Friday, 29 June 2018

this is the end

Kodak Portra 400, Canon EOS 500N

I have decided to stop blogging. Instead of just letting the blog fade away, I want to properly mark the end. After 11 (!) years of posting in this space, it's the least I can do.

Kodak Ultramax 400, Minolta SRT 101

After a few months of hardly any blogging, I posted my March stories earlier today. I was thinking I might feel motivated to get up to date on my life 2018 series. Nope. I don't really enjoy preparing that March post either. Afterwards I posted this on my Instagram:

This just happened. A blog update. There might be more coming soon, or maybe not. Trying to figure out if posting feels right or not. I do like this way of memory keeping, but do I really need to do it publicly like this? Is Instagram enough? Is blogging getting old? Any other (old) bloggers out there who feel the same way? Any thoughts? 

Thanks to those of you who weighed in with your thoughts and comments!

Agfa Precisa 100, Canon EOS 500N

I already wrote about this back in January in the post "thoughts about blogging"; is 2018 the year I will stop blogging? It took me six months to come up with the answer to that question, and the answer is yes. Why have I come to this conclusion? Blogging is not as fun as it used to be, and I would rather spend my time doing other things.

Agfa Precisa 100, Canon EOS 500N

It's hard to let go of a habit I have treasured so much, a habit that keeps me grounded. This too I wrote about it said post. Click here and read it if you are interested. While you are at it, you might also be interested in my thoughts about sharing my everyday life and the (2016) reasons why I won't close my blog. You might have read those posts before, but they might be worth reading again because they are all about the essence of what has kept me going for so many years.


Speaking of blog post memory lane. Here are a few good ones for you:

thoughts on sharing my everyday life | why I won't close my blog | things I like latelymy pantry essentials | thoughts on dinner planning and grocery shopping | the dinner projectwhy do I shoot film?my favorite films | thoughts on organising my photosthoughts on being a stay at home mom | thoughts on being a teachermy kind of cabin life | thoughts on wardrobe clean outs | arctic north love | Artist Diner (an art project I did with my friend Trine Hisdal) | DIY: daybed | lists and plans

Kodak Portra 160, Canon EOS 500N

So, what will keep me grounded now that this blogging journey is coming to an end? I think I will be quite content with daily journaling and taking photos, pluss sharing everyday stories on my Instagram account halloastrid - to name a few things. (I think quite a few of you who read this blog already follow me on Instagram, don't you?) I'm not ready to completely let go of social media yet; are you?

Agfa Precisa 100, Minolta SRT 101

Thanks for hanging out with me all these years. I appreciate the company. Good bye!


  1. I have followed your blog for a few years now, I really enjoyed it and thank you for keeping it going for as long as you did. I follow you on instagram and love your everyday photos!

  2. Å, dette var leit, samtidig forstår jeg deg så godt ♥️ Takk for alle år med hverdagshistorier og nydelig lys!

  3. Tak for fine hverdagsbilleder, historier fra en genkendelig hverdag med et norsk twist. Jeg har holdt så meget af at tjekke ind og vil forsat gøre det på Instagram.
    Bedste hilsner
    Maria, mor til to, i Aalborg, Danmark.

  4. I have followed your blog and your Flickr account for years. I have always loved your photos, the beautiful splices of life. Thank you for letting us into your world. Best of luck with your future endeavours! P.s. feel free to follow me on Instagram: stephcloutier

  5. All the good things for you! I really enjoyed reading your blog and I Will definetely miss it. But I do understand the decision. Right now I’m having „detox” ;-) from Instagram, spending more time in reality :-) I’m really glad I was able to step into your virtual world. All the best!

  6. I've been visiting you for several years. For several long years. I love your blog for the ability to capture everyday life as it is. Without posing or pretending. This requires special sensitivity, mindfulness and open eyes. And you have it all! The posts on your blog have a veracity that is difficult to find in today's social media. I will miss new posts, but I completely understand your decision. Good luck and see you on Instagram!

  7. You’re so so brave! I keep thinking about doing the same, but I don’t think I’m ready yet. You will always be one of my favorite photographers. ❤️ I will miss your posts and your photos - you’d always inspire me to post more and take more pictures. I’ll be sure to continue to follow on IG.

  8. Hei Astrid,
    sad to read about your decision, but thanks fpr being an inspiration and having us peek into your life for such a long time. Maybe I will have to open an instagram account now...
    All the best for you and your family
    Katrin fra Hmaburg

  9. Sorry to see you stop blogging, but I agree with you. Blogging has become more of a burden than a pleasure, especially with new social media making easier to post and share things on other platforms. I'll be happy to follow you on Instagram :) I look forward to talking to you there. And thank you for writing a proper goodbye post - I hate when blogs are just left to fade ;)

  10. Takk for mange fine år med en fin blogg! Jeg er nesten bare på instagram nå siden så mange andre blogger også har stengt ned, så savnet blir kanskje ikke så stort, men jeg vil for alltid huske bloggæraen og alt den har gitt av inspirasjon og gyldne stunder. Tusen takk for at du har vært en del av min bloggverden!

  11. That blog... I adore it and it was a piece of my everyday life, an inspiration and a kind of magic for many years. I will miss it, but I understand your decision, my dear Astrid. I wish you all the best and would like to thank you for your dearest virtual friendship trough the years. We will keep in touch.

  12. Hei Astrid!
    Thank you for all these years.
    All the best for you and your family.

  13. Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts, and especially for your beautiful photos. You are very inspiring person. Thank you for this post, you are honest and classy, as always.
    Marta from Poland

  14. My life has been pretty busy for the past few months and I've been somewhat disconnected from here.
    I can not believe I'm reading that you're not going to write again anymore.
    I want to cry. In fact, I'm crying.
    It makes me feel lonely in a certain way.
    You are one of the few people who maintained that purity of years ago, when people uploaded photos on flickr.
    Without wanting to, instagram is occupying the most important part on the Internet for people who take photos, write in a blog. And it seems that we have to go already at this intrepid pace. Always updating everything we do, we say, where we're going ...
    but having your blog, or going to write to mine, makes me stop the time. It balances me.

    You do not know the sadness I feel but life changes, family, work, day to day and all the wonderful things of our day to day life that we have to live with intensity.

    A few months ago I was forced to update the design of my blog to make it more attractive, more modern. I also feel sometimes that I do not know if I will continue, that my content has become obsolete. But this is me. And so I want to be.
    True to my essence.
    I guess that in the future I will eliminate my instagram before my blog. But I don´t know...
    Lifes changes continuesly.

    I will miss this place a lot.

    Dear Astrid,
    dear friend,
    I will always follow you wherever you go.
    and thank you so much for being a big inspiration for me.

    With love,
    Lorena Arance

  15. Thank you for being such a good companion these past 8 years. Thank you for the pure beauty of your images and the honesty of your words, that were never too much never too less. Have a nice life dear Astrid!!
    Lisa from Italy

  16. Dear Astrid! Sad to read but I understand your decision. However, it is good to still have the ability to follow you on Instagram. I want to thank you for that long journey through the years of your everyday life. You have always been my big inspiration and a great company. It will never change and I will always smile while thinking about that place. There's no other blogger and photographer like you. Wish you all all all best in life! xxx Kamila from Poland

  17. Goodbye Astrid and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful blog. It has been a pleasure to read.
    Melissa, UK

  18. I feel the same way with my blog. Well, we stay out for a while but I like to keep it so in one of these days I wake up inspired, the blog is there!

  19. Hi Astrid, thanks so much for sharing your life and culture with us. I go to your blog on and off. I'm now a mother of three and so much has change. I suppose blogging has changed too.

    Hope to follow you on your instagram.

  20. Hei Astrid. Thanks for blogging all this time. I totally understand and respect your decision to close up shop. I've left my blog limping along for 10 years too. But funny how having a house and a daughter changes things. Good luck to you and I will follow you on instagram!

  21. So sad to see the end of a great blog... You must do what makes sense too you (or helps you saving your time/patience), and we just have to accept your decision :) but I don't agree that blogs and social media are the same: while blogging keeps you grounded, social media does the exact opposite.

    Maybe if you share your little things with true meaning you make it different, but these days I am finding IG so superficial and such an ego playground that it just makes me feel sad. However, I know that there also are a lot of genuine people, truly trying to inspire and help others and there's where all my hope goes :) good luck to your next chapter, just wanted to say that I love your work **

  22. Hi Astrid
    I have enjoyed your blog over many years.
    This is bittersweet news, but we have a saying here (in New Zealand) - "Good on you!"
    All the best

  23. I´m sad to hear you won´t post any more. I´ve been following your blog for some years now and I was always so inspired and happy to see and read it.
    Thank you so much for sharing, for your time and effort, and I wish you all the luck and happyness in your life.

  24. Every once in a while I was peeking into your blog to see stories about your merry family. Thank you for "letting me" in for these 11 (wow!) years and I hope your blog archive will remain online. All the best! Alex (from Romania)



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