Okay, so I’m slightly concerned that this may be a touch of a controversial blog post. With this, I am not trying to insult anyone, or be negative about the blogging community; this blog post is purely about myself and my opinions, and what I want from my blog I guess. So, with that said, please don’t take anything I’m about to say as offensive, as its just purely about how I feel. I guess I should just get into this then. I started this blog just over two years ago I think, I started it wanting to be part of the big blogging community. I wanted to work with all the brands, I wanted to win awards and grow one of the biggest blogs I could possibly grow.
But for the last 6 months or possibly even less, I have completely changed the way I look at my blog. I don’t really have any bookish friends; although my Dad and Nan both read, we all read very different books so its hard to sit and have big conversations about the books I’m reading. On this blog, I can talk about all the books that I have loved, or the ones that I have not loved, and I can just be completely honest about how I feel about various books.
Also, I use this blog to talk about my chronic illness experiences, I know some people have complained about this in the past but there is one big reason why I do this, not to mention the other little reason. MY main reason is because it helps me, it makes me stop and look at how I’ve been, and look back at it and put it in a lot better perspective. But also, I have a variety of health conditions, some of which so little is known about. I see that by me writing about my experiences, it puts out there some support if anyone was ever to look for what its like to have internal Schizophrenia, Fibromyalgia or ME.
So that is why I blog, I no longer do it for the popularity or awards or any of those things. And I’ve found that my blog has grown so much more since I have changed my focus.
But to the title of this post; I don’t feel like I am particularly part of the wider blogging community. I have a few absolutely amazing friends that I have made because of my blog (you know who you are), but I don’t sit and talk to that many people. I don’t do the tag posts, and don’t follow the blogging awards. No longer do I take part in any blogger chats, or really any chats at all.
I love working with publishers, and would of course love to work with brands, but I have zero intention of making money from this blog. It is just a place for me to write and talk about my opinions and feelings and just be honest in a safe space.
So that is that. I have no problem with bloggers that are working on their blog to make an income, or that want to win awards and be super successful. Good luck to you all, and I wish you all the best. Its just I am not a very well person, and I can not have my blog becoming a stressful thing, its my safe space and something I love and I need it to stay that way.