Instead of working on my blog last week as I promised, I took a break. A much-needed break. I feel (somewhat) refreshed and ready to start a new week. Tia is helping me with a header but other than that, I haven’t done much. We’ll get there.
I think we all go through periods where we outgrow certain blogs and bloggers. I’m going through that stage currently. Because there’s such a push to go full-time, so many blogs seem like they’re written by a robot.
As I always say: you should write what you want. Someone will read it. Blog tips are great- I couldn’t have survived without them. Hell I’ve shared a few! But lately it seems as if more and more posts are created for the almighty dollar. There’s no personality. There’s no life. Posts could have very well been generated by a computer. Where’s the passion? Where’s the opinion? Where’s the mess?
Maybe it’s because I want to keep my blog as a creative outlet. Maybe it’s because I’ll never stop cursing or discussing politics. Maybe it’s because I’ll never stop having an opinion about everything. But if this space stops being ME, it loses the fun. I am who I am. I cuss. I drink. I speak up. I try to not offend anyone- truly. I would never purposely hurt feelings. But I am not a wasp.
When I discovered blogs on Pinterest, they were not blogs about blogging. The bloggers didn’t care about Instagram or Twitter followers. They were sharing their life: recipes, snapshots of the day, beauty tips, etc. I wanted to start my own blog because I loved writing. I was doing it every day for work, but not in the creative manner I craved. I always had people asking about my makeup so I started by sharing beauty tips. I’ve dabbled in other things: a recipe here or there, tales of meltdowns, a DIY or two, and, of course, the Blogging Basics series with Anne. I did not feel qualified to do that series, but those were some of my most-read posts. I remember at one point discussing moving forward with the series because it was so popular. But even through that, I didn’t want to lose my voice. I wanted to be honest. I wanted to be me. I think that’s why it worked so well for us both. Without seeing the blog, you could read the content and know which was mine and which was Anne’s. Even when we shared the same information it was like reading two different blogs. Because it was.
I love playing the game as much as anyone. I’m competitive. But I think the issue is that many people go into blogging now with the intention of making money and leaving their jobs. The economy forced an entrepreneurial society which has brought us companies we can’t imagine living without today. And let’s face it: people don’t stay in jobs for 30+ years anymore. We saw our parents struggle and work long hours and we know there’s a better, more flexible life out there. We can make money from home. We can be our own boss. It’s the greatest. But it takes time. And dedication. And the fear of not having money to pay the bills. Those who do make it worked their asses off. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it takes a unique voice. Blogs are a dime a dozen. There’s nothing new under the sun, so how do you stand out? We can all join loop giveaways and take a $100 webinar. How do you make your post original?
It’s great if you can make money blogging. But I wonder: can money and originality coexist? Do you have to be “The Real Housewives of Blogging”- overly-botoxed and well-endowed in order to succeed? How do you stay authentic?
What are your thoughts on this topic?