Slow blogging – perfecting the art of blogging

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For anyone who’s been blogging for quite some time I am sure they will agree that blogging has seen an enormous revolution since we first sat down in front of a blank screen, wrote something and hovered over the Publish button, heart in mouth worrying how we would be perceived.

When I look back to the early days it was all about the writing, the sharing of the every day and connecting with others. I used to dedicate a part of my day to commenting on blogs and writing comments that resonated with what I had read, slowly transforming the connection into a friendship. We shared ideas, laughed at each others plights and were there for one another. 

When I look around today, I feel as if I am in a race. A race to see who reviews a product, visits a place or writes up a fab recipe first. This sense of constant competition blew the wind out of my sails earlier on this year. I felt exhausted.

I have followed the trend of most bloggers, written about me and my family, moved on to brands, been an ambassador and come full circle but I feel like I’m missing something, the most important thing and it’s within touching distance but I can’t see it.

Something is missing from my blogging but what is it?

I have come to the conclusion I cannot give blogging up, it’s worse than trying to give up smoking. I look at life and see the things I want to share, photos I want to showcase, places I have been and recipes that worked. Blogging is part of me now, an intrinsic part to my make up.

I read with great interest this post by Douce, the pinnacle of blogging, I cannot be that person. It set all the balls rolling again in the pinball machine of my brain, I certainly don’t want PR’s or brands telling me exactly what to write; is this where we are heading?

If we take a step back and analyse, it’s clear to see that the brands and people who want to use our blogs are drawn in by good writing, they are drawn in by story telling. Readers are drawn in by good story telling, they can relate to our tales and it makes them feel better to know others out there think the same.

Where do you see the blogging industry heading? Is it slow blogging and back to your roots or are you heading out there for the ‘Big Time’? I’d love to know.

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About Marianne Weekes

BLOGS AT: Mari’s World; TWITTER: @maris_world.

Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy.

Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop and writes about food, travel and lifestyle.
Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.

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2 Comments

  1. 01 May 2019 / 14:17

    It’s difficult not to get caught up in all the competition and pushing for the next level at times, but I try to reign it in and just do it my way as much as I can – I think it’s important to not lose sight of why you started in the first place. A break every now and then is a good idea though! x

  2. 08 May 2019 / 10:48

    This is exactly how I feel about blogging now. I used to love being able to write and share my thoughts and experiences, and being able to read what others had written too. I had commenters and I enjoyed commenting on other blogs. Now the only comments I get are spam or in response to a competition. I see badly written blogs reaching thousands of people, while my carefully crafted writing is ignored. Blogs I used to enjoy are now just advert after advert – it seems like a sell out. I don’t have the time, energy, or mental power to pursue all the avenues one needs to nowadays to make a blog successful. And like you said, it’s also blown the wind out of my sails. I hope I’ll be able to blog again, but for now I’m too disheartened. What is the point of blogging if no one cares to read what I’ve written?