MY THOUGHTS ON THE EVER CHANGING BLOGGING LANDSCAPE

Since coming back into the blogging world in full force I’ve really noticed a difference in the blogging landscape. It’s been a mixture of feeling sad and longing for the ‘old blogging’ world. It’s taken me a little while but now I feel excited and inspired regardless.

 

Harder to grow
Probably the biggest thing I’ve noticed is that it’s incredibly hard to grow followers now. Although I’m not saying it’s ever been incredible easy there is now a stifling holt in any sort of growth whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin or Instagram. A few years ago it was always encouraging to see growth each month but I’m finding less and less people are following accounts. I’m not sure why. I personally love following and supporting others but the culture has definitely changed around following accounts.

 

People don’t comment on blogs anymore
A huge one, that I don’t find is spoken about as frequently, is how the amount of people that comment on blogs as decreased. I don’t find this as negative as it sounds because there is still the same amount of feedback coming through in just different ways – people tweet/DM/comment over on Instagram which is great. It’s just gone are the days where you can soley measure how a post went by the comment section! Now you’ve got to taken into consideration the amount of tweets, questions through DM’s and all those are avenues.

 

There is alot of bitterness and competitiveness
More so than ever before and it’s probably the thing that has been the hardest to overcome for me personally. I think people get frustrated with the lack of growth with how much work goes into things like Instagram so there is this constant bitterness mood. Then there are others that are super competitive and are quite frankly just nasty. In the past 3 months I’ve had more negative experiences with fellow bloggers than I have in the past 4-5 years I’ve been blogging. How I’ve dealt with it is I just get things done for ME and I only chat to the ace people who I really adore. That’s all you can do in those situations.

 

Now more than ever before it’s the ones who truly love and are passionate about sharing and blogging are the ones left. I’ve seen so many close up shop because there isn’t growth or the same community feel. I get that. It’s been a pretty grim gig at times but if you find an ace group to surround yourself with it sure makes things easier.

 


What are your thoughts on the blogging world?


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  • For me the best thing about blogging has always been the community and connecting with people with similar interests and making friends through blogging. I feel like now that blogging has become an industry and people can see a potential career in it, or at least see it as a way of getting free stuff, there are more blogs than ever before, but I totally agree that the people who are truly passionate are the ones that are still around.

    It’s weird that it’s become such a competitive thing and that people can be so nasty. But I think that’s largely going to be with people who are trying to turn their blog into their career and since I’m not interested in doing that I’m lucky I don’t come across it too much because I’m not trying to compete with anyone. I actually have a huge post with all my thoughts about blogging that I’ve been working on for forever that I’ll hopefully be publishing soon, but I totally agree that blogging has changed SO much over the years and not always for the better. But I know I’m just going to keep doing what I do and not let it bother me because blogging is something that makes me happy and I don’t have time to let other bloggers get me down.

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  • I’m glad someones touched on this! It’s actually so sad how people aren’t following or taking the time to comment on posts anymore. I feel with the competitiveness and the need to be continuously working on our blogs and trying to grow, the more fun and supportive side of blogging has took a backlash. But I’m definitely going to continue to support and enjoy blogging as much as I can xx

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  • Yes! I used to have so much fun interacting with other bloggers with my first blog and it’s just really different now. I feel like a lot of bloggers are being picky about who they associate & interact with. It seems they have to be able to “get something out it”. If you know what I mean. I’ve become very picky about who i follow and interact with on instagram. I try to only follow people who are really genuine and who interact back with me because a lot just don’t anymore!

  • Kate Flint

    It’s definitely a different world to a few years ago. I feel like even the things that people are blogging about and wanting to read have completely changed too. I’ve also noticed brands wanting way more for way less pay off, and not really caring about engagement and more interested in followers, likes and views, which can be a bit discouraging.

    I try to comment on blog posts as much as I can still because I genuinely enjoy reading blog posts, so I try to show my appreciation!

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  • I totally agree to your post. I started blogging six years ago out of boredom and just do what I want but now it’s serious business. And yes, there’s so much competitiveness and bitterness that is why I decided not to attend events that are exclusively for bloggers/vloggers. I don’t get why there’s just too much drama, some people just act like they’re reality stars.

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