I have recently read several posts complaining about blogging industry, other especially new bloggers/content creators’ behaviour or similar topic from professional bloggers. I agree on pretty much all of them and understand all the frustrations. I have also noticed some bloggers with long blogging history don’t write anything anymore but product placements photos only and of course affiliated links. Some rarely have any post at all and the very few they post are all because the companies they collaborated with demanded posts.
I have just started my blog about a year ago and I do it really because I enjoy it. I talk a lot in person, I am a real life fashion designer, and crazy about making photos. Well, I think I just have too much to share in the main content I blog about here- fashion. I don’t need to be recognised as someone knowledgeable, intelligent or anything through the blog. I don’t really expect much benefit from it either although I don’t deny I use affiliated links here too with tiny mini commissions from time to time. I understand very well why people blog for benefits and I totally support in blogging industry or any social media channels if the contents/photos are done professionally, the charge should be applied same as in any other industry. But to your readers or subscribers, they are the reason you might get some benefits from it, they shouldn’t be just your “commercial tools”.
As a blogger, I am way too new to tell how much it has changed in blogging industry, how little traffic it has become, how much more competition it is now and how much frustrations bloggers with long history get from doing it. But as a person who has been following several blogs since 2008, I sure can tell you how little bloggers care these days especially some with long history of blogging, the what you call “real bloggers”. I guess they are in the position of making real benefits through it so the expectation will be different. From a reader’s point of view, I don’t expect to see an amazing academic level writing or a thousands words of your deep knowledge. If that is what I want, I would just get an online novel or newspaper or maybe sign up a online collage or something. But I do want to see a real person who is there to care to share with me her/his experience, what she/he has learnt through real life. I feel they are closer to me as a “semi” experts (wether they are actually real experts in life or not) than someone who is well trained and do not see things from an “untrained” person’s point of view or a cold “superior”. And of course I know and don’t care, don’t mind you are benefited from all the products placements or some paid collaborations. Bloggers need to make a living too, it is not a charity just to entertain. It doesn’t matter but the important thing is if you think of yourself as a blogger you need to care enough to write something without just thinking of benefits. It is a blog not just an advertisement channel. A least few words of what you do today or what this post is about is basic as I mentioned earlier no one expect you to spend hours for an academic thesis, we just want real persons there sharing. And of course some posts about what you find interesting paid or not paid. This total package is what defined you a blogger. If paid posts only are all you want to deliver now to your thousands and thousands of subscribers which you were lucky enough to gather much easier before this industry got super competitive, all I see from your post is “how much money is this post paid this time?”
Well, all I am trying to say is before complaining about the others or situations, think of what we do and have done. There are always improvements we should do ourselves.
Sorry a bit of more serious topic today, now we are back to happy happy outfit photos which what I think most of us following fashion blogs for, be happy and of course be fab! 🙂 And I don’t mind to let you know that shoes are sponsored by Lintervalle but post is not and everything else are mine.
I do think this company has some nice selection of fashion shoes which I normally would consider to buy even without sponsorship. If you are interested you can get UK free shipping with code “free-shipping-uk“.
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