Well, that was an unexpectedly fun weekend!
I truly didn’t have any expectations for Kidspot’s Voices of 2014. I was looking forward to catching up with some friends and just ya know, chillin’.
While it was nice to be acknowledged and accolades can sweeten a deal, the reality is: blogging is bloody hard work.
As many of you are also bloggers, will attest to what I’m saying.
“How many unique visitors do you think you need until a blogger can monetize?”
It may be different from a PR or agency’s perspective. But from a blogger who’s going to protect their brand that is their blog, there is no black and white hardline answer.
And Mrs Woogs’ response nailed it:
“It’s not about numbers. It’s about engagement”
For many, that would seem like a relief.
Phew! I don’t have to worry that my chicken feed traffic, we assure ourselves.
But engagement is so, so much harder. Loyal, heartfelt, get to the gist engaging readers are like finding diamonds in the rough.
Personal blogging just makes that extra tricky. Us “oversharers” are forever being questioned as to what we’re actually trying to achieve by being so “exploitative”.
I believe in real life they call it, “Putting yourself on the line”
When there are so many risks of being judged or vilified, why?
Why do we do it? Why do we bother?
Sometimes I even struggle to ask myself.
But I do know what does keep me going: it’s this deep concern for what’s going on around us; how this world and it’s issues will affect my kids in later years.
Yet, modern society doesn’t know what to do with bloggers. It’s not entirely ready to take on so many powerful, personal voices with their own platforms; to talk so freely on social media.
Geez, sometimes my husband doesn’t even take me seriously.
What we talk of isn’t considered as “official news” but they fail to realize, our candid social commentary is just, if not more so, valid.
Keep writing about what I know about, keep talking about what’s important to me and always keep my readers at the forefront.
And I encourage my blogging peers do the same.
The more we write, the more we share; the braver we become.
My diamonds keep me really going with this whole blogging gig.
Yup. That’s you.
Oversharing (and proud) with Essentially Jess at IBOT