Sunday, 12 June 2016

Blogging has changed. I haven't. And that's the problem.

Don't worry, I'm not going to moan about the current state of blogging.  Well, maybe a tiny bit, but not much.  There have been a slew of posts like this across the blogs of some of my oldest blogging friends recently, because the industry has changed, and as change usually goes, it's benefited some folks, and not others.

Back in the day when we were young and blogging was young and innocent and quite frankly things were better*, bloggers were typically hobbyists, squeezing their blogging in alongside a full time job.  PR events started happening in the evenings, posts took a while to appear, things were a bit, well, amateur.  Now, of course, blogging (or rather, bloggers) is an industry in itself, with influencers** commanding the attention of readers and brands in their droves.

For the hobbyist blogger, this can mean declining readership as people trim down their blog reading time to just their favourite influencers; brands do the same, seeking the biggest exposure.  Both of these things have happened to me.  Fewer people than ever are reading this blog nowadays, which makes me sad - I've invested a lot of time into it over the past seven years, and with commenting having dropped off a cliff and views down too, I kinda feel like I'm talking into a vacuum.  I've also been dropped from pretty much every press list in town, which also makes me sad - despite earning a good wage, I can't afford to buy enough product to post as regularly as I used to.

Both of these things are okay, though.  They're logical.  People will follow the bloggers/YouTubers/Instagrammers who have the most time to spend generating quality content.  Brands will work with people who can guarantee exposure and provide a professional working relationship.  As a hobbyist blogger who has no desire to be an influencer, go professional, or spend more time on my blog***, I'm just not as interesting in this brave new world.

And that's absolutely okay.

I'll continue to post occasionally, mostly with stuff from my sample backlog, or with stuff I've bought myself.  I won't pressure myself to schedule as many posts as possible on a Sunday.  I'll find time for some older hobbies I've neglected, like sewing and writing, and maybe even find a few new ones too.

That's the thing about change, you see.  If you don't move with it, you can't complain when you get left behind.  I could write something terribly trite about doors opening as others close****, but I'll save you the cringe and instead say goodbye to considering the London Beauty Review my other job.  Now it's just one out of many hobbies which make me the person I am.  And that's just fine with me.

* Sarcasm intended

** I hate this term.  Influencing is all about bringing people along with you, and helping them to make decisions or understand things without directing them.  It's not about projecting desirable lifestyle, and having people copy you to try to win that lifestyle for themselves.

*** Or, in fact, reply to emails from PRs more than once a week, and then only if I have enough energy whilst I'm sitting on the train on the way home from work.

**** Oops.

This post originated at www.londonbeautyreview.com. If you're reading it elsewhere, it's been stolen, violating my copyright.

4 comments:

  1. Ha ha - I agree with all of this, I blogged on and off (more off than on if truth be told as I was a serial deleter of my blogs!) back in the day, but I never got to the dizzy heights of PR events. I do it as a hobby, occasionally, once in a blue moon. The trouble is that I love beauty products and buy and buy and buy, and in my head I produce amazing posts with fab pictures, but in reality life gets in the way. Thankyou Gemma for being you. I remember once in the early days having a conversation with you about me looking like a potato in a photo I had taken - you were very kind in refuting what was clearly fact!!

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    1. I still refute it ;) I'm starting to feel less and less guilty about life getting in the way.. makeup is for enjoying, and when it starts feeling more like work then the balance is off :)

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  2. Keep on going, I love your blog and hobbyist people. I have got a lot of hobbies too, sometimes I dedicate more time to one of them and sometimes to other. With hobbies is what there is, that they are not a job or an obligation fortunately.
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  3. I'm glad you're making the mental transition to treating LBR as a (hopefully fun!) hobby, and not worrying about trying to compete with the dayjobber-bloggers. I have, in truth, stopped reading the blogs of a lot of the 'pros', mainly because people who generate content all day every day produce far too much for me to read!!!

    I'll continue to follow LBR, and hope you'll still do the occasional lippy review. I think I trust your opinion on a lipstick's quality more than anyone else's :+)

    P.S. I rarely comment, mostly because Blogger doesn't seem to like me and often kicks me off the page instead of posting my comment, regardless of whether I'm signed in or not.
    ~El

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