Recently, I’ve seen some posts talking about how blogging has changed over the years. Here’s my two cents.
On January 24 I will have been blogging for 4 years. To be honest, I didn’t expect to last a year when I first started my blog. I was on my own, didn’t have a clue what I was doing, didn’t know any bloggers, and really just didn’t think I was doing a very good job. Back then I was still in high school and I had a lot going on so I barely had time to read. I contemplated giving up a few times but as you can see, I stuck with it. 2009 was a really good year for blogging. I watched the community grow and I reached out to a lot of bloggers, both new and old. I made friends and I started to make a name for myself in the blogging world.
Today, it seems like a new blog is created daily. I love this and I hate this. I love meeting new readers and the blogging community is a great way for readers to make friends. I don’t exactly fit in most places but I definitely fit here. I love seeing people come out of their shells and make friends with other bloggers. This is not a community that’s mean and judgy. Every blogger I have ever met/talked to has accepted me as who I am and I can’t say the same for some of the people I’ve met in real life. Knowing that there are other people out there like me has helped me come out of my shell and really changed me as a person. It’s the most awesome thing about the blogging community.
However, I also mentioned that I hate all the new blogs popping up. It’s not all the new blogs, that’s for sure, but there are quite a few that get started for all the wrong reasons. The point of a blog is not to get free books/ARCs, it’s to share your love of reading. A lot of newer bloggers seem to think blogging is all about getting followers so the publishers will send you books. It’s really easy to tell when a blog is started only for the purpose of getting books and it really makes all bloggers look bad.
I’m not going to lie though. It seems like all bloggers these days base their worth around the amount of ARCs/review copies they get. Readers judge what blogs are the “biggest” based on how many ARCs they get any given week. That’s so not true. There are some blogs out there that get tons of ARCs all the time and yet they still aren’t very well-known. And there are some very popular blogs out there that don’t get very many books for review. ARCs/review copies are not the way to judge whether or not a blog is a good one. Content such as reviews, creative features, interviews, and things like that are the real way to see whether or not a blog is a good one and those things should be the deciding factor on whether or not a blog is a “big” one.
Blogging has changed a lot since I first started. It’s evolved in both good ways and bad ways. I love that publishers/authors are paying more attention to us and finally seem to realize our worth. I love that on any given day I can meet a new person in the blogosphere and make a new friend. However, with good things come bad things. With more bloggers out there blogging starts to become a competition to some. It’s also a lot easier for bloggers to get a bad rep with so many of us. If one of us does something stupid (at a conference, in an email, on their blog, etc.), we all look bad. That being said, there’s nothing we can do about other people. We only control ourselves and our blogs so it’s up to us as individuals to do what we can to make the blogging community one to be proud of.
How long have you been blogging? Have you seen any significant changes in the blogosphere since you started?