go, I don’t have experience with that since I’m a freelancer (though I suppose that doesn’t exclude this from this issue now that I think about it!), but I don’t *think* it’s hurt me from getting projects. In many cases, I have gotten jobs because of my social media presence. Something perhaps to think about as you ponder this?

  • karen July 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I think blogging is alive and well, it’s just that people quit and maybe new people start and they’re hard to ferret out. I blog for me and then of course I love the visitors and the comments.

    I’ve watch many blogs evolve and change. As people we do not remain static we change on what we find fun or what interests us and I think blogging reflects that.

    I enjoy visiting your place , the photography and the writing. Take care 🙂

    • Jenna July 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      But you don’t think that blogging has changed or that engagement around blogs have changed due to other platforms? But you are right – there are a ton more blogs out there than there used to be…

  • Helle July 29, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I, like a poster further up, keep thinking about starting a blog, have a name registered etc., just never get started! There might be tons more blogs out there these days, but many of the “good” ones I followed have stopped or only blog very rarely. The ones that actually wrote about something, whether it was about themselves, their lives or issues they had something to say about. Blogs primarily with lots of photos and no or little text, bore me, and that is one of the reasons I always look forward to reading your posts, you have something to say. And I like your photos very much as well.

  • Kareem Rose July 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I use to think blogging is DUNZO, then I would find blogs that are sharing empowerment / inspiration to get out there and continuing blogging. I’m still struggling to build a bigger audience, but I know in good time it will happen. I come to your blog for all the amazing photos and paragraph content. I like what you do here, please continue, blog as much as you can – when you can. Because you never know who’s reading or listening.

  • Roos August 1, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I adore your reflections, both the pictures and words! (Good to see you again, even though it’s a glimpse, I know you are still alive and that means a lot.)
    Blogging is perhaps slow because of the summer? I was without internet for a while so therefor a bit late with my comment. I often feel old fashioned for ‘just’ blogging and not tagging along on all social media possible. I stick to writing because I make lousy pictures – i.e. someone else (like you :-)) always does it better – and every once in a while I get a message that my writing is coming across. Even if I didn’t had the responses, I’d still write. It’s in my nature. I truly hope you continue to blog and share bits of your life online, because I appreciate your view a lot!

  • Hannah August 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I really like reading blogs, particlularly personal and thoughtful one’s like yours, and have been really sad to see a few fade away this year. I hope you continue

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