My blog is a little over 10 years old this year. That blows my mind! When I first started my blog I remember people asking “What is a BLOG?” I remember my first post, it was basically nothing. I started blogging about my favorite books, or shows I watched, things I did randomly during the day. It was real and authentic and exactly why I started to blog because it was more of a journal than anything else.
I got comments (yes actual COMMENTS) on posts that I wrote. Over the years comments have trickled off and people would rather communicate via Instagram,Twitter, or Facebook. Some of my very favorite bloggers have quit and I understand life changes and we go through seasons. I miss the interaction I first had as a blogger – that authentic communication. I met some of my best friends through blogging.
I know at times I’m goofy. I’m not the best writer by any means. Does anyone remember the Starbucks wall of shame that used to be on my site? Ha! I know not everything I write about is Earth shattering…but it’s real.
I’ve tried to stick with it. I know a lot of my post have become “sponsored” or I get items for free to review. Let’s face it…it’s hard to turn down free stuff right? Especially when some of the things are really cool things you couldn’t afford on your own. There is some judgement behind that…but I still try to remain true to myself, while I’m not going to lie the income really helps my family. Especially when you are going through a house remodel that seems to be bleeding you dry right now! Eeeek!
There is a fine balance between having all sponsored content and remaining true to your audience. I’m not sure I’ve found my perfect middle yet, but I’m working on it. I miss the kinship I found with other bloggers. I’m not saying I’m going to stop doing sponsored content because I really do enjoy it, I just want to find the right middle ground.
Ten years ago it wasn’t about “look what opportunity I got!” or “I made this much $$$ on this post” or “I got to go to a special event because obviously…I’m special!” Uhm…no.
Nobody wants to hear that stuff and it doesn’t create authentic and real relationships. We should support each other, comment on actual content – not just a photo, don’t rub things in other bloggers faces. Support-Connect-SHARE-Love one another!!!
Be PROUD that you have what you have and OWN IT. Don’t sit there wishing you were someone else because you are YOU and that’s what matters.
As you all probably noticed on my Instagram account I did get a great opportunity as a brand rep at Megaphone Conference. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
BUT- every.single.time I tried to authentically get to know a blogger they went into stats, opportunities, analytics, they won’t share sources because heaven forbid they have any competition or SHARE something. It came off as a bunch of content hungry and opportunity driven women that will only write a post if the price is right. It’s a pure and utter mind suck. When someone thinks your only value is as good as how many followers you have. I’m here to tell you ladies and gentlemen you CAN write content that is well written and wonderful without a price tag attached.
We are bloggers and we are extremely blessed to get to do what we do. At the same time we must realize that it’s not all about the MONEY. Most of my favorite posts are learning about someone’s family or an event that happened in their lives.
Let’s try to not step on everyone’s toes now shall we? Support one another like the good old days. I know I’m being very blunt in this post, but it’s something that has been on my heart for a while.
I miss all my blogger friends from years ago and secretly hope they will come back into the blogosphere. I know it’s not the same…but hopefully we can try to uplift and support & not be so greedy at times. If a new blogger asks you for help, please for the love of coffee…don’t sit there like you just ate a sour lemon. Share with them, open up and connect. Don’t feed them lines and give them ZERO actual sources or information because you are trying to hoard the legit information for yourself. That’s crazy selfish of you! Let’s put the heart and soul back into blogging. It’s not all about follows and likes…everyone knows those can be bought at a price.
In the end all you really have are the memories and not the money.
RED CUP SEASON IS ONLY A COUPLE MONTHS AWAY!!! WOOHOO!!!