So, let’s cut straight to the point of this blog post.
Lately I’ve been struggling with the question of “Should I continue blogging?”
Every time I stop by my favorite bloggers sites it becomes more and more clear to me that I’m not as savvy with photo editing, or I’m not that great of a writer, or I don’t have fancy outfit posts or DIY projects or drool worthy recipes or tutorials to share.
I’m just me. Sharing our story. Or whatever else I feel like sharing that day.
But lately I’ve been wondering if that’s enough, and really questioning WHY it is that I keep this space going.
When I first started writing this blog I loved the community of bloggers that I met. I can honestly say (and I hope that no one gets offended!) that I haven’t connected with fellow bloggers on the same level that I once connected with bloggers two years ago, when I first began writing.
I feel like the blogging community that I once loved has recently taken a turn for the worst and that the “community” is now one big competition. It feels like a silly rat race of who will get the most GFC followers, or Twitter followers, or Instagram followers, etc.
And really … what’s the prize?
Being so “number hungry” it’s actually very silly, because guess what? – those numbers, specifically GFC numbers, are NOT a clear indication of who actually reads a blog … in fact, GFC followers are typically just other Bloggers who use the Blogger.com platform, or people who signed up for GFC in order to enter giveaways and “follow via GFC”, which is one of the hottest giveaway entry trends right now.
To be honest with everyone, when I decided to offer advertising options, and when I started hosting group giveaways, it was because everyone else was doing it. It felt like something that I had to do once I hit X amount of followers and Y amount of pageviews, to prove that I meant business in the “blog world”.
Don’t misunderstand me – I appreciate every single person who invests their hard earned money on advertising with me … and what first started out simply as “the thing to do” has grown into something where I genuinely enjoy picking out my favorite items from shops, and my favorite blog posts from bloggers, and passing them on to my “followers” to enjoy, too.
I think sponsoring blogs and participating in giveaways are fantastic ways to market yourself and to get your name out there to an audience who all share at least one common interest, the blogger who you’re advertising with.
But I want “followers” and “fans” who actually care about what I have to say – I don’t want people who just stop by, hit the Follow via GFC button or “like” my page on Facebook and never return again.And I want people to follow the blogs and the businesses that advertise with me because they are happy that they were introduced to them … I don’t want people to follow a blog or business that advertises here just in hopes of winning something from the group giveaway.
So, to answer my “Should I continue blogging?” question, which I asked up above before this post went haywire and all over the place – yes, I will continue blogging.
But I will continue blogging for me.From here on out – I want people to “follow” my blog because they enjoy what I publish here.Or, unfollow me if you think it’s crap. That’s fine too.I’m over playing the numbers game.
While I may not have Photoshop or an expensive sense of fashion, I do have heart … which I pour into most everything that I publish here … and that’s what you’ll find here – my heart, my voice, my journey, my interests, and my life – all of which are much more relatable than the number of followers I have on Facebook.
So, with all of that being said – let’s try to bring the true community back to blogging, shall we?