Guess what? It’s Wednesday so that means it’s another Wittering Wednesday… I have said in the previous posts (here) I like to write and I hope you guys like to read it but I know that beauty review after beauty review may get a little monotonous. I want to point out that whatever ‘topic’ it is they will be my views, thoughts and opinions, I am open to any kind of discussion about these in the comments so feel free to leave your thoughts and experiences. Shall we get on with it then?
Moan, moan, moan… Please don’t think that what this post is all about; well it mainly is but keep with me, there is some soul searching in it too. Recently I have felt rather down an disillusioned when it comes to blogging, and I know I am not alone as every time I log onto Twitter or check my Bloglovin feed there are posts about the same thing; the current state of blogging. I go through troughs and peaks when it comes to my blog, one minute I love it and I love my writing, the next I hate every single word I type and feel such envy of other bloggers, but my feelings lately are different. The feelings I have aren’t centered around my blog so much, and more the current state of the community and my place in it.
For a start I feel there is so much bad competition in the community lately, whether that be for followers or opportunities. It seems to be a dog eat dog world out there and not so much the supportive happy for one another vibe that was around when I started, or maybe that’s just me looking back on something with an aged and rose tinted view? I only started my blog a little over 2 years ago so it’s not even as if I am seasoned or veteran blogger from back in the day, but there has been such an influx of bloggers recently and it seems to have slightly changed the dynamic; we are now a massive community and we are all fighting for the same opportunities; to be the first to post about something, to be the first with an amazing idea, the first to get the latest brand sample and the first to tear each other down it seems.
I have backed away from Twitter a bit over the last few months and haven’t joined any of the (millions of) blogger chats, this is mostly in part due to the fact that there is always some drama going on, one person or a gang of people ripping into another or some sly comments in a chat aimed at someone or another sector of the blogging world. Couple that with the fact that that if your opinion on anything differs from the few/masses then you cannot voice it without being jumped on and slaughtered for it. I know we are all women and we aren’t all going to like each other or agree, but do we need to rip each other apart publically for the sheer joy of it? Do we need to belittle someone to make ourselves look better? Do we need to go to war with one another to gain a few more followers and rid the other person of some of theirs? Should we really be taking offence at every single little thing another person says just so we can call someone out for the sake of it & get noticed? No we don’t, yet this is how it feels to me each time I check my timeline. No I don’t expect us all to love each other and spray rainbow coloured unicorn dust all over the place, Lord knows I can’t stand some people, and I am sure they feel the same about me.
I love writing my little blog, and can’t see me giving it up anytime soon, I love being able to get my words into some form of coherent post, I love the fact that I sometimes make you guys laugh with my posts, and I love the opportunities my blog affords me. It truly makes my day when I get another follower, or a tweet of kind words or a lovely comment, but it’s not the be all and end all, I don’t want to be a full time blogger so these things are just bonuses for me, and not necessities. Yet my page views and comments have been steadily getting lower of late, and I can’t help but let this get me down a little, have it leading me to think that it’s because my blog and writing are crap and not worth peoples time, yet in reality it’s due to the sheer amount of content out there for people to read, the mass amount of wonderful blogs for people to browse, and the fact that unless you have an endless pit of money and time to throw at your blog you aren’t going to achieve the oh so popular editorial feel.
And that in part is the problem; the editorial aspect. It seems everyone is striving to take the most beautiful pictures, have the best versed posts and the most shares. If you don’t have 50 comments on your post it’s deemed a failure, and if you don’t have 3 hours to spare each day commenting on other peoples posts then you won’t get many comments back. Unless you have the ability to join in a few of the 5 chats each day then you won’t get much interaction on Twitter and face being lost in a sea of bloggers who are able to spend all day every day focused on their blog. It has become a popularity contest, a popular girls lunch table if you will, gone are the days of being judged on your content and ability to form a well written and informed post, now it’s all about how popular/nice you are on Twitter & how active in the community you are. But do I really want to sacrifice my social life (what little I have anyway) in order to gain a few extra followers and a couple more comments? Do I really want to get embroiled in the popularity contest & race for the latest samples? If I need to spend my life on social media and tearing others down to get on the next rung of the ladder then count me out, that is not why I started blogging and that is not the community I fell in love with 2 years ago. I would rather be a blogging unknown than know my success came at the expense of other people’s feelings and my own life outside of the blogging bubble.
Personally I think the community needs a reality check, not many of us are going to be the next Tanya Burr or Zoella, not many of us even want to be, and we need to stop the popularity contest between each other in our quest to be a blogger who earns from their hobby or who gets the latest Benefit sample first.