Blogging Or Bust?

Don’t get me wrong I bloody love blogging but there are times when it’s as if I am bashing my head against a brick wall. I’ve worked hard over the past year or so to build my readership, gain social media following and generally improve my statistics through a number of ways and means but at the end of the day what do figures even matter?

I never set out to write a blog for followers, figures or fame. I first began blogging purely and simply as a way in which to express my thoughts and feelings never really expecting anyone other than family and friends ever to stumble across my work.

For some reason or other once a blogger actually becomes ‘a blogger’ it suddenly seems to shift from writing for pleasure to farting around for followers. Why is blogging so fecking competitive I’ll never really understand it but one things for sure, the more blogs that I read these days the more I’m beginning to question how much of their writing is based upon reality.

I cannot be arsed with the facts or figures in all honesty, I’ve never been into numbers nor have I ever wished for fame. I simply write to release my thoughts and feelings into the blogosphere for personal pleasure, nothing less nothing more. I couldn’t really give a toss how far up the Tots scale I may be, how much of a ‘Klout’ I may or may not have scored or for that matter when Moz fancies shifting my DA or PA up a notch or two. For any non-blogging peeps reading the above wondering what the flying fuck a Klout, PA, DA or Moz score may be I wouldn’t bother yourself wasting time finding out as it means fuck all in the grand scheme of things even for me as a ‘blogger’!

Blogging Or Bust?

I’m so fed up of the comparative nature of blogging, the race for readers and the so-called blogger ranking systems which demoralise most writers which at the end of day is what bloggers are. Sure they may have their own YouTube channels, social media accounts and whatever else they’ve signed up to but looking at the bigger picture bloggers are essentially writers who chose to share their work online.

It is for these reasons that I’m debating whether to bother continuing my series, linkies and such like. Is there any point wasting my time creating weekly posts which are barely read? I think not!

I would like to know though what exactly it is that you, my ‘followers’ enjoy reading? I have a feeling it may well be those ranty, venting, attitude filled posts which I often re-read at a later date and find myself cringing at. Either way, give me a clue as I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve lost my way as a blogger or even whether I should blog at all.

Comments and such like are welcome either below this post, through my many social media channels or of course through email.

rachelswirl

10 Comments

  1. July 4, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    This just popped into my inbox and I just had to read. I often feel like this. I think you should just continue doing what you enjoy. Like you say you write for yourself, to unload your thoughts and feelings and I think that’s what we like to read. Xx

  2. July 5, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I find it so hard not to compare as a blogger and I agree with you, you should enjoy it or what is the point? About six months ago I looked at my content and actually stopped writing some features and got rid of one of my linkies because I just wasn’t enjoying it and I feel much happier with the balance now. Hope you find your happy.

    • July 5, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Yay Laura that’s great , I don’t have any Linkies of my own now I tried to start one but it flopped.

  3. July 5, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I often feel like this! My stats are shocking and although it’s not all I care about, it does make me feel a bit rubbish (especially when I start to think I’m doing well and then I see how much better everyone else is doing!).

    It’ll pass, just keep going. It would be such a shame to waste all of your hard work xx

  4. July 8, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Only just spotted this Rachel. I do know where you are coming from but the sad fact of the matter is if you want to make some sort of a living from blogging then you do have to care about those things. As you know I almost jacked it in earlier this year but something brought me back to it. My views are tiny compared to most other bloggers but I’m steadily getting there. I hope you can find the love for it once again x

  5. July 21, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Sorry for a belated reply but I just wanted to say don’t give up! I love reading your blog but yeah you’re right I love the real-life updates… warts n all! I always love your little loves or whatever that series is called!
    I am such a hobby bloggerthst I often think of giving up! But like you, gotta remember why we started.
    Love ya xxx

    • July 21, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Thanks so much for this reply my love it’s so lovely xxx

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