Bit of a controversial topic to put out there isn’t it, but it’s true, I do miss the old blogging days!
When everything wasn’t about sponsored posts, free products, events and money. Instead blogs were raw and bloggers wrote honest trustworthy reviews of things they purchased with their own money. Another thing was we all (well, majority) interacted with one another, regardless of your following count.
I’m sure a lot of blog lovers and bloggers can relate to this. Or maybe it’s just me?
I think what bugs me the most is that it’s really hard to know if bloggers are being genuine or not, do they actually like the product or are they being paid a shit ton of money so they have to ‘like it’?
Don’t get me wrong I think it’s amazing that bloggers make a living out of this and are getting given free products to try and wear! I mean who doesn’t want a gucci bag or a high end beauty product for free? It’s the dream right? But for me, I enjoy writing about the things that I honestly do love and would happily spend my hard earned money on! But, most importantly – sharing my honest feedback to you guys about said product, because I wouldn’t want anyone buying something that I secretly hated or just didn’t work for me. I just couldn’t do it.
I rarely (almost never) do sponsored posts. Yes I have been fortunate to have been given free products here and there, but I will give my honest feedback as I don’t want to bullshit anyone, regardless of whether the brand likes it or not!
On the other hand, is blogging dead? The likes of other big bloggers rarely blog anymore. For them it’s all about the money I suppose. YouTube and Instagram is where it’s at if you’re money driven! Instagram riles me a bit, but I’ll save that for another story…
But to answer the question, I would say yes and no, blogging is dying out as a lot of ‘influencers’ are giving up their blogs and making money else where. But regardless of the situation, that will never stop me from blogging as I don’t do it for money.
On a positive note, I do like how blogs have evolved over the years, to look more professional – clean looking designs with well lit photographs! I know some blog lovers dislike this as they think it’s ‘too overproduced/staged’. But, pretty photographs and flat-lays draw people in. Nobody wants to look at a really dark photo that’s blurry, right?
Another positive that has naturally happened over the years is that I love that blogging has become popular. Anyone can do it and anyone can relate.
I think it’s amazing that bloggers touch upon certain topics on health, relationships and current events while posting beautifully styled outfit or lifestyle posts to work alongside.
I find it so uplifting talking about my endometriosis battles and knowing that their are others out there suffering too! Of course, my thumbnail pictures are pretty flat-lays but the topic is more important.
As well as this, I love going into serious detail about my wedding planning and sharing my photographs with you all. I’ve had brides comment/email/message me on social media saying how helpful they are finding these posts and love how I styled everything! Even brides-to-be have been inspired to have their wedding at my chosen venue (cray)! It’s such a liberating feeling helping other brides-to-be on their special day.
And well, obviously I love sharing my thoughts on beauty products and my latest adventures in London stuffing my face and documenting the experience! We all love food so, it’s so great that anyone and everyone can relate and discuss whether they enjoyed eating there too!
I suppose I enjoy that ‘connection’ with my readers and other bloggers, and I feel that’s been lost with some bloggers now-a-days. I still have that connection with a few bloggers – the ones that spend extra time commenting back regardless of how big they are. And ya know what, it’s nice. Because at the end of the day, us small bloggers and readers are the ones that buy what they influence, and it goes a long way knowing that they’ve seen what you’ve written and had time to respond. It shows that they care.
I know the big bloggers cannot reply to every single person due to the sheer amount of comments they get on a variety of platforms, I totally get that, but I do appreciate it when they do. Inthefrow replies occasionally, as well as Amelia Liana (on Instagram) and it’s simply nice. It’s nice that they are interacting with us. (How many times can I say nice?!)
Is there a point to this post?
Maybe, maybe not.
I just wanted to get my thoughts out in the open.
I often feel like I am an outsider in the blog community, I don’t attend events when I’ve been asked a few times. To be frank, I think I’m seriously scared of actually being apart of that ‘world’ and being on my lonesome – standing in the corner like a loser, waiting for an extrovert to come talk to me. So, I’m quite happy sitting at home in my pyjamas with a cuppa awaiting for the Insta stories about ‘said’ event from other bloggers. I think it would be a different story if I had ‘real life’ blogger friends who I knew were going of course!
But regardless of everything, I still love the community, albeit I don’t know some sides of it very well. I just dislike the commericialness of the world, the dishonesty, the direction it has gone in and how it has changed some people.
I’m hoping it goes back to it’s old ways, but it most likely never will. It’s too far gone with the money at stake.
Ya know what I also miss – the days when you commented on a blog because you do actually relate to them. I’m quite lucky with my readers and fellow bloggers – they write such lovely words. But it does feel like some bloggers comment just for the sake of it sometimes. I suppose they do it to get their name out there – which isn’t a bad thing.
I think I just wanted to do a throw back to the past.
How this world will evolve over time is a mystery to me. Maybe everyone will get sick of blogging? (Not me I hope) Only time will tell.
But on this delightful Sunday evening (..in case you’re like hang on Zoey, it’s Morning morning! I wrote this on Sunday, just scheduling it in advance as you do…) with a glass of pink gin and tonic in my hand, I just wanted to pour out how I’m feeling about this… I hope you don’t mind.
I would honestly love to know how you feel about the whole ‘blogging community’ and where it’s gone. Please leave me a comment whether you agree or dislike – it’ll be interesting to see!