My gosh has it been long since i’ve gotten around to writing a Chai with Sai piece. I’ve been inundated with uni assignments but I’m squeezing in time to get back to writing blog posts. So, here I am with a topic that I’ve been thinking about for a little while now. Is the blogging world as toxic as people make it out to be?
Most days I log into twitter and there will be someone talking about the latest in blogging drama or how they don’t feel that the blogging world is as supportive as it used to be. Everyone’s entitled to their opinions and I respect them. But sometimes I wonder if the blogging world is really as toxic as people on the outside feel like it is.
All influencers are painted with the same brush. We’re wannabe-celebrities, money grabbers who have never done a day’s work in their lives. And, of course, we do it for the free stuff. On top of all that, we’re apparently a vicious bunch who are harmful to society. Who blog for our own personal gain and are the least supportive people that you’ll meet. They paint a really nice picture of us, don’t they?
When I first started blogging, I was around fourteen or fifteen and the quick rate the influencers were growing was only just beginning. Fast forward five years later and telling someone that you blog or have a YouTube channel might just result in the above reaction. But it’s not something anyone in the community really thinks.
Don’t get me wrong, I think most of us know someone that went into blogging to try make money quickly. But people don’t get that the reality of it is that most influencers spend a lot of time trying to grow their audience and it’ll take a while before any kind of income is made. It’s not as easy as most people think. A lot of time and energy get put into blogging that people don’t realise.
For me, the blogging world has always been a really supportive place, whether it’s been about a blog post or uni life. There have always been people around that encourage me and always seem to be willing to help. That doesn’t seem so toxic to me. My blog is a safe place for me and that’s the way I want it to be for other people as well. I don’t want the bad media that influencers get to reflect on my blog because I’m not in it for the money and I’m not going to be advertising diet shakes at any point. This blog is a place where I can vent and where I can give support to other people.
As much as there are people who try and make the blogging world a negative place, it’s not the majority of people. When you look at the blogging world as a whole, we’re a pretty friendly bunch of people who just want to write and enjoy running a blog. There’s not much else to it.