Blogging, Brands, and Questions

Since the end of December I have been in a funk, blogging wise. I have been falling back on pictures and little anecdotes. When I have so much I want to say, so much on my mind. I have been afraid of putting it out there, some of these topics will be of topics that are of a sensitive nature. What I find so funny is I have never been shy about talking about anything, so why am I so scared of blogging these things all of sudden.

The answer is and isn’t simple. I was confused about which way I wanted to take my blog. I am so tired of the word Brand, if I hear one more person ask me how I am going to grow my brand. I have been blogging since 2004 and in the past year I have heard my blog called a brand more then ever. I am confused by this when did my blog become a brand? When did it stop being an outlet for me and become a business? Yes I do an occasional review and giveaway, but does that make my blog a brand? Some days I dream of growing my blog and doing more with, most days though I love it the way it is. I can write about whatever I want when I want (that is why I started blogging in the first place, way back in 2004 on livejournal). So why would I want to change what I love.

Yes I have attended a blog conference and  plan on attending more. I attend these to learn but that isn’t the main reason I go. I go to meet just a small percentage of some of the fabulous people whose blogs I read and to meet new blogs to read. Yes these conferences do tend to focus on growing your blog (which I wouldn’t mind doing but, I don’t want to sacrifice me to do that.)

Blogging has brought and taught me so much over the years. I have met my best friend through blogging. Even though we have been in each others life  just a short time we have already been through a lot. She has seen me at my absolute worst  and yet still calls me her friend, she must be crazy. If it wasn’t for beign honest and me on my blog I would have her so, why should I change who I am to build my brand? When being me brought me amazing friends.

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