Some Thoughts On Blogging And Direction

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I don’t really have a set plan in writing this post, but it’s been on my mind rather a lot recently. And what do we writers do to process our thoughts and feels? We write them down, of course (or at least we should – in fact, we all should, writer or not).

I’ve been thinking about this blog, and the way it has changed over the last three years. Most of the time I am over the moon excited and proud of how it has grown and evolved; blogging is such a rewarding investment which I get so much out of. Sometimes, though, I focus on the more negative aspects of change and development: am I too fickle in my themes? Why can’t I just stick to writing about one thing? Should I delete my old posts?

I am probably the only person fretting so much about the content on here.

As you may have noticed, I have mostly been blogging about cruelty-free cosmetics and lifestyle on here for a while now. Cruelty-free (and, more recently, Vegan) living is a topic that I have grown increasingly passionate about over the last year or so, and one that I adore generating ideas and putting together posts on. Whether I’m reviewing a bunch of new lipsticks, sharing a beauty regime or some tips on going Vegan, I put thought and effort into every post and genuinely get a lil thrill every time I hit Publish. Maybe I need to get out more?

This blog has kind of followed the interests and phases of my life over the last few years I’ve been writing it. It started out as a place for me to express my opinions on pop culture and news, before morphing into a more personal blog. I’ve dabbled in DIY posts, lifestyle and travel, too. More likely than not, I will occasionally want to write about those things as well in the future. But for some reason, as my blog has evolved, I have felt pressure to fit a certain niche, which has left me a little worried that I’ll limit the content I post and, ultimately, my creativity.

So what if I post about a difficult personal experience one day and do a product review the next? Variety can’t be such a bad thing, can it? The main thing is that I write about things I enjoy writing about. As creators, I think we sometimes put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I guess this is what I’ve been doing recently.

From here on out, I’m going to concentrate on not caring so much, going with the flow of what I want to write, and embracing the natural progression of my blog. And I would be honoured if you followed along.

Do you have blogging doubts and thoughts like these? How do you deal with them? I’d love to hear from you!

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8 thoughts on “Some Thoughts On Blogging And Direction

  1. I feel like this all the time! I haven’t been blogging for anywhere near 3 years but my blog has turned out nothing like I first wanted it to and has instead evolved into something totally different, that I’m mostly happy with. It doesn’t stop me worrying though, I worry as a lifestyle blogger my posts don’t cover a broad enough spectrum but I also worry since going vegan/cruelty free that I’m not cruelty free or vegan enough to fall into those niches either. I just give myself a swift mental kicking and tell myself to get on with it- worries like this stop me posting altogether which is the absolute opposite of what I want, so I’m happy just to let my blog take it’s own shape as my interests develop.

    As a side not event though I haven’t been blogging for years I have been reading and honestly I can’t think of anything more boring than a writer who never develops as they grow older. Repeatedly seeing the same content recycled year-in-year put me off a blog more than anything.

    Brianne xo

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Brianne! I agree with you on all counts. It is so important that we grow as writers and don’t let worries like these stop us from being creative in the way we want to be. I know what you mean about not feeling vegan/cf enough to fit into the community – I would think a lot of other bloggers in that field also think that sometimes about themselves, it’s just about supporting each other and valuing what everyone has to say and contribute to the community xx

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  2. I agree Nadia that sometimes you feel pressured to ‘fit’ into a certain place that you might not want to be confined to. I set up my blog as writerinresidence, intending to write about starting out as a freelance writer based at home, but whatever sparks my interest often gets posted up, not necessarily about writing. Like you, I was starting to have some doubts about putting eclectic stuff on there, but then I realised that the blog is like an extension of my journal – I write about all sorts and it is that that inspires my creative writing. I’m now trying to let go of worrying and just writing!

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  3. My favourite blogs are the ones that explore multiple areas of an author’s life, so I have never thought fitting a certain niche was all too important – after all, variety is the spice of life! As a new blogger who has only been going properly for about two months, it’s super interesting to read your thoughts a few years in – I hope I have the stamina to keep going that long. As a side note, I’ve just come across your blog today and just wanted to say how much I am enjoying looking through your posts – everything is so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Aimee :) I’m glad to hear you enjoy reading posts like that. I do too, so I’m not really sure why I’ve been fretting about writing more varied posts myself, haha. Although I’ve been blogging for a few years I’d say it’s only within the last year that I’ve properly committed to it. So pleased you’re enjoying my blog! Just had a look through yours, loving the focus on ethical/sustainable brands and fashion!

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  4. I keep thinking about deleting some of my previous cringe worthy posts, but then I don’t and I don’t know why. I think it’s good to have variety and also a sense of evolution within a blog and posts, because we are never static and we change and develop and that’s beautiful.

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    1. That’s very true – I would definitely prefer to evolve as a human and as a blogger, rather than not develop at all. That’s how I feel, too – not sure why I don’t delete my older posts (sometimes I crave a clean slate) but ultimately it doesn’t feel right to delete them.Thanks for sharing your thoughts Erin :)

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