Having been a part of the blogging world for nearly two years now, I feel like it is somehow its own subculture of the internet that is constantly changing.
Whereas the term "Mommy Blogger" is offensive to some, it is equally as flattering to others. Every day I wake up and find new blogs that I didn't know existed and that are engaging and interesting to read. With so many niches within blogging, as far as I'm concerned there is room for everyone to find one, two, or two hundred of their favorites.
But with the number of blogs out there increasing by the minute, will there ever be too many? Companies and PR agencies have to decide who to work with and which sites are going to reach their target marketing in the best possible way, so that leads to an entirely different way of looking at what you write.
Are you writing for you and your family? To keep your loved ones up to date on your latest adventures or highlights or health issues? Or maybe you're writing to share your love of something, whether cooking or homeschooling or your ability to make people laugh.
Review blogging is its own hybrid category, as there is the aspect of sharing the you've-got-to-hear-about-this-awesome-product combined with having to keep up with statistics and numbers to tell you who is interested and how often they are reading.
It would be nice to not have to worry about the analytical side to blogging, but I realize that it is built in to this particular niche (as well as quite a few others). After all, if no one is reading your blog, then why would a company think that it would be helpful to have you review their product?
In the end, I think it all comes down to what blogging means to you. If it makes you happy and you find your voice, then it doesn't matter if you're writing for 10,000 visitors or 10, now does it? If your readers continue to return to see more of what you have written about parenthood, coupons, your Etsy shop, cars or non-fiction books, then you've made a connection that is unique and meaningful.
I blog because it makes me feel engaged and part of an amazing community. I've made friendships that I cherish and have met people that I treasure. Writing is able to give me a sense of closeness to all of you... even though you might be across the country or on the other side of the world.
Why do you blog? Or, if you don't, are you considering starting a blog?