It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about blogging (actually, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, hasn’t it?), but today I thought I’d put down some thoughts that have been swirling round my head for a while. We’ll see whether this ends up very coherent I guess…
It’s probably obvious I don’t have as much time for blogging any more as I used to, I went back to work to a promotion after Ellis, and just the actual having two children is like an entirely different thing from one. Which is why I’ve gone down to three posts a week, and they are mainly pictures. In fact, at one point last year I really thought I might be done with blogging altogether, like I was maybe going to go down to two and one a week, and then just let it fade away to focus on other things. I actually have a half written blog post about this sitting in my drafts.
But then, somehow I found some enthusiasm again. I joined a couple of blogger groups on Facebook, and seeing everyone else be all energetic about blogging rubbed off on me. I definitely want to keep going, and actually I am really proud of my archives. I love seeing what’s been happening, and I actually use it as a filing system of sorts. When I recently did my permanent residence application, having the blog made it so much easier for me to figure out when I’d been out of the UK in the last five years (because that is absolutely essential for the Home Office to know apparently when I have lived here since 1999. But that’s another ranty post all of its own). And I just really like taking photos, and writing, and I know that without the blog I wouldn’t do that as much.
The thing is though, interacting with people that like to talk about blogging online also has it’s pitfalls. Because most people are in such a different place from me. There are people blogging to promote crafty businesses, students and young people between jobs or bored in low skill jobs with lots of time, people who’ve quit their day jobs to be professional bloggers even. It is SO hard to watch people do all this great work and promote the hell out of it and not compare yourself.
I just have to keep reminding myself that we don’t have the same aims. If I was really serious about growing the blog, I know what I’d need to do, at least in theory – specialise, write stuff that people search for, network more, do some SEO stuff, make relationships with brands, develop a brand myself. But the thing is, even if I had the time, I don’t want to do that. I like blogging in the old style, built around a person and all they are interested in. I want to talk about the things I want to talk about, because I like them (or hate them). I was never around when livejournal was at its heyday, but it sounds amazing. I miss personal blogging I really do, it’s all so boringly professional these days. I hope that even in its current minimum efforts incarnation, this blog gives a sense of who I am as a person, and that’s what I want to keep. I don’t want to be writing DIYs, or top ten things to do in Edinburgh, or top three ways to hyggefy your life or whatever. Absolutely zero shade intended if that kind of content’s your thing, but it’s not for me. That would be work, and I already have a job.
Or take instagram. I love instagram, and the random personal connections it’s fostered, but it’s just so commercialised now. So many automated comments, all that automated follow/unfollow shit based on hashtags. I’m not going to lie and say that I wouldn’t like to have more followers on there, and I do use hashtags, but not at the expense of losing the thing I like about it, which is being able to overshare random snippets of life, and have random conversations. Again, I know what the advice says – specialise, pick consistent colours and themes and stick to them. Curate a feed. I’ve watched several people do this and remove all personal content, and they’ve done amazingly, and I get it. No one goes out searching for accounts that mix children/sewing/Edinburgh/doors/sunsets/cats/knitting/food/flowers/yoga/streetart/coffee/city trips/cake. But those are the things I want to post about, and I can’t post about them in a particular colour pallette.
And I guess I just need to remind myself of all of this as I go through my online life!
Title because I have written about this before, possibly more coherently, here. Unrelated dripping paint photos are clickable for source