Lately, I feel like there is a lot of pressure out there to "be" a certain way in this community. Recently, I have read posts from some of my very favorite bloggers, expressing feelings of uncertainty about blogging itself. Many are lost, like they don't know where they want to go, or how their blog fits in with their lives anymore.
And you know what, I know exactly what they are talking about. I have been there so many times, wondering if it's all worth it. The time & energy I devote to my blog, does it even matter? Well I realized that yes, it matters as long as this blog means something to ME. Even if no one reads here, or even likes me. What it boils down to, is making sure that I am writing about what I want to write about. One day, it might be about my frustrations as a Mother. The next day, I might feel like sharing a recipe, or an outfit I love. And then if the mood strikes, I'll write up a photography & editing tutorial. And of course, I mix in sponsored posts here and there because you know what? I like doing them. I enjoy working with brands and the extra money is nice.
My point is, as bloggers, I feel like we are pressured to find our "niche."And then things get competitive. But why? Why does it need to be like that? What can't we just blog whatever the heck we want.
Me? I don't follow any rules. I can post once a week, once a month, or every freaking day if I want.
If you're blogging to make money, then that's your thing. If you're blog consists of nothing but cute pictures of your kid, then I say YES. I love looking at photo dumps. And if you want to post about 27 different topics like I do, and don't feel like "fitting in" anywhere. Then DO it.
^^ That's my mantra.
The bottom line is don't put any pressure on yourself. The minute you do, and blogging becomes a chore, you will not enjoy it. And in that case, maybe it's not for you anymore? Or... maybe you just need to change the direction of your blog, if it's worth the effort. But I say stick to what makes you happy. Write about the things on your heart and in your head. And if you can fit in some other stuff, too. Extra points.
I just want to read your blog, the way you want it to be, not the way you think others want it.