Did you know in that in 1999 there was only 23 blogs on the internet? And in 2006 it had grown to 50 million, and now? There are an estimated 152 million blogs on the world wide web.
That’s a lot of people who love writing and socialising on line.
I was late to the blogging game, having started this here blog at the age of 31 in 2015. Being that I’m a 80’s baby, I grew up with the internet really coming into it’s own when I was 14 or 15 years old and back then the internet was still a baby itself. Blogs like Zoella’s that really cemented mainstream blogging was still way off in the future. So the exposure I had to blogging (or weblog as it was then known) was minimal, if non exsistence.
Fast forward a number of years and it’s only since discovering Zoe’s blog since she transgressed over to Youtube, that the thought came to me that I should give this online diarising ago.
I opted for Blogger as my husband had been using it and recommended it to me as it was and still is free and so easy to use. I would one day like to try WordPress but I’ve always had the illusion it looks more complicated to navigate than Blogger. So for now I’m sticking to what I know.
With the blogging circles I mix in on line, there seems to be a large demographic of teens and 20 somethings blogging a wide variety of topics including make up, fashion, homeware and life events in general. I think it’s great that so many young people are into crafting the written word.
If I had been aware of blogging about 10 years ago and the success it would have, I’d like to think I’d be doing very well for myself!
Blogging to me has brought like minded people together, sharing common interests and helping those who are normally (like me) socially introverted have an audience to connect to.
I am pretty much a social recluse, opting for the sofa and my pj’s for any given evening (or day for that matter!), so I find blogging can help me feel part of a community from the comfort of my own sofa.
As you may of gathered I’m not a sociably outgoing person. You’ll not catch me painting the town red at the weekend, but I do love the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers in person. I instantly know I have a common ground with them, and I relish the opportunity to learn from others. Where I live on the south coast there isn’t a lot of blogger based events. These tend to be held in London and more of the cities ‘up north’.
Though I did go to a blogger meet up in Brighton in 2016 which was lot’s of fun. Think of a room of equally nervous and unsure bloggers swapping blog addresses, chatting about their online experiences and if you’re lucky a selection of branded products to photograph and review.
I personally don’t find these events particually nerve wrecking. I think this is due to me having to talk to a lot of people and customers through my line of work, so I can approach most people.
Where I personally fall short is upholding a conversation. Yes I can introduce myself, ask you about yourself. But a few minutes in I hit a social brick wall. I’m rubbish at using anecdotes for conversation fillers. At this stage I become introverted, go into my own mind and start thinking what on earth to say to sound engaging and interesting and say something of merit. So if you meet me and I go quite after a few minutes, it’s simply a case of it being me, not you!
And whilst the blogging community I have found is generally a community that champions other bloggers, I have begun to see there is an ugly side lingering in the background. I have seen tweets from a few what I would call ‘high profile’ bloggers, sharing their experiences at the hands of trolls.
From down right abusive messages, to falsely reporting the the blogger to the Advertising Standards Authority to other malicious wrong doings. I can’t say I know why people are driven to do this. Maybe their jelous? Maybe the haven’t got fulfillment in their own lives, that they get a kick out of bringing down others? What ever their excuse, it’s unjustifiable and breaks my heart to see others suffer at the hands of bullies. I don’t condone it and want to let anyone who has been at the recieving end of this, that I have your back and I know it’s a small token guesture but I want people to know they are not alone.
When I was at the recieving end of bullying at school I felt so alone, so I want to use my blog to let others know there is someone out there that supports them.
It’s like a Pandora’s box the internet and social media, far from being a box of delights, the internet has drawn out some of the worst in society. And that’s one of the things I don’t like about socialising online as it’s in my newsfeeds. I have started to mute certain keywords in Twitter to reduce the visability I have of the drama online.
And it’s sad really, as life is so short and there’s so much more worthwhile and life enhancing things that people could be doing instead of causing pain to others.
Bringing blogging back to a more upbeat tone, I do find being able to work brands on posts is a great perk to being a blogger. Some bloggers are driven to purely be about the endorsement and getting sent free products and whilst I don’t diss that, that isn’t what Abbie Chic is about.
I will be frank, I don’t get many offers from brands. My blog is really a toddler in the grand scheme of things, and the emails I do occasionally recieve I tend to turn down most of them. Be it from doing a trampoling review, reviewing menswear and products I would never use, I tend to send a polite thanks but no thanks.
The posts where I have collabed with a brand, I have made it clear so my readers know. I don’t know, but I feel being upfront is how I want to be on my blog. And I’ll always be honest. I never want to be a someone who coos over a brand, even if their product/s are pretty naff for the sake of looking good to the brand. If what I’m reviewing isn’t that good, then trust me I’ll say, but in a constructive and honest way as I’m not about shaming.
One of the personal struggles I have found with blogging is finding the time to blog. I work full time, so I have two days off a week which if I can, dedicate to to blogging. Last year I did post for while two posts a week. This would be my ideal posting schedule, but I find it very taxing finding the time to not only come up with different blog post idea’s much more often, but also managing to fit this in with work and other life commitments.So a few months ago I scaled back to posting once a week and I find it much more realistic goal. My aim for 2018 is to post consistently once a week (if I can) and focus on quality over quantity.Over my last few posts I have been paying attention to the quality of my posts and only posting when I am 100% with what I have created.
I would love to be able to blog full time, then I could do more regular posts and get much more involved with my blog, for example the SEO and the all the background working of my blog.So those are my musings on the topic of blogging, but I would love to know what your thoughts are?What do you love about blogging and what frustrates you? Leave a comment below and let me know.