Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogging Frustrations

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a while now, but I haven't felt ready to publish it until now. I've been blogging for about four years now, and overall, I've really loved it. I've loved having a creative outlet during the stress of college to talk about things I actually enjoy, college tips, etc. Miss Southern Prep has always been all about myself and what I want--it wasn't a school assignment that had guidelines or a set topic, which is something I really appreciate.

However, blogging has changed a lot, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, or whether I'll continue to blog for much longer. I hate that the majority of blogs have become about shopping and making money. I know not all blogs are like this, but I have become frustrated with affiliate links and blogs always hawking products. Do I review products and accept sponsorships? Yes, of course! But I do not use affiliate links, and I really don't like the idea of someone profiting off a link that I click because I want to know where they got their shoes. I don't mind it if the blogs are upfront, but a lot of them aren't, and I almost feel like I'm being tricked.

Also, I feel like I'm running out of topics to post about. Sometimes I'm surprised at what little feedback I get from topics that I've been asked to post about or what little feedback I get when I ask readers what they'd like to see. Of course I'm not mad at y'all, I just wish I knew how to make my blog better!

Honestly, I'm not sure if I'll continue Miss Southern Prep much longer. I'll definitely continue it through the year, but who knows what 2015 will bring. Sorry for venting today, but I just needed to share my frustrations!

Have a fabulous day!

Miss Southern Prep 

9 comments:

  1. I totally understand where you are coming from. I used to love blogging and would receive so many comments and feedback. However, over the past two years, I feel as if things have become so heavily about instagram and affiliate links. It really frustrates. Your blog, along with others that maintain a true lifestyle blog, are still my favorites!

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  2. I fully understand what you're saying. I've been blogging a lot longer than you and it has changed drastically. It's a business for many people (not me). If I was you, I would blog about what it's like in your stage of life. How is it in the dating world, decorating your apartment, etc.

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  3. I enjoy your posts! I also don't really enjoy when bloggers go all "professional blogger"...I just like day to day life, with some decorating and clothing mixed in.

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  4. I completely agree with you. It's changed so much. I love the real life blogs like yours! Keep writing about what you're up to. You'll appreciate looking back at it long term!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear that, but understand exactly where you're coming from. I feel like the blogging world have become so competitive with page views and profits that it's often hard to feel confident in a post you wrote just because YOU like it. I love that your blog is so uniquely yours! I'd be lying if I didn't say I get bummed out if a post isn't as popular as I expect it to be, but at the end I the day I try to remind myself that my blog is MY space. You've done a phenomenal job with yours. I really hope you stick around!

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  6. I completely understand how you feel! I haven't been in the blogging world for long, but I've lost interest in many professional blogs that are out to make a profit. Your blog is one of my favorites and among the few left that I actually read. It will be sad to see you leave, but I fully support you in doing what you think is best!

    Kristin
    thedixiedaisy.blogspot.com

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  7. I love blogs that are still blogs and not businesses. So many of my favorite bloggers have either become totally focused on links and likes or have stopped blogging completely because blogging is now an industry instead of a hobby. I really hoping that you'll stick around - I would hate to lose another favorite to blogger burnout!

    SHF
    thechroniclesofs.blogspot.com

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  8. Your post came at the perfect time. I've also blogged on and off for four years, and I just stopped posting for almost six weeks. It's not that I don't want to do it, but I just can't stand the way everything has become!

    Katie
    wanderingwalpole.com

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  9. I can totally understand that. I keep getting things about how to make money from mine. I do it for the fun of it. And I take breaks when I have no ideas or just have not been doing much going on.

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Thanks for the sweet comments, y'all!