Blogging is hard because of the grind require to stay interesting and relevant – Sufia Tippu.
When I first began blogging in 2009, there was not a fully-fledged industry that relied totally on social media. It was the beginnings of something very special that nobody knew would rocket into a frenzy of unique content creation which would then snowball into being an industry where women come out on top. I love being a part of this community, this industry, despite not having many followers or having a massive name out there. I have returned to blogging again and again over the past ten years for the sheer love and passion that I have for blogging. If I didn’t have that passion, I wouldn’t be doing this. I certainly wouldn’t do this just to try and gain money from it. Yes, that would be lovely and an incredible achievement, but I never started blogging at the age of 16/17 for that reason.
I started blogging because I wanted a platform to write on, to share images that I loved. My first blog had awful photos that I took with an old phone, combined with a lot of Google images. All I wanted to do was write; my second online space was far better, but nowhere near the industry standards of today. Even this blog isn’t at the top end of industry standards, nowhere near. Not in my eyes. Nevertheless, I still blog, I still write my heart out, practically until my fingertips bleed because I absolutely love blogging. And I love it most. Always have, always will.
Social media is an incredible thing, but it comes with so many boundaries. Gone are the days where your photo would show to all your followers. Gone are the days where a simple Instagram-filtered snap of the day would do. Twitter is just as fleeting. Every millisecond, somebody else on your feed is tweeting and your hilarious one-liner or blog promotion has gone into the abyss of social media past. Facebook is just as bad, but that’s because of the crazy load of pages that we all liked at the age of 15 when they were something we related to; now, they just pump out weird videos, but nobody ever unfollows the pages. It takes too much effort in a time that we are all busy being busy.
On the contrary, my blog *touch wood* never ages or disappears, nor does it flit between posts. The content is there on a domain that I own, and it is there for however long I choose. People can search topics and come back to any blog post without having to scroll through pages of content. People say that social media is evolving at such a pace now that we never know what is around the corner. That is true. Instagram could be gone in a second. Highly unlikely, but it could happen. Everybody has experienced the blips and the #instagramdown. By working on my blog, I know that it has a higher chance of outliving my social media platforms. Furthermore, it is my own personal space where I don’t feel the need to stand out or compare myself to other bloggers. If people come to my blog, they want to visit for a reason. They’re less likely to hop to another page because they’ve seen something better and more evoking a millisecond later which is completely different to how the likes of Instagram and Twitter works.
Blogging also allows a longer, more bohemian, way of connecting with people or influencing them. People click on a blog post because they want to read it, either because they are intrigued, or because the title already resonates with something they feel, whether that is emotionally or passionately. That is less likely when scrolling at a hundred miles an hour on social media. It allows me to converse in a way that I don’t feel silly and it allows me to elongate my thoughts. I couldn’t write one thousand words on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The character limitations wouldn’t allow it.
Blogging isn’t for everyone. Many influencers now prefer Instagram and Twitter because it is quick and it seems to be the way forward in terms of influence. It is certainly the way that adverts and collaborations are going, which is an incredible thing. The age of social media is well and truly here and it is a place that can be amazing, but it is also a place that can be awful too. Overall, it is a place that is completely and utterly frustrating for every content creator who is trying to make a name for themselves, no matter how big or small. Blogging allows me to take a step away from that; focusing on my posts, my written word, my images and even my views makes me see social media as a bonus, which ends up with an increase in traffic and following. Bizarre that when I put less effort into social, I end up gaining more from it. Nevertheless, I also appreciate that blogging and social media go hand in hand. If I lost my social following, I’d lose my readers too. It is a fine line to contend with all aspects that this blogging world requires, but overall, I’d choose my blog over anything else.
I adore Fayebeline. It has been a safe haven, an open diary and a place that I can be completely creative on my own terms. I strive to make it the best it can be and it will always be my number one in my blogosphere world. If you want to see more of my ten-year blogging journey, you can do here!
What are your thoughts on blogging and social media? If you had to pick one platform, which would you choose?
Love, Faye xo