*I should probably warn that this post is a massive stream of consciousness, so it might not really flow*
As you may know if you read my last blog post, I hadn’t posted for around a month. I had stuff going on, I’d been a little busier and not really had the time to sit down and blog but I’ve also reached a point where I’m starting to think, what’s the point?
I really really enjoy blogging. I love writing, I love reading, I love photography and I love photo editing so really, the world of blogging is perfect for me. It’s genuinely something I enjoy doing in my free time but I can’t keep fooling myself that I write my blog for me. I mean, in a sense I do because as I said, I enjoy writing so me sitting down writing a post is enjoyable to me but when writing, I address you, the reader, not myself so the fact is, the purpose of my blog is for other people. That’s obvious when you take some of my posts in to account, for example product reviews – I’m clearly not reviewing a product for myself! At the beginning though, I was writing my blog for myself. I was at university studying a course I didn’t want to study and I just wasn’t in a great mind space. Blogging gave me something to do.
The blogging doubt comes from the world of blogging being absolutely saturated. Although that’s great, it means so many people are trying to get the attention of others. There is of course enough room for everybody as we all have different opinions, different viewpoints, live different lives and therefore, each blog is individual to each person. The problem comes when blogging becomes selfish. When seeking the attention of others for your blog, you of course want more followers, more subscribers, more comments, so on and I think this gets in the way of blogging. How many consecutive Instagram likes do you get where it’s clear they don’t actually like your photo, they just want you to return the favour? How many insincere comments do you get on your blog posts where somebody has forced themselves to comment something, anything just so they can redirect your attention to their blog and then get your follow / like or comment on their blog? So many people are guilty of doing it, I’m guilty of having posted useless comments.
Despite blogging being something many of us do in our spare time for fun, it takes a lot of time. You hear full time Bloggers / Youtubers getting lots of stick for their job title but no matter somebody’s opinion, it does take up so much time and it is a credible job. I’ve spent a really long time on some previous blog posts that have received one or two comments and I can’t lie, it’s annoying. I don’t think my blog is better than other blogs and there is no reason why people should come to my blog over another blog BUT, it’s still a bit of a bummer. Whether a blog is better or worse than another, it’s still somebody’s blog and I just think it’s a shame that blogging, despite in a sense being for others, can also be incredibly selfish.
This of course isn’t the case with everybody. I mean I’m not just ranting about blogging in general. I do also receive many sincere comments and I am so grateful for each of you reading my posts, liking my posts and following my blog. It’s crazy how when blogging, you build a connection with people you’ve never met and support each other.
I don’t really know my viewpoint on blogging at the moment. As I said, I love blogging, so I don’t think I’ll stop myself doing something I enjoy but I just don’t know if I will give myself as much pressure. At one stage I was posting every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday but that definitely became too much and aided my disconnection from the world of blogging. Who knows that might still be the pattern I fall in to, but as I said it wont be pressured.
That’s it for my rant post I guess! Do any of you go through stages of feeling massively disconnected from your blog and feeling as though you’re wasting your time? If so, how do you get yourself out of the slump?