It’s early on a Sunday morning as I’m writing this post, I’m awake because my body clock is so used to being up by 6.30am that I’ve become terrible at lying in. Oh, and the fact someone in my house was making lots of noise below my room at that time. As I was awake this early and for once had no planning on my to do list I thought I’d catch up on some blogs I haven’t read. Except that I didn’t get as far as enjoying reading those blogs, before I found myself just staring at Bloglovin and stressing about my own blog. How I haven’t had time since being on teaching placement for it, how I’m meant to be a full time teacher in September and will probably not have time to blog there after. It got me thinking about the point of blogging.
Why do I blog? What is in it for me?
I don’t blog because I want it to be a full time career yet I feel like that is why most people blog. That is why there are all these advice posts out there telling you how to be successful because blogging doesn’t seem to be about having fun anymore. It seems to be about who can earn the most money or be invited on the most press trips.
In the past year I have funded all of my travel myself. I haven’t taken a press trip once. The only time I received something for free was when I stayed the night at a brand new hotel. Am I worried because I’m not getting press trips? No, because all of my free time last year was booked with travels anyway. I wouldn’t have been able to accept a single press trip had I of been offered them. I also don’t see this as a fail because I got to travel to the places I want to travel to and there was no pressure to produce content from the trips.
I don’t blog for free things, press trips or to gain a huge social media following.
So what do I blog for then?
I blog as a hobby. A way to keep a record of all of my travels and to share some of the things I learn with people who might like to know. To share photos, stories, advice, where I ate the best meal or had the best experience. I don’t often create posts about places I haven’t been unless it is genuinely a list of places I’m contemplating going. Instead I post about the adventures I’ve had, in a way I feel like I want to. I NEVER plan content before I go on a trip like I have seen so many travel bloggers recommend and normally I don’t even write about the trip while I’m there, like those same people recommend. This means I often, like this morning, end up staring at blogs that are more successful than my own and try to re-plan my entire blog game plan.
Then I catch myself doing it, stressing about content for my blog, the need to have a gazillion social media updates and how my Instafeed has some how become selfies and my bullet journal. What I realised this morning, while I was stressing, was that I have to go back to school tomorrow and this is my only day of the weekend. I shouldn’t be stressing when it is only a hobby. But that’s the thing with blogging, there are so few people that do it as a hobby these days that you get sucked into the pressure of full time blogging. You get sucked into the fact they spend more time on their blogs and you have to actually do something else with your day. I forget sometimes when I’m comparing myself to full time bloggers than I’m not one of them and that I cannot compare myself to them.
So yes, I do blog as a hobby but I feel like it is becoming harder and harder to blog as a hobby. There is so much competition in this industry that it is easy to get sucked into it all.
I’m not really sure where I’ve been going with this post but after reading a few blogs about the industry this morning I had all of these thoughts bubbling around that I needed to get out. That I wanted people to understand before they judge why my blog isn’t like many of the travel blogs out there. Why I’m not obsessed with press trips and social media stats.
That all being, I had the most views in a month on my blog in January and I just want to say a big thank you for sticking with my blog even though it’s just some hobby I started five years ago.
Why do you blog? Let me know in the comments below.