Blogging is changing and not necessarily for the better.
I had two weeks largely away from the Internet recently and worked out that there are things about blogging and social media I dislike.
1. How we claim to be such a special supportive community but can turn a blind eye when someone is in crisis.
2. How too often both blogs and social media are used to show off in a “I am way better than you!” type of fashion.
3. How women and mums are handing over their individuality and power to constantly ask other people how they should parent and live their lives.
4. How it appears that so many are driving themselves into the ground on the off-chance of an award or a sponsored post.
5. How if you are not into photography or vlogging, you blog can be seem as that much less worthwhile.
6. Howe creativity is stunted as we all start following the latest formula.
When I started blogging, it was because my Mum thought I would feel better by expressing my thoughts and feelings in writing.
Writing is my true love. Do I have to be a great video-maker and photographer too?
Do I want to make money out of blogging or do I want to step down the pace altogether.
In my life, I have always felt the need to contribute to society and to help others. That’s OK but it has sometimes taken its toll of my own physical and mental wellbeing.
Perhaps it is middle-age but I want to spend my days in a more balanced way living my life rather than banging on about injustices in the world.
I don’t have the answers yet but I do know that when I started blogging I was very unhappy and right now, I am blissfully happy.
The blogging stuff will work itself out and so long as life is good, I am on the right track.