Over the past few months I’ve seen a lot of people wondering whether blogging is dead or at the very least dying. This is a topic that tends to flare up every few years. Yes, we’ve had this discussion many times before. Ironically, most people saying blogging is dead, are writing blog posts on the topic (you know, ON THEIR ACTUAL BLOG). Now, I know a lot has been said about this topic already but I’ve got quite a few things to say so I thought I’d might as well write my opinion down on this little old blog too.
So… Is blogging dead?
I’ve been blogging since 2014 (off and on with quite a few breaks along the way) and I’ll be the first to admit that blogging sure has changed since then. Although 4 years might not seem that long to you, it is in the blogging world. There are a lot more of us out there than there were in 2014. It is harder to get noticed. But if you’ve started a blog just for the money and the fame, I don’t think you’ll get very far anyway. You should always be passionate about what you’re doing. Be IN LOVE with the content that you’re putting out there. You are a content creator and people will notice if you’re just creating to create. Quality over Quantity is still an important ‘rule’ to remember.
Since then blogging has become more competitive. It used to be a lot more about sharing each other’s content, commenting on each other’s blog posts and just spreading love and appreciation everywhere. I’ve seen this way of interaction between bloggers decline along the way.
BUT. That doesn’t mean blogging is dying.
Maybe the community has just lost its way a bit? Honestly, I think it’s an easy fix. Although a bit of competitiveness tends to be a good motivator, I don’t think it’s a necessity. There’s room for everyone in the blogging world. And the people who are trying to convince you otherwise are just wrong. It’s THAT simple. Instead of just reading each other’s blog posts, we could instantly leave a genuine comment or share the post on our social media. Just generally share the love for each other’s content more often. Love a little more.
We don’t need to be all that competitive.
I do admit blogging is ever-changing, so a blogger, in a way, needs to be too. Blogging is even more about being versatile than it was before. You need to adapt, be present on different social media. Post content regularly not only on your blog but also on other platforms like; Instagram, twitter and Pinterest. You have to be wherever your audience is. Blogging has become even more centred on visual content than it ever was before.
However, that STILL does not mean blogging is dying!
A blog is your own little space on the web. And the internet is endless. There’s room for everyone. So if you’ve been following the discussion and are therefore hesitant on whether to start a blog or not, don’t be. Just do it. Your blog is unique because YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MADE IT. You are the voice behind everything you create. It’s your little place of happiness and nobody is going to take that away from you. You decide what you want to create.
Who know what will happen in the future. Change is inevitable. Blogging as a creative outlet and the blogging world might be ever-changing but that does not mean blogging is dead. Hell no, I’m here to tell you it definitely isn’t! Starting a blog has been the best decision I have made in a long time. I’ve made so many great blogger friends because of my blog. I’ve discovered so many new places and new products. I’ve been able to experience so many new things just because I decided to create Ella Was Here. It has given me a creative outlet that at the time I so desperately needed (and still do). It has honestly saved me in so many ways. But that’s probably a blog post to write on another day.
Just know that, if you want to start a blog, you are always welcome in this community.
We would love to have you.
PS: Yes, the donut was delicious, thank you very much!