Do you ever get that feeling that something has changed but you can’t put your finger on it and then weeks or months later it appears that everybody is feeling the same way? It’s like dropping a pebble into the water and then watching the ripples get bigger and bigger. It happens to me a lot. I guess it’s what we call our gut instinct? A trend or colour you feel drawn to for months, suddenly starts to appear everywhere. Is it instinct or has it been subtly prodding our conscience, around us everywhere, but we just haven’t acknowledged it?
I had this feeling about blogging, or rather my blog whilst I was away on holiday and had time to think. I’d been feeling, for ages, that it had become like a second job, a chore even, to constantly be writing blog posts and what had once been a hobby, and something I loved doing in my spare time, had become almost a necessity, a race even to keep up with the constant stream of other bloggers.
It all started when I went to my first bloggers convention earlier in the year. It was my first acknowledgement to myself that I wanted to take this blogging malarkey a bit more seriously and to possibly even make some money out of it. Perhaps I naively thought, I could write contributing articles about design, being an interior designer and interior stylist? I would like to say,firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and met some lovely and very talented bloggers, who were and still are a complete inspiration, but I also left aware that to gain more traffic to my blog, it was perhaps beneficial to offer readers free gifts, giveaways which could be provided by companies if I endorsed their product. A “If you scratch my back etc” philosophy. However, after doing this a few times, although yes, it did have the desired effect and I did gain slightly more traffic, I was left with a bit of a flat feeling that this wasn’t what I really starting blogging for. I will say now for the kind people who have offered free giveaways, I never did fall into the trap and anything I have endorsed in the past has been genuine.
Back in 2011 when I started writing my posts, it was simply a collection of thoughts, ideas and sharings. Anybody that knows me, knows I love to chat and share recommended places of interest, films I’ve seen, exhibitions I’ve been to and likewise I love to speak to people about things that they recommend, another great reason for reading so many other blogs? Some of my favourite blogs are just people connecting and sharing knowledge.
It feels at the moment, that that bubble of lets share things and connect, has burst a little and going round the houses a bit, it appears that it is what lots of other bloggers are feeling. I have read several posts just in the last few days all saying the same things.
With all this in mind, I have just read about a new social media site Ello, who are a no advertising site for creative like minded people. There is, it appears, a change in the air regarding the future of blogging and I am excited to watch how that will evolve. Although I applaud the very many talented pioneers of blogging who are now making a handsome living from their skills, there are still many people who just want to blog to let off some pent up creative steam or simply to connect with like minded people and unless you are endorsed or sponsored by a plethora of companies, you seem to get lost in the slipstream.
So with a big sigh of relief, I have decided that my blog posts will be fewer and farther between but I will not stop wittering, it’s in my DNA and for everybody who has read my blog, continues to read or would like to read, thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. It is always lovely to know that when you hit publish, somebody out there is interested enough to read, follow or comment. You can’t keep a chatterbox quiet for long!