Sunday, February 3, 2013

On Blogging

I'm currently having a blogistential crisis.

I love blogging. I love letting out my thoughts, being creative, documenting my life, getting inspired, and connecting with random new friends. But sometimes I get bogged down with the crap of it all. The constant need for everyone to have as many followers as possible. The follow me and I'll follow you. The consumerism of it all. The not feeling as good as so many others. The pressure to make your blog into something; that you're not really a blogger if you don't have sponsors and affiliate links and go to blogger conferences and get free shit from companies. It makes blogging less fun. It makes it another way for you to feel bad about yourself. And competitive.


And I've decided I don't like that.


I don't want to feel bad when I look at other blogs, blogs I don't even really like, and realize they have thousands more followers then me.
I don't want to do posts that aren't me just because I think it will get me more followers.

I'm not sure what that means for this blog.

But for now, I'm going to just step away from trying and instead gain inspiration from bloggers who don't give an eff and blog just to blog.

And really, this blogging business isn't that serious.

We're not curing cancer here.

And I have a feeling if I stop caring so much, it will be a whole lot more fun.

/rant

I know you would Ryan, I know you would.
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6 comments:

  1. i know what you mean about comparison, it's hard not to compare myself to others...esp in terms of fashion. i just can't shop for new clothes every week, and if i do it's normally at target or f21...but i'm okay with that :)

    i also really like your use of "blogistential"..ha! :)

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    1. Thanks hun and I think you're awesome F21, Target, or whatever!

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  2. Wow, what a great post. We really aren't curing cancer!! As long as you are enjoying your blog and writing, that's all that matters!!! It shouldn't be a competitive thing, but everything always turns competitive - which sucks. I love your blog for just the way it is! :)

    Fanny
    www.pinstripedpenguin.com

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    1. Thanks so much Tiffany, right back atcha!!

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  3. I'm with you! I think there's definitely a fine balance between "working" to gain followers and enjoying blogging. I don't care so much to follow those 1000+ blogs because I don't like them too much. I HATE seeing sponsor giveaways (follow 15 people + twitters + more) and maybe win. BORING. I stopped following a lot of those recently. I've yet to upgrade to "real" sponsors. I'd rather just swap buttons and support those blogs I love to read daily. Staying true to me, I try to keep it focused on my life and what I love. Stay true to you :)

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    1. I completely agree. The sponsor giveaway thing is what pushed me over the edge this week. I found myself following all these blogs I didn't even like just to win something and it just wasn't fun and wasn't true to me!

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