Blogs Or Instagram?


So many bloggers that I used to follow have pretty much left their blogs and gone to Instagram.

I don't use Instagram. I tried it, but it just didn't appeal to me. And I spend enough time on other social media. I scarcely have time to add another one to the list.

Certainly there's nothing wrong with leaving one medium behind and embracing another. To each their own. 

But I miss the bloggers I know that have pretty much stop posting. We came to know one another well. We established friendships. 

We came together like neighbors. We cheered achievements, welcomed new family members, and grieved deaths.


But now it is different. Many have left their blogs behind and moved on. Nothing wrong with that. But I sure miss them!

I miss reading about their daily lives and visiting their blogs. It has left a hole in the fabric of blogging. So the ones that still blog hold a special place in my heart. 

I will likely never meet them in person. But I feel like I know them well. 

I know the names of their pets and their children and where they live and how they like to garden and decorate. 

So many blogs are just sitting on the internet, rarely updated, like empty houses waiting for occupants to return.

How about you? Do you like other mediums like Instagram as much as blogs? 


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  1. No, i like reading blogs better. Not sure why bloggers would give up the blog for instagram. I like instagram when I am waiting in the car pool line at the kids school.

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    1. From what I've heard, lots of money on Instagram. But not worth it to me.

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  2. I like blogs! While Instagram is a quick note, a blog tells the whole story.

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  3. I don't own a blog and only post regularly on Facebook. Facebook allows me to keep up with family and friends that live far away. All the other media stuff out there is just not my thing.
    I can't believe this Brenda but I dreamed of you last night and your grandson when he was still a toddler. I moved into a small house and discovered I lived three doors down from your small home. I finally found the courage one day and went over and introduced myself to you and told you how much I enjoyed your pictures, stories and blog. You were babysitting Andrew and he was sleeping on a quilt under a small covering over the top of him so he wouldn't get a sun burn. You looked just like the picture you have posted on your blog. I remember being so happy that you were going to be my neighbor. Isn't it amazing how dreams enter your head at night when you least expect them. LOL

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    1. That's strange! I would love to live close to any readers, as we probably have a whole lot in common!

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  4. I use instagram, but don't like it like blogging. Many on instagram who have huge following numbers are given lots of products and payment to share those products and it seems brands look more to IG now than blogs. It's sad. I have also noticed that some big instagrammers started with instagram and then started a blog and they don't blog much and most of their other SM numbers like fb and pinterest are low. It looks like brands would look at the whole package, but I'm not blogging to push products anyway. Blogging has definitely changed.

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    1. Me either on pushing products. I stopped doing sponsored posts, etc. last year. I don't like to read sponsored posts, so assumed readers don't like them either.

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  5. I like Instagram very much but the stories are not there. I miss a lot of bloggers just like you do. :)

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    1. Just makes me feel sad when I go to visit a blogger and they're missing in action.

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  6. Oh I have to agree! First of all, instagram doesn't load very well for me, so I don't see many pictures. I do enjoy the 'quick shots' of something pretty, but there's nothing to compare to the whole story that goes with it. I miss a lot of bloggers too. I'm glad you are still here. I may not comment often, but I am a constant reader!

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  7. Brenda, your photos are perfect for Instagram, but I agree with you. I would miss you terribly. How many photos can you look at on a daily basis?! Bring back the bloggers.

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  8. Hello. This is the third time you've brought up this topic this summer. Is it weighing heavily on you, to consider quitting your blog and moving to instagram? I'm not a fan of instagram, too little content to make it worth my time. Hope you keep your blog!

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    1. Oops! Didn't realize I'd done that. No, I won't quit blogging. I read several FB blogger groups and they talk about Instagram a lot. Guess that's why I keep thinking about it.

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  9. Hi Brenda,
    It is true that so many are using IG now. I like IG but I still like the more personal contact you make with blogging. I agree that is where friendships and interaction happens on a more personal level. Like everything else in life things change and I think blogging has undergone some major changes. Blogging is not like it use to be and now there are more media outlets than ever. I have not been blogging as much with all the renovations and not living in our new house. I hope to get back to blogging my decor ideas as soon as we get settled in. I enjoy my little blog and the friendships that I have made. I will continue to blog when I can and I also will be on IG. I guess like everything else in life we continue to evolve and each of us just has to find what makes us happy. Have a great new week.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Yes, everything in life does change. Nothing one can do about that. I'll be so glad when you're moved in and we can see your pretties again!

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  10. No, I don't look at Instagram. I read a few blogs that appeal to me, and I watch a handful of YouTubers. You are one of my favorites.

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  11. I have 5 blogs that I read every day, I'm always anxious to read yours! Please don't stop blogging!
    I never got into instagram either..
    I've been following you since you lived in the little blue house, before you hurt your ankle!
    You have such a talent for photography, decorating & your writing,

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  12. Instagram is just that...instant...no depth. I've my favorite bloggers like you and enjoy the stories and the history and family stuff going on. I've been through journeys of life, death of family members, including pets and all the bumps inbetween. It's real as opposed to snapshots. Give me a blog any day.

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    1. I guess that's it: We go through journeys together and that makes it so special.

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  13. I really enjoy (enjoyed) all the bloggers out there. There were several that I followed faithfully and enjoyed hearing all about their daily goings on!! I am missing them out there too. I usually go to your list of bloggers now & check on the ones that I enjoy. You take care & keep doing what your doing. I think we all enjoy your life very much!! Have a marvelous Monday Brenda...

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    1. On my list that's updated constantly, that's where I see them kind of drop off and then I go over and see that they've been missing awhile.

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  14. I miss many bloggers! I'm one who has slowed down in blogging as my life has changed but I hang in there posting at least twice a month. I go on Instagram but it's not like blogging to me, more impersonal.

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    1. I look back and think sometimes, how I have managed to blog every single day? I don't live a very exciting life, but I guess I can say a lot about nearly nothing!

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  15. I think we've talked about this before. I love IG and blogs, both in their own unique ways. There's only one blog that I read that is now exclusively on IG, and yes, I do miss her blog but I also understand that she's very busy and only has time to post photos and quick captions once in awhile.

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    1. Yes, someone commented I've written about this three times this summer! I certainly didn't realize I'd done that. I figured I'd probably written about it once. Guess I should have checked. It's just that every time I see another blogger gone, it gets me thinking about it again.

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  16. I love blogs and too much instant in the world today

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    1. I agree. I hate instant coffee. So I don't like instant on much else.

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  17. I agree! I much prefer reading a blog to IG. I miss many bloggers who no longer post. What makes me really sad is when they suddenly close their blog and you have no idea what has happened to them. We do get attached!

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    1. I know! You don't know what's happened and it makes you worry a bit.

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  18. I like blogs or vlogs (video blogs). A young woman from Australia who I follow her mainly quilting vlogs, I enjoy very much. I also look forward to your daily blogs Brenda.

    Today I will be going over to my mom's to wash and set her hair. She fell and broke her hip over 2 months ago and then after 2 dislocations had to have another more invasive surgery. She has not had a haircut in over 2 months and after weeks of laying around her hair is quite the sight. So today I am washing her hair and setting it on rollers with a lot of setting gel in hopes that I can get her hair looking a bit more normal and help her feel better when she looks at herself in the mirror.

    Our East Texas weather is supposed to be cooling down some within the next week or so and I am looking forward to that. I guess I'm starting to get cabin fever! I go outside and do a little yard work early or late in the day but the rest of the time I am inside. I have a man mow my yard so thank God I don't have to do that!

    Working on a quilt, reading, and cross stitching little blocks for a Christmas wall hanging are my pastimes.

    Enjoy your day Brenda!

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    1. What a sweet and caring daughter you are!

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  19. Definitely a blog lover here!

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  20. Blog lover here as well. Instagram is looking at a picture book. Another means of a quick peruse. Blogs are real and tell a story. Like a good magazine!

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    1. I don't buy magazines much, very rarely, but I do love to read blogs.

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  21. I definitely prefer blogs, but I do pop onto Instagram about once a day. Some people post ridiculous amounts of photos, I have no idea how they have the time!

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  22. My daughter-in-law set me up on IG but I have yet to post anything and lost interest in looking at others on it because it's just pictures. I have Pinterest for that. Otherwise I want stories! Blogs!

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  23. I think social media isn't a one size fits all sort of thing. I enjoy blogging and reading other blogs. As you said, it's cozy and caring. I like Instagram because I follow a great group of women who post moments from their lives. I adore these ladies. For me, ig enhances these friendships. I have also met people who don't blog, and without ig, our paths wouldn't have crossed. I was never comfortable with Facebook and Twitter, mainly because my tribe isn't a tribe--it's all over the place. Local people, family, my book readers, other authors and bloggers. I came to late and my tribe is heavenly. We love food, dogs, decorating, gardening. I hope it stays this way. I have also seen the other side of IG. Most publishers and brands do seem fixed on the math of SMedia, and from what I hear, it's not going away, these arbitrary numbers (which can be bought). Looks like they would look under the rug and see the dirt, but that would require a heart. Many gifted bloggers (and honest) don't get a passing glance. Not that they would ever shill to their tribe. So what we see -- free products, shilling -- doesn't fool anyone (prolly not even other shillers), but it seems to satisfy brands. Well, maybe it's the eclipse, eh? I have gone off on a discursive comment, and I could keep going. (I hope I don't delete this!😃) I only meant to say that true tribes and true hearts find each other, be it on blogs, ig, fb, or wherever.

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  24. I enjoy some of the pictures on Instagram, but I find that a lot of the content, especially from the bigger Instagrammers, is repetitive. It's the same shot of their living room or kitchen over and over again. I like the accounts that are varied and show a slice of life and I enjoy the in-depth content a blog provides. I guess as a writer, I am drawn to the story and the words, so I will always have a blog and read them.

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  25. I absolutely love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday. Please keep up the good work!

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  26. I am relatively new to blogging and I use instagram, however, I prefer blogging. I use instagram to share my blog posts mainly. I am with you. I like having blogging friends.

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  27. I tried IG, wasn't able to connect or get into the format. I do enjoy blogs that are friendly and deal with a specific topic. I had a favorite perfume blogger....her writing style was a treat for me to read.....then she stopped blogging and no one knows what happened to her. Makes me sad to think about it. I know her name in real life - no info available, like she fell off the face of the earth :(

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  28. It feels like IG is just another way to rush through life. I love reading the blogs and do miss them when they quit posting on a regular basis. Even though I don't post everyday I do read your blog. Have so enjoyed "meeting" you and the others who make comments. So many times there has been good information about products, remedies, plants, etc. My day would not be as interesting without your blog, glad you are going to keep it the way it is. On another note, I am starting a blog in the near future. My blog is "THE LADY OF THE HOUSE", I don't have it up and running yet but will have soon. We will be 'talking' about everything having to do with being a 'baby boomer' and just living life. I do hope you will come and visit.

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    1. Email me when you have your blog up and running, okay?

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  29. In an effort to keep my life as simple as I can in today's electronic world, I've elected to not go to Instagram or even Facebook. Those things can swallow you whole! So, I depend on blogs and am sorry too that some have just died by the wayside. Thank you for being so dependably there for us.

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  30. I enjoy Instagram but love reading blogs as they are much more personalized. Being a blogger seems like it would definitely take a lot more effort, however, which I assume may be why some are taking the easier route of using Instagram. Thank you for continuing to blog.

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    1. It does take time for sure. But it's a work of love.

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  31. I love blogs and IG and have a love/hate relationship with FB..blogging can be so time consuming which is one reason folks have left, I think. I follow my grands and a few others on IG but without a Smart phone, I can't post pictures off my computer.

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    1. I went to your blog and read your last post, but you've closed comments I saw. I don't use a smart phone either. Take care of yourself. Grieving zaps your energy.

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  32. I don't think that Instagram is good for anything but the fleeting pictures of the moment. It is much too impersonal. There isn't much content there for me.
    I love your blog and, like you, I miss some of the bloggers that are now missing.
    Have a great day and please continue to blog!

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    1. I got on Instagram a time or two, but like you, it just didn't seem worth my time.

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  33. I check Instagram occasionally, but I still prefer blogs.

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    1. I guess I should do the same and maybe see some of the bloggers I'm missing.

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  34. I love blogs. I really miss the days when my kids were small and I would get together with other moms and their kids. We'd go to the park or go to one another's homes and enjoy one another while the kids played. I still enjoy the old fashioned way of connecting with friends. Sometimes we go out to lunch or meet in our homes. I love a good old tea party! Things have changed so much and continue to.

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    1. When my kids were little, we lived in a cul-de-sac and all the mothers and kids got together.

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  35. I do not like Instagram, I prefer blogs. Like you said instagram is to impersonal. My niece always using it for pictures of her son so I don't see as many & can't figure how to save pictures from it.



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  36. I can see the appeal of IG for posting something quick and on the go. I thought about starting an account and decided that even though it was quick to post, there still seems to be a lot of responding to comments that could be time consuming. I'm not looking to add any more social media to my life at this point. I must admit when I first saw a lot of the "old" bloggers over there it felt a bit like a betrayal of the friendships we seemed to have formed. Ha!

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  37. I vote for blogs! I love to write and love to read... so IG to me anyway.. is just a fleeting instant and very impersonal. I haven't even been ON IG so really don't know what it's like. Don't have a smart phone and really have no desire to just look at people's repetitive pictures posted over and over again, seeing Johnny play, seeing Johnny swing, seeing Johnny ride his bike, etc!!! I love a good blog that is personal and interesting and about life. I love my blogging friends and a few have disappeared. It really upsets me when one disappears and they don't even say why! then you think something bad happened, especially when their last post said, I'm getting my computer fixed, but I'll be back in a couple of weeks, and then they never come back! We do become very involved with our blog friends which is why I like blogging and like reading and commenting. I think all the social media out there (especially twitter) is SUCH A WASTE OF OUR PRECIOUS TIME! Good old emails are my favorite, and I do like Facebook for staying in touch with family and friends who are far away, but don't like the ones that just post random things or jokes or funny pictures or whatever, from other sites.. I just like seeing pictures of my family or friends and what they are doing! Keep up your great work too Brenda. Would miss you if you quit blogging! Marilyn

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    1. I finally broke down last week and ordered a simple flip phone and will pay as I go, which means I probably won't even use it. So no smart phone for me either.

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  38. I absolutely love Instagram! I am not a blogger and use Instagram as a way to having a quick visual connection with family and friends scattered throughout the country. For me, one of the advantages of Instagram is that there are no politics or nasty comments and a post doesn't get put back in your feed every time one of your friends likes or comments on a post. Blogs are a totally different element of social media and contain much more content. I do follow a few bloggers who closed their blogs as well as a few bloggers who use both mediums. I think there is a place for both and it's just a matter of choice. Enjoy your blog and I think it is impressive when a blogger posts every day.

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    1. If I had family and friends putting photos on Instagram, I'd probably be more interested. But I don't.

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  39. I have a blog, sitting in mothballs, abandoned for the ease of Instagram. Instagram drew a lot of quilters who blogged. Easy to snap a photo and share. Posting to blogs back in 2008 wasn't as easy as it is today. I appreciate blogs because, like you said, there is usually more of a story and nicer photos, although I have noticed some on Instagram will let you know to check their blog for more information. Instagram has a privacy setting so you can know your audience and not be exposed like Facebook users are. I do not like or use Facebook. So, it's Instagram and blogs. You have a lovely blog that I enjoy. It's not a big deal to me to look at both Instagram and blogs. I've been happy to reconnect with long lost blog friends through Instagram and it's nice for those of us who give a shout out once in a blue moon cause the post just pops up in the Instagram feed and I'm instantly reconnected with friends. Leaving a comment is waaaay easier. Looking through an Instagram account for back posts is a snap! Blogs can be long and slow to load, requiring more time. So, pros and cons. Maybe, you could reconsider, give Instagram a chance, see if you can find bloggers there that you used to follow and enjoyed. I have a family only account that is private as well as my regular feed. :-D

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  40. I am not on Instagram since I still use my old iphone 3, lol!

    There is a quilter that stopped blogging regularly ( though she still posts on her blog off and on ) and occasionally I'll Google her Instagram link / other than that I don't fool with it.

    Same as Twitter. Some mornings I might get up and think " Ugh I don't want to read a bunch of news stories about what Trump tweeted / so I will just Google Trump on Twitter and get it over with, with the first cuppa coffee :)

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  41. I like blogs. My circumstances have changed and I don't blog as much as I once did. I miss those who stopped blogging. I will keep on blogging as long as I have. I have thought of changing my contesnt. But I most likely will stay the same. I also thought of changing the name ogmy blog, but I don't know if that would be a good idea. I am just a little nobody in the fast sea of blogs

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    1. No one who blogs is a little nobody. Every blog has its place. And with all the bloggers going to Instagram, more room for the rest of us I guess.

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  42. One blog that I followed, and I think you did too, was Thrifty at Sixty. All of the sudden she was gone. Do you know if s h e is blogging under a different name?

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  43. I like the blogs that teach me more about sewing techniques that I never had the time to learn while younger. But so many blogs these days just show the finished outfit instead. Male sewers are so much more informative to me and so many are not blogging as much or anymore. I loved one that was by a guy who sewed clothes for his wife. Such a wide range of information. I don't do instagram.

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  44. I've never become a fan of Instagram. In fact I don't really get the real purpose of it. I may just be obtuse or I haven't used it enough, but it seems like there isn't any content to speak of and no continuity. I like THE STORY! I very rarely go on Instagram and find it very uninteresting. So, please, Brenda, don't discontinue your blog. I definitely vote for blogs over Instagram! And yours is one of my very favorites. It has CONTENT as well as wonderful photos.

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    1. I can certainly be obtuse. I won't discontinue my blog! I just miss the other bloggers I used to visit.

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  45. I am definitely a blog fan.

    They seem much more personal. xx

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  46. I do both, but don't get the same satisfaction from Insta as I get from blogging. Actually, I wouldn't give up my blog for the world. That's such a more satisfying outlet for my creativity than Insta. I also miss my old Blogging buddies and, although I can always see them in Insta, it's just not the same.

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  47. Brenda I really enjoy Instagram and I just joined about a month ago. I love to take photos, like you, so it is a natural site for me to want to be on. I get to show off all the pretty shots of Greece. But that doesn't mean I would ever think of giving up the blog. The blog serves a different purpose all together. You can go so much deeper into anything on the blog, Insta is just the surface.

    I too feel the same way as you although I have not been blogging long. We have a very special community where we can check up on each other and what we are up to.

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  48. I am a huge fan of Instagram. Facebook has too many negatives for me so I haven't been on there for almost two years. I sure wish you would give Instagram another chance because you take such pretty pictures. I am on linkedin as well, but only for work related issues.

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  49. Hello Brenda, I do like both a lot. I like to sometimes post up a quick photo on IG, but I agree with you about blogging and the special friendships you make with bloggers. I guess for some bloggers who do not have a lot of time to blog IG is a lot easier and quicker!! :0)
    Take care and hope you have a nice week.
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  50. I actually like both...but instagram is just one photo of something I decide to share at any given moment. I only blog once a week, as blogging takes much more time, that I don't have. I think many bloggers go to instagram because of the time involved with blogging and visiting blogs...and they can still keep in touch with people. I follow many friends who left blogging, on instagram...and it's fun to see what they are up to now.

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  51. Beautiful post Brenda. I've always had a blog but struggled with blogging regularly. I love my blog and can relate to what you're saying from my early days of blogging when social platforms were limited. As an online business owner, I need to pick and choose what platforms to use, for maximum visibility. I could spend all day just on social media without handling the actual business of my business, so I'm constantly faced with the decision of what to use. If it were up to me, I'd blog, pin and post on G+ but unfortunately, in my position it's important to keep up with the latest social media craze that effects anyone from 20 to 70. All of that being said, I am really struggling with Instagram, it's just not my thing. I love to read blogs and looking at photos on Instagram is not the same...Ironically, most marketing articles will talk about the importance of "content" and "authenticity", to me that's a well written blog, not a photo journal.
    Thank you for a very touching and timely post.

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  52. I definitely prefer blogs over instagram so I know what you mean. I use Instagram for quick inspiration or when I am standing in line somewhere. I post sporadically which is probably not the way I am "supposed to" do... I have even slowed down on my blog lately, not because of Instagram but it's summer, my kids are home and sometimes life just gets in the way! Hopefully, when my kids are back in school I will have more time!
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  53. Definitely prefer blogs over instagram, but I does seem as though the later is the way of the future (or facsimiles).

    I read some comments and took a double take when I read the one about thrifty at sixty. I believe I was the one that told you about her when we were discussing trump. Turns out she has some mental issues and this isn't the first time she shut down her blog arbitrarily. I don't believe I ever met a ruder and/or ignorant blogger. I'm sure she'll resurface some day.

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  54. I prefer blogs as to me writing is part of the process and fun of sharing things. When I check Instagram there are absolutely gorgeous pictures, but it's just a picture without a story behind it and then all beautiful decor/living room/house feels the same somehow. I blog about the journey to make a place beautiful, not so much about the room once it's done...

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  55. One thing about instagram is your pictures are no longer yours, at least on blogger, you can tag your pictures to go back to the blog. Not at all going to change, and some double posters/instagrammers are getting dropped from my read to lists. Five seconds to share one pic daily is not inspiration for me--and some of my favorites have gone that way. I would rather see one nice post a month on a blog, then 30 invasion (x3 sometimes) of my gmail and reading lists on blogger of one photo per day. I call that an invasion..not a share. Thanks for bringing up this topic. Sandi

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