I’m a blogging dinosaur.
In real life, I’m not considered ‘old’ but in the blogging world, I’ve been around for roughly 3 years. That’s a long time. I’ve been blogging ever since I started high school and now I’m about to graduate and take this thing into college with me.
As I blog more and more, I become aware of things that have happened to me since I started this blog. I discovered a lot about myself looking back at my blog posts from even just a few months ago. We as people are ever-evolving yet life is so fast-paced that we usually don’t notice the small changes unless they’re documented in the form of a blog, journal, etc.
For example, when I first started blogging, literally all I talked about was books. I did this in a way that didn’t unveil much about me as a person. But, as time went on, I started to get bored of that. I felt a disconnect between my audience. I felt like there was a huge gap so I started showing different sides to myself and branching out in order to give you an insight on the different sides of me.
Now when I blog, I blog in order to introduce something new about me. Whether it be a new idea, something I’ve been enjoying recently, or something I don’t like, I tend to lean towards talking about the way I feel towards certain topics. Even with my book reviews, I used to talk about the events in a book, but now I talk more about what I took from the book, how it relates to my personal experiences, and whether I thought the writing was good or not according to my own expectations.
This is also primarily why I don’t do weekly features or memes. With those types of posts I’m restrained and I’m not able to veer off course (and we all know how much i veer off course). I blog to have fun and show my opinions. I also want to talk about issues I’m not confident enough to talk about in real life. I still haven’t explored this aspect of blogging as much because I’m not informed enough on a lot of topics where I feel comfortable enough to spread my opinions and my personality just isn’t reflective of that.
Lately I’ve been writing posts just to show off my love for K-Pop because that’s just something I love sharing with people that a) like it as well and b) those that have absolutely no insight on the topic. I took a risk when I started writing these posts. There are a lot of people out there that either hate K-Pop or have absolutely no idea what it is. I risked losing a large portion of my audience, and honestly? I was okay with that. I really was.
I guess the more time goes on, the less I care about having a lot of followers and a crazy amount of blog traffic. It’s something I used to hate to admit caring about, but I obsessed over it. Now, if I notice that I only got 10 or so new followers in a month, I just shrug. Maybe this has to do with having over 1,000 followers. Like, I reached such a big milestone that everything from now on can’t compare to that accomplishment. I don’t know, but anyways, the amount of people you have following your blog really doesn’t matter. Even if I have over 1,000 followers, I absolutely don’t have 1,000 people reading my posts. If anything, I sometimes barely reach 30 likes on a post.
That’s totally okay! That’s kind of how the blogging world works. There are loads of people that follow blogs just to follow them, there are trolls, and sometimes followers just aren’t interested in reading the posts you put out. That’s okay, too! It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to adapt my posts in order to conform for the demands a large audience brings. If people are truly following your blog for you then it won’t matter what you write about. I’ve been lucky enough to have a selection of people that have read my posts and stayed with me throughout my many challenges with finding my blogging voice.
note: i still haven’t found my blogging voice and it’s very possible that i never will but that’s totally okay
The most important aspect of blogging is growth. I’ve evolved as a person and a writer since I started my blog. I’m proud of where I am now and I’m excited for what the future might bring. I have a lot of ideas for things I want to explore in the future. I want to maybe self-host one day (but honestly i have no idea how to do that i’m scared), provide beta-reading services, and more. The changes will be slow (because i procrastinate where change is concerned) but they’ll happen. I’ll constantly be evolving. I won’t be the same person (or blogger) tomorrow as I was yesterday.
I’m honestly not quite sure what the goal of this post was, but maybe new (and old) bloggers alike will get a sense of mutual comfort from this. Y’all also seem to love my posts that you can relate to so yeah 🙂
Would you consider yourself a blogging dinosaur? How has your blogging changed since you started? Did you face any of the same dilemmas as I did? Let me know!