The End of Blogging By Soph?

There are lots of things that have changed my perception of blogging and bloggers over the past few weeks and to be perfectly honest I am not entirely sure how to feel about it. I feel like I am currently standing at a cross road, I could go one way, and walk away from blogging. OR, if I go the other way I completely change the way I blog and what I blog about.

The Three Factors

There are three main factors influencing the choices I have to make about blogging. Feminism, Climate Change and Other Bloggers. Three things that are a hot topic of conversation at the moment. [I am just waiting for the endless comments about ‘oh you are only talking about this because it is a current hot topic’].

1. Feminism

I am a feminist. There are no two ways about it. But, I have learnt that I am not a very good feminist. This morning, I was listening to the Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink podcast with Jameela Jamil. I could listen to the two of them speaking about feminism ALL DAY LONG. But Jameela highlighted a very interesting point which I hope I can give it the justice it deserves in my explanation.

She noted, that, just because you identify as female, it doesn’t mean you are a feminist. In fact, some females, through their actions on social media [and in real life] can actually become a double agent for patriarchy. I really liked this, and it has resonated with me. What she was trying to explain is that on social media, lots of blogger, influencers or ‘celebrities’ [in the loosest of terms] actually go against feminism by acting as an agent of patriarchy. Whether that be through selling ‘popping pills’ or ‘slimming lollies’ [as she so elegantly put it] at the most extreme end or more loosely by talking about weight-loss, how you should look with make-up etc. I am conscious to not be like this, and I am conscious to not be this kind of blogger.

2. Climate Change

If you haven’t watches the Stacey Dooley fashion documentary by now, you should. I had no idea how much of an impact the fashion industry had on the climate. I was shocked, or horrified – I am not sure I can even find words to describe how it has made me feel.

Now I know I am not a ‘fashion blogger’ per se, but I do like to write the odd post about capsule wardrobes and my favourite products. In fact, it is because of blogging and other bloggers that I own SO many beauty products. I don’t want to do that anymore, I want to find a way to reduce, reuse and recycle all of the things I own. I just want to rethink how I consume, watch and create content for the internet. Because, of course, I am as guilty as the next, for thinking that my actions alone would not affect the planet ‘that much’. 

Other Bloggers

I love the internet. I really do. It saved me.

But, I feel like I am at a point where I HATE IT [except Instagram – I reallllllyyyy love it right now]. But, Twitter, which 100% used to be my favourite platform, is turning more and more into a self-promoting, one person for themselves, call someone out at the first opportunity, toxic place

When I first created my Twitter account, I felt, in real life, that I was a horrible person. I create a positive space, I built my following by sharing, RT-ing, and commenting on every tweet, blog post share or image I saw. 

Now, this is where I am at that crossroad again, I want to carry that on, I want to create a nice space on the internet. BUT, I also want to be able to challenge things I see, without being seen as a bitch or ‘witch hunting’ someone. Opinions and prejudices MUST be challenged, but how do we do this whilst up-keeping the balance? 

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6 Comments

  1. October 21, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I completely get your points! Another amazing post, love the insight in your mind and I think these are pretty big factors

  2. October 21, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    I deleted my last blog when I felt the blogging community became toxic and there was a lot of jealousy and mud slinging. Although I have resurrected my blog, I write for myself. My aspirations are actually to write a novel, so I do use it as a sort of self promotion. But I am mindful of other bloggers, but it can be difficult sometimes.

  3. October 21, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Hi Soph. I understand your frustration. I think that you need to think about why do you blog? What are the inner reasons that make you want to blog? Is it a way to express yourself? Do you monetise you blog? Then you need to remember to stay away of anything that brings negativity to your life. If Twitter isn’t helping you you to achieve your goals, and this is not about followers or page views but your inner goals – happiness, comfort, sense of achievement, then you should stay away of Twitter, at least for a while. I find social media channels very demanding and even cause for anxiety. People want to show off, more followers, more attention, more comments and likes. Almost like a child always in need of more attention. Instead, I’d focus on the bigger picture. I blog to leave a legacy and express my opinions, even if those opinions aren’t the same as everyone else’s. If they don’t like it, no need to follow me, like me or read my articles.

  4. October 21, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Very interesting article. I actually see those three factors as great ways to give your blog a new direction. Feminism and climate change would be very interesting avenues to explore. About toxic twitter users well I guess you could unfollow those? Easier said than done, I admit.

  5. October 24, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I completely agree! Especially about climate change and I’ve seen a few videos about how much it really impacts the planet. It kind of makes me grateful that I don’t always jump onto the latest fashion trends all the time. Also, about feminism (don’t get me started!). I’ve come across my fair share of people who preach to be feminists but go completely against it in both real life and online. I’ve had the same experience with twitter too which is quite annoying. It’s a love-hate relationship with Twitter, haha. Loved the post x

  6. Brooke
    October 28, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I bloody love this! I have never related with a blog post as I have with this one. I can’t wait to see what you bring to the blogging world after your break. I think there needs to be more challenges and the fact that they should be accepted.

    Brooke x
    http://www.brooke-pearson.co.uk

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