FIVE REASONS WE NEED BLOGS (& BLOGGERS)

OVER the past few weeks, I’ve come across some general unpleasantness towards blogs.

And more to the point, the people who write them. (Including me)

Which has made me feel, well, a little bit sad.

I’ve read that blogs are pointless, boring and dull.

I’ve heard people say they’re not interested in any blogs, because they’re only written by narcissists (yes, really).

And I’ve even come across one blogger who oddly decided to take a big ol’ pop at anyone who made a living from their blogs or called themselves professional bloggers (again, this includes me).

Yep, it seems some people are falling out of love with blogs or in many cases, still don’t get them.

How can this be, I hear you cry?!

I have no idea.

I blog. I am a blogger. And I love blogs. Next week I will be even talking about the importance of blogging to an audience.

So it seems only fair, that today, I do my bit to stick up for my blogging community, try and spread a little blog love and whack some misinformed views down to size.

Here are five good reasons why we all need blogs, and the brilliant people who create them.

 

Five reasons why we need blogs

 

  • BLOGS PROVIDE VARIETY

Which topics float your boat? What interests you? Which kind of things do you like to look at or read online? Because trust me, whatever it is, you will find a blog to suit your needs.

Wanna read about the meaning of life? There will be a blog out there to suit you. Need some style inspiration? Smashing, let some bloggers show you how to dress. Feeling alone in the world with a particular problem? Fear not, someone out there is going through the same, and – the best bit – they will be blogging about it.

Gone are the days when our information and inspiration, could only come from mass media or books. Gone are the days when if you were into something a little different, you had to feel alone or a bit odd.

There are millions of blogs out there, all serving up different dishes of creativity, words and love, bringing variety to the web and doing a damn good job at it too.

If you haven’t found the one for you yet, it’s because you’re not looking hard enough.

 

  • BLOGS PROVIDE ANYONE WITH ‘A VOICE’

Everyone I have ever met has a story worth telling.

But too often in life, our voices remain silent or they go unheard. And this is particularly true for women.

We are silenced in work meetings. We are spoken over when we do speak up. We are too often dismissed and too easily forgotten.

But not anymore. Not when it comes to the blogging world.

Blogs are powerful because they provide anyone – me, you, your neighbour, your grandad – anyone, with the opportunity to share something with the world.

To contribute, to inspire, to write from our hearts.

Years ago only the chosen few could take their voices or their talents to an audience. But now, thanks to the Internet, we can all do that. We can all have a voice.

It’s exciting, it’s liberating and it’s incredibly powerful.

 

  • BLOGS PROVIDE HELP & SUPPORT

When I found out that my friend’s husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, some weeks ago, the first person I went to was the lovely Julia from Rainbeaubelle.

Why? Because I knew that she would know what my friend would be going through. And I knew this because she’s been courageous enough to share her personal experience on her blog.

This is what bloggers do.

We open our hearts to the world, writing about and covering the darkest bits of our lives and stories as well as the brightest.

We write, we fight, we share and we care.

And some of us do it for nothing.

 

  • BLOGS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES

This blog of mine is now my main source of income.

If you’d told me that, when I first started it over three and half years ago, I’d have shaken my head in disbelief and laughed. But it’s true. It is.

And not only that, it has brought me opportunities that I wouldn’t have dared imagine.

I’ve made amazing friendships. I’ve been featured in the press. I’ve been a cover girl on a national magazine. I’ve stayed in a gypsy caravan. I’ve won an award. I’ve been shortlisted for awards. I’ve worked with wonderful brands. I’ve just got my first book deal. I’ve been filmed for TV.

How did all of this incredible stuff come about?

Through this blog.

Blogs provide opportunities and they provide them for anyone.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or how wealthy. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve worked as a journalist or you’ve never written a thing before in your life. It doesn’t matter if you have ten kids or none.

No.

If you work hard, if you put yourself out there and do the best you can, your blog, any blog, has the potential to change your life.

 

  • BLOGS BRING OUT ‘THE HUMAN’

As human beings, we are more the same, than we are different.

We all want to be loved, liked, admired and respected. We all have the same kinds of fears and insecurities. We’re all fighting our own battles and trying to create our best lives.

But sometimes we forget.

Sometimes we forget that we’re not alone. Sometimes we forget that we’re all in this together.

But blogs don’t allow for this.

They cut through the ‘crap’. They cut through the gloss. They show you ‘real’ people with ‘real’ lives. They give you people’s stories. They give you different voices.

In a world that is too often filled with nonsense and celebrity, blogs help to bring us back to the ‘real’ world.

They dare to show us the imperfect. They dare to highlight things that the mass media would rather ignore. They dare to tell and share real stories.

And if you still don’t believe me, then there’s only one thing for it.

You need to stop reading this right now and head over to the Humans Of New York blog, grab yourself a cuppa and settle down to have a good read.

Because if you fail to be moved by this blog, if you fail to realise that this blog is one of the best things to ever come out of the Internet…then all I can say is, perhaps you are not human.

Because if you still don’t ‘get it’, you’re from a totally different planet than me.

 

With love,

Kate

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58 Discussions on
“FIVE REASONS WE NEED BLOGS (& BLOGGERS)”
  • I honestly don’t understand why people berate bloggers. Maybe they’re negative people…who knows. Completely agree with you lovely Katie…blogging is wonderful. It’s given me a voice, a lifeline, a way to tell the world about my beautiful Hugo. It’s helped me build a new life after the one I wanted was destroyed. It’s given me a voice, and a way to reach out without having to rely on the agenda of traditional news media. Each to their own of course, but we have every right to be proud of what we do xxx

    • We do indeed and you should be incredibly proud of your blog Leigh and everything that you have achieved with it in Hugo’s memory. Blogging is life changing and career changing, and as we know just absolutely wonderful in so many ways. x

  • I’ve been amazed by the negativity to bloggers and particularly those of us who’ve chosen to make it our living – but you know what? I choose not to let it touch me. Like you I completely believe in the power that bloggers have to provide a lifeline to others – sharing our stories can help others know they’re not alone, offer an alternative perspective or a chuckle perhaps to brighten someone’s day. And if that is derided then that’s THEIR problem. Great post Katie x

    • Thanks Michelle. I really don’t see what the problem is, but I do know this, i’d rather create something than sit at home and spend my days complaining about the stuff people lovingly create. x

  • I agree that some people just don’t ‘get it’. Many of my friends turn their lip up when I mention my blog, like I’m being a complete weirdo for writing one.

    Of course, they could just think it’s another one of my fads and they’re waiting for it to pass!

    But I love it – it’s the best decision I’ve made beginning one. It’s given me confidence back and I thoroughly enjoy babbling to the masses (well, my little band of followers!). I love the connections and meeting people from all corners of the world.

    So I may have come late to the blogging thing, but it’s definitely here to stay as part of my life. I’m always late to everything!

    • I don’t think it matters how late to the party you are, just that you join in, if you fancy it! ;-) So glad you love it too. Blogging really does change our lives and us too. x

  • Love you so much! When I was desperately alone with LJ and her allergies, when doctors would not help me, it was blogs that gave me courage, gave me information and gave me everything I needed to get the help she needed. My own blog has given me my life back. Here’s to blogging! x

  • I completely agree! I’m new to blogging (about a month). I’ve loved writing ever since I was a child and never really found an outlet for it until now. I have read some wonderful blogs and have been inspired and motivated by the words I’ve read and the people behind the screen typing them. Long live blogging! xx

  • Love this, and agree with all of it – especially the opportunities thing. I’ve been on radio several times and TV once as a direct result of blog posts that have caught the attention of researchers. I’ve met some lovely people – writers and non-writers – who I wouldn’t have met but for the blog, and I earn a living from my writing, which is what I’ve always wanted to do. What’s not to love? The people who don’t ‘get’ what we do have the problem, not us.

  • Oh Kate thank you so much for mentioning me and I am glad that I could offer something to help however small! I agree that it’s so powerful being able to write and publish whatever you want, whatever you are thinking or feeling you can just put it out there. It certainly helps me, although I must admit to feeling a bit disillusioned of late as I just feel too tired to write! It’s for me though and in my own time, so I know I will keep going. Huge hugs to you and your friend. x x x Julia

    • Thanks Julia. It was a pleasure. Yes, I forgot to mention how cathartic blogs can be too. Great point xxx

  • I’ m very new at blogging but I do it because I like it. I can’t understand why people have to write bad things, if you don’t like blogs or bloggers then don’t read them. I agree with what you say, it’s nice to read what ordinary people do. I like to write to keep a journal of my grandson growing up as its so easy to forget all the little things.

    • Sounds wonderful. And you’re absolutely right…if you don’t like them, fair enough. But just step away nicely. x

  • I get it! My blog has defnitiely been one of the best things in my life and the things Ive learnt along the way and the people I’ve met have changed me over the last 7 years. I’m very exicted to hear you have a book deal, squeal! Mich x

  • i liked this piece before I even read it! Lovely sentiments and yes, have set noticed the rise in negativity towards blogs too. Down with this sort of thing!

  • Great post and I love your line about us all having a voice. That, in my opinion, is the greatest thing about blogging. It provides a plurality of voices and enables marginalised topics (and groups) to emerge. It really is amazing how much internet has changed our world.

    • Isn’t it just?! The way in which blogging gives anyone a voice, is my favourite thing of all I think x

  • Well said, I am soooooo tired of all the negativity towards bloggers (from bloggers) which to be fair I think stems from others jealousy. Why do we always have to bitch and put people down. Its supposed to be a free world, but only if you’re doing what others think you should be doing. Blogs are a refreshing change because we can say what we want (to a point), it gives others the chance to do something they might not otherwise have access to and for me in particular it has meant that I have been able to spend 7 years at home looking after my children. Bravo bloggers one and all, we are amazing!

    • We are indeed. I agree with you Sabina, I think much of it comes from jealousy. Also, the assumption that being a blogger is ‘easy’ and all about free stuff, which as we all know is not the case. For me, it’s given me a totally different, fulfilling and creative career that enables me to work around my daughter and have a really lovely life. So glad it’s the same for you. We are indeed amazing x

  • LOVE this Katie! Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all just accept that everyone is trying their best x That just because our ways aren’t necessary the same doesn’t make one right and one wrong – life is never that simple x
    As for the baseless negativity – it sucks for a myriad of reasons… People need to just stop x

  • Great post. I wholeheartedly agree that blogging is a wonderful outlet and the liberating power of owning your platform shouldn’t be taken for granted. I think the reason some people are so down on blogging is same reason you’ll hear people say that newspapers and mags suck or that all TV is crap, or even that books are going to die out! Very easy to make blanket statements about any medium, based on one or two elements you might not agree with. And yes sometimes it’s overwhelming just to contemplate the sheer number of blogs out there! But from what I can see, blogging is still growing and providing huge benefits for both blogging community and their readers. I’m excited to watch how things evolve, always thrilled when what I write really connects with people, and proud to call myself a blogger for 5 years and counting ;)

  • Brilliant post. I’ve always turned to blogs for reviews, as, as you mention, blogs are written by real people, I trust them more. I also love reading a blog and realising I identify with the blogger, I don’t know why people would berate bloggers. I’m rather new to blogging, and love how the blogging community has been so welcoming and everyone, it’s a lovely place to be involved. #sundaystars

  • I blog and I really enjoy. But I know that ALL of my best friends do not understand why I do it. And actually they do not at all get it. Despite this, they are still my best friends. I just know that blogs are not for everyone. I ,ove reading them and I turn to them for almost everything I need to know. Thanks for writing this as recently I’ve been questioning whether I should continue to blog. Your points remind me that one of my main reasons for blogging is to spread awareness of my cancer – and it has worked! #sundaystars

    • So glad to hear it’s reminded you why you blog! (I was at a conference yesterday and one speaker talked about the importance of ‘never forgetting the WHY’! You’re right blogs aren’t for everyone but for those who read blogs and who create them, they are wonderful x

  • Haters gonna hate huni! It is so sad that people can’t see the positives or actually just say nothing if they don’t like bloggers and blogs. My blog, like yours, has given me so much and I cannot imagine my life without it. Fab post huni xxx

    • It’s bonkers isn’t it?! I think a lot of is misunderstandings and dare I say it, but a lot of the green eyed monster too xx

  • Hi Katie,
    Loved this post. I feel like sending it to all my friends who frankly don’t get it. I think they think I’m ‘playing ‘ and most of them don’t even read? This only makes me more determined to succeed and blog more.
    When mum got diagnosed with womb cancer, the first place I headed… To find blogs from writers who had been/ were going through it.
    I think.the world’s a better place for bloggers and long may It continue xx

  • This blog read came at the absolute best time- I was just thinking how sick I am of constant ‘perfect life’ celeb images and stories that are pushed on us in the media. We do need honest, real and empowering writing and online support and this is exactly why I love your blog! xxxx

  • I think you already know how much I love this post and agree with what you’ve said. Blogging is a rare profession that really is anyone’s game, but to make a living from it you have to work damn hard. So many people in this day and age want the glory without having to earn it. At time like these I always come back to one of my Dave quotes “there is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”! Hurrah for blogging xxx

    • Love the quote darling! And so true, as you know so well, it’s taken years of graft to get where we are now with this blogging malarkey. Saying that aren’t we so bloomin’ fortunate too?! I actually think blogging is one of the best things in the world :) x

  • Love this, what a fab and all so true post! Blogging is seen as silly by people who don’t know about it but I love it. There are so many different blogs out there that there really is something for everyone.

    You’ve done so well to make your blog your main income, well done lovely :)

    #brilliantblogposts

    Gemma xx

    • There really is a blog for everyone isn’t there?! Thanks so much Gemma, I’m very fortunate. And I’ll be honest, I kinda pinch myself every single day ;-) x

  • I completely agree with all you have said. I started blogging because I needed an outlet for the thoughts whirring around my head and from there it progressed and what’s more I found this amazing community of bloggers who are *so* supportive and have a wealth of knowledge covering so many areas – sometimes I ask twitter now before I even ask google!
    #brilliantblogposts

    • Haha! Me too Natalie! I always go to Twitter first ;-) So glad to hear you’ve found the blogging community supportive too. x

  • I can’t really get my head around the negativity either, on the whole the blogging community is incredibly supportive but I really didn’t get the post that was having a go at ‘professional bloggers’ if you blog for a living and make money from it then it is your profession, simples!

    I, like you, have had incredible opportunities from my blog and when I started out I didn’t imagine that it would turn into my job, but it has. Turns out it’s the best thing I could have ever done in terms of confidence, flexibility and allowing myself a creative outlet in doing something I love.

    Fantastic and positive post Katie! xx

  • This is a great post. So positive and empowering. Exciting how much blogs have come along over the last few years. Keep pushing boundaries for us Katie. I’m at uni to be able to learn how to utilise my blog better, I dream of achieving what you have. Thanks for writing this xxx

    • Oh Alexandra, thank you! I have to say, I think better stuff is still to come for all of us so keep at it! If I can achieve it, so can you :) x

  • Brilliant post, lovely lady. It is sad that there can be such negativity from other bloggers and especially to those who are lucky enough to make this their main or sole source of income. I imagine that most of the negativity is born out from jealousy. But it is still sad! I agree with everyone of your points. However, I do sometimes get upset about the competitive nature of blogging. I always feel like I should be doing so much more than I am. Or that I have the time too. And that can make me doubt my blog. Which is a real shame because really I shouldn’t be writing for any reason than my love of blogging. Thanks for sharing with #SundaysStars. I am sorry it has taken me so long to comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Totally agree you wonderful lady. I definitely think a lot of it is to do with jealousy. I saw a blogger asking the other day on Twitter, “Doesn’t anyone just blog for the sake of blogging anymore?!” as if blogging to earn money or have wonderful opportunities is a bad thing! The answer of course to that is, yes, nearly every blogger i know, blogs for the sake of blogging because they LOVE it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the stuff that can come along with that! xxx

  • Great post and so well said. I can’t be doing with anyone bashing anyone else’s dreams and goals when they haven’t tried it themselves. And blogging really has given a lot of us women a voice and empowered us so much. Great piece xxxx

  • Have finally got around to commenting on this – sorry for being even later than usual to the party!

    I totally agree with you. Blogging has been great for me as self-therapy and to scratch that writing itch, but it has also opened up a whole world to me as a reader as much as a writer. It has truly democratised media and it doesn’t matter whether you are a mega-blogger with hundreds of thousands of readers or a small one with only a few dozen – we each have our stories to tell and there are audiences out there for those stories.

    Sure, some bloggers are better and more engaging writers than others, but the same is true of mainstream media too. (Honestly, there are some authors and journos out there who write with such banality that I wonder how they ever make a living.) The point is that, as a reader, what blogs give you is choice. We’re not restricted to a few large media outlets. There is a big world out there for us to read (or not read, as the case may be).

    The thing about blogs bringing out the human in us is so true too. It is a chance to share experiences and to show the best of humanity, but sadly it also provides a platform to show off the worst of humanity. Those who are close-minded and do not want to understand, or who cannot accept that different bloggers blog for different reasons, or who decide to pass judgement based on ill-informed or pre-conceived ideas with ignorant and spiteful comments. Sadly, a small minority of people really are quite pathetic – but hey, let’s contribute on the majority, eh?

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