Thursday, 6 February 2014
Blogging..... what's the point?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
For me, I think it served as a way to kill time, when I wasn't working, a photographic diary that marked the passing of time that seemed to fly by so quickly. And somewhere in the back of my mind, a vague notion that it might help to promote any of my Bootcamp weekends. That notion has disappeared and it has become more about a really nice group of supportive people that I have met in a virtual world.
I much prefer reading other people's blogs than updating my own, and the first thing that I do when I log on is have a look through to see if my favourites have been updated. Then I check to see if there are any comments on my own blog that it would be rude to not reply to and finally have a read through blogs from people who I follow but don't always read.
There has been a bit of a polarising of the blog world from when I first started reading few years back. There used to be a clear distinction between the overtly commercial blogs like Money Saving Expert or Shopstyle or Sheerluxe and the more personal, chatty, 'real people' blogs. But the lines are a bit fuzzy now.
The genuine opportunity to 'share' fashion tips, recipes, home ideas, whatever it might be, in a lot of cases seems to just be a hook to link readers to things to buy that are going through one of the affiliate partner sites, meaning that the author involved gets about 10% of every sale made.
Call me old-fashioned, but it suddenly seems a bit insincere, like trying to make money from friends but not telling them.
I really like sites that are very clear about their intentions, so for example if someone has a shop as part of their blog, or is selling their old clothes, you know where you stand whilst reading. The commercial activity is open and honest and enriches the whole experience of reading the blog, (the same is true of advertising or 'freebies' that are clearly labelled as such). It is the secretive nature of the invisible links and commission payments that I find a bit sneaky and underhand.
If ever I link to a product, it's because I have found an amazing deal and want to share it with any one who is interested to help to save them a few pounds, not because I am getting a 'kick back' from the company that I have linked to.
In 'real' life, I would never encourage my friends to buy things that they can't really afford, when I meet up with a group of girlfriends, we are more often than not, working a stand at a fair or enjoying a frugal shopping trip, looking not buying, but finishing off with a frothy coffee and gossip.
The last thing that I would ever do is take them to a clothes shop and then go back the next day and pick up 10% of whatever they had spent in there.
How do you read blogs? What is your opinion of 'real life' blogs that are actually just money-spinners? Can you spot them? Do you still read them? I would love to hear your thoughts....