I read a blog post the other day… And I didn’t like it. And I didn’t like some of the things which were said. I won’t name and shame and this isn’t a “reaction” type post; I don’t think I’d ever go through the effort of doing one of those. But it did prompt me to want to write my own post about this topic – a topic which was rather contradictory in the original post and a topic which I think needs to be emphasised more.
The blogging community lately seems to be a hive of bloggers all claiming they know what’s best for other bloggers. People giving out advice and tips and “do’s and don’ts” left right and centre. And whilst advice to an extent can be good; I honestly wouldn’t have know where to start with my blog without advice from another blogger, it can get borderline pushy.
I’m not a saint this with topic and I have wrote a few advice posts in the past however, I’ve always made sure I’ve stated, very, very clarly that I am writing these posts and sharing these tips because I have found, over time that they have worked for me. And that they may work for you too. If you wanna try them, do. If you have your own way of doing x, y and z, do. I don’t really care whether you take my advice or not but it’s there if you want it. That kind of thing.
But the amount of pushy, dictatorship style posts telling bloggers they need to do this, in order to achieve success has become a bit of a joke and it’s safe to say that blogger’s are sick of it. I fail to understand why the intentions of other bloggers (unless of course, they’re completely abhorrent intentions which for all intents and purposes, need to be called out) are of such a concern to other people.
Anyway, that was just something that’s been niggling at me for a while. Back to the blog post in question at the beginning, we were told in that particular post that bloggers should stop moaning at other bloggers for doing what they want to do. And I totally agree with that; unless a blogger is doing something very, very wrong and harmful we should all be able to do what we want but they then go on to say how they’re sick of bloggers doing x, y and z and therefore contradicting themselves by moaning at bloggers for doing what they want to do (completely harmless things may I add) which is what we were specifically told we she shouldn’t be doing. Hmm.
There’s also been a sense of how bloggers should SPEAK UP! And FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT! And USE THEIR VOICE! And whilst we’re incredibly lucky to have a platform in which we are able to do those things and that is utterly brilliant, some bloggers don’t or can’t do that all the time. And that’s where the title of this post is coming from.
Every blogger matters. If you want to talk about current affairs, politics, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights and educate people on these important discussions then please, do. That’s incredible that you’re able to do that and you should be so very proud for speaking up, sharing your experiences and educating people about it. You’re doing a service to yourself, to bloggers and to human rights as a whole – even if just one person reads and learns something and eliminates a harmful behaviour because of your post.
But hey, guess what? If you like to blog about make up or beauty products and take the time to display them on pristine marble backgrounds with cute rose gold props, that matters too. Your post reviewing a new eye shadow palette might have entertained a make-up lover for 5 minutes who were having an awful day. It might have taken their mind off of what was bothering them, just for a second whilst they read your post and look at you swoon-worthy photos. And that… That’s bloody important too.
It’s our duty as bloggers to write about what we’re passionate about and that’s going to be a different collection of things / topics for each of us. Don’t belittle one bloggers passions just because it’s deemed as “less important” to you. Because it will matter to someone else.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this topic! Let’s have a civilised discussion in the comments!
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