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The Slow Blogging Movement and Lifestyle Blog Nostalgia

The slow blogging movement and lifestyle blog nostalgia may be two of the most magical ingredients in a world full of fast-paced technology and social media.  For some people it might mean, posting infrequently.  For others it might mean, writing longer, well-thought-out posts versus frequent posts to crank material out.  Either way, let's take a look at what this movement could mean for you as a blogger!

Let's start with this post, shall we?  I wasn't even sure I wanted to write today and I felt guilty about it.  Then something made me think of slow blogging and a reflection of where we have come from as bloggers and where we are going.

I didn't write it because it was urgent and needed to be written.  I didn't start writing just to get more views.  I sat down to write because I was inspired to and therein lies the difference.

That's one piece of the slow blogging puzzle.  Sitting down to write a blog post because it's meaningful, because you feel like writing, rather than cranking out a bunch of posts.

It means being more thoughtful and deliberate in your approach and a return to kinder, gentler times.  That's what inspired me to write today.

As a blogger, I often feel this need to be competitive or to post frequently, to the point where I burn myself out.  I don't have an entire crew helping me write blog posts and to be honest with you, I never will.

I have to constantly remind myself that it's okay to slow down.  If I have a day where I feel like writing a few posts at once, cool.  I just don't force myself to.  I think that's the secret ingredient to all of this.

Blogging should be a slow jog, not a sprint.  There's no amount of posts I can write that will make people find me faster and want to stay.  It's about writing sincerely and from the heart, whenever I can.

If I don't write five posts each week, which is my goal as a single writer, the world won't end.  It's better to wait for inspiration to hit than to write a bunch of meaningless posts.

I have to think about what I want in the long term.  For me, I'm creating a legacy.  Legacies, like Rome, weren't built in a day.  To build a legacy, expect that it will probably take a lifetime and be okay with it.

What does this mean for my blog?  For me, it means a constant reminder to slow down.  It means creating more meaningful content, all the time, even if that means posting less.  It means including more of the lifestyle blog aspect in my content.  Family, memories, rituals, and personal thoughts and feelings.

What does it mean for you?  It means whatever you want it to be.  Maybe you share bits and pieces of your personal life.  Maybe you blog less.  Maybe you write longer, more meaningful blog posts in long-form.  It's whatever slows you down and makes you think.

 The Slow Blogging Movement and Lifestyle Blog Nostalgia

Have you noticed that a lot of the older blogs that had become over-polished through the years have returned to their heyday?  That's called lifestyle blog nostalgia.

I think what's happening is that competitive blogs are slowing down and realizing what really matters.  I've even read some big name blogs thought at one point they might like to turn into a large business, only to realize that small business feels better to them.

You can read more about The Future of Blogging 2018': Halycon Days to get a better picture of what lifestyle blogging is really all about.  A lot of bloggers are remembering where they came from and how they got to where they are and that's a good thing.

That's what made blogging fun.  It's okay for the goal to be to turn your blog into a business.  That's my goal too.  It just has to mean something in the end.

What is the slow blogging movement?  Let's discuss that for a minute.  We've covered some ground, but there's so much more to it.

When it comes to the slow movement in reference to blogging, it really comes down to soaking up and enjoying each moment.  With blogging, you can keep a record of all the things you did with your family.  All the magical little moments in great detail.

Life moves at a snail's pace anyway, why not record things in real time?  One thing that always helps me to slow down even when taking pictures on a travel adventure, is to remember how the sun felt on my shoulders, how blue the sky looked, what song was playing in the background, and most importantly, how I felt.

When it comes to memories, the one thing that always plays in my memory is how I felt in that moment.  I feel like I am a collector of sweet memories.  That's what it means to slow down and blog with deliberation and purpose.

You're taking something that maybe has no meaning, like grass growing, and giving it a sense of purpose.  What could be more beautiful than that?

In other words, you're taking the mundane and making it into something special, because underneath the surface of mundane is magic.  Think about it.  In an urban setting, you might see grass and flowers growing out of pavement and somehow the sun strikes it the right way.  Why is that beautiful to you?  How does it make you feel?  Write about it!

That's what the slow blogging movement really is.  That's what lifestyle blogging was always meant to be about.  It's about sharing something powerful with the world.  It's about giving the world, with all its harshness, some meaning, and purpose from your unique perspective.

Here are some fun  ideas for slowing down when blogging:

  • Blogging less frequently - In other words, not just blogging for the sake of blogging.  Blogging when it counts.
  • Writing longer, more meaningful posts - Creating long-form content when inspiration strikes, not just because you have to, because of competition or page views or what have you.  
  • Unpolished blog posts - This means writing blog posts that aren't necessarily perfectly curated.  Sometimes that's okay, but sometimes it's nice to just take a deep breath and be you.
  • Ramblings and personal posts - Slow blogging means sometimes sharing your life with your readers.  It means allowing yourself to be vulnerable, raw, and very of the moment.
  • Day-to-day activities - So much of what we write isn't always about what happens in the modern-day nostalgia of our lives.  A long rambling post about that picnic in the orchard, that long love letter to your child, or poetry that comes straight from the heart are sometimes what gives us the feels and helps us to instantly feel a connection with other humans.  
  • Being a good writer - You don't have to necessarily be the best writer to be a blogger, but it helps when it comes to enticing people by showing them a glimpse of your world and the people living in it.  This includes long descriptions, lots of adjectives, and a plethora of verbs when needed.  
  • Twenty pictures of the same thing - How about twenty pictures of that apple orchard or twenty pictures of your favorite spot on the beach.  That's slow living.  Twenty pictures represent twenty moments.
  • Heartfelt, sincere apologies - Maybe it's to someone you hurt or maybe it's to yourself.  Maybe you offended someone with a previous post and you want to make it right.  Don't be afraid to get in there and do that.  It takes guts to apologize.  
  • Photo albums - Nothing says nostalgia or slowing down like family pictures.  Photo albums and recording the little moments of life really accentuate that.  
  • Nature - Nature is slow.  Think about it.  It feels like time literally stops when you go on a nature hike or camping.  It's a way to slow down and smell the campfire.  Nature is another great way to practice the slow life, kinfolk style.
  • Houseplants - Kinda mundane part of life, yet such an explosive slow movement.  Plants have become popular everywhere and I personally keep them as pets here.
  • Green living - It's another thing that makes you slow down and take stock of what's important in life.  What's more important?  Your grandchildren being able to enjoy the earth without gas masks or the next red shiny car?  It puts things in perspective.  
  • A Unique point-of-view - I love blogs that have a unique point-of-view.  I gather that most people do or else, why would they be reading it?  Find your unique point-of-view.  It can be that you live in a cabin in the mountains in isolation and you live your life off the grid.  Maybe you live in a small town like I do.  It's about your location, your people, and your unique thoughts and feelings and way of looking at the world that is like no one else.  Find that and use it to your advantage.

Lifestyle Blogging and Why It Still Matters

You can have a lifestyle blog with a built-in niche.  I certainly do.  Lifestyle bloggers are still relevant.  They just have to learn to carve out a niche for themselves while doing it.

They have to find their superpower and own it.  What's yours?  Mine is magic, I think.  I say this because as a fiction writer, magical realism has always been my genre.  As a non-fiction writer and blogger, magical realism has always been my genre.  It's because I believe in real-life magic.  It's my unique take on the world and how I see things.

Lifestyle blogging still matters because it's a movement that gets people to slow down and record the little moments in life that are often so fleeting.  Life is short.  We're very aware of our existence and that someday we too will be a daffodil blowing in the breeze.  That's why we have to find a way to make it count.

For some people, it's through creating a magical childhood through their children while for others, it might be through their rescue cats.  Nostalgia is moment to moment, just like life.  We've got to find moments to hold onto and lengthen them.

It matters because at the end of the day, what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?  What do you want to be remembered for?

Sure, some days we might feel like writing about whatever, and that's perfectly okay too.  It's what you do in the big picture as you fill in all those little details that really count.

It's about not trying to be perfect.  It's about not being afraid to be a little messy.  Afterall, life is messy sometimes.  It's filled with heartbreak and sadness, joy and magic, life and death.

It's all of those things and more.  Even if you don't want to start a lifestyle blog or join the slow movement, it never hurts to live in the moment or find joy in the little things in life.

It matters because we have a plethora of bloggers out there and most of them won't be remembered.  Will you?  If so, what will you be remembered for?

What I crave the most as a blogger is a human connection.  Sure, the pageviews are nice and the money is great, but what about the reason that I started blogging in the first place?

I started blogging because I wanted to find like-minded individuals and build a community around that.  I started blogging because I wanted to share my art with the world.  I started blogging because I wanted a place to record my thoughts and feelings, give advice freely, and make sense of this thing called life.

Blogging is so much more than shilling.  It's about you bringing something of value to the table that is all your own.  This is where so many of us fall through the cracks.

We are forgettable, like dust on the wind.  Don't be forgettable, friend.  Be memorable.  Make an impression.  Slow down and take a moment to remember why you started blogging in the first place.

I guarantee you that those reasons run deeper than the deepest oceans.  You started blogging to belong, fit in, and be a part of something special.

You started blogging because you had something to say and it was important to you that you were heard.  You started blogging because you didn't want to forget the life you lead when you're eighty-years-old with grandchildren at your feet.  What stories will you be able to tell them?

That's what the slow blogging movement is, at a snail's pace.  It's remembering the why.  It's remembering period.  Enjoy it!

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  1. I love this so much! I have definitely felt lost with my blog lately. I feel like it got left behind when there became a certain way you were "supposed" to blog. But then I had the thought to only work on my blog when I wanted to, and take as many breaks as I need and not worry too much about content. Now I am feeling more inspired than I have in a long time!

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    1. Thank you so much! I can definitely relate to that lost feeling. It's so difficult to find your rhythm sometimes. I'm glad you're taking your blogging power back. It really helps you with having "feel good vibes" about blogging, rather than forcing yourself to truck through it. By the way, I love your blog! Great pictures and stories. Your veggie garden is to die for :)

      ~Laurali

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