How many times have you seen a blogger say, ‘Blogging isn’t what it used to be’ or that ‘blogging get’s them down so much’ – or something similar? I feel like 2017 has seen so many of us need more time away from this community, or totally give up on it all together; and it makes me sad. Blogging has completely turned my life around for the better, and I love it so much. But I really do feel like there is so much we could be doing to make it better. I don’t want to see this community lose it’s passion, and it feels like that’s what’s happening. I’m only basing this on what I see day in and day out on Twitter, Instagram, and through reading many blogs. To me, it feels like we need to change things.
Here’s how I’m proposing we do it.
1. READ MORE BLOGS.
I genuinely think a huge load of us in the blogging community spend so much time on Twitter (or Instagram) that we don’t make as much time for actually READING blogs anymore. It’s so weird, but I noticed it happening to myself this year and I soon pulled myself together. I spend every single day promoting my blog, but soon I found I was barely reading any each week. If we carry on this way, I really think the blogging community is going to lose all the brilliance it once had. I don’t want to be asking people to read my work, when I don’t even bother reading anyone else’s. I want to be PART of a community, not simply dropping my link in it each day. I absolutely understand if people disagree here, but I just honestly reckon the community will be so much better if we all spend just one hour less on Twitter, and use that time to browse our fave blogs – or even better – find new ones!
2. MAKE COMMENTING A PRIORITY AGAIN.
The blog comment was big in the old days, it was HUGE. It was in fact, the only way original bloggers interacted with each other before social media took over. I can totally understand why blog comments are few and far between now these days; we can instantly tweet our fave people telling them we loved their newest post, and in turn help promote it to others too which is awesome. But here’s the thing; the blog comment is important for many reasons. Not just because it looks good (especially when brands are considering working with us); but it’s important for our own resilience within the blogging community. When I feel down on myself, when I feel like I’m the worst blogger ever, when I start comparing myself to others; y’know what saves me? BLOG COMMENTS. I’ll read over my posts and see the thoughtful, genuinely, lovely comments left by my readers and it’ll remind me that people ARE reading, and do care. The blog comment is the greatest way to feel like your body of work is making a difference out there, in internet land. Tweets are great, of course! But soon lost in the feed. A blog comment is there forevz. G’wan, show your favourite blogger you’ve visited and care!
3. DON’T ENGAGE IN NEGATIVITY.
Okay, this one is tricky. Before you instantly judge me and assume I want everything to be all sunshine and rainbows – hear me out! There are times when nasty people pop up, there are times when things aren’t right, and there are times when an injustice has been done; and I totally understand and agree that we all need to speak up when this happens. HOWEVER, I desperately wish as a whole, we can all really try to make the community less bitchy. Because let’s face it, it’s gotten so much worse than it used to be, hasn’t it?! Is there anyone who disagrees?? I’d love if people even just took a moment before they decided to start subtweeting, calling someone out publicly, starting an argument or jumping on a bandwagon. Is it necessary? Has it been said already? Are you adding anything useful to the conversation? Who will this affect and how? Does this feel good? I have definitely said things or engaged in things I wish I hadn’t; I’m no angel. But I’ve learned from it and I’m trying my best to make a conscious effort not to engage. I hope others will too tbh.
4. FIND THE JOY.
This one is easier said than done, but I’d absolutely love if we could all put less pressure on ourselves when it comes to blogging. It’s so easy these days to compare yourself to the bloggers with millions of followers, the girls on magazine covers, the guys with the most professional and polished photographs, or the blogger mail you’d chew your own arm off for. Try to remember why you started blogging, and only challenge yourself because of the utter ecstasy you feel when you really nail a post. Don’t challenge yourself because so-and-so has just gotten more followers than you or done something you’d love to do. Write about things you love, try to make your posts a little more quirky and creative, have fun with photography, and loosen up a little. Whatever it is that really makes you tick; focus on that good stuff and let the rest pass you by.
5. SUPPORT DIVERSITY.
The blogging community is NOT diverse enough. Well, no, the blogging community is totally diverse I guess. What I really mean is, we’re not accurately representing that community well enough. If an alien came down and did a little quick research into what the hell blogging was; it would probably assume that we’re all white, thin, able bodied, quite well off and female. The truth is far from it, and it’s bloody shoddy representation to be honest. There are some amazing black/disabled/male/asian/poor/fat/working class bloggers out there, and they aren’t getting the recognition or respect that they deserve. Make a real effort to find these bloggers, support their work, and help them feel part of this community. I can do better, we all can. I truly think blogging can help change the world in many ways; but we need to acknowledge right now that this is a problem, and actively take steps to change it. We start with our community, then we take on the world!
What do you guys think? Can we make this community better?
I want to save this special little corner of the internet, and I hope you guys do too.
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