What would we be doing without blogging?

Blogging has been a massive part of my life for coming up to six years this year. It’s brought me best friends, jobs, a creative outlet, experience and all more than enough free cupcakes and lipstick. It’s also brought me school ground drama in my twenties, paranoia and unnecessary stress. Anyway, it all got me wondering about what many of us bloggers would be doing if we didn’t blog or if blogging didn’t exist.

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I know I’m get a bit weird with this one some kind of alternate reality where Mr (or Mrs) Blog never thought about making journals an online thing or even a world where the internet  didn’t exist. Oh the horror, how would we cope without our daily dose of pointless celebrity non-news and cat videos!? We’d have to physically talk to REAL people on a daily basis face to face. Holy crap.

I guess to start thinking about where I might have been now without blogging the easiest thing is to think about where I was at in life when I chose to start a blog. I was in my final weeks of University qualifying with a BA (Hons) in Cinemas, Photography and Television, working in retail and pretty much knowing that I did not have a strong feeling towards working in film or television, which had previously been my most recent ambition. As many of you know I was also soon to get married (but let’s not dwell on that) and of course, that would have had an impact on things too.

In my spare time I was photographing burlesque, pin up and fashion shoots, mainly for free and doing a bit of modelling too. I always fancied acting but some shit that happened at High School put a downer on that and it’s not something I’ve fancied revisiting. Whilst I was working full time in retail just after Uni, I started my blog as a way to keep creative and gain some experience. I guess if this hadn’t have been an option I would have continued writing for local magazines instead. I also created my blog as a place to share things that I loved due to lack of real life outlet for this at the time.

When my blog was new I didn’t know about Twitter and had basic knowledge of social media so pretty much just wrote for myself. I had a handful of regular readers but nothing I’d call a following. I never knew that blogging would become what it is today. If only I’d known back then, I wonder how things would have been different.

One of the things about blogging that really only bloggers can fully understand is the community. Where would we be now without that community? For one, I’d be missing some pretty amazing friends and people who have helped shaped who I am today. On the other hand, I would have avoided some of the anxiety and drama that you can experience when part of the blogging world that is fairly unique to the blogger experience.

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When blogging becomes competitive whether that be because of money, stats, event invites or freebies things change. You can’t say you as a blogger haven’t been made to feel awkward or anxious because of those things at some point. Am I right? Scrolling through Instagram and seeing how flawless other people’s lives seem and forgetting how it’s obviously a heavily mediated version of reality can easily start playing on your mind. Or when you see a live tweet from an event and you feel a bit sad that you weren’t invited to that makes you question what you did to piss off that PR. And then there’s the pressure that you feel to try and conform to a type to be able to be deemed a success or to be able to monetise which is one of the steps towards the ever popular dream of full time blogging, it’s hard work, especially when paired with the everyday demands of a full time job too.. I don’t want that pressure right now, which is why I turned off my ads and have taken some time off to rethink.

Of course, most hobbies and things in life have downsides and the above feelings are some of the downsides of blogging. Well, at least in my experience. I’d love to hear what you guys think too. Some of these feelings are why I’ve been off with blogging for a while too, me trying to rebalance myself and rediscover what I love about blogging away from the pressure and drama. I think I’m getting there.

I seem to have gone off on a tangent now. I’ve got some ideas for some other posts now though. Anyway, would love to hear what you think you’d be doing now if you didn’t have your blog. I think I’d have found another method of creativity, who knows what it would have been. I have no time machine so will have to wait and see what the future brings instead.

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7 thoughts on “What would we be doing without blogging?

  1. This is te reason why I never moneytised my blog and left a website where I was meant to write for them every month. I didn’t like feeling any pressure as it spoiled my hobby of blogging. I’m actually running low on ideas for posts for the first time in two and a half years and I’m feeling ever so slightly ambivalent toward my blog, which is really surprised me! Good luck with what ever tangent you do choose to go follow :o)

  2. If I wasn’t blogging I would be doing what I did before I started and that was getting home from work, flopping down in front of the TV and watching trash. On top of that I would be playing games on my phone that were totally pointless. Of course I did other things with friends and family but I decided to use this wasted time to do something more interesting. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a beauty blogger but in just a few weeks I became one. I get to go to lots of great venues and events. Yes I do sometimes get missed of a guest list but I’m ok with that. I hardly ever have to buy any beauty products and I’ve become friends with so many people that I would never have spoken to in my daily life. It doesn’t pay the bills but it makes my life more enjoyable and I can’t grumble about that.

  3. Great post, Jayne! I think I can safely say that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for blogging. It opened up a lot of possibilities for me and to get to know amazing people such as yourself <3

  4. This is an interesting post. What would I be doing? I’m a newbie blogger so I can’t say I’ve spent years honing my page but it does take time for even the simplest of posts. Especially photos!!
    I’d like to think I’d have more money to spend on other things but the truth is I starting blogging as an alternative to eating crap all day. It’s helped me focus on being healthier.
    That being said I’ve had those moments of doubt, does anyone care or read what I’m writing and the worst was feeling hurt when a brand didn’t retweet or comment on a post on Twitter yet did to someone with only 50 ‘followers’ that’s when I realised I was getting bogged down with ‘popularity’ instead of just writing. How bitchy was I to judge on followers??
    I think the best thing to do sweets is write what you want. Find that enthusiasm that made you start and get your buzz back 🙂 the competitive element will always be there but try to focus on the good instead.
    Hope you understood my babble. Lol. Keep smiling 🙂

    Bex x

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment Bex! It’s very hard to avoid the competitive element, especially when you work within social media so looking at the community 24/7. I’m definitely focusing more on making my blog a hobby again and going from there.

  5. I’ve been blogging since I was 11 so without it I would be doing… I don’t even know. I literally went from my hobby being… playing Barbies and make-believe to blogging. It’s always been my main hobby and I can’t imagine my life without it. In fact, I was thinking about it a lot today. Like… how blogging is IT. It is the main thing that I do in my spare time, whether it be writing, commenting, participating in a chat, etc. Over the years my audience has changed and numbers have fluctuated and I actually seem to have fewer readers than I used to (many of my friends are retired bloggers, too, so they read but they stay quiet) but… that’s okay, because it’s what I LOVE to do!

    So, to answer your question, if I wasn’t blogging, I might still be playing with Barbies and pretending to fight crime. Who knows. 😉

    1. Aww man! I used to make Jedi outfits for my Barbies out of brown envelopes. Good times. Glad to hear that blogging has been a joy to you. I always feel so weird when I moan about it. No point doing stuff that stresses you out so I’m working hard to find the joy in it again and I think that way for me is to focus on what I want to do. I don’t interact as much with the community as I used to and that’s intentional as I don’t always find it very healthy for me. I’d like to spend more time working on my real world (rather than online) hobbies and relationships.

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