Lately I’ve been talking a lot about blogging with folks. Everyone has a blog these days or wants to start one. For some there has been some great fortune and fame but for me blogging started as a project that turned into a great creative outlet for me. I don’t see how some folks actually live off of blogging (kudos to you that do) I just do this for fun. This is why my posting is now so much less than when I first started and wanted to build readers. Cutting back has helped me really enjoy blogging again – there’s no pressure! But what I am noticing is that there is a shift in the blogosphere.
I told someone last year I thought blogging had reached a peak. The web is now oversaturated with street style, what I wore, beauty and lifestyle blogs. Twitter sounds more like folks fighting to get someone’s attention instead of some of the great conversations that used to be had online. I unsubscribed from a lot of blogs I used to read because their content became commercials for other brands. Once bloggers started getting agents everyone wanted a piece of the pie and I think some expectations started to get ridiculous. And in the midst of it all, I just kept blogging the way that felt most comfortable to me. I’m not in this for money or even products (some of the product perks are nice, I won’t lie) but I love the community that comes from blogging.
I’ve made some great friends via this blog and Twitter. There are some people I’ve never met but when their email hits my inbox I smile and laugh with them like we’re old friends. I think the internet is amazing because of that. But unfortunately I start to frown when I see in my inbox the spam messages and emails that are like how can I get free stuff? Will you like my Facebook page? I even get frustrated by the emails from PR folks for things that 1. don’t have anything to do with my blog and 2. I never asked to be signed up for to get information. I killed my Facebook fanpage a while ago because I hate how much Facebook captures about people. I barely even post on my personal page these days.
If I never blogged another day my makeup collection would still be insane, I would still buy a million pairs of shoes and my accessories collection would continue to grow. I don’t have intentions on quitting this blog anytime soon but I do have intentions of not responding to emails that don’t feel genuine and tweets to get me to check out your blog. I’m over all of that, I really am.
I guess what my mini rant is saying is that if you want my advice on blogging – be genuine. Talk about what you love and share that with folks. I don’t photograph my outfit every day because I don’t love what I wear every day and I don’t have time to do that every day either. Stop looking at stats and think about if you wrote something funny or witty or bold. Take your own pictures. Actually swatch makeup or show us what it looks like on you (I hate nothing more than just a photo of a tube of lipstick – what does it look like on your lips?!) and be honest. Do all of that and I will gladly add you to my Google Reader.