Yet another post by me with a huge title that I couldn’t condense down but it’s starting to become a regular thing so hey ho. One of the best things about blogging, in my own opinion, is how open everyone is on their own space online. As millennials who have grown up with social media, we tend to think absolutely nothing about sharing things online. New job? Best believe there will be a tweet or Facebook status about it. An engagement or pregnancy? No doubt there will be an Instagram picture of the ring or scan. With blogging, we tend to share much more than just the good stuff. There are blogs dedicated to everything you could possibly think of out there and I for one, embrace the diversity. I get most of my recommendations from blogs; what to read, where is good to travel to, new places to eat, style ideas, Netflix recommendations. On top of all of these, I also love that just the ‘good parts’ of people’s lives aren’t just what is featured. Amongst some of those blogs, there are posts about heartache, mental health, feeling like you aren’t where you should be in life. Real below the surface problems that we all suffer from at times and for me, it’s such a candid look at who we are as people.
When it comes to Social Media, the majority of its users use it as a highlights reel. We see the good parts of their life. The nights out, the videos from gigs, pictures of their new cars, bojuee vacations. We see all the good parts, and I think if we think about our own feeds, we’re probably guilty of that. But with blogging, it’s much deeper than all of the above. People view their blogs as an outlet – good or bad.
Millennials get a hard enough time as it is – the ‘snowflake generation’ according to The D**** M*** readers – who aren’t even worth mentioning. Bloggers and Influencers get an even tougher time in my opinion. Many people view bloggers as instantly trying to profit from their blog now that it has turned into what was a hobby for most into a rather profitable career. They also believe that creating content is a walk in the park and that it isn’t technically a ‘real career’. But over the space of the last couple of years, I’ve watched blogging explode and despite it having the label of being a ‘superficial’ industry – there is a real, raw, vulnerability about it now. So many blogs are turning away from just being completely niche to instead, incorporating more of their life and personality into their posts. Yes, they might be styled head to toe in Topshop to show you the big trends from S/S, but there will also be some rather personal posts on there from topics like anxiety, living alone, uncertainty around career aspirations. We often hear that ‘blogging is dying’, but the reality is, in my eyes it isn’t, it is evolving into something much more personable.
Sadly for me, recently, I’ve been struggling to write online, and the reason why is I learned that not everyone who reads your blog is your biggest cheerleader. That in fact, I regret being open about things on here and it makes me extremely sad to be in this position. I had tons of posts in my drafts – personal ones filled with advice on topics I’m really passionate about, but now, I’m incredibly wary about what I put online now. It isn’t a position I’m happy to be in – I love blogging, writing has always been a massive release for me, and I found opening up online and oversharing at the expense of helping people something quite liberating. But now, I don’t feel I have that sense of freedom anymore and even when I was writing this post thought, is this ok to write? My hobby doesn’t feel like mine anymore, and that feels incredibly sad. I’ll never be able to write a slightly more personal post without being mindful of other things in the back of my head. Becoming a more private person is so high on my agenda right now. Who knows? Maybe in the future, I’ll be back sharing the style of content I used to but sadly, for now, I don’t feel comfortable in doing so.
My blogging journey is by no means over. I will still be posting bookish content and favourite posts every now and then but when it comes to more personal matters such as life updates, mental health and general musings, they will more than likely be within a personal journal rather than on What Amy Did. I feel so deflated even writing that, but it is what it is.
I know this has turned from praising the blogging community to then a slight confession about my own blogging journey, but the primary purpose of this post is to give the recognition the blogging community deserves. The majority of blogs I follow have the right amount of balance – sharing what they love but never sugarcoating how they feel. We might be a generation of chronic oversharers, but we are a generation not afraid to speak about subjects such as mental health, physical health, sexuality, heartbreak, comparing ourselves to others, unemployment, self-employment, finances, body positivity, supporting essential movements like #metoo, championing diversity. It is a community for everyone and one I’m proud to be a part of. Last year, it felt like blogging was only for those with tiny bodies, designer bags and 40k+ followers but as time goes by, blogging is getting more candid, and it’s so admirable. It’s something I wish I could be involved with in the same way, but I will 100% be championing everyone’s posts and sharing my opinion or two with my big mouth on twitter. But for all the bloggers out there, putting in their all and sharing your stories, I salute you.
Thanks for reading x