What blogging means to me

I have been blogging for about seven months. I started my blog as a hobby to keep a record for my children online about all their adventures through life and many things about my own life before they were born. It has also enabled me to record many projects I have undertaken in relation to my occupation as a painter/decorator and my one day a week stay at home dad.

So why do people blog and is blogging in danger of becoming a business, losing its identity as a hobby for people to record those special moments in their lives?

I hear people have started a blog and then stopped quickly because they think they are instantly going to get freebies and money. Then when it doesn’t happen they stop. I find this amusing in one way, but annoying. Let’s be honest nothing is for free in this world. You have to earn it. After all if you have a job you have to work so many hours to earn money. The company you work for are not going to say don’t work this week, but we will still pay you, so what makes people think blogging is any different? It’s simply not.
There seems to be a move towards people thinking blogging is easy money, but in truth that is so far from the truth. If you want your blog to be successful it takes dedication and hard work.
The amount of people jumping on the bandwagon thinking they can earn quick cash will ultimately give bloggers a bad name and PR companies will become wary of dealing with bloggers. That will be a shame as there are many really good blogs out there that have integrity and honesty, but also a lot of blogs that are geared up to try and make money. 
There are many Facebook groups and Twitter feeds advertising sponsored posts and incredibly it’s the same people trying to get the paid posts. They’re prepared to take a small amount of money or a product because it’s free. I believe this under values the blogger and allows the PR companies to call the shots. This is really not the way forward for blogging.
So I say to people who are prepared to take a paltry sum of money or a cheap product to think again and don’t undervalue your worth because ultimately you’ll undermine good bloggers and also if you have accepted a product for review make an effort to make the review as good as possible.
Blogging, as I have said, is purely a hobby for me and I don’t need it to supplement my income as I earn more than enough in my normal occupation and my blog shows how little paid posts are on my blog. I am fussy what I do and it has to be revelant to my blog.
Are bloggers competitive?
To be honest I’m not sure, but I do think bloggers gauge their views, twitter followers etc and think are they better than other bloggers.
The truth is if you blog, blog for yourself and enjoy it. I suppose if you are lucky enough to receive some paid posts or products to review that’s a bonus.

23 thoughts on “What blogging means to me

  1. I have such mixed emotions when it comes to blogging; I mainly do it as a hobby/family update/venting thing, but because I don't get the time to dedicate to it that I'd like I get frustrated. I don't care about the "pr friendly" stuff, and I'm glad to read that sentiment from someone else! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great post. I started about 4 months ago as a hobby and vowed I didn't want to get into reviews. My friend had some really nasty comments about that once. However, I have ended up doing a few. Not sure about the money side of things. It does seem so competitive regarding views and followers. I boosted a post once on Facebook, mainly out of curiosity and it did help lots. I like Facebook, just don't like the idea of paying for reach, unless a serious blogger. Blogging is really addictive but I'm hoping to just stay doing it for fun. A few free things here and there is a bonus. I think your attitude is really healthy and I should think the same when getting a bit carried away!! x

  3. Yeah, we all blog for such a range of reasons and even this evolves as we blog. It's important to enjoy it as you said and not tho lose one's soul doing it. It's definitely not something to do for a quick buck. Ultimately, there's enough room for all of us. #aNoviceMumTwitterFeed

  4. Well said man. I started for the same reason as you and continue to do so. I do review products and will participate in paid campaigns if the product/campaign aligns with my likes/values, but it's not the reason I blog. I think having something to look back on with our kids years from now will make it even more worth it than we can imagine now.

  5. I'm totally the same, blogging for me is to document my life as a mummy and now my pregnancy. I don't do sponsored posts and will only do review posts that suit me and my blog. I think it's really changing, but I'm glad there are still people out there who are doing it for the right reasons! x #bestandworst

  6. Great post. Like Sarah, I boosted a post on Facebook once, it did help, but I wouldn't do it on a regular basis as I imagine it'd all add up. I started blogging three years ago and had no idea what I was doing! I didn't even know I could earn money from it or receive products to review. It's an added bonus. As long you're enjoying it, that's all that matters. #bestandworst

  7. What a great post. I started my blog over 2 years ago now but didn't start really getting my teeth into it till about a year ago when I started to enjoy it more. I've been really fortunate to work with a few brands and be sent some lovely items to review and get the odd sponsored post which is nice but it's definitely more or a hobby as I have a job and don't need another, blogging takes up so much time as it is! I THINK Sarah is talking about me when she says about some nasty comments as I reviewed a candle but wrote an honest post about how terrible the item was and the customer service and got an absolute hammering for it but I didn't let it bother me, what's the point in reviewing something if you can't be honest?

    Thankyou for linking up with the first #bestandworst linky and hope to see you next week.

    Helen – #bestandworst

  8. Really interesting post and I agree with a lot of what you say. I am really choosy about what I do and don't do in terms of reviews and sponsored posts as I want to be true to the original purpose of my blog, which is: primarily as a way to keep myself sane, secondly to share activity ideas and thirdly to be honest about the ups and downs of life as a full time SAHM in case it helps anyone else going throgh the same things. Reviews and sponsored posts are great and there are times I get dragged into the competitive side of blogging, but for the most part I like to just keep myself to myself and do what makes me happy! Great post, really honest and refreshing! #bestandworst

  9. This has been good to read. I am new to the scene and feel I want my blog to stick to its purpose. Lots of reviews would distract from that. I am yet to quite work out what that means with regards to PR. But I guess it is an evolving process. #binkylinky

  10. Well said. I haven't done any sponsored posts, or paid posts. I'm not saying I never would (never say never) but that's not why I started my blog. If an opportunity arose that fit me and my blog and would be mutually beneficial, I would certainly consider it, but readers aren't stupid – they will know if you're blog suddenly becomes commercialised and I think it would put a lot of my regulars readers off because that's not what they signed up for! Thanks for hosting the #binkylinky
    Debbie (My Random Musings)

  11. I've made a total of 40 cents so far off the adds on my blog. I find it rewarding to see more and more people reading it, but anybody looking to get rich needs a new plan

  12. It is amazing how many bloggers seem to be doing it for the money. I totally get that, but sometimes it seems like they are selling out to get a few dollars. We are still newish, and in love with the experience so as of now, I don't see that in our future (although who doesn't like money??)

  13. I am so with you on every aspect, I too blog for me and my blog isn't to make money. I intend to be very selective with which companies I deal with, if I choose to deal with any that is. Being a newbie I'm still finding my way, but I can pick out the bloggers who are pushing the sponsored posts and who's blogs are run for money. Thanks for hosting #BinkyLinky

  14. What a great post. I initially started my blog for me. I didn't know that there was this big world of PR and reviews and opportunities. It is funny I think, because when you have been going for a certain period of time, you start to find your groove. I am starting to change and alter mine again…not sure where I am going yet though! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo

  15. Great read – I agree that some people do get into blogging for the wrong reasons and think that it's easy. The truth is that brands give away items to review to bloggers who have a good social reach, who are good at writing and who have a good score in Google. So dipping your toes in the water and expecting freebies isn't often going to work and is the wrong reason to start! As you wrote, you have to earn this and it does take a lot of hard work. This would mean that you have to get into it for the right reason, finding your writing style and niche in order to even be considered so it's not worth it to start of expecting free stuff. I've only been running my blog for about 2 weeks so I'm a relative newbie but I'm blogging to share my journey which I think other people may enjoy reading. If brands in the future want to hook up with me and I think their product may be good and my readers would be interested in it, then of course I'd enter negotiations with them, but I appreciate this isn't for everyone!

    #bigfatlinky

  16. Hi, for me blogging is entirely for my own enjoyment, but that's not to say that I would turn down the offer of paid work if the offer suited me. I do think that first and foremost blogging should be about about enjoyment, whether it's a hobby or a full time job.

    One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the acceptance of plodding along and blogging at whatever speed you like/can. I also like the fact that although I am no great blogger, I do have some great bloggers popping over and taking the time to read and comment on some of my posts.

    I never mind reading the odd review written by a blogger, as long as I feel it is an honest review. And as for the fly by night bloggers who think they can make money over night, they won't be doing it for the love of it and it will show in their writing.

    #PoCoLo

  17. This is a great post and I think you are right when you say you must remember why you started in the first place. If you aren't enjoying yourself then why are you doing this? There is money to be made but it won't happen over night and it likely won't happen at all. Thanks for linking up #BigTopBlogParty

  18. Love this and agree totally. I started blogging because I enjoy writing and want to improve. I also wanted to make new friends and have fun. Slowly but surely – blogging is a marathon not a spirit. #binkylinky

  19. Really sensible post.Two points – the first is that you're absolutely right in that bloggers undervalue themselves and – by extension – everyone who writes a blog. I don't accept sponsored posts, but i do put a link to products in my blog if I approve of the company and I can do it naturally: that is, without altering the content of my post. I have a minimum fee for that and I won't reduce it.
    Secondly I will never accept a sponsored post (that is, someone else writing the content). Why? Because it will be in a different 'voice' to my own blog and ultimately that will just confuse my readers.
    So great post – and best of luck with your blog: keep writing – you will give your children a unique gift.

  20. Great post. I started mine as a documenting thing and it's grown since. It's now a part time job. I don't mind that but I had to have the realisation this week to step back and remember it's fun and a hobby. It's easy to let it fly by and change your life. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week

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