Blogging is weird, right?
It’s like writing in a diary, but then leaving that diary out for all to see. If you don’t blog, I can see why this would seem a bit strange, and in a world where social media is king, where oversharing is rife, blogging might seem like yet another vanity. As a blogger you will often find yourself asking “who would even want to read this” and if you press publish, then on some level you believe that someone will.
Once a post is published, it is always lovely to get some nice responses, and in a busy world knowing that someone took the time to read and respond is so gratifying. It is even nicer to look back on a post, many months later and still smile when you read it, or feel captured again by that moment in time.
But blogging is so much more than that. It is sharing your experiences, not because you want to help or reach out to someone, but because sometimes sharing an experience makes it feel more permanent. In a fast changing world, just the act of writing something down can somehow ground it and if this resonates with someone else then suddenly you feel connected, you are taken out of the confines of your small corner of the world and are now part of something bigger.
But, as with everything, blogging is changing.
It is getting harder to just press publish and share your story. There are algorithms to muddy the waters, there is reach numbers that make no sense and there are so many platforms on which to share now, it seems that the community of blogging, and readers, is endlessly diluted.
Blogging groups are fantastically supportive, especially the Irish Parenting Bloggers group, but so much of blogging is now related to advertising, branding and sponsored post. Blogging groups are drowning in post about expanding reach, upping your Facebook likes, improving your IG followers, and ways to beat the algorithms that seem to be designed to scupper all efforts to have your posts seen.
Sometimes it seems that if you are not part of all this, then you are being left behind.
I know the unbelievable hard work that can go into a sponsored post, and I have a huge amount of respect for those bloggers who take this on, but I realised a long time ago that this wasn’t for me.
So it has made me think again about why I blog.
I really think it comes down to this. When the passage of time has softened the edges of my memories, when “you were born at 10.13am” becomes “you definitely arrived before lunch” I want to have a record, a reminder of those moments that both made me and broke me as a parent and as a person. I want to look back on the narrative of our lives and see and read snapshots of how it was. I am happy to share these moments, because in it’s truest form, blogging is a modern version of storytelling, a time honoured tradition,but instead of around the fire or the kitchen table, we share the stories of our day in our space on the internet instead.
I love the idea of being part of a shared experience and although it seems that the sands of blogging are shifting around me, for now I will hold tight to why I started and see if I can weather this storm. And although I’m not a blogger who does reviews or sponsored posts, I hope that I that I can remain part of this wonderful community.
13 thoughts on “Blogging On The Margins”
I hope you stay too. I often find myself wondering what’s the point but then I think of past posts be realise all the things I would have forgotten if I hadn’t written them.down on my blog – from recipes to day trips to whatever.
Isn’t it funny how quickly the detail gets forgotten, for that alone I’m glad I blog. And thank you 😊
I love this, Elizabeth. It’s exactly why I blog too.
Thanks so much 😊, there’s still room for us…isn’t there?
Every one blogs for different reasons.. i absolutely love yours … x it comes from the right place
Thanks so much. And for sure, everyone blogs for different reasons, and blogs evolve and change. It’s what makes it interesting, but it can also make it harder to stay the same.
Lovely post, it is nice to have it brought back to its simplest form again. All the stats and numbers can be off putting and isolating X
Thanks Naomi, that’s so true…there can be a real sense of FOMO when you concentrate on those. Mind you, for those who put in huge work in promoting their blog, I’m sure it must be a well deserved thrill.
Don’t you dare leave us! Blogs come in all shapes and sizes, just like people.
I set out on mine to share, and things have developed a bit with doing some reviews and posts and Sonetimea I stop and so if that’s why I started to blog.
I love your comment about “before lunch”, great way of putting it.
Did I mention not to leave! Love your blog
Awwww, thank you!! I totally agree that blogs grow and change and that is wonderful, my fear was that in staying the same, I am in danger of becoming irrelevant, so I guess I needed to remind myself why I blog. Thank you as ever for your comments…and for recommending me to join IPB all those years ago…I doubt I’d still be blogging if it wasn’t for that 😘
Great post. Stay you. One of the best things about blogging is how individualised it is!
Thank you Denise, I actually was beginning to wonder if traditional blogging was out dated…it seems it’s not, and for that I’m delighted. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.