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.
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.
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!