After a very long week at work which never really ended (ie I worked all weekend), I decided to take some time to read through my Bloglovin feed that had been sadly ignored. Since I was so behind on reading my usual blogs, I skimmed the list and clicked through to the ones that seemed the most interesting. After reading a few post titles I chose to read two reader surveys and an income report, some of my favorite types because I'm nosy.
After reading the results of the surveys I learned that people had a lot of things to say about the direction blogging is moving towards, most of it being negative. It seems as if I had found the one place on the internet where everyone felt comfortable rallying against how to posts, blogging about blogging, and anything that starts with "5 ways to xyz."
As someone who does two of the three things above, I was at first a bit offended, but then I stepped back and decided to see who was saying these things. People fell into two categories, total hypocrites or bloggers who had just made the jump of buying a domain name. Let's discuss.
I totally get where people are coming from, after a while it gets old to hear people debate about the blogger versus wordpress thing. At the same time though, we have all once wondered which is better, which is why people keep coming up with new opinions, posts and suggestions. As for the hate towards listsicles (if that's even a word) and how to posts, how often do the people complaining honestly give a shit about a weekend recap that has no real point? Really though, how many of us actually read a post that provides no value to us?
Unless you are absolutely in love with a blogger and feel like you are internet friends, many of us don't care that you visited some restaurant and snapped some pics. Oh you're painting your house? Cool, how about also mentioning your why you chose that paint brand so I can learn something while admiring that beautiful shade of blue.
Everyone has a right to write and read whatever they like, but I'd like to know when people who were doing the things they were complaining of began bashing those who like to blog with a purpose. And I don't think I'm saving the world, but at the very least before I hit publish I ask myself, "does this need to be read? Will this help anyone in any way?"
All this blog on blog hate is just making newbie bloggers more unsure of how to get started, something they'd never figure out without all those 'how to blog' blogs. Which in my case, I fucking love, sorry not sorry.
So while we all may not love to read or write the same things, that doesn't mean we need to become internet warriors and use the comment section to tear down each other's writing. Fashion bloggers, I may not be interested in how to style that cute dress, but you'll never find me dissing you for taking that dress for free, using affiliate links and posing the same way in all of your pictures. Do you girl! I'll keep posting my how to posts cause there's someone out there that needs to figure out how to write a resume, get over their ex-boyfriend and enjoy their twenties all at the same time.
Where do you stand on this side? Are you over the direction that blogging is taking and wish it would get a little personal again? Let me know in the comments below, cause like I said, I'm nosy.
Now to happier topics, I made an exciting announcement on the blog this week about a new project I'm hoping you'll love as much as I do. Click here or the image below for a quick rundown of how you can connect with other twenty somethings!