Back on the wagon guys, back on the blogging wagon!
I reached one of those states where I was finding it hard to keep up motivation for my blog and so for the past few weeks (bar posting a youtube video) I have been reading other people's blogs and getting inspired and thinking about the direction I want to take my blog in. I know I write posts about this every few months, but I think it's okay to have moments where you sit back and really look at the content you are producing and make sure that it is right for you. With this in mind, I've had a few thoughts about the process of blogging in general and the questions that I constantly ask myself -
Is my content genuine?
I often battle myself against whether I'm posting for the sake of it, for other people or because I'm genuinely interested in what I am posting. I like to think that we all get into these little situations though... I'm sure you know what I mean fellow blogging guys and gals... it can be a struggle! You can definitely tell when someone has forced themselves to write a post about something; whether it's because they believe that it is what their readers want or maybe it will garner a larger following in the long run. Regardless, you can tell. The writing lacks enthusiasm or in some cases it's too enthusiastic and you get the overall feeling that there's no heart in it and it's content for the sake of content. I like to believe that when I post, it is for the reason that I was inspired by what I'm posting or I feel like sharing something with you all that might inspire you! That doesn't mean to say however that I haven't had thoughts about creating posts because I'm worried that I haven't written anything in two weeks, I often feel like that and I'm okay with it. I do have a readership to update after all, but I'd rather share content with you randomly than claw for subjects that I don't care about and give this to you on a regular basis.
Should I be worrying about how many followers I have on varying social media?
The answer is no. Well at least, I think so. I know that we all rely on our social media accounts in order to publicise our blogs and there is nothing wrong with that at all, in fact it's pretty savvy to use all platforms that are available to you! The problem however is that we often base how successful we are on the number of followers we get and whilst this is good logic, I wouldn't promote it as a healthy way to look at how popular you are. A lot of the time these days people will follow you just so that you can follow them back and it doesn't necessarily mean they will ever read what you post or even look at your blog. If you are advertising yourself on Twitter imagine how many other people are! Now, I'm not saying that you shouldn't be happy when you have a new follower, that's another potential friend in cyber world and I've spoken to some absolute gems, but I think it's worth being careful. Anyone remember Myspace? Yeah, we don't want a repeat of that. I do sometimes worry about how many people follow me or like things that I post or say, but at the end of the day I can see that people have viewed my blog and I have people in my real life that approach me and tell me that I'm doing a good job and that makes me feel ten times more proud than my social media sites ever could!
Will I ever be as good as the bloggers that I admire?
I feel like this may be something that plays on a lot of bloggers minds, like there is some formula to all of this and if you can figure it out then you can get to the top. The more I think about it though, the more ridiculous it sounds. Of course I want to have a successful blog and I want to take beautiful outfit photos and have a cool blog layout but half the time I'm not applying that to myself and how I'm going to achieve these things - I'm just wishing I was somebody else. I think we are all guilty of getting a little jealous of people, there are so many beautiful and lovely bloggers out there and it can be competitive and you do want to stand out. I have to remind myself though that all of these people put time and effort into their blogs and they interact and they perfect their art and believe in what they write about. And that's all there really is to it. The same conclusion I pull from every question I ask myself - I need to do this for me. Those bloggers that I admire put a lot of thought into what they are doing and their personalities shine through that and ultimately that is what I want to achieve.
I think it's extremely easy to get caught up in who's being sent what and how popular are you against the million other people out there, who's found their niche and who's being featured on XXXX's website. At the end of the day though I always remind myself of the same things and that is that you can tell who's in this just for the free stuff and you can tell who is in it because this is their hobby, this is their release and this is their escape. As long as I tell myself that, then I can definitely be content with all the things in between. I want to be genuine and I want to be honest with my readers and give them good quality posts, but at the end of the day it comes down to me and anyone who truly likes my blog and enjoys reading what I have to say will be more than happy with however I choose to run it.
Do you have any thoughts on the above or anything that bothers you? Why not share below, I read all my comments and reply to everything as well, I love hearing from you!