There's been THREE posts lately that have ALL struck a chord with me:
- This one by Crystal Jigsaw about Linkys
- This one by Michelle Twin Mum at Mummy from the Heart; and
- This one by Claire at Lazy Girl Blog
I love it when the advert is part of a story, where the product features as part of the writer's (and their family's) life. Some bloggers, like Inside The Wendy House make an art form out of this.
But if it is out and out an advert, I just click away, and move on.
Anyhow, let's pretend that a blogger is a species, and let's say that species is developing:
Are we going forwards or are we going backwards?
Are we progressing or regressing?
Or, do we often go full circle, reaching for dizzy heights and then coming 360 degrees BACK to what is important, and why we started our blogs in the first place?
Are we working with our creative brains or our reptilian brains? << not heard of this website before so I am not endorsing it but I do believe the paragraph here
And if a blogger is a species, are we all of that species, or are there any other animals in the jungle?
For example, if brands went out of business and sponsored posts were a thing of the past, and freebies, what freebies...?!?!? how many bloggers would be left?
How many are purist bloggers who have a blogging muscle that has to be exercised daily, weekly or monthly.
How many people really value and appreciate their VOICE on the worldwide web, and their readers/audience.
Now I am not going down the road of Liz Jones and saying we're all one big Women's Institute who only make cupcakes so that we can blog about them.
But what I am saying, is do we all have a blogging gene/bone. Is blogging part of your genetic makeup and DNA? Is blogging a chore or a pleasure? Is blogging good for your soul or is it purely a means to the end, the end being the bank balance? or is it a mixture?
I think some blogs need to become websites. Where the "blog" is one tab on that blog, and the other stuff, well it is other stuff. I may be very wrong but I am brain storming here.
A kind of show and tell:
here is what I bought today.
here is what I reviewed today.
It is not really a blog. Not in the purist sense. But then what and who defines a blog.
Wikipedia attempts to:
A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.I find the above quite out of date.
The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.)
Although not a requirement, most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers.
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as edublogs.
What defines a blog is purely up to the author of that blog.
We can all vote with our feet and decide what we read.
I know I am more and more drawn to blogs like this, where I get absorbed by the story, and the writing.
The thing is the bloggers at the top look real sexy, so we climb up the social ladder to get there, but what we often don't realise until there is that what they are is a duck - above water floating leisurely it would seem, but with feet below (and out of sight) feverishly treading water, to stay above water.
THAT is only fun, and sustainable long term, if you enjoy it. You only have to read the comments on Mich's post to get the sense that people have "been there and done that".... So that is why Mich says "be careful what you wish for" as she is trying to save you the back breaking work of climbing up that ladder as it aint necessarily heaven that is at the top. It's a lot of work that may take you away from other life priorities which is what brings me back to the point of this post.
Do you have a blogging bone? Because I suggest, unless you have blogging in your bones, you won't want to do it any longer once you realise what it entails, unless it really is truly in the blood.
It needs to stay cathartic or fun, and if it isn't, time to have a re-think maybe?
Plus, who dictates what heaven is? A number on a badge? Honestly it is not worth the hours we put in, unless we are getting from it what we want, without losing aspects of our lives in the process.
I met a Mum a few months ago, who makes a SALARY from her blog. None of you will have heard of her as she is not part of the "community" but she works with 5-6 brands and makes enough to have her children in childcare. It is the equivalent of a competitive salary. Not bones chucked - in the form of sponsored posts - from the big brands meal table.
She has a "Mum" blog but did not even realise that there are thousands of Mum blogs and doesn't participate in the community. She just quietly maintains her blog, and online magazine, and raises her children, making a steady rewarding income.
I find the twists and turns that blogging is taking very interesting, but I would say we all need to be true to ourselves and not be swayed by the crowd.
Get out of blogging what YOU want to get out of blogging. Don't be dictated to!