Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Is blogging a dying trend

I've seen a few tweets and comments going around recently referring to the longevity of being a blogger and whether it's a 'dying trend' and as someone who started doing this two and a half years ago purely as a hobby, these comments bother me slightly.

Personally for me, blogging will never be a dying trend simply because whether anyone's reading or not, I will most likely carry on with this blog until I see fit, or until my love runs out for it (if it ever does). The way I see it is, I started this blog with nobody reading, it took me ages to build a reading on my posts but I still carried on because I enjoyed it, and so I'll carry it on even if nobody's reading it.


Whilst I would agree that yes it is disheartening when nobody's read your post or it doesn't do as well as you'd have thought, if you don't do blogging as a career, or at least full time like most of us, then if writing is something you enjoy, then why not carry on? My main income is not from blogging, it sometimes provides a little extra money on the side but even if that was to stop, I'd still continue with my blog because the money isn't what's keeping me going. It's the being able to write what I want, put effort in to something, and then be able to publish it that keeps me blogging.


YouTube 'taking over' is also another thing I've seen thrown around. Yes, more people watch Youtube videos than read blogs, and probably watch video reviews on things rather than read about them. However there will always be that audience that prefer to read about things, I know personally that I like reading blog post reviews rather than watching videos on products just because a lot of the time, peoples written pieces will go in to a lot more detail about things than people talking about them in a video. Blogging also has that personal touch that you can't get through anything else. So whilst it might seem like it's so much easier to grow as a Youtuber and that they get all the opportunities and even press trips, working hard as a blogger can still reap it's rewards.


Brands undervaluing bloggers can also be another off put but don't let it be. When you're offered about £10 to do everything under the sun for a brand I know that it can be incredibly offensive. You might think what's the point, but don't! You're better than their £10 and yes they may find someone that's willing to do what they want but don't let it put you off still creating content - know your worth!


In my opinion, writing a blog can be just what somebody needs. It can give so many people, especially young teenagers (speaking from experience), something to put their time and effort in to. Whether it leads to anything or not and ever gets any readers, being able to have a passion which also improves your English/IT/Photography skills at the same time, is invaluable.


Nothing in life is certain of course, but as long as the platform still exists, I personally don't think blogging will ever die out and I'll still be writing!
Kate Rose xo

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  1. I 100% agree with this! Peesonally, i dont belelieve youtube is taking over. I'm actually bored off it. Loved this post! Will definitely read more of your posts in the future xx

    www.lifeasnajida.co.uk

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  2. I completely agree! I much prefer reading blogs to watching Youtube videos and I'm sure there will always be someone out there who wants to read people's posts whether that's 1 person or 100 people if someone is enjoying your content why not carry on?

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. Exactly, just one reader is enough to inspire me to keep going! X

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  3. Never stop writing!! You’re one of the first gals I met through blogging and I’m still as obsessed with your blog as I was in the beginning xx
    Liv
    www.livwrites.co.uk

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    1. Ahh thank you Liv! The same back to you! X

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  4. I personally love blogging and even though I have doubts about my blog in the past, I don't see myself stopping for a while yet. I definitely won't be switching over to Youtube that's for sure! I would much rather read a blog post than watch a video and there are only a handful of youtubers that I watch religiously. Maybe it's just my age though? Blogging will always have a place as you have TOTAL control over it, unlike youtube and instagram who are always throwing curveballs (ie algorithm changes!) to content creators.

    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

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    1. Of course, me neither! Blogging is definitely my preferred platform. X

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  5. You're so right! Sometimes it does feel like Youtubers blow up so much faster and get so many more brand deals, but there will always be an audience for blogging. If I'm after a quick product review, I will always go towards a blog over a 30 min video. You keep doing you, and as long as you're happy, your readers will be too x

    Rachel | rachelemmablog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely, I’m the same! Thank you so much. X

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  6. Couldn't agree more with this Kate, I started with nobody reading and if thats the way it ends up, I'm still gonna write because I enjoy it and its a fab hobby to have! Great post!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  7. I think that’s exactly how it should be! Thank you! X

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