Thursday, May 2, 2013

breaking through the vanilla

i never want to put the blogging community down because it can be such a wonderful, supportive group full of inspiration, motivation and good vibes all around.

but going through my twitter and bloglovin feed after four days of absence from it felt like trying to read for homework and realizing you've only read one sentence over and over again. my brain felt numb. all i saw was similar blog titles, product reviews, race recaps, "this is what i ate today" posts and giveaway after giveaway after giveaway... everything in my feed felt the same to me and this left me feeling very uninspired. where’s the fun in that?

don’t get me wrong. i post many of the things i listed above, but looking through this feed of vanilla (not hating on the vanilla lovers out there) got me thinking. what is considered original blog content these days? what does it take to be creative? unique? original? what goes above and beyond to inspire me, instead of leading me to click “mark as read” on first glance?

and i don’t know that i have the answers to any of those questions. so this leads me to wonder, maybe it’s not the entire blogging community that’s like this. maybe it’s just the little circle i follow? maybe i need to rethink the bloggers and blogs that i read? but even when i look at the entirety of #sweatpink and #runchat and #fitfluential hash tags, i see the same things.


and quite honestly, i’m over it.


i think this is the biggest challenge when it comes to blogging; once you get into the groove as a blogger, you enter yourself into a constant battle between wanting to earn the love of the blogging audience or posting what truly comes from your heart (even if its not popular content).



i want to be a writer. a published writer at that. and i’m realizing more and more that blogging is becoming less and less of a way to get me where i want to be. i don’t want to post the same cookie cutter posts and product reviews and giveaways. i don’t care if i have 0 followers or 40 million. i just want to be authentic to me. and i want the blogging community i’m involved in to lift me on rainbows, not leave me feeling vanilla and uninspired.

i’m not sure if anyone else has felt this way. i can’t imagine i’m the only one, but i’m going to sit on these feelings for awhile before i make any rash decisions (like deleting my entire follow list on bloglovin).



10 comments:

  1. It's so hard to cut through all of it. I think part of it has to do with the fact that the blogging cycle goes in waves. One person writes a post and then 30 other bloggers all part of that same circle get inspired to write something. At the same time, it's so hard to find the truly original bloggers. I've found myself unsubscribing to a lot of them on instagram lately because quite frankly, I don't care about the "omg #foodporn #yolkporn" omelette or you "#sotasty #eatclean" oatmeal. I read blogs that genuinely interest me- people I can relate to and talk about something that has me thinking. Although this can in turn lead to posts that are similar to others already out there, it's important to only read the blogs that are of interest to you.

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  2. I definitely try to not follow the trends. I do race recaps, but that's why I converted my old blog into a running blog - to keep recaps for myself. I also do Motivation Mondays, but I am sort of falling out of love with them. But no one wants a WIAW, because I eat boring food. I started my first blog, then called an online journal, in 1999. Yeah. 1999. I still have one or two readers from those days too, which is scary. I did it because I wanted to write. Not professionally, but at least for myself. And I've seen the journaling/blogging community go through a lot of changes in those years. And the new trends will come as well.

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  3. I hear ya. It's one of the reasons why I keep mine real. Mine really is about my struggles and successes and the lessons I have learned through them. I have one product review coming up but that's because I truly wanted to try the product and I contacted them. They agreed so I will do that- and I do have the diet to go ambassador stuff. It's hard with my food issues (as you well know) to find stuff I can eat-I am finding that not all of the stuff will be good for me and there's a lesson I am learning in that (which I can't share yet) :)

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  4. As long as you are being real to you, I think that's all that matters (and I think I need to keep reminding myself that). I love sharing products that I genuinely love, and appreciate those reviews too. I think it's obvious most times to see through the reviews that were just compensated for, though. That bugs me!

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  5. Were you doing LiveJournal?? I still have mine from way back then (though I don't use it anymore). And you're right, it is all about trends and it ebbs and flows. The whole world is like that really!

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  6. You make a good point about bloggers being inspired by other types of posts. That happens a ton, and its not always a bad thing, it just does make it harder to get through my blog feed. +! to your instagram beefs! I uninstalled that app (due to Facebook mostly), but also because the photos were all the same. No more selfies and pictures of yogurt! :)

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  7. oh yes, I have learned to see them in the first few sentences and just scroll on :)

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  8. I love vanilla, in fact it's my favorite word. Seriously whisper it... See? You are 100% right there are many a blogs out there which leave me uninspired. They are unoriginal and you can tell they are trying way too hard. I just skip over them. I only follow those who I feel inspire me and I will go through and clean up my blog list. Ain't no body got time for that! :) here's to keeping it real!

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  9. :) Vanilla is a great flavor, I don't want to hate on it! But it brings the point home. I guess I wanted to follow as many blogs as possible when I first started getting involved in the blogging community, and now I'm seeing that's not for me. I want real, authentic and maybe that's only a small group of folks. You've got a good system in place!

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  10. Paulette FerenceMay 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I mostly write to remember what I want to remember, but sometimes I also know it's not the most exciting read. Good points about original content, although it's really hard. I'm not a fan of the WIAW posts though, at all. I love reading race recaps!

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