Saturday, 9 April 2016

How I Feel About Blogging Right Now.

Today I wanted to do quite a chatty post that will probably make little sense and just be full of my rambles but actually that's okay because that's exactly what this post is about. It's no secret that the blogging world has changed a lot in the past couple of years but especially in the past year people have noticed this more. In November I will have been blogging for 5 years (bit of a grandma I know) so I've seen changes come and go and it's never really been a huge deal, excluding the recent and more noticeable differences that have popped up. I just wanted to talk a little about how I feel about everything, this is just my opinion and how I see things so don't take this too seriously and I'm definitely not telling people what to do!

I'll be honest, I really do miss how blogging used to be but only some parts of it. When I started there was a proper community feel because there really wasn't many bloggers about, youtube was just taking off and blogging was a thing that a lot of youtubers started to do on the side. This is how I started, for those who haven't been reading for a while then here's a bit of background. I started on youtube, I had two accounts and my second one I made videos on for nearly 2 years, during one of those years I started my blog and I eventually left youtube to focus on this as I much prefer writing than talking. Now, back to that community feeling. We don't have that any more, let's be honest, we've all been split up into smaller groups and I think that's okay.

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I've never had a problem about the fact that we don't all stick together any more, it's impossible to like everyone and follow all the blogs in the world. We all find our place and come across similar people and the blogging world is so saturated now it is impossible to have that big community feeling. In my first couple of years of blogging my views were great and I was getting plenty of comments on every post, that's very different now and engagement is down. Change is inevitable though and the trick is to adapt.

What I do miss though is the personal side of blogging, I don't really read any of the glossy magazine looking blogs as they aren't my cup of tea but if that's what you enjoy then go for it. I used to use this blog as a diary inbetween my beauty reviews sometimes and it helped me feel close to my readers. As blogging changed though I changed with it, without even realising really. Some elements of this I'm super happy with, I won't be giving up my marble background any time soon but I will be bringing back chatty posts like this.

When things change I guess we have two options, change with it or do something different. I know that I've been too worried about my views dropping to make any changes that don't follow the crowd. I'm still going to check my views everyday and keep an eye on growth but I'm not going to let that dictate what I write about as much. I'm not really sure what the point of this post was to be honest but I feel like I've got some things off my chest. I think the most important thing to remember is that it is your blog so you get to call all the shots and make decisions. If you want a professional looking blog then go for it and equally if you want a chatty and personal blog then you should go down that route. I think I forgot why I started blogging and it's time to start remembering again,

I'd love to hear about how you are feeling about blogging right, comment below or tweet me.
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  1. I agree it is hard for everybody to keep up with all of the different bloggers, YouTubers out there these days but all you can do is keep going and deliver the best you can and promote the heck out of your blog or channel. I'm always discovering different things to read and watch and much like yourself I don't opt for magazines anymore as I much prefer reading blogs and watching reviews in fact I hardly even watch television anymore as the majority of programs on just don't relate to me. I can totally relate to what you are trying to say and I think people do have their own smaller blogging communities these days, I do like The Girl Gang though and love the thought that it is designed to bring us all together.

    Kirsty x
    http://cosmeticsbeautyrainbow.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I completely agree, we all just need to keep doing what we love and putting our posts out there, having a thousand other blogs out there that are similar to yours or have more followers shouldn't put anyone off! I've found myself watching little TV as well, when I do it's on iplayer or catch up as well, hardly ever on the actual TV. I love The Girl Gang too, it's great for those of us who do miss that community feeling, it makes a smaller community inside the huge blogging world :) xx

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  2. I wrote a post quite similar to this the other week - like you, ive been blogging almost 5 years and have seen all the changes. I miss the old blogging community a lot, it was so different to how it is now. I found myself really focusing on keeping up with all the other blogs and expectations that i almost fell out of love with blogging and contemplated quitting altogether. I've now removed the pressure and i just blog for myself, i post what i want and if people like it too thats awesome.

    It's reassuring to know that im not the only one who felt this way about blogging and how much it's changed!
    Natalie xx

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    1. I'll pop over and check out your post now, I'm not sure how I missed that! I've been feeling the same, I've spent the past year trying to keep up with others and actually when I look at stats, they've gone down! That's a fab way to think, I've loved reading your blog for years so I'd hate to see you stop! xx

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  3. Obviusly I'm still a baby in the blogging world but I much prefer chatty posts and bloggers who write with personality! I've been worried about views and things far too much lately, urgh. More chatty posts from everyone!!

    xx <3

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    1. It's reassuring to hear that people do still enjoy chatty posts! xx

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  4. I'm also a newbie when it comes to blogging but an oldie when it comes to reading them, as I've been enjoying them for the past 6 or so years. And I agree there has been a change. A lot of beauty blogs nowadays look very similiar and some don't even bother to interact with their readers as much, which is a real shame. I've also found myself giving up altogether because mine isn't like the others as I don't have the funding or access to always have these latest releases. Fortunately, that little voice keeps reminding me the reason for blogging in the first place.

    Love these chatty posts. X

    http://www.sheergloss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is definitely beauty blogs in particular that all seem to very similar, I've moved towards doing more lifestyle posts recently and have noticed my views have dropped a little so unfortunately a lot of people definitely are looking for those perfect magazine beauty blogs but I'm loving being more personal so won't be changing any time soon! Don't give up whilst you still enjoy it! Everyone's voice deserves to be heard, we all have something to say :) xx

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  5. I'm fairly new to blogging and I haven't really even got into it yet (because I'm not very good at computers and don't have any idea how to get the layout and stuff right to make it look good. Trying to go with a space theme, just because I like space, and it's not very easy at all- probably shoulda gone with something a bit easier to start with but I feel like anything else wouldn't have represented me, ya know?).
    I am noticing a lot of bloggers I follow have this problem, too. I try to comment on all the blogs when they post something that they want opinions on, or even just to say that I thought it was well written or something, there's a lot less discussion now and I guess it's because as YouTube rose Blogging fell down and that's such a shame. Writing/reading feels a bit lost on the world so far </3

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    1. Firstly, in regards to design I'm sure you'll work it out! I had a pretty rubbish looking blog for about 2 years before I paid someone to make a design for me so don't worry about it, we all start somewhere! Youtube has definitely risen well above blogging I think it's difficult now to become 'popular' without a youtube channel on the side but I will always prefer to sit down and read a blog post over watching a youtube video! x

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