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Blogging: Is it worth it?

Let me start off by saying that I love blogging. I love having a creative outlet, I love being able to write about things I want to write about. I’m lucky enough to be able to work as an editor for a day job, as well as doing freelance writing, but obviously I’m given certain topics, and blogging gives me full creative freedom.

Why blog?

For me, blogging has never been about getting freebies or going to events. I love the community, and the people I’ve met and talked to as a result of blogging, but blogging was a way for me to write and express myself. In fact, I’ve never received a product for review, or been invited to any event. For me, that’s okay, but it becomes very hard not to start comparing myself to other bloggers, who have more followers, better photos, amazing collaborations etc…

One thing I’ve noticed recently, and as a 28-year-old, I find it funny to even be typing it, but I feel like I’m ‘old’ for a blogger – especially a relatively new blogger. I’ve actually had a blog since I was about 23, but it was more of an online diary for me rather than something I shared around, it’s only been the last year or so that I’ve chosen to share my posts and work hard to engage on social media. And I love it, I really do. I get a jolt of joy every time I see I have a comment, or a new follower or someone shares my post.

There are SO many incredible blogs out there, so many inspiring people wanting to give their thoughts and opinions on every topic under the sun, and it’s absolutely amazing that they can have a space on the internet where they can do that. But I do have moments where I think, “What’s the point?” – does anyone read my blog? Would anyone notice if I never posted again? (This isn’t a solo pity party, it’s just how it is!)

The blogging game

I was having a conversation on Twitter earlier with Maria about the follow/unfollow game on Instagram, and it genuinely made me a little sad, because I feel like a lot of the fun has gone out of blogging and sharing, because of the desire to get more likes, more followers etc – I’ll hold my hands up, I’m totally guilty of spending hours trying to get the perfect photo to keep it in line with the theme of my Instagram, which seems ridiculous when I type it – and yet I lose followers (and yes, I notice!) if I post a picture that doesn’t “fit” – even if the photo itself is a zillion times better than the others!

I want to carry on blogging, because as I said, I love it; I love writing, I love creating and I love reading other people’s blogs, but I’m going to try and find the joy in it again, not compare myself and my blog to all the others out there and write and share what I want to!

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  • I for one love your blog posts, they’re some of my favourite to read. Definitely got me through some days at work during the Summer. I blog for me, I write about the days I want to remember and the things I’m passionate about. If someone else wants to read, great, I’m grateful for it but if no one did, that’s fine cos I have my own little outlet and diary to look further down the line. As for Instagram, again, I just post what I want. Occasionally I’ll stage a photo if I have absolutely nothing to post but other than that it’s a collection of where I’ve been or what I love. Think of it first and foremost as for you, you blog for you, no one else. The rest is just a bonus xx

    Ps. Ash thinks your blog looks very pretty and professional x

    • Thank you 🙂 that’s so lovely to hear – and just what i needed to hear, I’ll carry on doing it for me 🙂 xxxx
      Ps. Thank you Ash!!

  • Ellis Woolley

    Your blog is so beautiful, I think I’ll just roam around for the next couple of hours drinking coffee and feeling inspired 🙂 Ellis x

    http://www.elliswoolley.blogspot.com

  • Melanie Mason

    I hope you do find the joy again! This was my first visit to your blog (thank you twitter!) but this post really spoke to me. I’m pretty new to blogging too (I did have an online dating a few years ago and have done online journaling for years) and I’m 32, so I’ve got you beat there! I feel exactly the same as you though. The thrill of a comment or a new follower, wondering if anyone actually reads or cares. I really relate to it all. And you’re right, the blogging community is amazing. I never realised it in my previous attempts but I’ve really discovered how much is a community it is in the last couple months.

    Keep it up, this was my first visit to your blog but I’ll definitely be back!

    (P.S. I’m extremely jealous you work as an editor! My day job is slowly draining me of my sanity and I would love to do something like that!)

  • Ravenclaw Read It

    I hope you do find the joy again! This was my first visit to your blog (thank you twitter!) but this post really spoke to me. I’m pretty new to blogging too (I did have an online dating a few years ago and have done online journaling for years) and I’m 32, so I’ve got you beat there! I feel exactly the same as you though. The thrill of a comment or a new follower, wondering if anyone actually reads or cares. I really relate to it all. And you’re right, the blogging community is amazing. I never realised it in my previous attempts but I’ve really discovered how much is a community it is in the last couple months.

    Keep it up, this was my first visit to your blog but I’ll definitely be back!

    (P.S. I’m extremely jealous you work as an editor! My day job is slowly draining me of my sanity and I would love to do something like that!)

    P.P.S Sorry for a duplicate comment (I may have deleted the previous one). I meant to sign in with my Twitter but posted before it was too late and had to start over! 🙂

    • Yay it’s back!
      Ahh thank you so much – as i said on Twitter, it genuinely means so much to me when i know someone has actually read something I’ve written! But it is such an amazing community which definitely helps with motivation!
      I’m lucky with my day job, but i love being able to write more creatively with a blog – such a good outlet!

      • Ravenclaw Read It

        Glad I made you smile, I know exactly how that feels. And I’ve shared this post, not just for the feel good factor but also because I really do love what you’ve said. 🙂

  • Zara Lonsdale

    Blogging is a great outlet but there are times it can be a little disheartening. I hope you find the happiness in it again soon. Fantastic post! Xx

    Itsallzara.blogspot.co.uk

  • Areilia Skyes

    I had a semi-successful blog a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but I’ve found the blogging world has changed a lot since then – the whole idea that you need to have an Instagram ‘theme’ bothers me, variety is the spice of life after all. And the whole follow/unfollow culture is out of hand. What ever happened to just following blogs you enjoy reading?! I’m trying to enjoy the whole process like I used to, but in order to do that I think I may need to avoid Instagram as much as possible, which is sad. Great read btw. x

    • Ahh thank you 🙂 I know what you mean – I also had a different blog with a friend a few years back which did pretty well, but it’s all very different now! It’s such a shame as I love Instagram and the whole idea but the culture of it just makes it such hard work rather than the fun it should be! x

  • francesca

    This is so real!! I love writing so thats why ai initially made my blog but I didn’t realise how many blogs were out there and how it’d be a struggle to get noticed and views!! I think as bloggers we ALL go through moments of feeling inadequate in the blogging world but persistamce wins and if it makes you happy its worth it!

  • Nadia

    Girl, I couldn’t have my name written all over this more!! Yes to all of the above!
    Blogging is an incredible thing and I genuinely can’t imagine my life/future without it (imagine a 90-year-old me typing away posts lol).
    Even though I haven’t been blogging for long (I take my hat off to you for doing it for 5 years – that’s amazing!) but I have definitely learned a whole lot in almost 2 years.
    One of the main things being the sheer appreciation for each person who actually managed and WANTED to read my post from top to bottom, and didn’t just skim or left a comment for the sake of leaving a comment/getting attention/leaving a link (all that jazz). I will take one genuine reader over 100 ghost followers. The follow/unfollow game is not even funny any more, and the questions people ask on social media are even more ridiculous. I have actually screenshot a conversation on Facebook re all this which I am going to refer to in my upcoming post. Partially because of my offline commitments (two jobs, family, maintaining a home & having a social life) and mostly because of the fact that I felt so discouraged by people who are numbers hunters, I started posting less and less. It’s quite sad because I LOVE blogging! I have been planning my content and thinking about it (and actually building my community rather than worrying about numbers) so I am definitely getting back on track 🙂 Thanks for this post & sharing your thoughts, lovely.
    Also, thanks for your follow on Bloglovin’. It’s not about a number but being able to connect with fellow bloggers. Sometimes you never know who you’re going to discover, love and read every day 🙂
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  • You’re not old. The first bloggers are older than you. The follow/unfollow game is so annoying. I love blogging and writing too! xx Corinne

  • The unfollowfollow game is the worst! Honestly, why some people bother being like that I don’t know! I love blogging and writing and sharing my thoughts online too but sometimes I feel like such a muppet for even bothering as I am by no means a big blogger (or even a medium-sized one)! I just like wittering away online! Xx

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk