Friday, 5 February 2016

FRIDAY THOUGHTS: DO YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW TRENDS TO SUCCEED IN THE BLOGGING WORLD?

I've been writing for quite a long time now, but I'm fairly new to the whole blogging thing, and if I thought for a second it was going to be easy, well, lets just say I'm under no illusion now.
I thought: a pretty picture (maybe two tastefully arranged coffees, for instance), a funny caption and some clever hashtagging, and anyone can rack up a following and a good readership. But it doesn't work like that, because if it did, we'd all be superstar bloggers and vloggers. It is, oh, so much harder, and I'm finding more and more that if I want to 'make' it, I have to jump readily on-board the blogging trends.

And what are those trends? I've noticed an algorithm for success, so if you're trying to make it in this competitive online world, here's what you might need to do..

1. Get FaceTune
Because skin texture isn't trendy. 

2. If it isn't white, don't bother blogging it
It has to all be white. White background, white sheets, white walls. You basically need to live in a white house. Which doesn't bode well for my next point.

3. Maintain a yearly tan and have exceptionally manicured pointy nails
Pastel nails are preferable but nude will also suffice. 

4. Have endless amounts of money to spend on a new outfit to blog everyday
The one from last month was already blogged and insta'd and your fans will remember that.

5. Be prepared to have your phone glued to your hand
If you're not taking a picture of something, you're editing it.

6. A part-time job works best when you're blogging
Because you need natural daylight to create flawless photos, and if you work till 5pm, you miss all those essential rays.

7. You might need to know someone famous
You need a strong fan-base before you get other followers, and the way to do this is to kick-start it by uploading shots of you and your celeb pal.

8. Be ready to give up family time, holiday time and friend time
...so that you can picture and blog every occasion - 'NO ONE touch their food until I can get a snap of it all from above. NO, NO EATING.'

Funnily enough, I'm not actually having a go at the blogging industry. I honestly believe the people who succeed are all smart and extremely dedicated girls (and boys!), who put in hours of their own time to share what they love. And you can't control what people like - if the demand is for bikini pictures, flawless contouring and white-washed arty shots - then naturally thats what we try to give.

But my point behind all this is - are we going to lose originality and all become one massive extension of each other? Is it possible to maintain some uniqueness and still be successful? I'm yet to decide.

What do you think?x


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