Thursday, 6 December 2018

Why I felt out of love with Blogging








Blogging has been an incredible platform for many people who enjoy sharing their hobbies and career ambitions online.

However, over the years Blogger and WordPress started to become less popular. Rather than reading lengthy blog posts, blog readers preferred to watch Youtube content centered around fashion tips, beauty products or workout ideas.  Along with that social media  has grown and encouraged many fashionistas and beauty bloggers to share their sassy looks on Instagram.


And then before we know it 'influencers' came into the picture . They gained fame due to having a large following and partnerships with brands that fitted in their niche. But, like many who are too afraid to say. I believe that these applications are not always for the best intention. By this I mean people have withdrawn themselves from what's real and let themselves get absorbed into a fantasy world.

So why do people care about the number?

 
Gaining an audience is hard if you've started a blog, Instagram or Youtube channel as you'll face some form of a challenge when uploading your posts. Rather than writing about a topic, clothing brand or beauty product that you feel passionate about, it has become a place where people have to create content for the wrong reasons. On top of that, people are now getting confused about what is reality and what is fake. So you can understand why many bloggers who have started since day one filtered out and considered switching off for good.

So why did I hit pause? 


Coming from a background in journalism and having the power to be the voice for the general public. I learned that my aspiration in life was to share stories which I believe could make a difference in society.  As truthfully,  I always thought journalists were given a bad reputation. So I wanted to change that and give myself the opportunity to share posts on my blog which I was passionate about which at the time was fashion.

I chose this topic as I was an overweight teenager who struggled to find clothes that fit my body shape. I lacked self-confidence, and I found writing was the way I could share my enthusiasm for fashion and also show young women my age they can look fabulous no matter what size they were. But as time went on, I started to notice that the blogging standard had changed.

Outfit shots had to be taken outside in a beautiful location as bedroom wall snaps were no longer acceptable. The quality of the images had changed as well as many add filters to their photographs to make them stand out on social media. However, as someone who lived in a town with limited location with not many pretty buildings. I felt like I couldn't be as creative as everyone else when it came to street style.

I decided then to give myself a break and step away from the keyboard. I needed some time for myself as I started to question various aspects of my life. And one of the things on the list was where L'espoir De Ma Vie fitted in this new blog era?

But the thought of shutting down my page filled my heart with sadness as this was the website that kick-started my journalism career and gave me the opportunity to work with some incredible publications. With this blog, I was guiding women into feeling more comfortable in their skin which was important to me as I never had that guidance growing up.

However, it wasn't my dream to be a fashion blogger.  I wanted to create an online magazine which covers topics centered around health, fitness, travel, fashion and I guess some of my life too which I believe you can relate too. So, I've decided to hit refresh.

LDMV will now be a place where men and women can read articles that they can connect with in some way. I want to cover topics which are not shared in the press or highlighted enough in society. The internet is a great place to share your voice and that's why I'm taking on the opportunity to share more of what matters.
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