I started my blog back in 2009 and it was a place that I mainly shared the written word. Writing was my passion and I thought that by combining it with another subject I really enjoyed, fashion, it would be a nice way to build up a portfolio of written work and also possibly help inspire me to maintain my creativity at a time when I was paying my bills by way of jobs that were fairly rudimentary.
What I didn't realise was how much of a hobby blogging would become, and how much a part of my daily life would be dedicated to putting together content that I thought would be interesting and engaging. I think in many ways I have also fallen victim of my own work ethic; blogging 6-7 days a week has meant that occasionally I have put out posts that I am not 100% happy with, due in part to time constraints, and this has led me to reevaluate my blogging journey a little bit.
To avoid uploading underwhelming content, I decided to take a couple of days off last week. I didn't post for 2 days, and I don't think anyone noticed. This did make me wonder, what's it all for? Why am I bothering? I still find it very easy to compare my blog (unfavourably) with others and a lot of the time it feels like it's a competition-always chasing new followers, making posts better, making photographs more pinnable, making headlines sharable. I am, really, on the cusp of the social media generation; I don't use snapchat, I do remember the days when text messages cost 10p to send and all you could do on your phone was play snake. Maybe I'm just a bit old fashioned, but I did start to think, what's the point?
I have to bring it back to what blogging means to me, and I think, realistically, the key (for me) is to share posts that I am proud of. I appreciate this might mean posting slightly less than 6-7 days a week, but I feel that if the content is better, this might be a ways to making myself feel enamoured with the art of blogging once again. I also feel that posts like this are perennial; everyone loses their mojo a little from time to time; I think in today's social media driven world, we're just not allowed to say so.