Has anyone else noticed a change in blogging lately? I’ve seen more bloggers taking extended hiatuses, people complaining about the expectation of portraying a “perfect life” (through blogging and especially Instagram), the backlash of impossible Pinterest perfection and just the general over-saturation of information out there. I’ve been blogging now for nearly 3 years and I’m feeling the pressure, writer’s block and even some of the annoyance too.
Which all makes me wonder about the future of blogging.
I know some people have been blogging for maybe a decade or more, so I was late to the game. But I started because I was seeing so much great inspiration out there and I wanted to share some of my own. Having a blog pushed me to try out new recipes or finish house projects I’d been meaning to do or work on my photography skills. But then I feel like I’m falling short of some of the amazing bloggers, home designers, cooks and photographers out there and it’s discouraging to try to keep up.
If I want to share a new recipe or fun diy project, chances are that it’s already been done a million times (and probably better) on Pinterest. So it’s hard to see what I can offer that no one else does. Then there’s the pressure of only posting art gallery worthy photos on Instagram to show that I have a “perfect” life in a little snapshot. (Even though I mainly just post photos of sleeping pugs.) And I’ve been posting so sporadically lately that I feel the pressure to post more or I will lose all of my readers for the rest of time.
Basically I’m feeling blogger burn out and I’m wondering is it just me? Have I said everything I want to say? Are there too many blogs out there and am I just adding to the traffic jam? Are blogs and bloggers even relevant anymore? Or is this just me in a regular ol’ rut that I need to crawl out of? It’s hard to tell.
I have no answers and I’m not sure how my blog will be in the next few months or next few years. But I do know that I love connecting with my readers and sharing my experiences. Maybe it’s time for the blog to evolve a bit so I can feel fully inspired again. What are your favorite topics I’ve posted about? Sometimes being a lifestyle blogger is hard since you can post about “everything” so it’s hard to narrow down your focus… I’ve been reading a lot about how having a more narrowly focused blog can make things easier. Thoughts on that? Others feeling blogger burn out too? Is this post too rambly and deep for a Monday?
Anyways, sorry to get so philosophical on a Monday. Hope I’m not the only one feeling this way, but would love your thoughts on what you think the future of blogging (for blogs in general or for your blog if you’re a blogger too) will be like.