Many would agree that blogging has become something of the past, maybe slightly unfashionable now. With YouTubers and Instagrammers killing it on social media, who really wants to blog anymore anyway? Well, I kinda do. I love blogging, and I love reading other blogs. Plus I prefer to be vintage than on trend lol! So when everyone’s onto the ‘new cool thing’, I’ll just have started to get the swing of YouTubing! Oh well!
With all the competition, and with the fact that blogging has become a little ‘flat’ in comparison to vlogging for example, you have to work much harder to get yourself out there and keep up with it all. But I’ve recently realised one thing. That even with all the competition, there’s one reason we read some blogs and not others. It’s not necessarily to do with the content (although this is usually why we come across particular blog), it’s because we’re drawn towards the person that’s writing the content.
We are drawn to how they write, the photos they post, how honest they are, who they are, what drives them, if they have certain similarities to us (the reader). We want to know more about the blogger and what they do in their lives, how they’ve gotten to be where they are today and what products they use to keep their skin beautiful, or their house clean, or where they buy their babies clothes. We want to know about them.
There are a few bloggers, who are in my eyes, extremely successful at what they are doing. Not necessarily because they are earning a ton of money from blogging, or because they’re extremely well known, but simply because they write interesting content that I enjoy reading, they are genuine, lovely people and no matter the statistics, they keep posting.
When I started blogging…
So I started to blog years ago now. I started on BlogSpot. I also had a Tumblr (which I still do today, very untouched nowadays though). Writing little bits here and there. I also loved to write diaries, notes and creative ideas down, just for myself. My inspiration definitely came from my love of writing diaries.
Two years ago, I decided to blog on WordPress, but although I knew I wanted to blog, I guess I wasn’t completely sure on my direction. I wanted to be a ‘Lifestyle Blog’ so that I could cover all my interests from fitness and family, to travel and beauty, and just my life in general. Plus, I wanted to write honestly about how I feel about particular things in life, about my issues, things I find hard, what I love doing, what I believe in, and so forth. But every time I started to write an honest post, I feared for the reaction, not from strangers, but from those closest to me.
But as these years have gone on, I feel I’m much more equipped and strong enough to face questions or confrontation on any of the things I may put up on the blog. At the end of the day, I write because it’s a form of therapy and I feel a release from sitting down, writing what I want, perfecting something that I feel is worthy of posting, and then pressing that big PUBLISH button and hoping that someone out there has enjoyed or gotten something out of what I have written. I do it because it feels good.
Where I want to go from here…
I didn’t go into this full swing, I was pretty blind to how it all worked anyway. It’s taken a few years to actually understand all this blogging malarkey! But now I get it, and I am working very hard on keeping my posts regular, growing my ATW community and my followers on my social media channels. I would absolutely love to get more serious and get more honest. I want to meet more bloggers and support them too. Collaborations sound great, as long as the interests are the same. And I want to reach out to companies that I want to work with, whether that be for posts on the blog, or to write freelance for a brand that I am passionate about. That’s what I’d love to do.
This year, I also have goals to grow my YouTube channel. Once we are in our new house, I am going to have my very own space for Youtube videos and blogging, which I am super excited for!
So, if you do fancy working with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll get back to you in due time to discuss whether or not I feel the brand or collaboration would work with All The World. These are the topics I cover:
If you’re a blogger/vlogger, please say hi, introduce yourself, and let’s be friends! Thanks for popping by ATW blog today, please come back tomorrow as I’ve got a big reveal to do!!