Recently, the blogging community has faced an onslaught of ”back in the day…”, “the community isn’t what it used to be”, “It’s just not the same” – you get the picture. It seems to be a bit of a buzzword right now. But has the blogging community really changed?
I’ve always been an avid reader of blogs, even way before I started blogging myself. I would read my favourite blogs on a regular basis and just wish I could be like them.
I wanted to start a blog up for years, I often set one up, write a post, then make it private. Then within a month I would delete the whole blog. This is the first blog I’ve really stuck at and I’m glad I did. Thanks to blogging, I’ve met some lovely people who I consider very close friends. I’ve had opportunities I wouldn’t receive if I didn’t blog. I’ve let my creative side be ‘reborn’ so to speak.
Maybe I have no right in saying what I’m saying. Heck, I’ve only been blogging for two years but I don’t think the community has necessarily changed. Has there not always been people trying to cheat the system by buying followers, begging to get on every PR list known to humanity, writing half arsed posts and blogging just for the sake of it. Not blogging because they’re passionate about writing or what they write about. But because they think they’re going to write one post and become an internet sensation over night.
Surely there has always been those kinds of people in the blogging community? But now with the heightened use of social media platforms and websites, it’s just easier to discover or tell what bloggers are doing all this. Maybe that’s why people feel like the community has changed because now it’s easier to expose them.
People say that the blogging community is bitchy and that’s what is letting the community down. Sure, it can be bitchy. But aren’t most social groups? When there’s such a high volume of people putting their opinions across in a world where opinions are no longer allowed, there’s going to be arguments, bitching, indirecting and all that jazz. Putting aside all the bitchiness from the minority because it literally is just a small handful of bloggers, it’s actually a pretty great community. It allows you to see the world from another’s perspective, all from the comfort of your own home. Isn’t that a good thing?
Is it not that a lot of the bloggers who have been doing it for 5-10+ years are feeling nostalgic and miss the ‘glory days’? When blogging was a very small community, no or very little competition and was a niche in a whole market largely unexplored. Correct me if I’m wrong here but that’s how I see it.
Blogging is just one part of the bigger picture for the future. Brands are turning more and more to bloggers to give their opinion on their products and experiences. Aren’t we just ordinary, everyday people writing online about things we are passionate about to other ordinary, everyday people? Shouldn’t we celebrate that?
Should the blogging community become a closed clique? I don’t think so. We should be happy that so many people from all walks of life are wanting to blog. It’s great. Should I even call it a clique? Probably not, because it shouldn’t come to that.
Again, correct me if I’m wrong – but the micro blogger is on the rise. They’re getting a lot more exposure than they would, say 1-2 years ago. Are the ‘bigger’ bloggers feeling intimidated by the micro bloggers? Brands are really jumping onto the micro blogger bandwagon right now. They’re realising the potential and influence a micro blogger may have over a ‘big’ blogger. Is this another reason why people feel like the community has changed? Because the community is so fast paced and progressing fast in the scary online world and they’re in fear of being ‘left behind’?
The next time you think the community has changed, maybe take a step back and look at the bigger picture because there’s always more than meets the eye with this sort of thing. In an online world full of groups and communities, comes foundations, layers, cliques, trials and tribulations. I don’t necessarily think the community has changed in a negative way, I think it’s changed to keep in line with contemporary society but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this! I realise that people won’t agree with my opinion but that’s cool! I’m all for hearing opinions!
Do you think the blogging community has changed? In a good way or a bad way? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below!
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