Dr Tanya has provided the above quote for us to comment on this week.
Blogging was trendy for a long time before I started doing it but in recent times many “influencers” seem to feel that they are better off using social media that provides content in short “bites” like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc. or by making YouTube videos. Those are fine for some things but I suppose it depends on what you are trying to say. It seems to me that most social media sites including WordPress are really geared towards making money or at least about “promoting your brand”. I’m a hobby blogger. I don’t have a brand and I don’t want one.
I don’t feel that I could communicate anything meaningful in just a few characters and I am not constantly on my phone posting new content or reacting to it. I blog on my desktop or laptop and I usually write longish posts which would be a pain in the neck without a proper keyboard.
My posts are about my take on the world, daily happenings, outings and so on. I have been blogging for nearly nine years and for me it has become a lot like the letters that I used to write to pen pals when I was younger. There are several bloggers whose blogs I follow and who follow me and although I have never met them, I feel that I know them as well as I know people I see regularly because they share their lives with me. I think that’s why I stay really despite how much WordPress has changed in the last few years and despite how I and many others complain about it. I think it is why we all stay, not out of loyalty to the brand but out of loyalty to the community. WordPress has a great community of bloggers which is more than can be said for most other social media.
Blogging, for me, and for the community of hobby bloggers is not about fashion. It’s about communication, friendship, sharing ideas and information and the love of writing. I think, well I hope, that there will always be people who want to do that. It may not always be called blogging but there will be some form of it whether it’s online blogs, newsletters, letters or something else.