Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by perfectionism.
With the rise of social media and people using it as a platform to show everyone how “perfect” their life is, I think a lot of us can admit that we have felt the pressure of not being up to par, whether in wearing designer clothes, or taking expensive trips, or whatever.
When I started my blog, I wanted to escape from that part of the internet, but I’ve realized that it has somehow seeped its way into the blogging world too. Everybody is so concerned with writing the most helpful post with stellar photographs and reaching new levels of SEO.
In a way, I do appreciate that blogging has evolved to this. Women who used to sit at home and talk about being a mom, or young girls at university writing about their favorite make-up looks, can now call themselves businesspeople with skills companies sought after in employees, just by having a blog.
But I miss the simplicity of blogging, too. I miss when you could just be the girl next door, talking about this great book you read last week or a TV show you’ve been loving recently. I miss when it didn’t feel like bloggers were constantly climbing over each other, ruthlessly trying to get to the top. I miss when people followed you to enjoy your content, not to get a follow back. Or when they commented on your post telling you how much it meant to them, and not just some vague two-liner in hopes that you would comment back.
I decided to write about this today because I’ve been there. As you may know, this isn’t the first blog I’ve had. On my older blogs I went through the motions of learning about how to get onto page 1 on Google search, and how to use Pinterest to increase your page views. But with this blog, it’s different. So here is why I blog:
- I want somewhere to record my thoughts so years into the future I can come back and laugh at the things I did and the way I used to think.
- It’s a great way to keep my friends and family in the loop. I’m good at staying in touch anyway, but having posts written out in an organized format is just classier, isn’t it?
- I love reading other people’s blogs, and I adore the idea of having something to show them too.
- I like testing myself to think outside the box and write about ideas that I might not be comfortable with. It pushes me and makes me grow.
- I always look to make friends, and blogging is a great way to do that. I’ve made so many friends from Instagram alone!