Another blog post that I feel compelled to write that explains my lack of blogging. I know, it's kind of like that's all this blog has become; but it's something I hope once written down and out on the big bad web I'll feel a little clearer.
I've seen many bloggers talking about how much blogging has changed in the last couple of years, and it really has. I remember when I first fell into this world even the biggest of bloggers still had mainstream jobs and just blogged on the side. Whilst there was still a little competition to rise to the fame of these bigger bloggers it was more to see if you could get more free stuff, not to make a full on living from your blog and become an Internet celebrity. With the popularity of blogging growing, so has the number of people trying their hand it (which I am in no way dissing, this was something I did!).
This means that blogging is a whole different ball game to what it was back when I started. Of course there was the little competition between new blogs of who could get the most followers via GFC, who had the most comments etc. and those who say the numbers don't bother them are lying. It's nice seeing people getting involved in something you're doing, and the more people the better you feel. It's a way of life, and one of the reasons why people are so obsessed with social media, its nice to feel 'liked' and wanted. (There are actual studies on this, if you wanted to read more about it.)
Now, however, GFC is gone and in it's place are a multitude of different platforms which you need to appear to have a massive following on. It's not enough for your post to get a comment on the bottom (if anything this has disappeared, and I'm guilty of not commenting anymore) you need to have the post shared on social media, re-tweeted on Twitter, liked on Facebook. Not only that, your post has to stand out from the thousands similar floating around.
It's tough! Well at least I think it is. I think we'd be lying if we said we didn't want our blog to be a success. We want to see rewards for the time and effort we're putting into something. Yes it's fun, and that should be enough, but when you see others being sent lots of nice freebies or going to fancy launches and even making a living from their blog, you can't help but want some of that; surely?
Of course there are things you can do to help make your blog a success, spend time creating new and exciting content, take the time to share it on social media, be sociable on social media etc. but a lot of it is just down to luck.
For me, I work in social media and the last thing I want to do when I get home is spend more time working on social media. I mean I looove going on Instagram and Pinterest etc. but having to use it in the same way I do at work just doesn't excite me; and I'm not very lucky. So I've been left thinking what's the point. Why take the time to write posts that have probably been written before when I could just be lounging around on Instagram? Well, because I like my blog.
So what does this whole post come down to? I need to go back to basics. Remember why I started blogging, rekindle my love the act, not the rewards and everything else that comes with it. So if you read my blog or even like my blog, I thank you. It means a lot to me. Really, it does. However if you couldn't give two hoots, that's fine as this blog is for me and I need to remember that.
Where am I going to go from here? I'm still not 100% sure, but I know I'm not going to let my little space on the Internet just vanish. I may be a small fish in a bloody ginormous ocean, but I fully intend to keep swimming. (Gah so cringe.)