One of my absolute favourite bloggers, Zoe London, just wrote a very heartfelt and honest post about the pressures of blogging, making money and everything that comes along with being a successful blogger and I really felt for her as I read every word.
Let's face it. I don't think I have ever encountered another blogger, no matter how big or small, who has not once dreamt of making it big. Hell, I took even once deleted an entire year's worth of blog, great content and hard work because I didn't have many followers, didn't think anyone was reading and I had failed. I really did beat myself up about it.
There is such a stigma around the blogging world that if you don't make money and you don't have a bazillion likes on your latest picture or your last tweet wasn't RT'd over a million time, that you're not doing very well but we should all remember; that's not what blogging should be about.
Don't get me wrong, I still get excited when I hit a follower milestone, or get lots of views but I really try not to let that be the reason I'm doing it.
Blogging should be about expressing your individual creativity, owning your own personal space on the internet to communicate whatever you want; for yourself. Yes, there are some who make it big, gain thousands upon thousands of followers and are presented with amazing, life changing opportunities. And then there are some bloggers who won't make it, but it's not because they aren't any good. Nobody can be bad at blogging. There is no right, there is no wrong.
Blogging can now see normal people shot into the limelight overnight. Behind them are hoards of bloggers who haven't made it and, as Zoe said in her post, there could be some feelings of guilt to be living a dream that so many others strive for. But why is this the focus?
No blogger should feel pressured to make money, to conform to certain ideals or to compromise their individuality for their blog. And on the other hand, those who do make it should be thankful, and not take it for granted. It could be swiped from underneath your feet by the next blogger before you've had time to tweet it.
I couldn't imagine being in that world. I've had my little blog for a few years now and I blog when I can, around my full time job, and sometimes I get sad that I'm not as popular as others, but sometimes I look at my blog and think, look at what I did all by myself! That's what we should all be thinking, all the time.
Well done to all of us for embracing our little space on the internet and creating a gigantic community that is available to everyone who has something to say. Be supportive of other bloggers around you, be grateful for the opportunities it can present you and always keep your feet on the ground.
But most importantly, above everything else; be you. Always remember why you started blogging, be thankful for the path it takes you on but never let it compromise your happiness.
To Zoe (and every other blogger), your positivity and authenticity is what makes me love your blog, and you. Please don't choose the blogging world over your own personal happiness. This community will be here for you if you post once a day or once a month, whether you have 10 followers or 1,000,000, we should be a family.
Definitely couldn't have squeezed all that into a tweet! Lol x
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