Where Is Blogging Headed?*

Today's post is part of a study with the Innovation Company on what people see as the future of blogging. After recent going's on in the bloggersphere especially on Twitter, I thought this was a good opportunity to finally voice what I think is happening in terms of blogging and where I think it's going.

I started blogging initially to gain a bit of confidence around mental health and self esteem in general and from what I have picked up on over my two years of blogging, this is what a lot of people start out for. Shortly after creating my blog, I realised it would be another awesome platform to get my illustration work seen and gain more traffic to my Etsy shop, so I use my blog to showcase any new products I have available or to show you what I've been up to in terms of arty farty creativity stuffs.

Two years down the line and the blogging world is bigger than ever, finding a 'niche' is hard and there are still posts I write which make me worry about any backlash it may receive if something is read in a way I never intended. I feel thing's have become a bit sensitive over time and the smallest of sentences can be taken way out of context and cause a fight. Although I haven't been blogging that long to some, I have learnt a great deal and writing has turned into something I thoroughly enjoy. I have a photography A Level which I wasn't putting to much use too and now I find myself trying to learn more about cameras, lighting and composition rather than watching crappy TV or doing something else that's pointless. I will sit and learn from a YouTube tutorial how to HTML something and this is a perfect example of what an educational and developmental journey blogging can be.

In terms of competition, I feel this is what has been making people turn nasty. Recently I've been seeing other bloggers being targeted either by groups in a chat or people 'taking sides' with their 'blogger friends' and spending entire evenings, maybe even weeks trying to bring someone else down. Some have even devised hashtags which I have also seen trending on Twitter. This is bullying. The exact opposite of what a lot of these other bloggers preach about. 

Blogs should be a place for people to escape and enjoy but there have been days when I've been embarrassed to call myself a blogger because I'm afraid the term blogger will end up becoming tarnished from disgusting behaviour. It doesn't give brands a very good impression of people and it certainly doesn't make social media a very welcoming place to come to. Don't get me wrong, there are a handful of people who I would consider friends now after meeting through blogging and I really hope one day we get to meet for a coffee and get to know each other better, but there are also a lot of people out there who aren't as friendly as they claim to be.

I don't for one minute think that there isn't anymore room for bloggers and since each individual has a unique way of writing and taking photos, sharing reviews and expressing themselves, how could there possibly be no more room for anyone else? All it means is the competition is increased slightly but after all, if you're starting a blog with the soul intention of making it big and becoming famous, you're in it for the wrong reasons. Blogging still has the potential to be a brilliant way of bringing people together, opening up opportunities and for each of us, the destination is never the same for any two people.

I try and be the change I want to see and whether that is sending someone a message to say you love their new photo or post, sending a supportive DM in a time of need or just spreading positive quotes, sharing artwork, telling someone they look beautiful or asking how someone is. Kindness doesn't cost anything and blowing out someone else's candle certainly doesn't make yours glow any brighter. There is room for all of us and we're all so unique and special that each blogger, vlogger or any other creative should feel they're welcome to join the communities and be supported along the way.

Thanks for reading,

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