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Blogging: Shouting In A Room Full Of Noise

I haven’t written a blogging post in a while as I am aware that many of my readers aren’t particularly interested in blogging related things and probably roll their eyes at half of it. But I need to get something off my chest, something that has been brewing for a while and is very suddenly bubbling over today.

I’m tired.

I know I have a newborn baby (well not so newborn now…) and tiredness is pretty much standard these days but I am tired of the noise. I am tired of having to shout above the ever escalating noise in the blogging world, just to get a handful of comments or likes or RTs or whatever. I am just so tired of it all.

Every other day I will see someone new entering the already overpopulated world of blogging and it just adds to the noise. I am a fine one to talk as I only started 3 years ago – nothing compared to some of the longer serving bloggers out there, but still I feel the strain as they probably felt as my ‘generation’ came along.

Every day I have certain things that I ‘must’ do to keep up with everyone else. I comment on IG posts, like as many as I can, reply to tweets, RT where I can, reply to FB comments, search for more things to share, the list goes on…. and I haven’t even mentioned the writing of actual posts, the photography, the editing… oh and Pinterest. I could spend all day promoting except I have 3 children to look after and one very patient husband to neglect, again. And what for?

I get a great amount of traffic every day, thank you Pinterest!! But what about a readership? How is anyone supposed to find you when there are 10 thousand other bloggers clambering for their attention? Facebook and Instagram have their algorithms which make it near on impossible to reach real people, so who are we writing for?

Video is where it is at right now, I absolutely adore making videos of my little family but just as it is so difficult to break FB algorithms it also feels like it is impossible to get anywhere on YouTube. So again I ask myself is there any point in trying?

The thing is, it is so easy to get bogged down by it all, to wonder if there is any point and I guess you just have to ask yourself whether you actually enjoy it. Sitting here right now I know that I love it as here I am writing this. If I didn’t love writing, if I didn’t love my blog I would have just grumbled about it and shut my laptop. But no, I am here multitasking sending off invoices, editing photos and writing this post as a therapeutic end to my day.

So yes today was a bad day, I may have felt like quitting altogether but I won’t, I can’t. I write for me, for my friends and for my loyal readers and I will carry on doing it as it is just a part of who I am now. It is more than a job to me, it is a real passion and one that I hope I will be able to carry on for many years to come.

But there is still the noise, so much noise from everyone else and I am just not sure I have the voice to break through it all. I want to be heard but as in real life, if you shout you will lose your voice and I feel like I have been losing mine. I don’t want to be forgotten but I don’t want to feel the constant pressure to keep up any more. So I am going to go below the noise, carry on doing what I love to do and let the others do their shouting for a while.

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5 Comments

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    Donna
    February 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Best way to be. Just keep writing. I don’t do much promotion – if I schedule a post I then schedule four tweets and it auto posts to FB and Twitter too. But, if I don’t schedule it I hardly promote it. I also don’t take part in any pods or anything, I just don’t have the time. Most of my traffic comes from Google rather than having a loyal readership as such and that’s fine by me. It’s nice to know people read even if they just read once and never again. Anyway, keep doing what you’re doing. You will always have people to read what you write. I wish everyone should stop shouting and just talk – that way we can all hear above the noise x

    • Reply
      Katy
      February 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thank you Donna. Yep if everyone would stop with the crazy battle to be heard we’d all be able to hear. xx

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    Sarah Christie
    February 4, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with Donna, I don’t over promote either. Each to their own but I have so many other things to do. My readership is from pinterest and I am happy with that. Its nice to have new people to freshen things up, it is also a fact that only 50% if not less survive a year as there is so much involved. Just keep being you because you are you own unique and thats why people love you x

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    Louise | Squished Blueberries
    February 10, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Oh I totally get you on this. I sometimes feel like after seeing so many other people promoting their posts all day, when I finally sit down to write something I just think what’s the point? I don’t get hardly any search engine traffic, I can’t be bothered with Pinterest and seo and I don’t really write anything that useful that would be searched for anyway! I gave up on most linkies ages ago because it all just seemed like a lot of hustle for a few extra meaningless page views. People still read though so I guess I have a (very) small loyal readership. I tell myself this, I can’t possibly compete with the shouters so I try to let it go over my head. A lot of people these days start a blog on maternity leave with their first baby, and they don’t just see it as a fun hobby, it’s a potential job if only they can make it work. They desperately don’t want to go back to work and so they have a limited amount of time to try and make a go of blogging. They have more time in the day to work on it than me and more drive to make it successful. And then I’m here with my three kids and I can’t compete with that. I don’t even want to really, it takes all the joy out of it for me. Yes I’d like it to grow but I don’t think I have it in me, I can’t be a shouter it’s just not me. I don’t always have lots of time to read posts but your blog is one I always come back to Katy. Write from the heart and ‘your people’ will find you xx

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    Alice O'Connor
    October 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Katy! I’m enjoying your site, and this post, although I’m one of the new kids on the block…
    One of the things that’s making me doubt myself as a writer and convincing me that it’ll never go anywhere is all the shouting going on. It’s so intimidating. I flit between wanting this to be a career and wanting it to stay as a hobby…and you’re right, there is so much to do as a blogger! I had no idea!! I’m trying to not get sucked into all the noise, and to remember it’s my passion that is driving me but I’ve also had many a day in my current 2 month blogging career (!!) when I’ve wondered what the point is. Alice x

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