I’ve been thinking a lot about the world of blogging lately, and I’ve been doing a bit of soul-searching in regards to my goals with Drama Happens. Recently I’ve been reading blog posts about how blogging might be a dying trend. WHAT??? This hypothesis is depressing but also valid in a world of Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Short snippets and photos seem to be the easier and preferred form of communication these days, and it’s evident that attention spans are shortening. Are people still up for reading lengthy pieces of text or do they want all their info fast and concise?
I blog because I like to write, and I like to share my life. I truly love Drama Happens but I find myself getting discouraged more often these days. Are people reading blogs as much as they used to? Why do I blog? Is this mainly an online journal for posterity’s sake or do I want it to become something more? Why does this really fun hobby feel like an unpaid and stressful job some days? Could I ever reach blogger fame?
To become a famous blogger you’ll want to follow these
not very easy steps. (Note: this recipe is NOT guaranteed mostly because it’s just my silly observations.)
Step 1. Start a blog. You can’t become famous just by dreaming about it, you must have a personal online space and you must write! Quality content that is consistent is key.
Step 2. Work really hard and write frequently for years slowly and steadily gaining readership. -OR- Write something SO universal that it goes viral and makes tons of people happy and tons of people angry at the same time, OR write something so lovely and beautiful and amazing that it melts hearts.
Step 3. Write a book based on your blog.
Step 4. Blog less often but just enough to maintain famous blogger status.
What do I mean by famous? I mean popular, and well-known. Bloggers that have transitioned to blogging as their career and full-time income. This is absolutely possible, it’s just not common. Have you heard of these bloggers? If not, you might be living under a rock.
A Cup of Jo, the original lifestyle blogger. Still relevant, still awesome.
Pinch of Yum, a recipe blog for foodies. She’s from Minnesota too! I don’t read this one because I don’t care for food blogs but her posts about monetizing her blog and her income reports are super helpful and very interesting.
The Blonde Salad, I hadn’t heard of this one but I saw a piece about it on TV. This Italian-based fashion blogger has created one of the most influential fashion blogs in the world and she’s now making millions of dollars. It all started because a young girl wanted to share her outfits online. Crazy!
Young House Love, they have since moved on to step 5, which is stop blogging altogether because you can live off your side projects and books sales. I love them despite not being a fan of home improvement blogs because they are genuine and fun. Plus, they have an adorable family!
The Bloggess, she’s quirky, and hilarious, especially some of her older posts, but she also promotes a safe place to talk about depression and mental illness.
Enjoying the Small Things, I love Kelle’s writing voice, I love her style, her outlook on life, and her sweet children. Her beautiful daughter Nella was born with Down Syndrome and Kelle’s candid and inspiring blog post of the birth went viral and instantly made her blogger famous. Then she wrote a book. See I told you, that’s how it goes!
Me? I’m still on step one, haha. I am nowhere near blogger fame and that’s OK. I enjoy being a tiny part of the post-Weddingbee wheel of bloggers. (Those of you who know me as Mrs. Sword, hello!) I’m so grateful for all my readers, those from WB, those who found me through WordPress, those who just stumbled upon DH (and stayed!), and those I know in real life, thank you, thank you.
I truly love blogging, more than I ever thought I would. But blogging takes time, more than time than most people realize. Personal blogs don’t start out as jobs so they are done in free time only and that takes discipline and lots of organisation. The fact that I’ve posted on average 3 times a week for years now has been a huge commitment. Blogging demands courage because there are sad and pathetic people out there who think it’s their right to trash on your life behind your back. It’s all about developing a thick skin and being true to yourself regardless of what others think. Finally, blogging takes creativity and the willingness to put yourself out there, both the good and bad parts of yourself.
Some days I feel like I don’t have anything worthwhile to say. And other days, I have more to say than I have time to write. Drama Happens has become a huge part of my life and yet it’s still such a tiny slice of the internet. While I can’t imagine doing this forever, I hope you don’t mind me sticking around the interwebs for a little longer. I probably won’t ever reach fame status, but as cliché as it sounds, if I can make an impression on one or two people, and put some goodness into the world, I’ll consider this a success.