Friday, 13 March 2015

Is It Impossible To Stand Out In The Blogosphere?

It's 12pm on a Thursday, as I write this post, and guess what the top trending hashtag in the UK is? Yep, #bbloggers. You can guarantee something about bloggers is nearly always trending no matter what time of day, on Twitter, which is just one piece of evidence of how many of us there actually are out there. With such a crazy amount of bloggers vying to get attention, is it possible to stand out from the crowd in such an over-saturated market?
I
'm definitely still a newbie in the big, wide world of blogging. I only started properly blogging, myself, about 4 months ago but I did read the 'bigger' blogs such as gh0stparties and Couture Girl long before this. I always thought about starting my own blog but just never really made the time and effort to do it, until recently. I'd be lying if I said I don't regret not starting blogging sooner as I can't help but think "what if?" If I'd started a blog, 5 years ago, when blogging was nowhere near as big as it is now, and there were far less of us out there, would I be in a position where I could class blogging as my actual career? Who knows. It's one of those things that is pointless thinking about but I'm not going to lie and say the thought hasn't popped into my head, before.

For me, blogging is a bit of an escape. Obviously, I want people to actually read my blog and it's always exciting being approached by PR companies or brands that are interested in working with you, but the thing I love most about blogging is the escape it gives me from reality. I have a standard 8-5 job (yep, not just a 9-5 waah) which doesn't demand a great deal of creativity. This is a huge contrast from university where I studied Journalism and creativity was a core part of the course. So, now I'm no longer a student, my blog allows me to have an outlet in which to be creative. From coming up with ideas for new, original posts to deciding what kind of photo would compliment the post best - there's definitely a big element of creativity attached to blogging and I love this. 

However, from time to time I do wonder if my blog could ever become 'big'. Could it provide some 
form of income or even be my main source of income? We know that this is possible based on the many examples out there who now call blogging their profession. But then I realise I'm comparing my beginning to someone else's chapter 50. I started blogging, properly, 4 months ago. It takes years to build a following and secure relationships with brands so there's no way blogging could ever become more than just a 'hobby', for me, for the forseeable future. I'm happy with this and would be stupid not to be. It's like if I decided to take up acting and wondered why, 4 months down the line, I wasn't the next Emma Watson. That being said, I do still like to dream about the day that I could say goodbye to the 8-5 and spend my days putting all my time and effort into this little space on the 
internet.

With so many bloggers out there, nowadays, I can't help but wonder if it is actually possible for newer bloggers - like myself- to stand out and get noticed? I'm not so sure. I'd like to think yes. Just look at Hannah Gale who only properly started blogging a year ago and can now call it her career. Obviously, her blog stands out for all the right reasons. It's witty, hilarious and completely original and she definitely deserves all the success she has got from it. Her success story does lead me to wonder, though, if it could actually be possible for other newer bloggers to do the same. To break through, stand out from the masses. Anything is possible with the internet - just look at #TheDress. 
Who would have though a photo uploaded by a woman in Scotland, to settle a debate between her 
and a friend, would end up being shared by millions, worldwide, and feature on the news!? So, 
perhaps, anything is possible with blogging?

Like I said before, I'm happy doing blogging for me. It has given me something to do in my spare time, allowed me to talk to so many other bloggers out there who I seem to have loads in common with and has made me a lot happier, overall. No matter how popular the blogging world becomes, I'm happy to carry on doing my own little thing and any page views or followers are an added bonus along the way. Of course, I will always wonder if something more could come from this hobby. Like with any hobby, I'm sure most people would love to turn their passion into a career. As the quote goes "Do something you love, and you'll never do a days work in your life."
For now, though, I'll just enjoy the ride and see where it takes me. 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it's hard to stand out amongst the thousands of other bloggers out there? Do you actually want to, or are you just happy having blogging as a hobby?
I'd love to know what you think!

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