My thoughts on blogging…staying true to yourself
7th May 2015
Blogging – it’s a funny old thing.
A year ago I started taking blogging more seriously. By this I mean that I started posting more frequently and focused on what I was writing. I was sick and tired of using this space as an outlet for the negative aspects of my life, and instead I wanted to talk about the things I am passionate about and the things that inspire me.
But as a blogger I believe it is easy to get swept along with current blogging trends and jump on the bandwagon.
I wrote a couple of beauty posts because everyone else was, but I know I shouldn’t have because I find shopping for beauty products a chore (unless it’s Lush and I’m shopping for bath bombs) and I literally don’t have a clue what I’m talking about when it comes to makeup. It’s not something I’m passionate about and it’s not something that inspires me.
Despite this, for a relatively short period of time, I wanted to be one of those bloggers who gets sent makeup freebies to review. I though that if I talked about what everyone else was taking about then my blog would be more popular. Again, I don’t know why I felt this way, but one day I thought to myself “You’re crazy! Since when have you been one to follow the crowds?”.
I didn’t start a blog for freebies. I didn’t start it to make money, or have a huge following. I started a blog as a space to talk about my life, and I feel like in the past year there have been times when I have forgotten my reasons for blogging in pursuit of everyone else’s reasons for blogging.
It’s like the evolution of blogging. People start a blog to talk about their interests, what ever that may be, and then they seem to evolve into a different type of blog; most typically fashion and beauty for females these days. It’s okay for your blog to evolve, and I have nothing against beauty blogs, but you should evolve for the right reasons, and not because that’s what everyone else is doing.
Rebecca at From Roses shared a post last weekend on this topic. While I had started writing this post before I read hers I was reassured to know that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. Especially with the point she makes about bloggers becoming advice gurus. Personally, I feel like they all regurgitate the same information and half the time it’s not even true. (But that’s a whole different topic that I could write a whole new post on!)
When I realised I was trying to change my blog for the wrong reasons, I took a step back.
It wasn’t just my thoughts and feelings that lead me to step away from blogging about things that don’t interest me. You, my readers, reinforced this. Your kind comments on my personal and travel posts made me realise that those are type of posts I enjoy writing the most, because the feedback I receive really makes me happy.
The moral of this story is to stay true to yourself. Blog for yourself and stick to your beliefs.
I’ve gone back to my original beliefs in order to write a blog that I love about the things that I love. Travel, daily adventures, life in Liverpool, and all the in-between bits.
I’m happy that I have got off the bandwagon.
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever tried to change your blog to “fit in”?
Other posts in the “My thoughts on blogging…” series include: