When I first started this blog, over three years ago, it was a place for me to write about our family. A place where I can put down all the memories, the good, the bad, the days out, the holidays. A place where I can look back in years to come and reminisce about time gone by.
But you soon become part of the larger blogging community and you get sucked in by all the stats, rankings and awards. It easily happens. You see how well others do and you want a piece of it. You want to be up there with the best. You start fretting that your blog isn’t getting thousands, or even hundreds of hits a day like everyone else is. You’re not getting good opportunities, invites to events, products to review. You’re not hitting the Top 100 in the Tots rankings and you’re not getting nominated for blogging awards.
You become jealous of other bloggers. It can cause frictions as the green-eyed monster takes hold. You feel like your blog should be up there. You have put all of your blood, sweat and tears in to creating it, so why shouldn’t you be getting the recognition you so rightly deserve.
But that’s not what blogging should be about. Blogging shouldn’t be about the freebies, the invites, the rankings, the rewards or how many followers and page views you have.
Strip it back
Take your blog back to basics. Why did you start it in the first place. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just because of the freebies – and if it was then I am sure by now you will realise that they are not free at all. You have to work damn hard for everything you get. It takes a lot of time and effort.
Blogging should be about YOU. About YOUR VOICE! Blogging is a passion. It’s somewhere to release those thoughts and feelings. To document family life.
That is why I will be stripping it back.
I need to refocus and remember why I started blogging in the first place. Yes, I will still attend events, write reviews and do sponsored posts, as long as they are in keeping of the theme of this blog and relevant.
I will not however fret over my blog or social media followers. I will not get obsessive over my daily stats, or Tots score or the fact that I don’t get any award nominations.
I am not other bloggers! I am ME and this is MY blog ….. and I am proud of it, just as it is.