I read Bess from Thoroughly English's most recent post about 'acting stupid in order to bump your stats' and found it really interesting... so much so that I had to word-vomit my thoughts out on my blog for you...
I stopped beauty blogging mostly, because though I love beauty products - there are enough beauty blogs out there and i'm not about to spend all my hard earned wage to keep up with the beauty Jones's .. I don't need 3 different kind of naked palettes, an overly priced beauty balm or some strange remote control brush for my face. The gimicks annoyed me, the posts that are written for the sake of a free toothbrush piss me off to no end and are, by the way, fucking obvious. No one wants to offend anyone. The great thing about blogs is that they belong to you, your corner of the internet to tell the TRUTH. Except... more and more, as Thoroughly English states.. people treat their blogs like 'brand me', a faux, happy clappy, business savy shell, where you don't give up too much about yourself and spend hundreds on a light box so that the lippy your shooting with the camera you bought because big blogger X has one too, looks just right.
I have even found myself trying to tow the way I am, hide my personality, tone down the sarcastic bitch within.. but really, come on. What's more interesting something a little different, or another blogger sheep bleeting on about the same beauty product as 50k other bloggers.
Yes we all want our blogs to be noticed because we put in the effort, but at the end of the day... my blog is an outlet for me - it's a small form of therapy, a way to practice my (non-existant) writing skills where no one will judge me for being just a bit crap and writing far too colloquially for anyone to actually understand.
I remember joining a Twitter Lblogger chat a few weeks back- just like Thoroughly English. I found myself getting frustrated at the bland bland, scaredy-cat feedback. I think the topic was about "How much of yourself do you put into the blog?"... the general consensus of the hashtagged drivel was basically 'not much'. The faux-fluffy, light, please-the-people approach was the best way to go according to most. Snooze. A beauty blog is about beauty, so thats fine, fashion... about fashion... a lifestyle blog is about your way of living life surely.... so how can you subtract your life from your lifestyle blog? Bizarre. I don't really participate in the chats anymore, it's all self-promotion - no one reads each others blogs, its all just a chance to grab one more follower.
I admit i'm excited to reach 100k views on the blog, I don't monitor my followers, I occasionally have a peek and if numbers have gone up, I'm giddy! We're all pleased if we're interesting people, but another thing I don't get is people asking for followers... "help me reach 138 followers PLEASE follow" ... why? Whats the point in a follow if they don't bother reading the blog, they arent actually keen to read the content of your blog? If it's about earning the money then don't be so sugary-sweet or think your supporters so dumb, the fact is, you want numbers so you can charge more or get more freebies. I can't see why else people would want to collect followers who aren't actually interested in "brand you".
"Follow me and I'll follow you!" ....... Why? I'll follow you if I find your content interesting, absolutely... not so I can gain a follower who probably doesn't even know the name of my blog, nor care. Quality over quantity. It's a bit like that Facebook fad of having 120000 "friends".. 15 of whom you actually know. You wanna be my friend on Facebook, privy to my info? You need to actually know me. That's how I believe it should be.
I am blunt, I am honest, I simply don't know how to sugar coat my thoughts, and that's all they are, thoughts and opinions. So apologies if I have offended, but I feel these are valid points and some things that go on in the blogosphere are just barmy!