December 1, 2016

How I Really Feel About Blogging


Today is my six-month blogiversary, and this post is very blunt. I started blogging on a regular basis in June because I love to write, and it looked like fun. It was as simple as that. Fast forward half a year, and I have a whole other outlook on what blogging is now that I've been doing it for a stretch of time. And I have a lot of thoughts about it.


Some days, I absolutely love it. Inspiration is everywhere, and my network is sharing great content.

Some days, I wonder whether it's worth it.

Some days, I'm really happy with my brand and content and with what I've accomplished up to this point.

Some days, I'm really discouraged by my brand and content and by what I haven't accomplished up to this point (even if I'm currently in the honeymoon phase of my rebrand).

I have days when I'm really confident in myself as a blogger and days when all I do is compare myself to other, "better" bloggers. 

It's not all about my role in the blogosphere, though. I also feel a type of way about bloggers who half-ass it— allow me to explain before you angrily close this tab. I'm not sitting on some throne of literary awards judging my peers from atop my stack of writing prizes, but it bothers me when poor writers— or those who simply don't apply themselves as writers— can generate an income and base a business on their written content, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. At its most dramatic, I'd liken it to a novel that's riddled with typos and plot inconsistencies climbing to the top of the bestseller list. At its most commonplace, I'd compare it to handing in an unedited final paper in college— you just wouldn't do it. In truth, it makes me feel sort of crappy when I read a mediocrely (or worse) constructed post written by a full-time blogger and know that they're being compensated for it. The "it" being meh writing on a platform that is, at its core, about writing. Typos are one thing; they happen to the best of us. Consistent mediocrity with free product or a brand deal at the core of every post is a whole other animal. This is sort of offensive to those of us who can't imagine our lives without writing. 

I didn't publish this to make you think that I'm salty or to make a high-handed point. I'm also not generalizing; I follow many talented, dedicated writers, and they deserve every opportunity that comes their way. I'm writing this because I haven't read a stand-out blog post, with a few exceptions, in weeks. I feel like I'm failing at blogging for neglecting to share other bloggers' posts, but truly, I haven't loved very many as of late (and you'll probably never find a gift guide on this website), and I'm not going to be fake by promoting something that didn't really resonate with me.  I don't know if I've just been missing the good stuff, or everyone really is writing the same content and focusing on the same topics. I'm also definitely missing out on a lot of great content from bloggers whom I don't know exist (would love recommendations!). 

I would love for blogging to become an even bigger part of my life; with three posts a week, and no social media outside of my blogging accounts, it already plays a big role. I also have a big, in-progress plan/idea that goes hand-in-hand with my relaunch as Life, Shuffled. I intend to keep blogging and move forward with this idea because those "some days" that are great days outweigh those "some days" that aren't.

So... how do you really feel about blogging?
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5 comments

  1. I can so feel you! I don't know why, but lately, it seems like everyone is posting the same content. Gift guides are everywhere, and I find it hard to share posts that don't really resonate with me.

    I also totally understand when you're saying that you feel like blogging is unfair. I can definitely agree with that. I know a lot of people who work hard and deserve every penny they're making, but I also feel like some people are taking blogging for granted.

    Anyways, this is a great post!

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    1. Thanks, Amelie! Gift guides *are* everywhere, and I'm not into those, either. My favorite posts are those that I can take something from— whether that's general inspiration or blogging/creative tips— that are unique, and that aren't too "product-centric," though I'll go for those every now and then. Above all, I value originality! :)

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  2. Omg you should be so proud of how much your blog has grown since this summer! I'm definitely impressed/proud of you! I agree that genuine blog posts are harder to find, especially with many sponsored posts but don't lose courage! Keep doing YOU and working hard and building your own mission, and don't worry about everyone else :)

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment and for your continued support! Reading this made my day. Just like with everything else, I'm gonna keep hustling :)

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