Well hello there. It has been a while hasn’t it?  Did you miss me? Did you even notice I was gone? Well……..? Anyway I am back. Did I miss much? Did I miss the demise of blogging? Things seem to have got a whole lot different around here.

In the past year I have seen a huuuuuuge change in the world of blogging. The biggest change seems to be blogs disappearing left, right and centre and the growth of the instagram ‘influencer’ (yes, I did just throw up in my mouth using that word). Beautiful people no longer need a blog to showcase their style (or sometimes lack of) to the world. People no longer need to write or read huge blog posts when we can just quickly look at a photograph and know where everything is from in an instant. But am I just old school in the fact that I still love blogs and love reading what people have to say rather than generic instagram captions? Is blogging going to survive this new influencer craze? In my opinion – yes! And here is why I never want you to stop blogging.

For me blogging is not just about the imagery – the writing is a huge part of why I follow who I follow. Just for the same reasons that magazines have always been popular – I enjoy reading blogs. Whether this is an article on someones outfit or what they did last Saturday night – I could spend hours reading them. The imagery is just an added bonus. I am constantly blown away with the standard of writing and images on blogs. So many amazing writers and photographers are creating work that simply can’t be shared on instagram and the likes. Some of the best blogs just need one photograph to draw you in and you will stay for the writing.

I have always felt there is a more personal touch to blogs. People seem to be more open and relaxed when it comes to blogs – maybe there just isn’t the same pressure to be perfect like on other platforms. I feel like I know people better from blogs and have a sense of what type of person they are. Social media is more driven to people only showcasing the perfect parts of their lives, whereas blogs seems to be a space for people to share everything – good and bad. Sometimes we need to know we are not the only person who is feeling the way we feel or going through the things we are – reading about other people with the same experiences as you can be such a massive help, as is finding out how other people dealt with things. 

From a bloggers side of things – I feel like my blog is my escape, my place to write down all the nonsense in my head and talk about the things I want to talk about. There is no pressure on me to make sure I am constantly posting to keep my likes up and keep myself on people’s radars. I also don’t need to keep up with any trends when blogging – I can blog about any damn thing I want. Blogs really are a safe space to share your love of anything.

If I am going to spend my hard earned cash on something I want a full review of it. I want to know every detail of the skirt I want to buy, how the eyeshadow applies and what toppings I can pick for my pizza at that newly opened restaurant. Only blogs can give me this info and go into great depth about it. if I want to know anything about  basically anything – you can guarantee someone has written a blog post on it! How amazing is that?!
I feel like Instagram is creating a post a picture and move onto the next item culture, especially when it comes to fast fashion items. I want to know whatever someone is plugging to me is worthy and they aren’t just telling me it is for the money. Of course there is always been this problem on the blogging side of things too – but as I mentioned before, I think its a lot easier to gauge the type of person they are from their blogs. I could write a whole other blog post on instagram and the negative side to it – but I am sure there have been many blogs already written on this subject (cough cough….. why do brands keep using girls that all look the same and dress the same……).

Instagram just appeared one day – which means one day it could just disappear. Yip, all your photos and followers gone! You don’t own social media so you have no control over it – whereas your blog is yours! People have been keeping diaries and been writing things online for years – it isn’t just going to disappear in my opinion. This is why I never want anyone to stop blogging. Only someone who has created and updated a blog knows the work that goes into it, but trust me, it is worth it – even if just one person reads it and likes it. I will always champion the blogger. I will always read blogs. And, if I can, I will always update mine. Don’t let social media kill the written word. Support your favourite bloggers!

With Love, your mode nach mir…