Since 2007, I’ve been blogging from one domain to another, moving to different platforms — Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress. I never had a blog that lasted for 2 years. I kept on moving and maybe that’s one of the reasons why only a few bloggers know me despite of being in the blogosphere for so long. Haha.
But last year was different. I thought I don’t want to blog anymore and just stop. There were a lot of things going on my mind that made me decide to just take a break and be back when I’m ready to fuel up my passion in blogging.
I don’t belong in any niche
I am one of those bloggers who never had a niche. Back then, I only see blogging as an online diary. Until bloggers explored, creating a lot of niches – beauty, fashion, travel and a lot more. For me, it is still the old blogging world where I write about my life and random thoughts and blog for keepsake.
It was hard to find blogs that are the same as mine, which they called “personal blog”. Almost everyone is focusing on one niche. The bloggers I knew before have either quit blogging or not that active anymore. I was lost, I don’t know where to go.
Blogging has become an online billboard
Today’s blogosphere looked like an “online billboard” to me, with all these sponsored posts, that no matter how much they say “products they believe in”, it’s still sponsored. It irks me to find at least three blogs writing about the same product with almost the same words (product descriptions that are required to be mentioned). Don’t tell me you can’t differentiate a sponsored post from the normal product review. Reading blogs filled with all sponsored posts is boring.
I don’t have anything against earning from blogging. In fact, I am amazed that blogging has come so far, we can actually make a living out of it. I’ve also earned a lot from it but the truth is, there came a time when opportunities are overflowing, I just said yes to whatever comes my way. Writing posts to earn money is a chore. It wasn’t fun anymore.
Haters are everywhere
Haters gonna hate. I know, right after those words I’ve written above, you probably thought I’m a hater. Of course, I hate, it’s normal for people to hate things. As they say you can’t please anyone. We have our own opinion and we should respect that. But it seems like we forget that. We hate but we don’t want to be hated.
Gone were the days when we don’t care about our grammar, when we can even blog in Filipino, when we can blog about anything under the sun. No, today, we have to be careful with everything we say because we don’t want to receive hate messages from netizens. If that’s the case, how can I say I can blog what I want?
But I really want to blog so I’m coming back
Maybe it’s true, that “Once a blogger, always a blogger.” So here I am again with another attempt in setting my feet (or rather hands?) back to blogging. I may not be under a specific niche but I like it that way. I like that I can blog about all the blogging niches. I may write a sponsored review but I will make sure that it would not be bothersome not just for you but for me. I won’t let these sponsored posts bore me that would eventually make me leave the blogosphere again. Lastly, I may have a lot of haters (or not, since I am not famous haha) but I am hoping I could get pass through them and just don’t mind them at all.
Being away from the blogosphere for a year made me enjoy my offline life much better. I still post on social media a few times but it wasn’t as detailed as how I would have blogged it. Now, I learned to live life more and enjoy every moment of it, whether it goes online or not.
How about you?
- How long have you been blogging? Have you also thought of stopping?
- What do you think of the blogging niches? In what niche is your blog under?
- How do you accept blog opportunities without it being a chore?
- How do you handle haters?