I've been blogging for more than six years. I've seen other blogs start, take off and completely surpass thousands upon thousands of followers within no time at all. Sometimes it doesn't seem fair, sometimes I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Are my pictures not good enough? Is my layout not professional enough or is my writing style not quite right?
In the midsts of a Sunday afternoon when I've taken hundreds of product photos and not one looks right and while I'm packing up the camera in a strop I wonder why I do it. If I think too much about it I wonder what the point in blogging is - it's a lot of 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' when it comes to brands/PRs and once a post has published and gained a few comments it just goes into the archive, rarely to be looked at again.
Sometimes the bad days outweigh the good ones and sometimes the good ones outweigh the bad ones. People who say it's not about followers or comments are lying. It's ALL about interaction. I don't want my posts to lay unread. I want to hear people's thoughts and opinions, I want to generate conversation and I want to build relationships with brands and PRs.
There are bad days when it comes to blogging. Times when I don't want to give up my weekend and evenings to write and take photos. Sometimes I want to give it up completely but then I spot a comment on an Instagram pic, a Facebook post, a blog comment or a tweet that's super lovely and it makes it all worth it. When a fellow blogger compliments a photo or leaves a comment that actually shows they've paid attention to what I've said and have something interesting to say in return. When I receive a lovely email from a PR or brand and when they're genuinely thankful for the work I've put in posting about their product. A simple re-tweet from a brand. Whatever interaction it is, that's what makes it all worth it. That's what makes me want to carry on in a world drowning in blogs.
I'm not quite sure what has lead to me writing this post. I think I'm stuck in a bit of a blogging rut and wanted to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum. There are people out there that notice little old me and my little place on the internet and most importantly, at the end of the day, I do enjoy blogging more than anything.
Next time you're impressed with a post or a pic, leave a comment or a like as you never know, you could be making it all worth it for another blogger!