The other day, my friend Kristin shared her thoughts on how blogging has changed lately and how many bloggers we loved to follow decided to quit moving their content over Instagram or other social media. This made me reflect since I’ve been one of those who thought about quit blogging last year. I couldn’t see the benefits, I had lost my passion and I couldn’t find a way to get more engagement and still be myself.
Now I’m here, writing again and feeling grateful for keeping up with this space. I decided to stop planning and overthinking and scheduling and things like that and just BLOG. I blog when I have something to share and I try to keep this space alive using it to track stuff like my #TheUnreadShelfProject list and the guest posts I work on every month. And it feels good!
Kristin’s post made me realize that the reason why I started subscribing to productivity blogs was the lack of old-school blogs. And the reason why I tried to turn my blog into a professional portfolio was that’s what people expect from you nowadays.
When I tell people in real life that I run a blog, they always ask me: “A blog about what?” and that’s when I don’t know what to say. During my months of trial and errors, I fantasized about transforming this place in a book blog, a lifestyle blog, a productivity blog. Why my blog should be categorized? Why everybody suppose it’s about a single topic? This makes me realize how people are new to blogs, they think about the “modern” way of blogging that’s all about useful content around a single or a couple of topics, where you share content to get more followers.
And when I reply that my blog is about me and my life, they immediately lose interest, because that’s not cool to say. Having a personal blog doesn’t look cool. To look like an interesting girlboss, the answer should be: I’m a fashion blogger, I blog about lifestyle and products, or, the new COOL thing to say, I’m an influencer. I started blogging at that time when saying you were a blogger was like having a tattoo with the text WEIRDO of your forehead. People looked at you like you were a strange little creature, that’s why I basically told nobody about my past blogs. But if you’re not an author with a namesurname.com URL, then you should blog about something in order to make money to be a LEGIT blogger, according to people. Who cares about your thoughts, goals and opinions if you’re none of famous? Why keep a blog about that?
I will end my ramblings here because this is a topic I already touched in the past and I don’t want to repeat myself. Kristin’s post inspired me to dig deeper into my own thoughts on this whole blogging things and I wanted to share them here because I believe other bloggers are feeling the same way.