I’m going to start by saying I love blogging. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it once more with feeling. Blogging really is one of the best things I’ve ever started. It’s has opened a million and one doors, given me some amazing opportunities and don’t even get me started on the kick ass, blogging besties that it's brought into my life!
But, let it be said that for every positive there is undoubtedly going to be a negative, it’s what keeps the universe all balanced and shiz. So with that in mind, and wanting to keep the blogging universe all balanced and shiz here’s a few things I don’t like about blogging.
Pictures of ALL the things. All of them, gadgets and gizmos, whoosits and whatsits galore to the point where my phone memory is so full, I have to strategically delete Uber on the way to an event, and then Emoji Blitz on the way home just so I can reinstall Uber to actually get home. I have too many pictures on my phone - and the frustrating thing is that they are of things. Let’s say I go out for a meal with friends. I will take a snap of the awning out-front, the menu, the fancy water jug, the Insta-worthy presented pasta, the funky light fixture and the remnants of my lemon torte. What I don’t have are any pictures of my friends or sober selfies.
Do me a favour, go through you’re phone and tell me if your’s any different?
If it didn’t go on social media then it didn’t happen. Maybe this isn’t an entirely blogger thang, but I do think the only reason I feel this way is because I blog. I have actually sat bolt upright in the middle of the night when it’s suddenly dawned on me that I went to a place, did a thing and didn’t share about it on social media. And it actually made me feel bad. Bad? Bad! How ridiculous is that? Sometimes it really can feel like I’m not doing something for me, I’m just doing it to get a picture or a post out of it…speaking of which…
If it won’t make for a blog post then what’s the point? Why eat at the same restaurant twice when you’ve already blogged about it…unless, could it be? A change in menu? OK - then that justifies a visit…just. I love how blogging justifies every purchase I probably shouldn’t make but then I can’t remember the last time I just bought something without thinking about how many blog posts or Insta shots I can get out of it. And if it wouldn’t make for a semi-decent post? Well, I guess blogging can save me some money too!
Numbers, numbers, everywhere but not a follower in sight! No matter how many times I say I won’t look into the numbers, I have to go and look at the numbers. That feeling when you hit a milestone but feel like you can’t really celebrate because you’re firmly in the ‘it’s not about the numbers’ camp, you really really want to celebrate but you also know the curse of celebrating - and shouting about levelling up is bound to loose you 5-10 followers in 5-10 minutes. Standard. Try it. Works every time.
You can’t be a nobody even when you’re a nobody. You can’t be a blogger without a zillion plus just one more social media account. You can’t be a nobody, you can’t not share. The less you share, the less interaction you get, and the less interaction you get the fewer followers you have and we all know, followers make the wheels on the blog go round and round. I have, hand on heart, freaked myself out when I’ve realised I haven’t posted anything other than blog promo on Twitter for a day - I don’t want people to think I’m a lifeless self plugging nobody do I? DO I? Which reminds me…I haven't tweeted in a while…
It’s all swings and roundabouts, and whilst this might be a post of downs, there are more than enough up’s of being a blogger that make these little quirks and irks worth putting up with!
Being a blogger is a funny old thing, innit?
Until next time,