Reminiscing About the Old Blogging Scene

894
Me as a teenager, circa 2004. My first computer (that I did all my original blogging on) is in the background.

I was just sitting here thinking about the old blog scene in the mid-2000’s, and I thought it would be fun to share some things I remember from back then, good and bad.

⸙ Making your own layout graphics in Photoshop and then coding the layouts yourself using HTML coding. (Themes weren’t really a thing yet).

⸙ 8 pt. font and super skinny layout frames. (iframes were frequently used).

Blogger Spotlight: June 2018

785

Another month has passed, so it’s time for another blogger spotlight. I will admit, I didn’t get to read too many posts in June. I haven’t read too many in July yet either. I’m sure there are a lot of great posts that I end up missing out on. There just really isn’t enough time in the day! If you saw my last post, you will know that I got my basement set up, so I have been spending most of my free time down there watching movies. That’s the agenda for tonight too, but I wanted to get this post up first. I’ve also got some other posts planned that I want to get started on as well.

Without further ado, here are a few posts from June that I really enjoyed.

One Year of Blogging!

759

It’s June 21st, which means I’ve officially hit the one year mark here on my blog! Of course I’ve been blogging way longer than a year, but this was my first year being back after a six year break. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since my first post here at Surrealistique.

I would be lying if I said I still showed the same enthusiasm as I did when I first created this blog. I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be real, so I figured I would share my feelings on the matter. As much as I do enjoy blogging, it does feel like a chore at times. I think it’s the pressure from the blogging community that you have stick to a certain schedule and don’t go too long without posting. Do this. Do that. I just can’t stick with that rhythm any longer. Writing and posting is enjoyable to me when I feel like I have something I want to share, but I don’t want to force it.

Blogger Spotlight: May 2018

735

I haven’t been able to read too many blog posts in the last month or so due to being pretty busy. There are so many great bloggers and posts, it’s hard to keep up with them all. Still, this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so I figured now that a new month is upon us, it would be a good time to start.

I know some other bloggers have done posts like this, and I think it’s a great idea. If you’re a blogger and are creating worthwhile posts, you should be recognized for such. Likewise, it’s good for readers to discover some posts that they might be interested in checking out.

This post will feature some posts from May that I really enjoyed.

March Blogger Questionnaire: Feeling Lucky

631

It seems like just yesterday that I was posting the February questionnaire, and now here we are again. We’re a week into March already! This year is flying by, but then again, when does it not? At least for me. Anyways, if you’ve been around for a while, you know the drill. If not, this month’s questions are below, and you can choose to answer one, several, or all of them. It’s totally up to you. I always enjoy reading your answers.

Do you have any Irish ancestry?

Have you been having more good luck or bad luck recently?

Do you play the lottery?

Do you gamble? (Other than the lottery)

Do you believe in Karma?

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

As always, my answers will be in the comments.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

604

It has been a while since I’ve done one of these award posts. I do not do one every time I’m nominated. It usually depends on if it fits in my blogging schedule or not. Of course I’m always grateful whenever someone chooses to nominate me.

This time I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and I’ve actually been nominated for this one three times. I was first nominated by Laken back in November. Then I was nominated twice this month by Claudia and Sazzy & Joanie. Thank you all for nominating me! This post might get a bit long as I plan to answer all of their questions in this one post.

6 Months of Blogging!

501
I can’t believe it has already been six months since I created this blog! Time sure does fly. I was an active blogger from 2005-2011 until I decided to give it up, and I stayed gone for a solid six years. There were times I contemplated getting back into blogging, and it was something that I thought about quite a bit before creating this one. I was worried I wouldn’t have anything worth writing about though. It was a little different back then. Blogging was more like a journal open to the public. A lot of bloggers, myself included, would blog about every little thing that was happening in our lives. Of course, when you’re a teenager and then transition into your 20’s, there’s a lot more drama and craziness. At least that’s how it was for me. Now that I’m in my late 20’s, my life is pretty much a borefest. I go to work, come home, eat, play with my cat, watch TV shows or movies, go to sleep, repeat.