My unschooling blog is almost 5 years old. Things have changed since I created it.
I no longer write about how 7-year-old Gemma-Rose is learning to read and to write and trying to conquer the times tables. No. My youngest daughter is now reading book after book, and she’s writing long novels. The times tables? We’re keeping quiet about those. Somewhere along the way we both lost interest. Instead, I’m writing about NaNoWriMo and Jane Austen. And because my other daughters have, of course, grown a lot too, I’m also writing about adult unschoolers, university and following dreams.
And there’s another change. I look back through my posts and I notice commenters have come and gone. New ones have taken their place. And then they’ve come and gone as well. Overall, comments are fewer than they used to be. This makes me wonder. Is this the result of me not commenting enough on other people’s blogs? Or has blogging changed?
Is blogging as popular as it once was? Or are readers looking for something else? Like podcasts. My podcasts are more popular than my blog posts. Much more popular. Some weeks I’m not motivated to write any blog posts. If any unschooling ideas occur to me, I jot them down, but instead of writing about them, I save them for my next podcast. Speaking is easier than writing. And when more people are listening, rather than reading, is it worth trying to find the perfect written words? I wonder. So each week, I just post my podcast and that’s it until next time.
So has my blog turned into a place to post podcasts? And is that okay?
But what about conversations? Blogs are great places for chatting. But so is Facebook. I have a lot of unschooling conversations on my timeline. I can add links and photos there too. It’s quick and convenient. And most people have a Facebook account. And as I said, not many people stop by my blog anymore.
But a few do. Perhaps these friends aren’t on Facebook. Not everyone is.
So maybe blogging isn’t dead. Maybe it’s just a case of blogging no longer being the whole story. These days, I can share in many different ways, and I do. As well as Facebook, there’s Youtube. And Pinterest and Instagram. Each has its place in telling the unschooling story.
But that’s a lot of places to keep up with. Which is least important? Let’s see. I can post my videos on Youtube, my resources on Pinterest, my photos on Instagram, and I can post everything on Facebook which is a good place to chat. Maybe I don’t need to blog anymore, especially as I now have a newsletter. Newsletter? Oh yes, I have one of those as well.
But what about those days when I just want to mull over a few thoughts? Share a quick story? Yes, I could do that on Facebook. But sometimes I miss writing proper posts. But what if I started to do that again. All my readers’ inboxes would fill with emails about the odd moments in my life, random thoughts, nothing important, perhaps not worth reading. And what would people do? Unsubscribe? Because maybe that’s not what people want anymore. Things might have changed.
What if readers opened their inboxes and found a totally useless post about how things change?