Blogging Crisis?

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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.
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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.

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10 Comments

    • May 15, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      wow I am impressed how you quick you are! haha thanks hun! I am glad you think so. 🙂
      x HsinWei

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    May 15, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Haha I do find it very strange to have posts of just photos of the bloggers themselves and pretty much from the same angles, same location too.. If they don’t have anything to say at least clear or close up of the items they are trying to sell or unless they are Miss the World.. In that case they are what they are selling :))

  2. May 15, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Hi Hsin Wei! Love your outfit 🙂 I agree. Our blogs should be inspiring and show our awesome individual styles because being unique is what makes us beautiful!

    Gretchen

  3. May 15, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    love these photos! And totally agree with you, I’ve been blogging for about 4 years, and it annoys me when I see bigger bloggers not bothering to actually write or engage with readers anymore:/
    http://www.lexiealexandra.com

  4. May 16, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Such a cool look, I love the mixed prints and choker top!

    I agree with you. I stopped reading a few of the really famous bloggers’ blogs because they don’t really blog anymore, and it’s a bit sad. But there are some great girls who have been doing it for ages and even if they post less, they still make an effort to write and share in their posts. I think it’s pretty amazing that blogging has become a career so I see no problem with bloggers getting paid for what they do (though not a lot of people seem to understand this), even smaller bloggers using affiliate links. If you shop at a store the salesperson might make commission, so what’s wrong with a blogger getting commission on an item they sold?

    • May 16, 2017 / 5:11 am

      I totally agree with you on this paid thing!! This is actually an amazing subject to write about. Maybe we can both write about it and exchange the opinions through the posts.haha :))
      I do think if you see blogging as a career, you should produce posts regularly whether they are paid ones or not. It is sad that some bloggers stop “blogging” anymore after they reach the level of getting paid to promote the products and do it only when they have paid case. And of course the posts are all about that particular products. I wouldn’t even call that blog posts, they are advertisements…
      In terms of the paid, I think bloggers or influencers from any social media should be paid highly not only the commission but also the post/photo itself. I find it very insulting when companies come to me asking for unpaid “collaborations” for some cheapy items value just few pounds. I see no respect from lots of companies toward social media influencers. In order to have their products advertised, they have to have photographer, art directer, model, and the channel for promotion. All these are expensive if they can’t do them themselves. But ironically they don’t think they should pay social media influencers who actually provide everything in one go. crazy right? I seriously have no idea how they get that idea that we should promote for them for free?!?!? I am really going to write about this for the next post!! I have too much to “complain” I can’t finish in just a reply ! haha 😀

  5. May 16, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Thank you, dear for these words. I totally agree to you. Blogging should be fun and a real passion. And not just making money.
    I love your look very much (as I always do). And the shoes are cool (sponsered or not!). And now I have to confess something:
    I loved your blouse by River Island so much that I bought it , too.
    xoxo Reni

  6. May 18, 2017 / 2:39 am

    Love what you said there, couldn’t have said it better. It’s a shame where this industry is heading to but we can all try our best to make it better than it is. It’s easy to get lost when there are so many distractions especially due to the trend in marketing nowadays. Sigh.

    By the way, I love your outfit! Can transform easily from casual to dinner so easily!

    yanrula x

  7. May 20, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I toally agree about everything you said. As I myself have experience a lot of new bloggers started blogging just for the reasons of benefits rather than blogging itself. I have a small online shop here in my country and receive a lot of small and new bloggers contacting us and asking for free clothes for them to blog about. Which is kinda sad actually since there are really hundreds or thousands of topics to blog about other than #ootds or product reviews.

    I really love that you have somehow share this with us. We cant deny it, it is what it is. And yes, it wouldn’t hurt getting commissions from the looks we put out there. I mean, we are forcing anyone to buy after all.

    I love the whole outfit by the way, you rock it as always!

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