Friday, 20 February 2015

Pros and cons of blogging

Blogging is a really fun, creative outlet, and I love it. It's something I've been doing for a year and a half now, and I kind of wish I'd gotten involved with it earlier to be honest. My blog is somewhere I can write about the things I enjoy and love doing, somewhere I'm free to say what I want. But more than anything, it's somewhere I actually kind of feel like myself.

Although there are far more pros than cons in my opinion, there are some negatives that come with blogging. Sometimes you get stuck in a bit of a rut, without any inspiration, others you're just not sure if you've got time to type out a post and go through the editing process (plus do everything else required). Sometimes things just don't go your way. But at the end of the day, it's something that ultimately makes me very happy and it's my little space on the internet where I feel really comfortable.

For me, my favourite part of blogging is probably the writing process. By day I write long and somewhat dull English essays, and by night I type up my thoughts on things I love, in a much less formatted manner, with some use of fairly poor English. It's nice to have a break from what I'd call 'writing properly' and just be able to write like myself in basic English. I'm also a lover of photography, so when I get to go out and take photos for posts, I always enjoy it; it's like having the opportunity to see the world in a different way. One of my favourite posts for photos is my Blenheim Palace post from September; I had the most wonderful day with my mum, and the late summer weather was perfect. I can't wait until we both have the time to go back together.

I really like the community as well, and the way that there always seems to be a blog post for whatever you're thinking about or wanting to know more about. Unlike the kind of 'youtube culture' that's grown, blogging is still a bit more intimate, at least that's how it's always felt to me. It's just like words exchanged between the person typing and the person reading, and it feels very personal and I really love that about it. It also feels far less daunting to me than the whole youtube thing; broadcasting videos of myself would literally be awful for me, and I can't imagine ever branching out and doing it. I don't know, with blogging I feel like I can hide behind the words I'm typing but equally I can completely be myself, but without sharing so much about me, if that makes any sense at all. Like it's not just me, it's more about what I'm saying. Whereas with youtube I think it's become far more about the individual than necessarily what they're saying. And I find a lot more comfort in hiding my face and kind of my personality behind my words, and having more of an option to choose what I'm sharing.

I don't know if that makes sense but anyway.

Music is by far my favourite thing to blog about, which is kind of strange because initially I was quite reluctant to do it. I think music is probably the thing I feel most personal about, and quite often there is so much more I could say about whatever song I'm talking about, but I want it to be more about the music than my personal experience of it. And so although I do share a few feelings of my own on certain songs, and create a vague kind of idea as to why it's important to me, I never want it to become about me; it's about the music. And there are so many songs that I would love to write about because I absolutely adore them, but I'm just not always comfortable with expressing the ways in which I love them and why, because it is so personal to me; and I suppose that's kind of a con, but it's one that I definitely cause for myself. I feel like my relationship with music is by far the most intimate thing for me. And although I love certain songs, I know that I'll never be able to find the right words. A lot of the time the lyrics say all there is to say for me. So yeah. It's important to me.

Something that is kind of both a pro and a con is that I don't blog about things that I don't like. Like if there's a few songs on an album that I don't like then I definitely won't make it a track-by-track and I just won't mention them. If there are certain issues within the world that I think badly of, but what I have to say is worth saying, or the issue itself is the negative thing and I'm discussing ways to overcome it, kind of like the post I did on rape culture, then of course, there is going to be hints of negativity, but I think that's understandable. Doing little things to try and make the world a better place can't really be viewed as negative. But sometimes everyone has times when they just aren't happy about a lot of things and a way of getting that out is blogging about it, and I'm kind of sad that I tend to deny myself of that, because I don't want my space on the internet to be fueled with anger or upset. And so usually I don't post on that kind of stuff, but it doesn't do me any favours by not getting it out of my system if you know what I mean. I think I tend to get that stuff out by reblogging posts on tumblr, so hey, there's always another way I suppose.

So, yeah, those are some thoughts I have on blogging that I've been thinking about for a while now. I actually started writing this November/December time and just wasn't sure if I was going to do anything with it. But hey, here it is I guess. Feel free to share your thoughts on blogging, I always like to know what other people are thinking about the things I mention.

Until next time.

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