A couple of months ago my boyfriend asked my why I blog. Did I want to become famous or something? I understood where he was coming from not knowing much about blogging besides the famous people he sees on TV and the internet. But this got me thinking.
As horrible as it is to say, unfortunately there are people out there starting blogs and YouTube channels just in the hope they will take off and become the next big thing. The fact that blogging and making YouTube videos can become a full-time job that pays the bills is amazing, but we shouldn’t be starting these channels and platforms with that being our main aim.
For the month of May I’m trying to blog more often. There are many reasons for this. It’s a challenge for myself, to engage more with my followers and possibly grow my audience, but fame is not on my mind. I wanted to touch on this topic as it’s rarely spoken about in the blogging community.
Blogging and platforms like YouTube started up for others to share their creativity and voice. But now with the emergence or social media and followers equating to social capital, it’s suddenly all become about numbers, brands and fame.
There is no doubt that being able to go full-time with your blog and YouTube and be able to pay the bills would be a great feeling and achievement. But for me it shouldn’t be the main focus.
There’s been issues surrounding those who pay for followers and engagements on their social media which is bad enough but when we blindly follow these people because they have a large audience we aren’t helping the matters.
What I’ve noticed when it comes to people getting ‘big’ is that once they have a reasonable size audience and people start sharing their posts they get more followers due to people following them because they have a large audience. Now I know this isn’t the case for many bloggers but you have to agree that numbers influence you.
Then once they become popular bloggers or YouTubers you feel an obligation to follow or watch them because everybody else does.
This doesn’t mean that their content is bad but it makes other people think their content is amazing.
Like any blogger J care about numbers because it’s nice to know other people like what you do. But I’d rather have people follow me and like my posts because they enjoyed it. It’s like friendships. Have one or two close friends you can always rely on is better than a big group of people who aren’t really there for you.
There are a few bloggers out there who I think deserve the followers and fame because they put everything into their content and blogging for them is about the content not about the glitz and glamour, or the money.
Do you think more people are blogging for fame? What are your views on people who are becoming big but aren’t producing as good a content as those who are smaller?
© Emmi Bowles