Currently listening to Daft Punk’s within and suddenly I can’t help but wonder at how much the “blogosphere” have changed through the years. 10 years ago, “blogging” refers to a hobby, a “blog” (or weblog) is an online journal containing mostly personal reflections and a “blogger” is someone who loves to write or express themselves. Nowadays, blogging can now be a profession, a blog, a marketing tool and a blogger is now like a celebrity. Urban Dictionary couldn’t have worded it better.
There are so many things that I don’t understand
There’s a world within in me that I cannot explain
Many rooms to explore but the doors look the same
I am lost I can’t even remember my name
While advancements are always welcome and shifts on the trends are expected, I can’t help but miss the old times. Call me sentimental or whatever but I like a blog that has a “character” and not something boasting the stuff he or she has. I want blogs that I can relate to. Blogging has evolved into a marketing tool and sometimes the credibility of bloggers are compromised. People are drawn to blogging because of the “perks” that comes with them. If you plan to be a blogger, please do not ever do this.
The current trend of today is that most bloggers are going full-time. Of course, full-time blogging is an appealing career. You can work at home, at your own pace and at your own leisure but remember that having a day job does not make you less of a person. It does not define your worth or your standing as a blogger. I admire bloggers who can juggle blogging and their day job because, believe me, its HARD. The stress you have at work add to that the pressure of creating well-thought blog entries is a formula for disaster. Please do note that I have nothing bad against full-time bloggers and admire the work that they put in their blogs but basing the “success” of a blog solely on going full-time, that I have to disagree.
So whenever I feel like losing hope because I can’t keep up with other blogs with their beautifully crafted life (why bother?), I always ask myself why I blog in the first place. The answer is always clear: I blog because I want to. I want to write. I want to share. It is my passion. I blog because I want to influence people. That is all there is to it and all that will ever be and that is enough for me to push through and continue what I have been doing for almost a decade now. I do it because I want to. Not because of the “perks”.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you! <3