This post is one that has been bubbling away in my brain for several weeks now and in all honesty I’ve been wondering or not whether I should write it or not. Why? Because it could either be widely accepted or criticised. But here goes nothing.
So why the sudden wave of motivation to pen something that could be considered ‘controversial’? Well I’ve been sat here all afternoon having a much needed catch up with my favourites. No not my nearest and dearest, but my favourite bloggers and suddenly I feel the need to go for it.
The title of this post was inspired by the wonderful human that is John Sennett and his ‘I Blog Because’ campaign but the content has been inspired by the whole blogging community over the past few weeks, the ups and downs of being a blogger and the crap we all know exists but rarely talk about.
I blog because it makes me happy, because when I was younger I wanted nothing more than to grow up be a writer and because when it came to making my mind up aged 18 I wasn’t brave enough to follow my dreams.
I blog because I live in hope that one day it may lead onto bigger and better things, my blog is my portfolio an expression of who I am now and who I want to be in the future. I love the friends and contacts that I have made through what started out as my little hobby, thankful for all of the experiences that have landed in my inbox and for all of the wonderful gifts I have been sent.
But the more involved I become as a blogger, the more I start to question the industry.
And no I’m not saying any of this just to be controversial and make a name for myself – I’m ambitious, not desperate.
You see there are some people out there that don’t blog because they want to share their opinions on products, places or pass times, they don’t blog because it makes them happy or because it enables them to do something that they have aspired to do since they were kneehigh to a grasshopper.
They do it because they want to be seen at the latest openings, in the hottest restaurants and sampling the coolest new releases. They do it because they want to fill their goodie bags up with all the freebies they can get their hands on, fill up on complementary Pretzels and Prosecco and bad mouth anyone that is doing better than they are.
Who cares if that blogger you have watched progress from making videos on their webcam to the latest DSLR is going on more holidays than you get holiday allowance at work, they’ve worked bloody hard to get to where they are and they don’t get a holiday allowance so you can bet your last penny that they aren’t sitting around the pool all day soaking up the sun.
We should be enthusiastic about the successes of others, feel empowered by what they have achieved and done for the industry.
We need be more supportive of each other, I’m not saying we should ignore the dark side of blogging or be positive all of the time (because let’s face it there are times when it is pretty darn hard to be positive in this game) but we should celebrate what we have all achieved, how collectively we have created a new form of marketing and media and become respected for what we do.
Together we have created this industry, but divided, well let’s face it divided we won’t ruin it but we won’t make it better will we?
Let me know your thoughts below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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