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.