I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe, who is a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am LOVING Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Friday, March 22, 2019

What Fellow Bloggers Think of Blogging and What I Learned!!!!

Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

Way back in January, I did a post called Feeling a Bit Disenchanted with Blogging!!
Click HERE if you missed it!!

That post sparked quite a conversation among some Bloggers and garnered comments from over 50 Bloggers!!!

I promised some time ago that I would revisit this topic and I will be doing so in this post!!!

I found that many of the bloggers who responded to this post feel the same way I do.......

These are a few of the common Threads that I picked up from the comments......

1. Most Blogs now lack that personal feel and have become "Professional" and are used as a way to make money through advertising......

2. Many are quite annoyed with all the advertising on Blogs and some have even stopped reading those blogs with way too much advertising and pop ups

3. Most do not care for all the Product endorsements and would much rather see crafts and projects that the blogger has done by themselves using simple everyday things ...

4.  Most enjoy seeing Thrift Store, flea market, yard sale and Estate Sale items that were upcycled by the blogger themselves and doing so economically....

5. Many like to read Blogs.......Read about the every day life of the Blogger .......about their families, their homes, their gardens and about their trials and triumphs!!!
6. Many like to link up to Linky parties and find them as a way to find Bloggers with the same interests as their own while showcasing their own likes and interests through linking up their Blog posts.

7. Most do NOT care for the Blog Hops that have now become popular where only a few Bloggers are showcased and no one else can join in and link up.  It was also brought up that it is usually the same Bloggers that are featured over and over in these Blog Hops and most of the homes showcased are what I call "Cookie Cutter" homes......

8. On the topic of "Cookie Cutter" homes, many feel that most Bloggers are all trying to copy the style that is currently the "In" thing and that few Bloggers actually showcase their own original and unique styles.....

 9. Many do NOT care for the "Expert" attitudes that Bloggers now seem to have.  Suddenly, everyone became an "expert" in design, home improvement, etc. without no formal training or education!

10. Most think that Humility seems to have been thrown out the window in Blog Land!! They feel that many Bloggers have a "Look at Me" attitude..... "I am famous" or please make me famous!
 11. The majority who responded like COMMENTS!! They like to receive and to leave comments on their own Blogs and on other blogs...They feel it is a personal way of responding to one another..... I feel the same way....

12. A lot of Bloggers use their blogs as a "Journal" of their life and view it as a way of preserving things like recipes, stories , travel, etc. for their families to look back on.....

13. Some Bloggers like Instagram to look at the photos for inspiration but most voiced their opinion that they would rather read content on a blog compared to just photos.....

14. Some like face book and twitter and some do not. Many like face book as a way to keep in touch with family which is why I have a face book page.....
What I have learned from the comments on this post is that while many are not happy with the changes in Blogging, they continue to Blog and read Blogs to be inspired, to make connections with other people who have the same interests, to learn about others in different parts of their own country and in different parts of the world, to learn new crafts and to share new recipes!!

Many have tried to quit or cut back on Blogging but are lured back into it because of that personal contact with others......

Some of us may not like the blogs that have become "Professional" and are used for nothing more than making money but for every Blog that is this way, there are Blogs that are personal and original and unique........

And I feel that as long as those Blogs exist, Blogging will still continue to draw people in.......

I want to mention a few Blog posts that mentioned the original post that I did and also posted something along similar lines......

Charlene over at a Pinch of Joy-  Busy Monday

At Rivercrest Cottage, A Look Back and What's Ahead 

Katie over at Let's Add Sprinkles-  Keep In Touch Party!

Katie just recently did another post on this topic...Peeved!

Anita over at Far From Rubies recently wrote this on face book:
"On another note, y’all — I really want to encourage you by showing that you do not have to jump on the latest trend bandwagon or spend money redecorating with those trends every few weeks to have a stylish and welcoming home. I see constant change - and encouragement/pressure to shop my this and that, buy this here and there, which is just not realistic and certainly not environmentally responsible. Why bother doing Marie Kondo decluttering just to dump the excess somewhere and then get more stuff?
I do change things around in my house, but — they are mostly the same old things just moved somewhere else or something I’ve found, restored or thrifted. I do buy new things occasionally but they are few and far between and they are always things I’ll keep or sell if for some reason they don’t work out. You really can just move things around for a fresh look or pack a few things away and bring them out seasonally. Surely I’m not the only one who does that, right?

This fabric started out as bathroom curtains years ago then came into the kitchen a few different times, and I made them into a table runner this week. The box I made out of a newell post from the old house several years ago and brought it back as a simple centerpiece filled with real ivy. No big box stores were shopped and no plastic will be dumped in a landfill next week.
It’s the little things😊"
I LOVE Anita's Blog as her style is so original!!!

Anita just participated in one of those Blog Hops and at the end of her post she wrote:
"I realize I march to the beat of a different drum from everyone else, ok so I'm in a completely different band, but I really want my home to tell *our* story with our things that mean something to us or that were passed down from relatives. I also feel very strongly that there is enough "stuff" already out there cluttering up the planet, so I always shop for antique/vintage/thrift first then buy new as the exception. 
So instead of shopping my house online or at a big box store, please be inspired to shop your local thrift, antique and second-hand stores as well as online sites that sell used/vintage and antique. 
Reuse/recycle or repurpose what you already have and just move things around from time to time for a fresh new look. 
Your home will then be unique and tell your unique story. And isn't that what decor should do for you?"

I definitely agree with Anita!!!!!

Her home stood out among the others in my opinion!!

So there you have it........

The Bloggers who responded to my post were passionate about making and keeping blogging personal......

I want to leave you with one of the most personal Blog posts  I have ever read......

In my early years of blogging, I had the pleasure of linking up to Smiling Sally's Link Party, Blue Monday.....

It was through this party that I got to know Sally and we connected personally as we both had survived a form of cancer.....

Unfortuately, Sally's cancer came back and claimed her life......
In this post, she bids her faithful readers Good Bye.....

Smiling Sally's Gift 

Sally truly was a "Gift" to all who knew her......

Thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

And I hope you will be back to visit again soon!!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

  I am linking up to these parties:

 Saturday Sparks
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party

Snickerdoodle Sunday
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
The Fabulous Party

Inspire Me Monday
Inspiration Mondays
 Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Busy Monday
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
Metamorphosis Monday
Project Inspired Weekly Link Party
 Celebrate Your Story Monday Night Link Party! 
Make It Pretty Monday
Heart and Soul Link Up

 Tuesdays At Our Home
Inspire Me Tuesdays

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
 Waste Not Wednesday
Style Showcase

Vintage Charm
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
  Inspired Creations Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
 Grace at Home Party

Friday Features Linky Party
  Feathered Nest Friday
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
   Flaunt It Fridays
  Sweet Inspirations Link Party

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!


  1. Your home is certainly unique which is why I like to visit and be inspired by some of the style, particularly with your Christmas decor. My own blog is a journey of my crafting endeavours and the adventures that we have living on an Island. I love to visit blogs from around the world to gain an insight into places that I wouldn't otherwise see. Like you I am not a fan of the advertising and such on some blogs. Equally it is a great way to earn, so each to their own. Have a great weekend.

  2. Debbie thanks for this post. It is a breath of fresh air to see that many bloggers feel this way. Many have turned into copies of each other with no personality at all. Your blog stands apart from this trend in that you have your own unique style and your voice is your own. I wish you much continued success!

  3. Hi Debbie,

    Oh I get annoyed and want to quit blogging at times but I just seem to keep going with it and can't stop. I like to share about what I have crocheted, or made for dinner, and our link party I do with Jess. It keeps me busy and I enjoy visiting other blogs to see what is going on with them. It's the personal connections that I love and getting inspired by others.

    I hate those blogs with so many adds that pop up and sometimes I will just not read a blog post because of it. I once visited a blog and was locked out of my blog for the whole day because of security reasons and had to have Apple support help me get it back! That was so scary for me and I was almost hacked. Well I love these posts that you do on this subject. I do hope you continue to blog for as long as it makes you happy.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Julie xo

  4. I gave up reading many blogs for exactly those reasons. I love to see the things ordinary crafters make or perhaps a glimpse into homes and gardens. I love to leave a comment if I have enjoyed a blog and enjoy reading comments left for me by fellow bloggers.

  5. Hi Debbie!Love visiting your blog!Thanks for sharing Sally's blog,great tribute to your dear friend and really a gift for your readers.Hugs!

  6. Thanks for your update on your original post, Debbie. It's good to know there are so many others who feel the way we do. We want to see originality and creativity. Some blogs are so intimidating with their home improvements and decor which are constantly changing because they endorse certain companies. It makes one dizzy. I like to use my imagination and I enjoy seeing others use theirs. I do know I need some inspiration though because I feel mine is getting tired. Maybe I just need to come away for awhile and take a break. I have had so much going on personally that I am truly tired. Anyway, I'll see how it goes. By the way, Smiling Sally was one of my first friends in Blogland too. We both belonged to Spiritual Sundays and connected there. She is missed! Happy Spring, Debbie! I'm so glad the winter is finally behind us. Hugs...Sandi

  7. A wonderful and real post Debbie, and that's why I come to your blog every single week. It always feels like I'm catching up with a friend. Blogging has changed a lot and there are very few bloggers who are strong enough to stay real to themselves. I'm not sure if I am. I often find myself getting sucked into the whole trend thing but have been trying real hard to take a step back and feel with my heart rather than my head. It's not easy though.

  8. Hello Debbie! My mothers name is also Debbie, but truly you had me at Victorian soul. Oh my stars, I have found a kindred spirit in you, I just know it. I love this post ever so much. It must be a trend as of late, because I too wrote about old fashioned blogging. Happy to have found you. Muawhhh... Love and kisses Raquelxxx

  9. Thank you Debbie for your comment! It has a different style than the normal blogs I follow. I learned a lot. I would like to contact more bloggers in the USA who enjoy and paint porcelain. How should I do?

  10. Hi Debbie, Thanks for yet another thought-provoking post. I clicked your link to Katie's blog (which I follow) and left a Comment for her as well. I agree with all of the points in your summary. I hope we can keep blogging "real" and somewhat personal and be accepting of many different life styles, decorating styles, and points of view. As I said to Katie, my biggest frustration is how hard I work on my blog (not all work; I really enjoy it!) and how many Comments I leave on other's blogs and yet, even on posts I've spent forever on (DIY projects especially), I'm lucky to get one or two comments. Then I go on some of the "Big Bloggers" blogs and, as I said to Katie, they'll have 100's of Comments on a new teapot! I guess I just continue on, with no ads, because of the friendships I've made through blogging; they mean the world to me. Have a great weekend! Cheryl p.s. I'm no Spring Chicken either, but am hopefully still young-at=heart and open to new ideas.

  11. Your post really resonated with me. Back in the 2000s, I had a quilting blog and made friendships that have continued in real life. I have recently returned to blogging (this time with jewelry making), and have been surprised by the number of blogs that are basically one thinly veiled advertisement. But some blogs I used to follow are still going, and I’m finding a few nuggets within the detritus.

    1. Michelle,
      I could not find any other way to get in touch with you so i am responding here. Thanks so much for stopping by and for voicing your opinion about blogging!! I truly appreciate it!!

  12. Thank you for including me in your list of bloggers who posted about your inspiring blog post. I am honored that you included me. I do want to let you know I love to visit the blog parties you list at the bottom of each post. I get so much inspiration from other bloggers. My husband's health has taken a turn for the worse recently, and though I haven't been able to post I do visit your links as well as other blog lists on my favorite blogs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for encouraging others to blog about personal stuff and skip the commercialization of the art.

  13. Really liked this post. Both as a confirmation that I am not alone in some of my dislikes about blogging and as a reminder to stay as authentic as I can in my own posts!


  14. I love reading blogs where I can find inspiration for my crafts and home. You inspire me a lot and I'm happy to visit you everytime. Hugs

  15. I have always enjoyed seeing your beautiful home and the way you arrange things to look the very best. And I've visited you over the years. This is a good topic and I will go back and look at some of the comments. I am sharing my life and experiences in my blogging. When I show pics of nature or photos of something....they are current! It's what's happening to me now. I live an interesting life...I think and love sharing it! And I like visiting those that share every day life. Sweet hugs, Diane

  16. Great post! I was one who commented back on the original one in January, so it's great to hear the feedback and follow up. I have been told by several "more professional" bloggers that I need to do various things or my blog won't be successful given what's popular today. I do appreciate their concern and advice, but I agree wholeheartedly that it seems like the personal element of blogging is either entirely missing or looked down on. I agree with you that COMMENTS are so important to bloggers. I love knowing that I've been heard or that someone appreciated what I shared or that something I wrote stuck with someone. Otherwise, I'm just writing with no interaction coming from it. My blog is related to my business, but I still prefer that I'm blogging with my own personal touch instead of trying to "fit in" on a bandwagon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! #heartandsoullinkup

  17. Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed the read. I too am by far one of those that is considered a personal blogger. My blog is all about my faith and family. I do try and share little things along and along that might be out of the norm but when all is said and done...it's just plain simple ME! LOL! I learned a long time ago that if you aren't careful the old saying "Keeping up with Jones" can also mean BLOGS! Do what makes you happy! I have made some wonderful friends and several that have become very near and dear to my heart. I do enjoy commenting on other's blogs as well and even If what they are posting about that I am not necessarily interested in or it's just my thing. I try to be kind to others but I also found out quick that not all bloggers show the same kindness. That's why I keep saying...blog your style and the sweet friends that you make along the way is priceless and those you do have lots in common with then you will be become dear friends for sure. Thank you for taking the time to post about this. I enjoyed it so much. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  18. I find your blog post very true to a personal blogger like me. I've been on and off blogging due to with so many ads and "wanting to be famous" type that I encounter. But there are blogs that are personal that I like. That's inspiring and keeps me going. Thank you for this post. Have a great weekend.
    Ping xo

  19. What I hate are so-called rules imposed on bloggers, especially in terms of so-called marketing and social media. Since I have only time to blog part time, these rules really dragged me down such that I almost quit blogging. Finally one day I decided to not worry about how many times I should post on my blog and how many times and where I should share posts with social media. After all, blogging should be fun! Being consistent and going at a pace that's realistic are important to me now. Thanks for sharing your post.

    1. I was not able to get in touch with you anywhere else but here so I want to thank you for taking the time to comment on this post! I think we all need to be true to ourselves when it comes to blogging!!

  20. Oh my goodness, I am almost finished editing a similar post. Feel the same as you ♥

  21. Debbie, it's interesting that this post was the second post I've read today, and it's talking about something that soooo disappointed me about the first post I read today. The first post I read today was on a blog that used to always interest me even though its main focus (as a mommy blog) was not something personally useful to me. But it was authentic, and I enjoyed it. Today I noticed that nearly all her posts are "collaborations," some on topics that have no relevance to her life. Very disappointing. I don't object to bloggers who want to make money, but they need to know that when that becomes their main focus and their authenticity goes out the window, so will their readers!

  22. I'm late checking in due to family issues but I really am glad you shared your results. I followed some in the comments but nice to see them synthesized! Hoping to get back into linking soon!

  23. Thanks for the synopsis, Debbie of the things we have been thinking about as long time bloggers. I was so ready to throw in the towel but just this week several real life friends commented that they appreciate what I'm posting and that they are inspired. That's what it's all about. That's why I started blogging. I had no idea that there were so many others just like me that want to blog about life, decor, crafting, thrifting and making our homes pretty.
    I used to take a few items to review. I'm saying no to the tiny number of inquiries that come my way because those companies what cheap or nearly free advertising. Most people have no idea how much is entailed in writing and editing a blog post. I want to do that for only things that I love. Thanks for the shout out and thanks for revisiting this topic. It's so relevant.

  24. Dear Debbie==Kudos and Amen! I know we discussed this a bit about the same time I threw my own hissy fit last year. All the pluses for blogging really don't include the merchandisers, the snake-oil (I can fix you, I'm a pro) salesmen, and the I'm the next biggest thing since SPAM, and I don't mean the cyber kind. If we keep on supporting each other and spend more time being REAL...blogging as we like it will survive. I enjoy posts that interest me, and love the pros who don't hawk merchandise. I appreciate ALL bloggers that blog to share, thank-you!

  25. What an interesting summary you compiled! #9---Experts! Ha! Long ago I thought it was so silly to say "How To" tile a floor, build a this or a that, when the person writing the "how to" had only just done it for the first and only time! So when I blog about such things, I try to phrase it "this is how I did it" instead of "how to." : ) I'm off to read Sally's goodbye.

    1. Oh wow, I didn't expect that. What a pleasant surprise. I've known those verses since I was a child-- Romans 10:9 and 10 are my assurance that it's nothing I can do on my own, just resting in what He has already done.
      I expected something more along the lines of this: http://amycaldwellbixby.blogspot.com/2011/07/valley-of-shadow-of-death.html a former college classmate. I want to compile important articles/ blogs/ resources to put on my blog and this will be one of them. So just sharing it early, here.

  26. Good to know! Thanks for compiling the data!

  27. I love your blog, it's nice to come to a unique place with someone who speaks their truth. So many blogs sound exactly the same, and it gets pretty boring pretty quickly. I try to follow a bunch, but there aren't many that keep me coming back. Also, thank you for sharing those posts, the one from Sally had me in tears. And her following seemed to really love her. Have a great weekend Debbie!

  28. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  29. Myrna emailed me this comment and I wanted to add it as it is something that I guess i did not realize was happening..
    Hi Debbie
    I am not a facebook user nor do I have a gmail account. I hate it when the only option to post is having a google account. So I can't comment on a lot of blogs. Not Low tech but No tech.
    My other upsetting thing is bloggers who only want other bloggers to comment so they get better advertisers.
    I had to laugh when a blogger who lives near me and Disney, shut down the comments one day when a stranger happened to comment LOL
    Just saying. Keep up the good work.

  30. Hi Debbie!

    Thank you so so much for this post. I agree with you...and I have lived both sides of the "blogger problem". I started out as a homemaking blogger, featuring my own recipes and homemaking tips, kids, etc. You linked to my homemaking party for years. Then I became a sponsored blogger, blogging for many big name brands, and blogged much less about the things I just mentioned. I don't at all regret that time---our family was in a time of transition and I was making very good and much needed money to help my husband provide for our nine children. What I do regret is that I spent so much time trying to please the brands that I neglected the community I'd built before the brands took over. I've not done a sponsored post in about two years and don't intend to ever go back to that. We don't need the finances any more and that is not what I want my blog to be about anymore. I'm struggling to get back to what my blog once was---a thriving community of homemakers like me, sharing their every day lives---but I want it to be that again! I actually wrote about that today and was prompted to come check out your post by a mutual blogging friend. I sure would love it if you'd consider linking up at The Homemaking Party again. I would be really blessed to fellowship with many of my old blogging friends again through our linky parties and our fun and personal posts. Your Victorian style is always an inspiration to me!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  31. You really hit the nail on the head with this post. I continue to blog for personal and really hate the commercialism that has tried to take over! So glad to find others that also like the "original" blogging community the way it was!

  32. Hi Debbie - I'm so glad I found your blog through Sarah's Classical Homemaking blog. I feel like I've found a reunion of kindred spirits.

    Your post hit home with me, too. I've been blogging for nine years or so and also reading other blogs longer than that. I feel so sad when bloggers fall into the black hole of commercialism. I always quit reading their stuff because it just doesn't interest me any more. I follow my heart with my blog. If I don't have anything to say (which is rare) I just don't post that day.

    I am glad to have blogging as a creative outlet for my interests and passions, and I love reading blogs like yours. I hope you'll stop by my blog for a visit one day soon. So nice to meet you.


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