Are you passionate about blogging?
I rarely ever post personal stuff on here but I am going to make a habit of it. I have been going through a lot of changes recently, many of which has taken my attention away from blogging. It dawned on me that my passion was dimming when I went a few days without posting and didn’t care. It seems that every social network I am connected to is flooded with ways I can advance as a blogger and my inbox is flooded with affiliate requests, inquiries about how I can make money blogging, and invitations to different social media websites like pinterest, pose, fashion this and fashion that. I have been blogging for a little over 7 years now and never thought this to be a business but more of something I did because I was passionate about it. Do not get me wrong, I do have rates for ads and have made business exchanges with brands because after all this is my lively hood and I work very hard on my posts. Not only do I put effort but I do not advertise or promote brands that do not fit the aesthetic of who I am. This blogging world has become so overly saturated that I hear the word “blog” and cringe. I remember at the start of my blogging career, blogging wasn’t so “cool” and saying you were a blogger meant you weren’t going to be taken seriously. Now this fad has become an explosion and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon blogging about things they are paid to talk about, things that don’t even fit their criteria, the personal and genuine aspect of it has gone out the window, and people who are actually passionate about blogging and genuinely dress for themselves and not for “likes” on lookbook have been overshadowed. I feel for bloggers who don’t abide religiously to trends and have fancy photographers because this is totally “in” right now in the blogging industry. I think it is important that we blog for the love of it, even if people do not understand our fashion choices, even if we don’t have fancy photographers, or lots of money to spend on fashion. Keep GOING. We don’t need all of these things to be relevant. I appreciate bloggers like myself who blog for the love before we blog for the money or popularity. To be honest, the money is great and all and I put in enough work to be paid but I could care less if it were there or not. Meaning, if we were still not getting paid for it..I’d still be here writing. That could also be because I am not a money hungry person to begin with. I do not half-ass anything that I put out on my blog and If I am not passionate about a brand and their message, I will professionally and kindly decline no matter how much money a brand is offering. Very often I get a pitch and end up seeing a bunch of fashion blogs days later all with the same post promoting that same brand. This is not genuine. This is not the direction I want for my blog, this is not the message I want to send to my readers. I only put out unique content, unique content that is personal and reflects who I am and what I love. I want to educate you all and spread awareness of great brands, not write about a brand that may be of low quality just because I was paid to do it or just because other blogs are doing it. I blog about what I love and if the product is of low quality, is too expensive, or does not fit the description or aesthetic of who I am, I will not do the post. Blogging should be genuine, fun, and personal, not robotic, recycled, and staged.
Be passionate or find a different hobby. Your audience can tell the difference.
For example, I used to be a dancer and I was fairly good at it. I was about to embark on a career in dancing till one day at dance practice. I happened to look around at everyone who arrived extra early to stretch, stayed extra late to practice, and lived for the art of dancing. Here I was, on stage taking photos for Latina Magazine, going to castings for commercials, and watching this career develop but seeing how passionate they were and how I was just doing it because I was good at it made me realize that I may be taking away from them by embarking in this dancing career that I wasn’t passionate about. I quit dancing that same exact day and everyone questioned my departure. However, I did what was right and someone who is really passionate about dancing deserved to be on stage..not me.
Also, I do not feel the need to be on every single social network to remain relevant to the blogging industry. Nothing against social media but I already have my hands full with twitter, tumblr, facebook, and instagram. My favorite is tumblr because I can inspire and be inspired by blogging and reblogging images I love. Instagram is a view into my life through pictures and more personal than tumblr so I like that as well. I just feel like so many bloggers feel like they HAVE to be on all of these platforms and they don’t. Like I said, blogging should be fun, not robotic. We can all reach our highest potential in other ways.
I think it is important that we do things with “love”. It is important that we follow what we are passionate about despite being good at some things. My passion has been dimming but after a few days of regrouping my thoughts and seeking inspiration from old films, art, and the ambitiousness endeavors of my creative like-minded friends, I am back to being inspired and that fire is slowly but surely shinning bright. I wasn’t/am not throwing up that white flag, I have worked too hard blogging and put in too many hours of my life into it to quit now. I just needed a break from it all to freshen up a bit and bring something new and vibrant to the table. It is my responsibility as a public figure of fashion blogging to keep inspiring and keep growing as a person and with my career.
To all of you who have been supportive, thank you because you too have inspired me to keep the ball rolling and focus on the real prize. I hope that you all continue to do what inspires you and makes you happy.