There comes a point in every bloggers life where they decide to open up their borders and share their content with the world via social media. This is the best way to do things, and social media link-ups make up the vast majority of my views. Twitter, I love you.
It’s also a great place to meet bloggers from elsewhere, from other platforms, from other backgrounds. You can see where they come from and you can have conversations more informally with them.
There are forums online for bloggers, like the Irish Bloggers page and a whole range of others. They’re chock full of people sharing their content and willing to network all the time. It’s great.
(and there’s always a but), these forums do have a pattern content wise. Certain types of blogs are more common than others. I feel as if I’m drowning in a pool of information that doesn’t appeal and that I can’t add to. It’s like being at the rubbish table at a wedding. Here are some other observations I’ve taken:
There are very few men in the world of blogging.
Blogging is very much a female led passtime from what I’ve seen. Very rarely do you see a male blogger. Maybe It’s because women delve more into their feelings than men, maybe it’s because they feel less afraid of sharing their feelings and opinions, I don’t know – But its certainly a 90/10 split from where I’m standing.
The only blogs I can seem to find are Fashion/Beauty, Parenting, Food/Lifestyle or Personal.
Fashion and Beauty blogs seem to be everywhere, and I’m overwhelmed at this vast interest that I can’t even begin to get into a conversation about. It intimidates me that I can have such a blind spot as an aspiring journalist.
Parenting blogs don’t appeal to me for obvious reasons, I’m not a parent. And I just don’t care about my health enough to get into healthy food fads or diets or anything like that.
Personal blogs I can understand, and I can read and I can relate to, people love expressing their feelings, it gives them a sense of closure or arrangement that they hadn’t before. And the addition of people reading it can make you feel understood, or your voice heard. But because it’s peoples innermost feelings they can often be scarcer on social media because people don’t like sharing that sort of stuff with people they’re close with, paradoxially. Someone on the internet wont have a gossip about how you feel or your turmoil with their mates as fast as, say, your neighbour.
This makes it Incredibly difficult to get feedback.
It feels like you’re pouring your heart out into the abyss. It feels extremely unrewarding. Your work seems unappreciated. You could talk to the US president and get no more than 50 views because of the nature of the blog. You find yourself asking “why do I do this?” an awful lot. But literally millions of people online are blogging, reading and commenting about film and music, i just want to know where are they?
Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. Maybe I should be trying to build up my audience/community from elsewhere but at the moment I’m stumped as to how to do it. Social media groups are all well and good, but if my blog is a piece of chalk in a room full of whiteboards then I won’t get much benefit from them.