14.8.19

Loosing my voice  |  Blog

I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now and I’ve developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with it to be honest. You may have noticed that recently the blog has been quite, then again you may not have noticed at all because social media pages seem to be blogs now too and I’m still active there. I’m currently in a bit of a hate phase and it’s concerning as I don’t seem to be coming out of it. It’s like I’ve lost my voice and haven’t been able to find it.





Blogging is a funny world. The term blog means different things to different people. To me, a blogger is someone who writes blog posts on their website. It’s mainly written with photos thrown in and I think that most people would agree with that description. Although, in the past couple of years there seems to be a new way of blogging emerging. You only have to look on Instagram or Facebook and you’ll find hundreds of bloggers who don’t have a website. They take photos and post 2 line captions underneath. They write small Facebook posts with no links to a full article. They will have “blogger” in their bio but are they really bloggers? I suppose they are documenting their lives and sharing their thoughts but it is fair to say they are bloggers? But what people decide to call what they do doesn’t bother me. What frustrates me to the point of not wanting to write anymore, is the fact that they focus on one platform, make it really good and gain momentum whilst I’m over here trying to juggle four platforms and a website. What am I doing and why am I doing it?

I also put a huge amount of pressure on myself when it comes to this blog. When I started off I’d write about what ever I wanted, in whatever style and with no regard to SEO, tone, style etc. It was just like a stream of consciousness from me. Now I am so aware of how amazing other people’s blogs are that I pressure myself to be better than I am. I spend hours scrutinising what I write, dismiss ideas because I think they won’t be interesting or eloquent enough and feel that my photography skills are on par with my 4 year olds!

I don’t blog for the likes or the money. It’s not my main source if I come but obviously it’s a nice addition to have. Although, I’d say about 5% of what I earn out side of my main job is from writing content for my blog. My income come from creating content (written and video) for other website and getting involved with social media things for brands I have long term partnerships with. So I’m not getting paid to write on my blog and to be completely honest I’m not getting many people read my blog. Most sites that have been going for the amount of time I have gain around 20-50k views a month. I’m lucky if I hit 10k but I suppose if I’m not writing then what do I expect? No content, no readers! But it’s so hard to hard to feel inspired to write when no one is reading.

I’m at the point now where I’m questioning if it’s worth keeping this blog. I’d still be on Facebook and post my insta stories and everything but do I actually need to write full blog posts? A friend of mine (who’s a blogger) commented, when I was chatting to her about this, that having an actual blog makes you seem more authentic and serious rather than just social pages but is that enough for me to keep it? Should I just stop writing and become a “blogger” on Instagram? Should I keep the blog in the hope that my voice will come back and I’ll be inspired to write again?

I don’t know. All I know is that I actually feel so much better for writing about it on here. Maybe this is the start of finding my voice again!!

8 comments:

  1. An interesting post, Ami. I agree with so much of what you've said - especially the Facebook/Instagram bit. Hopefully you'll find your blog voice again soon! x

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  2. I went through a patch like this, finding nothing to say, and also feeling like there are so many blogs, to find a way to stand out is hard. I am not sure how I got my mojo back, I just kind of did. I think you have to do what works for you and makes you feel best.

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  3. I hope you find your voice again. I personally love having the website along with the social because it's a bigger space to say what I want. Do whatever you feel is best for you though!

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  4. I know exactly what you mean - I pick up and put down my blog. When life gets busy it is the first thing to fall off the bottom of the to do list but that is ok because it’s a hobby which I do make a small amount of money from but it’s irregular. I’ve stopped comparing myself to other bloggers and just do what I want with it. I feel so much freer since taking this stance.

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  5. It can be so tough. I feel like you do, my website is my platform that I like to write on. I do use social media but that is mainly to promote what I have written about.

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  6. I think sometimes you just need to take a break. When I first started blogging I was convinced I needed to write 3 blogs a week and put myself under a lot of pressure to do it. Now I just write when I feel I have something to say. Just do what's right for you.

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  7. I also blog as a hobby and not to make money, and I always tell myself if it ever starts feeling like a chore I will stop. But taking a break to get a fresh head can be helpful.

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  8. I've been there so many times. Sometimes, all we need is to take a break and it would help so much to start again once you're ready.

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