Photos by: Angelica Peterson.
Honestly, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. The topic, why you should start blogging, has been on my mind for a while.
There is this idea out there that in order for you to be a blogger, you need to fit certain criteria. The checklist looks a little something like this:
- Income of 60k+ a year
- Fancy house
- Thin, perfect skin, great hair…
True, those bloggers dominate the top spots.
In fact, the Dallas blogger scene is full of them! Their blogs are great. In fact, I know a LOT of them worked very hard to be where they are. Let it be known this is in NO WAY a post to knock those bloggers. You rarely see a lazy person become successful with blogging. It might seem easy, but when you’re running a blog that requires photography, writing, editing, promoting, etc… It’s hard work. And it takes a long time to climb your way to the top. So no, this isn’t a post knocking those bloggers.
This is a post to tell you to ignore all that criteria, and why I think you should go ahead and start blogging.
Let’s just jump into why I think you should start blogging- the market is over saturated.
That might make you say, “What? Why should I start a blog if everyone is already a blogger?”
Well, lets look at it. The honest truth is that there IS often a formula for bloggers. Which means there is room for originality. There is room for different ethnicities, body types, and backgrounds. There is room for you. There is room for someone who isn’t pulled together perfectly. There is room for bloggers with disabilities.
I mean it when I say- there is room for everyone. You just have to carve it out and make it your own.
We need to see more black women in blogging. Teenage girls need to see plus size bloggers. Older women should see themselves represented in the blogging world. Which is why the blogging world needs you! It needs people unafraid to post a photo with their eye bags showing. It needs different cultures.
And it needs bloggers who are living paycheck to paycheck. Who get their clothes by thrifting or using their store discount. Who use their iPhone to take photos and write blog posts (which is what I did in order to launch this blog).
What I’m saying is- representation matters in all forms of media. That’s why I’m telling you why you should start a blog. Because you could easily be the person that someone sees and thinks, “Wow, she looks like me! She does that and she looks like me!”
There is more to it than that.
That is also the reason why you actively need to support the blogs you love. Those bloggers who don’t fit the popular criteria need your social media shares. They need you to subscribe, like, share, comment… There is a whole lot of actively supporting each other that needs to be done in the blogging world. This includes readers. The blogger needs to give the reader something valuable (representation, advice, etc.) and the reader needs to support the blogger.
This is why I am working to make L+L a space to help put a spotlight on all these creatives we should be seeing. I want us to be more of a community than anything else, which means me taking on the position of reader.
If you’re a new blogger, send me your links! I do a Monday Link List to feature other bloggers. If you need good photos and are on a budget, feel free to talk to me about rates. Dallas bloggers especially, I am always looking to connect with you. My contact form is there if you’re looking for some advice. I’m small myself, so I’m get a lot of situations you might be dealing with.
What I am trying to say is- you’re good enough.
Make that shit work, and roll with it. I look forward to reading your blog!
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