I’ve wanted to write this post for a while but have never been able to without sounding angry. Today’s post is all about the increased competition in social media and the negative effect it has overall.
I remember back in the day when YouTube was relatively new, Instagram didn’t exist and social media platforms were mainly Bebo and MySpace. There was competition but it was easier to get your content seen and heard. Today, all social media platforms are saturated with very similar content and it leads to really negative behaviours. It makes me really untrusting of people when in reality we should support each other.
About 3 times a day I will receive emails enticing me to buy followers as this is the ‘only way to get recognised’. I think this is absolutely ludicrous! I’m also frequently contacted by aspiring bloggers who want a quick fix to ‘instafame’ and fortune. My question is, why are we so obsessed with our online following? Doesn’t it go against what blogging should be about? Why follow me to unfollow as soon as I follow back?
I started my blog a year a go so I could have a place of my own to write and talk about things that I love. As sad as it sounds, I don’t have an extensive list of friends or family to share things with. It’s nice to have a space to share my thoughts to the world. When I started it, I never expected to get over 100 views. I’m now sitting on nearly 10,000 which I am equally astonished and grateful for. My blog is just a drop in a very deep ocean and I am 100% fine with that. It doesn’t need to be anything else for me and though the dream of being an Internet success is nice, I am happy how I am.
I also get asked a lot about my secret, how do I gain followers and blog views? The answer is hard work! Write and put effort into your work. Inject your enthusiasm into each post, this will shine through to your readers. Share the love with other bloggers, not to get noticed but to celebrate other people’s successes. Be honest and try not to get caught up with stats. Sometimes I take risks with posts and I see a major drop in views. When I changed my Instagram from Lush focused to beauty, I lost a lot of followers. I’ll admit it really got to me at first, but I knew I was happiest posting what I wanted to post.
Let’s all support each other, there’s room here for everyone. Don’t compete with me, let’s celebrate together.
Emily Mae x