Blogging has changed over the years. It used to be that blogs were used as a means of journaling, or getting important information out. Blogs were more specific to one’s interests, hobby, for ranting, or showing a vulnerability such as through poetry. Then blogs became a business, like mine. I am not knocking that of course, I love that I can blog and make a living! Yet with these changes, there comes the question of just how blogging has changed and staying authentic.
Even though I make money on some articles I am still sending out empowering, important information about topics I love.
I believe that no matter what niche we are in as bloggers we can still empower, educate, and inform our readers.
Blogging And Being Open:
We also have the choice to be open about ourselves, or not.
The difference I fear is that some bloggers are afraid of “putting it all out there” these days.
Perhaps we fear to lose a client that would have paid good money.
Maybe we are too fearful of being ridiculed or judged.
Back when the initial bloggers started with their hearts and voices wide open we did not have the social media we do now.
There was not as much fear of our little blogs where we share our deepest secrets being found, let alone anyone shaming us if they did find it.
In order to find those obscure blogs, we literally had to seek them out.
To ridicule them would be like shaming a fellow employee for being at a strip club.
Both have to be there in the first place right?
Why It Is Important To Be Open, To Be Authentic:
These days bloggers can be afraid to be open, to be vulnerable.
I feel it is more important to be open than it ever has been.
We have reach on social media, we have the ability to shape or change a life for the better.
By being vulnerable, being honest, even about the crap in our lives we can help heal others.
At least perhaps help someone avoid a similar situation.
There have been a couple of times I have questioned if I should blog about something personal.
I did fear what my readers would think.
In addition, I also feared what potential brands that may want to work with me would think.
You know what I decided?
I decided to do it anyway!
Blogging And Brand Representation:
When it comes to my readers I would hope that there is enough of an established relationship that they would appreciate my honesty.
New readers may find me from searching the very article I was afraid to post.
The types of brands I want to work with would appreciate my openness as well.
I want to work with brands that are open and honest so why not put it all out there and let the chips fall where they may.
The fact is, I started my blog to empower women, not to hide my truth from them.
I started my blog to empower myself, not to deny who I am.
Yes, some things change along the way.
Such as the design of my blog and even the name.
My header, my blog theme or colors may change but one thing I won’t hide are my colors.
And yet, those can change too.
We are a work in progress, always evolving.
I will always tell you my truth.
In my own way and in my own time but it will be out there for you to read.
Being An Open Book, Being Authentic:
Is there a balance between drama and empowerment?
Yes, I believe there is.
Sometimes I am conflicted with how do I empower when I am going through my own drama.
How much drama do I want to put out there?
When is sharing drama too much whining and complaining?
I cringe when I open my Facebook to see people arguing, or someone whining.
Yet those posts seem to get the most attention right?
They get attention because most people truly want to help.
Granted, others do ridicule, there will always be trolls and flamers.
I am not out for attention, I am out to help others learn even if that means through my mistakes.
For that reason when something happens in my life I tend to let it marinate.
To allow myself to marinate in it.
Absorb the lessons.
Get some healing time.
Then share what I have learned.
I feel that is empowering, for myself and my readers.
I am not saying that is the only way to do it.
It’s just the plan or agreement with self that I have come to.
In this way, I can stay honest, and true to my readers and stand by the goals of my blog as a whole.
Blogging Is A Bussiness:
We can glean some valuable lessons from the bloggers who started it all.
Back then using SEO, keywords, proper headings, etc did not seem as important.
Even sentence structure was not judged strictly because the value was in the thoughts expressed.
The feelings shared.
Excitement over a common interest or emotions understood by kindred spirits.
My hope is that you get a little bit of all of that here.
Some excitement, some emotional expression, some fun.
Empowered at times, even perhaps a few tears and a nodding of your head in agreement with something you have yourself lived through.
In the midst of all of that, I will use my best blogger practices of today’s time.
Doing my best to use proper headings, correct keywords, and being noticed by the almighty Google indexing Gods.
However, if I fail to do any of the later, know that I will always put you, my readers, first.
Hopefully keep you coming back for more fun, more cute animal antics, and empowerment.
And yes, some “drama” that has been processed in a manner to which I can help you should you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
I guess that is my way of keeping the old in with the new when it comes to blogging.
I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Do you miss the way blogs used to be?
What qualities do you look for in a blog or blogger?
If you are a blogger, what agreements do you have with yourself about your blogging style?
Do you think blogs are still authentic?
Tell me about a blog you used to visit that you miss from “back in the day”.