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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

My Blogging Journey

Last January marked the 18th year that I have been blogging. While this site does not have all the entries that I have posted from the very beginning, there are some reposts here and there that I have added from previous incarnations of my blog. I cringe at the thought of having my earliest entries included on this site! 

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I was only in my 20s when I started blogging. I had been going through a tough time in my life and someone had suggested journaling to me as a way to relieve stress. Another friend doubled down on that suggestion by introducing me to blogging, which was fairly new (?) at the time. I was introduced to this online world where people shared their lives, thoughts, and feelings on their respective blog sites, and I have not looked back since. 

There have been so many different versions of my blog, for various reasons. I started off using a random blog URL and name and in time I found myself wanting to change that – and I changed that a lot until I finally settled on Clare Henney, after the last name of my favorite actor (and future husband, just putting it out there) Daniel Henney. 

I was experimenting with different types of services to place my blog in such as Livejournal, Blogdrive, WordPress, and Tumblr, but I have found myself happiest writing with Blogger. I know most prefer WordPress, but I just found myself most comfortable with Blogger. I am crossing my fingers that Google will keep this service since they have been known to delete some when they no longer feel it to be necessary!

In the past 18 years, I have blogged on just about anything and everything under the sun. At one point I was even invited into an online community of bloggers who wrote about pop culture. There have been times that I have been given things for free by companies that appreciated my posts on their products, and that was amusing since I was never after those freebies when I wrote about them in the first place.

I have also tried to monetize this blog by using ads, applying to be an affiliate blogger, using SEO, and all that. I found it too much work, and when it became work, I found that I was no longer happy with it. So, I stopped, reassessed, and decided to continue to just do it the way I’m used to: writing what I wanted when I wanted and sharing it as I go along. 

One of the best things about blogging for me has been meeting people who I probably would not have met in real life if not for this online space. Some of them are people I have kept in touch with through the years and I am grateful that this world has introduced me to them. I love that blogging has given me a space to express myself and allowed me to widen my horizons and learn from other people who have different lives/views/opinions than mine. 

Blogging today is not what it used to be. I feel like a dinosaur compared to all the bloggers today who write their sponsored posts, their magazine-article type entries, and share their YouTube channels. I do not have the readers that most of these bloggers have today. I have just a few friends and some people who discover me when they do a web search or one thing or another that I have posted about. 

Now that I am in my 40s (gasp!) I am finding myself wondering if blogging is still something that I want to pursue for the next decade or so. I am not an influencer. I do not even earn from writing anything here. I have been doing this as an outlet, but I am no longer sure if this is enough or if this is the right outlet to have anymore. 

While it is normal for me to be gone for several days, weeks, or months then come back with regular posts, the next time that I may be gone for a long time might be because I have decided to give this up. I am still thinking about it. I’ve done this several times, but I keep coming back. 

18 years is a lot though. It might be time to try something else.


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