Blogging is my favourite hobby, I can’t stop thinking about it when i’m at work and it’s the first thing I want to do when I have some spare time. I’ve never stuck to a hobby for over 2 and a half years before and for the majority, it’s been a happy relationship. But, like a lot of people at the moment, I’ve been having a little rocky moment.
There’s been a lot of tension in the blogging world recently, so i’m certainly not the only one who is feeling it or writing about it. I tend to keep out of it all and just keeping doing my own thing which has worked pretty well over the last 2 and a half years but something recently has ruffled my feathers. It’s not anything in particular but it’s just a kind of feeling.
I’ve worked really hard and consistently to bring original content as often as 3 times a week to my blog, do you have any idea how much work that is? How much creative brainpower it takes to think of 3 different posts every week? The answer is a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever put so much effort into something in my entire life.
Now, before you start thinking I sound like a dick or that I’m ungrateful, let’s just not. I’m incredibly grateful for everyone that reads my blog, interacts with me, comments and talks to me on social media, but it’s not really about that. I don’t know, maybe I thought after all this time I’d have more things to show for my effort? I’ve had a handful of sponsored post opportunities after all this time and I don’t get sent any PR samples or get invited to events. I often think to myself, what is this all for? Then I’m left feeling uninspired and my content suffers. I feel like this is a thing everyone thinks about but doesn’t speak about. Maybe we’d all stop feeling so alone and downhearted if we opened up a little more about the downsides of blogging.
I have to remind myself that I do this for myself and I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of writing and sharing my life and random thoughts with the world. I love documenting the important events in my life and talking about important issues that should be talked about. I feel like in some small way I’m making a difference but yet, I often think, would the blogging world even notice I’m gone if I just stopped?
It really is a love/hate relationship for me at the minute, am I just carrying on with this because it’s a routine I’m stuck in? Would anyone even miss me if I decided to stop? What would I do if I didn’t have my blog to keep me busy in the evening? I honestly just don’t know how I’m feeling about it at the minute because my thoughts flick from one side of the scale to another. All I know is that we need to open up the discussion about it a lot more and stop being afraid to say things in fear of being shamed.
I want my blog to be a free space for me to talk about these issues and for me to engage with my readers, if I can’t be honest with you guys, then who can I be?
What are your thoughts on the bloggersphere at the minute? Have you had any of these thoughts or worries? Do you struggle with the pressures of blogging? Please let me know in the comments below as I’d love to know i’m not the only one!