I shared this tweet last week. I was honestly in a grumpy mood and felt like kvetching so I did.
Quick blog rant: Why is everyone using #BLOGBOSS now? Can’t we be unique? When lifestyle bloggers turn into “blogging” bloggers. 🙁
— Alanna (@AlannaAndCo) March 4, 2016
I shouldn’t be surprised but I was surprised by how much traction it got. Handfuls of bloggers agreed and shared similar feelings about how blogging has “lost it’s soul,” so-to-say.
I hate being so negative about something I care for so much so I wanted to share why I absolutely, 100% love blogging.
Blogging keeps me occupied
I started this blog because I had some extra free time that I was sick of spending scrolling through my Netflix feed, watching endless SVU episodes, or knitting. I wanted something that would challenge me. And boy, has blogging done that.
Blogging challenges me to do things out of my comfort zone
When has a hobby challenged you to go outside of your comfort zone? Knitting? I think not. I honestly have never bought blush, contoured my face, used hot rollers on my hair, set up a tripod, bought a $500+ camera, forced myself to go to Walmart to buy a ingredient for a recipe I’ve never made before blogging. These are only a few of the many things blogging has opened my eyes to. I don’t have to do these things if I don’t want to, but having a reason to try something crazy and new is refreshing.
My readers and followers are my community and it’s real!
Ok this is something you’ve probably heard before about blogging. I never really understood it until these past 6 or so months. My consistent followers who truly comment because they connect with me make my community. Many of you I consider friends! I shared this post on my Instagram last week and I also shared it on my personal Facebook.
The amount of thoughtful and concerned comments brought a tear to my eyes. Even people who aren’t familiar with the reason behind it (cough, applying to grad schools, cough) many of you took the time to wish me a happy Friday or send good vibes my way. Now here’s the same post on my Facebook. Look at the stark difference in interaction! Wouldn’t you think my personal friends who I see and spend time with in person would have been more concerned? It was eye opening, shocking, and heart warming all at the same time.
P.S. Love you guys.
There are many other small reasons why I love blogging but these three are hands-down at the top of the list.
Why do you love blogging? What are your pet peeves about blogging recently?