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.