HAS BLOGGING CHANGED?

When I started this little blog six and a half years ago it was VERY different to how it was now. First of all there was just a small handful of parent bloggers in the UK blog world, most of them had come from a journalistic background and it was all about the writing. Photos didn’t matter much back then, I remember when I used to upload tiny thumbnail sized photos, perhaps one to accompany a post. Blogging was very much a showcase for your writing and quite rightly so. I started at the same time as a couple of others and we used to speak for hours on twitter, sometimes butting into ‘big’ bloggers conversations, and feeling nervous about doing so. We would support each other, chat for ages and comment regularly on each others blogs.

I had absolutely no idea at first you could make money from a blog, in fact no one really was back then, bar perhaps using it as a springboard for other writing work. I remember my first PR email, when someone asked me if they could send me some little leather booties for Mads who was about 6 months at the time. I jumped around the room in excitement and actually rang Jon at work as I couldn’t believe that anyone would want to send me something. I still remember when someone, no doubt a company who was just after a link, told me they would pay me Β£50 for a sponsored post- about plumbing I believe. Again I couldn’t believe that I could actually earn money from this, from something that was just a well loved hobby. For the record I still jump around the room at some things and still can’t believe that people would like to send me things.

Slowly it started to change. More people got blogs. The community got bigger. It wasn’t just about the writing but about the whole package. Photos became important as did your blog design. I spent hours teaching myself photoshop, html and design skills. There was a real sense of community specifically to blogging, I would spend hours commenting on other blogs. Blogging went from a hobby that I was (and still am) so incredibly passionate about, to a way of earning a little bit of money, to a way of earning a part time income and handing my notice in to work (4 years ago now) to a full time wage. It’s always been full time, as other bloggers will know, you never really switch off when you live life online. I don’t think I have ever had a full day off, not in six and a half years. But we do it because we love it, we are passionate about it, and it truly is the best. I always say it’s not hard work, of course it’s not when you compare it to other jobs, but that we work hard at it, if that makes sense.

I still can’t sometimes believe I stumbled into blogging and therefore into this online world. I am very much a wear my heart on my sleeve kind of person but I am truly grateful every single day for all that blogging has bought me. That I get to do this as a job. It is a dream come true for me. I was never one to know deep down what I wanted to do, I tried so many different jobs over the years and wasn’t particularly passionate about any of them. To be able to do something that I love, to be able to express my creativity, to creating content for brands, to travelling with my family- words can’t express how much that means to me.

Blogging has changed though recently I think. Not in a bad way, (although don’t get me started about bots, following/unfollowing or silly social media mind games) but it is just different. That might just be me though, so  I would be interested to hear what other people think. Firstly there is instagram. When I first started instagram wasn’t a thing in our world and then slowly it became more prominent, but it was still just the place to dump a few photos here and there. There were no strategies involved and no one even could have ever imagined how it would get. Then it became serious, it became more like a micro blog. Certainly for me I use it as a micro blog, to tell people about my day, to hear what my favourites are up to. The blogging community is SO huge now it is so hard to keep up. I definitely can’t keep up with going and visiting blogs as much as I used to, so I tend to delve into posts I see shared on instagram, twitter or Facebook.

Again on that note, back in the day it was all about the blog comments. It would make my day if someone commented on my blog, and to be honest it still does. But it was always generally just other bloggers supporting each other who commented on blog posts, it was never really non bloggers, unless it was a more personal post or one that struck a chord with people. Like me, there were so many others who would spend hours going round commenting on each others blogs. I am sure that still goes on, but nowadays I don’t see it as much. It’s now so much easier to support your favourite bloggers on Instagram, You Tube or other places, where you can easily and quickly leave a comment. You also get a lot more comments from other people, not just bloggers, which makes it a lot more rewarding.

Talking of You Tube, I think that is another way in which blogging (or certainly to me) has changed. You Tube tends to be the place I document my every day life, I do our day in the life videos twice a week, and that coupled with instagram, means that when it comes to my blog I occasionally think ‘well what else have I got to say?’ I find instagram and you tube are much more rewarding in terms of receiving comments from people, which I guess at the end of the day is one of the big reasons we do it, to interact and chat to the people who are kind enough to respond to the content we create.

For many years now I have written a weekly Ordinary Moments post. It was such a passion of mine, to record those every day moments that I didn’t want to forget. But for the last few months now my heart hasn’t been fully in it. The main part of that is that I found that I was already telling all my stories and my day to day life over on You Tube and Instagram, and there is only so much that you can talk about. But the other much smaller reason is that I think perhaps I have got to the stage where I don’t particularly want to just comment on a blog post ‘just because’. Nor do I want people to do that to me. You want to comment on a blog post because it stirs up emotions in you, or you were wowed by the photos, or because you just bloody loved it. Not because it was one of a number of blog posts that you felt like you had to comment on. Nowadays I want to comment on a blog post for the reasons above, or an instagram post or you tube video for that very same reason. Us parents are time poor, we work, we look after our children, we do all these other things, and I know that I only want to read the content that I click on because it looks amazing or it resonates with me, or strikes a chord. Plus it is a lot easier to support other bloggers by giving them a RT, commenting on their instagram posts, mentioning them on insta stories, or sharing their Facebook posts. It is so much easier to keep up with people on social media and I love You Tube as well so I spend a lot of time watching videos.

Does that mean I think blogging is dying out? I am no blog professor but I definitely don’t think that. I think there is still so much room for blogging amongst all the other forms of social media and content that we create. I still absolutely LOVE MY BLOG. It was my first baby and you always have a soft spot for your first baby, as much as you do your other ones. And my stats say the same, my blog stats are growing still (slow and steadily I might add), but I just think that perhaps the way in which we respond to other peoples content has changed.

I don’t want to blog for the sake of it. Just like I don’t want to make a video, or post an instagram for the sake of it either. As all my platforms across the internet grow and evolve, I constantly think more and more about how I use them and how I want people to read them and enjoy them. I am a very different person to the person who sat down at her computer and wrote her first post six and a half years ago. Just like the blogging world has changed, so has my family, and indeed so have I. I have different interests to what I did then, we all change and grow as people and that can only be a good thing.

For some time now I have worried if I haven’t put a blog post on here in a while, or if I have two brand collaborations in a row. But I have come to the conclusion- why am I worried? Firstly if I haven’t written a blog post in a while, then you can find me usually daily on instagram and Facebook,and three times a week on You Tube, it isn’t like I have disappeared off the face of the earth. So why do I worry? I don’t want to write content just for the sake of it, I want to make my content interesting and hopefully inspiring. And if there are two brand posts in a row? Then if that happens then I will always put 110% into my content, brand collaboration or otherwise, so I would hope that they will be just as interesting in a different way.

That said I have lots of ideas for this little blog of mine. I want to write more about my interests- about our travels, interiors and just general life. I want to write more about the emotions that come with motherhood, about juggling kids and working from home, perhaps more about things I like and love- fashion, kids fashion, or photography tips. And of course I still want to write about my three. I want to talk about our baby boy taking his first steps, or celebrate Lottie going to school, or have an emotional moment when they make me proud or have a aaah moment when they make me want to tear my hair out.

I just don’t want to have to do it because I feel I should but because I want to.

Do you think blogging has changed? What do you think about it all?

 

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All that being said I have decided not to do my ordinary moments posts weekly anymore. I will still do them from time to time as I love them, but the lovely Donna is going to carry it on over on her blog. Do go and link up with her and follow her, she is an amazingly supportive blogger. And thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog, whether they are a silent reader, a regular commenter or another blogger.

If you want to keep up with our family on other places, you can follow me on Instagram, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.

   

Some unrelated recent photos from our holiday to France, because it wouldn’t be a blog post nowadays without a fair few photos. πŸ˜‰

52 Comments

  • Suzanne says:

    I do think that there’s so much more to blogging now which sometimes makes it difficult to keep up. You can just blog and hope that someone reads your stuff, you need to be on every social media channel there is, if you want to keep up. I actually think that it’s far less about blogging and more about social media which is what I think is a bit sad because it’s the writing part that I still love the most and I don’t have much time for! But I did vow that my new blog that I started last year would be for me and not for ‘them’ if you know what I mean. I’m in danger of slipping back into the old ways so thank you for reminding me to get back to what I love doing the most πŸ™‚ xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks for the comment Suzanne, it has definitely changed from those old days hasn’t it? Yes there seems to be so much strategy involved and I find it hard to keep up with too. But I still love it and still want to write, just perhaps about other things I love and enjoy. Hope you continue to do the same. x

    • Corina mann says:

      Hi Katie, I loved reading your blog post on blogging. I love following you across all social media but particularly love reading your blog so please don’t ever stop. You and other bloggers have inspired me to start a blog, it’s only been a few weeks and i’m still getting to grips on how to create a website which i’m learning to create and adapt as I go. I really wish i’d discovered blogging sooner, there are so many memories I could have captured. Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration. Corina

  • Sherry says:

    You know, I’ve sensed that this post was coming for a while and i completely understand it. Your YouTube has grown and when I get time I sit and listen to everyone’s vlogs while I write or do chores. YouTube isn’t likely to ever be on my radar because I’m awful in front of the camera and hubby feels like the vids may be too intrusive for our family.
    Your blog was the first one I ever read, the one that inspired me to record my thoughts and photos on a little online space and every Friday lunch or Sunday I pop by and have a read on yours and a few others. Looking forward to continuing to see how your travel and interior passions develop on IG and YouTube, and hope to ‘see’ you here every so often too x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Hey lovely I will still be here as much as before, but it’s more that I want to write because I want to write and perhaps about different things, rather than write because I feel I have to if that makes sense? This is still my first online baby but just feel like the blogging world has gone in a different direction over the last year or so. x

  • Debbie says:

    Blogging has definitely changed for me. I’ve had my current blog for 2 years but have been blogging for about 16 years. I’m actually taking 2 weeks off because there’s just so much to keep up with and I’m burnt out. Between making YouTube videos and blog posts, promoting, reading/watching and commenting and all the social media channels, it’s all a bit too much sometimes. I’ll listen to a podcast that says I need to focus on Pinterest or start a mailing list and then panic that I don’t have enough hours in the day with a nearl 1 year old to do it all. Back in the day you could happily write a post and use maybe not the most perfect photos and you could build a little community in the comments. Nowadays everything seems to need to be more professional. I still love it all though! Im loving YouTube more than the blog at the moment. Partly as I can experiment with editing videos whereas I feel like I don’t have as much to learn from the blog. I often sit struggling the night before a blog post is supposed to go live and can’t think of what to write. Like you, I don’t want to just write for the sake of it.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I do think a little break can do the world of good, it is something I need to do myself every now and again. And I Agree that You Tube is great for expressing your creativity, I love learning all about video editing and other things. x

  • Caroline says:

    I love watching your YouTube and Instagram, both have become my favourite platforms to keep up with people. I think it’s just got to a point where there is so much else available that reading blogs has just gotten lower down the list, after we have scrolled through Instagram and watched all of the YouTube videos. X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I think it is just hard to keep up with everything isn’t it? There is only so much we can do, instagram is much easier to scroll through, whereas I would like to reserve my blog reading for blog posts that I really want to read because they look too good to miss. x

  • It certainly has changed and I see people commenting on big instagram accounts that used to comment on mine and I just think the game has moved over there. People comment to raise awareness of their profile rather than because it’s something they love. Engage with other “big” YouTubers so they can all raise their channel profile, it’s nice to see people’s accounts grow but it’s definitely not the community that it was. I stay on the periphery for lots of reasons. I’m not shocked your “Ordinary Moments” posts have gone, it is sad though isn’t it? It’s the end of an era. I love watching your YouTube vlogs as you know and with Stories and Facebook (although I’ve deactivated mine at the moment), and twitter I still feel I know what’s going on with my favourite peoples lives, perhaps now more than ever and it’s hard to know what feels too invasive. You see people like the Michalaks getting abuse for not sharing their baby name or gender yet and think what the heck? When did people think they had a right to other peoples lives. It’s a bizarre world. Complet tangent there but you know what I mean πŸ˜‚ it’s just interesting how things change and I’m so pleased your YouTube is growing and your Insta has been one of my firm faves for years (has it been years? πŸ˜‚), interesting post. Excited for all the future has in store for you. Xxx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I do definitely think that lots of things have moved over to instagram haven’t they? I do wonder if it is just easier to comment on there rather than on multiple blogs? It is definitely sad, I have really enjoyed writing them and recording our family moments over the years. And I do know what you mean about being invasive, I think this whole online world where we have you tubers and instagrammers is just so new to everyone. It is hard to know what effect it is having on both us and our kids. I guess we all have to have our own boundaries and feel comfortable in what we share. I know that I have begun sharing more than initially set out to all those years ago but I will roll with it until either I or the children don’t want to do it anymore. It is a really bizarre world when you think about it, and one that most of us just stumbled on completely by chance and didn’t ever think it would get to this stage. x

  • Louise says:

    Such an interesting read! I’ve started up my little blog recently only to document my first pregnancy and journey into motherhood. It’s not at all snazzy or jazzy, doesn’t include heaps of photos at the moment. But it gives me an escape from my working life and I am really enjoying it. I think many people assume they can make ‘a quick buck’ from social media nowadays looking from an outsiders point of view. I’ve got my little Instagram account that I put random photos on and the amount of times people have followed then immediately unfollowed is really annoying. My opinion is that if you love what you do, don’t worry about anyone else. X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      They don’t need to be snazzy or jazzy, I think you just need to be passionate which it sounds like you are. I started mine totally as an escape from the occasional mundanity of life with a baby and no one to chat to too. I think as long as you are passionate that is the main thing isn’t it? And I agree I think a lot of people don’t really get it and think they can buy a load of followers and make a quick buck. I am sure some can doing it that way, but I think integrity is the most important thing. It’s like getting an A on a test but knowing you looked at your friends work- it’s never going to honestly deep down feel good. I totally agree with you too, love what you do. I really hope that your blog goes well! Good luck. x

  • I can totally relate and recently I have been struggling a bit with feeling like I fit in or indeed why I do this and whether I should stop. But like you I just love it and want to do it for the love and for me. Of course I don’t really make an income and it all just makes me sad that it isn’t about the love any more. That being said I am so so sad about the ordinary moments Katie. This is one of the reasons I started and I always loved reading yours and recording mine too, they are the posts that give me the incentive to write when I don’t feel up to it and I love that. Anyway I hope you find the balance and you know I’ll still be here with a comment now and then 😊

    • Katie Ellison says:

      You are so passionate about it Laura, that is so easy to see. Do still keep writing your family moments, I am going to do the same, I just don’t have it in me to find things to write about weekly. Haha! There’s only so many things I can think of! x

  • Dani says:

    I just wrote a whole reply and lost it while doing a nappy change!
    In short what I was going to say is thanks for writing this. I agree it’s changed so much in terms of the number of people but also the attitudes of people. The recent articles make me wonder why we face so much of a fight in the world we have to turn on each other?
    Ps love your shorts in your picture!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Dani and I agree. I think it is all just so new isn’t it? No one really knows whats going to happen or indeed what is happening so we are all just sort of winging it as we go. But ultimately I think we have just got to do what we have got to do and be happy with our decisions. If we are happy with them then that is all that matters. x

  • Great post, as a new blogger with a lot to learn ( and I’m much older than the usual newbie), it is so interesting to hear what it’s like from someone with experience.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Tammy. Don’t let it put you off, blogging is incredible and there is still a great community out there. Good luck with your blog. x

  • It’s always good to evolve! It’s a shame that you aren’t continuing the linky but nice that you are still doing the blog πŸ™‚ I think blogging has changed too – social media is so much more important and time consuming now. It’s difficult to find the time to do it all!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Will definitely always be writing my blog, probably when I am old and grey and literally no one gives a stuff about what I am writing. Social media is really time consuming isn’t it? I guess we can only concentrate on the things that we enjoy. x

  • What a wonderfully eloquent post – a true example of why your blog keeps me coming back. I’ve only been a parenting blogger for about 18 months now so can’t really comment on how things have ‘changed’ in the last few years, but I can certainly feel a difference from when I used to write a little blog when I was in high school (god, I loved that thing… Control-Freak.Net!). I spent hours designing layouts from scratch (no themes here, and I coded them all myself!). I had a little circle of blogging friends and we’d religiously comment on each others blogs. I made friends that turned into penpals (remember PENPALS? Happy mail is the best). I was obsessed with learning and improving, and spent days and days following design and technical tutorials. It wasn’t about stats. It wasn’t about earning money. It was about learning. And expressing myself. And that’s what I love about my blog now – but life has changed for me since then. I now have a family, and a baby… and bills to pay! And whilst I don’t earn a lot (hardly anything) from my blog, I enjoy feeling like I’m contributing financially to our household even though I’m a stay at home mom. But whenever I feel like I’m not ‘growing’ or doing as well stat wise as others… I remind myself of my 16 year old self. And why I blogged then. And why I blog now: to learn and feel proud of what I’ve created. Regardless of how many people read it and how much money it brings in.

    I absolutely love your blog Katie. I love your Instagram and the microblogs. I love your photography. I love your videos. I love your authenticity. You’re the ‘big blogger’ that I’d love to chat with on Twitter! And I look forward to still reading and hearing about your ordinary moments outside of the linky. BIG BIG love.

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Ahhh it really has changed and I’ve felt a bit of a shift in the last few months too. I’ve felt like I’ve taken a bit of a step back from it mainly as work in real life is so busy (which is great really as I’m loving it) but I wanted to put less personal details about the boys online as Zak is now in school and I think it’s just gone from there. I still delve into it and love my blog to bits but I think I kinda just write what I want to write now instead of feeling like I must do weekly update on them. Plus I guess 6 years is such a long time to be blogging. I wonder if this is one of those natural points where you think “what now?”

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is hard to juggle everything isn’t it? Especially when blogging isn’t your main job (love how you say real life!). And I think that you make a really good point about taking a step back now Zak is at school. I haven’t hugely taken a step back with Maddie yet, but I can already tell in the next couple of years we are going to be in territory where I might have to rethink things. I often talk to her about my blog, about taking photos etc, and she has a wise head on her shoulders and I trust her to tell me if she doesn’t want to do something, but as she gets bigger we will no doubt have more talks about it. It is something I think about a lot but I feel that although nothing on the internet fully disappears, if we ever got to a stage where she didn’t want to do it I could either not mention her or put her on it, or I could stop all channels and close it down. But at the moment she is happy so we will see how it all goes. x

  • Louise says:

    Hi Katie

    I have followed you for ages and you led me to others. It’s a shame it’s gone more the video/photos route as the written word for me is so much more powerful. I also find some vlogs to in your face and the oversharing is awkward for me. I do watch your videos though and enjoy them but I would urge you to keep writing as I think there is a silent audience out there who love it 😍

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Louise I really appreciate your comment. I completely what you mean about the oversharing on videos. It is something that I think about a lot. I started you tube purely to document our travels, I set them to music and wouldn’t ever speak on them. Then slowly I did speak more and now I have become much more vocal and I guess what you would call a typical you tuber. I still sometimes have pangs of thinking what on earth am I doing as weirdly for a blogger I am actually quite private. But I am enjoying the you tube journey at the moment, it always gives me food for thought though.
      I will always be blogging though, I have plenty of ideas up my sleeve. Thank you. x

  • Lisa says:

    I really like your instagram feed and when I have time will watch some of your YouTube videos, I think you are right about not having enough time, I am less inclined to read a blog, unless it’s something that strikes a chord with me or if I have time and people add the link to their instagram stories (I really like that function). I appreciate that you take time to document things, it’s a talent and I think you should rightly be rewarded for the effort you put in. I really like your style for you and your children and your interiors. Anyway pointless comment πŸ™ˆ But it’s nice to be nice πŸ‘πŸ» better go as I can hear my husband losing the battle with our 3 downstairs πŸ˜‚

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Haha the good old battles, we have those daily. I think reading a blog is definitely more of an investment time wise than scrolling through instagram or watching a video. A video I can put on in the background while I am cleaning or working, but I find it is harder with a blog. Thanks Lisa it wasn’t pointless at all. x

  • Kate says:

    I adore your blog and can spend ages flicking through all of your pictures and reading your honest accounts, the way you write is captivating. I completely agree with how your blog is only just one platform as I’ve followed you for years and now not only do I read your blog but I love scanning through instagram and catching up on videos on youtube. It’s so inspiring to read and watch so please continue as when you feel inspired as your blog is one of the reasons I wanted to capture my own journey into motherhood at oneaddone.wordpress.com .
    Kate x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thank you Kate, I think you are right it is lovely to catch up with people you enjoy following on all different accounts. I think it is also nice that nowadays some people don’t have all of them- I follow some people who are only on instagram or you tube, which is also just as good. It has made my day that my blog has inspired you, I will definitely going and check it out. x

  • What you’ve said here makes complete sense. Blogging has changed so much especially over the last couple of years. I have been following your blog right from the start and one of the things I love about you Katie is just how much you’ve embraced the changes! I have seen your blog (and babies!) grow and grow but not just here but across social media too of course. I couldn’t imagine Instagram without your ‘micro-blogs’ or amazing photos and your vlogs are some of the very few that I watch. I think it’s quite natural for these things to sometimes take a different path x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah Sarah your blog was one of the very very first I read and I remember wishing that I could be like you with your style and gorgeous home. Thank you for your lovely comment. And I agree that take a different path, we are constantly changing as people aren’t we? So why shouldn’t our social media? For example when we moved into our first house I had no interest in interiors whatsoever, partly because we couldn’t afford to do up our home. That interest has developed over time as we have become more settled. x

  • Alicia says:

    I love it all… it mostly got me through night feeds with my now 21/2yr old so was all relatively new tonne but I enjoy it all… I think it’s sad how many people are now so quick to judge and be spiteful particularly about the whole #ads thing but hey ho I guess there will always be some u cannot please currently cooking No four so please don’t let it all dry up or heavens knows what I will read all night to keep me awake during those long night βœŒπŸΌπŸ’‹πŸ‘πŸΌ

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thank you for such a nice comment Alicia. I definitely don’t think you can please everyone. I understand how people don’t like #ads but I hope it wouldn’t discourage people from following me or whoever else, hopefully they can just scroll past that one and read something else. I think it is all so new as a form of advertising. When I started 6.5 years ago no one made money from blogs, we all just did it as a hobby. When I started earning money from it, it was very surreal to me and it still is. But I have my boundaries of what sits well with me, and I really am so thankful that I get to do it, as I would never have dreamt I would have made money doing something I love when I first started. I didn’t earn a penny for three years. I think we are all learning as we go along. x

  • Totally agree and although I’ve taken a bit of a break because of it being summer, I actually don’t know what I want to say on my blog anymore. Like you say, the original point of blogging was to update people. But if you update every minute on social media there is nothing left. that being said I am not loving social media either so I am stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Ha!!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It’s hard to find a voice over everything isn’t it? That’s what prompted me to stop doing my ordinary moments weekly as I didn’t want to be forced to write stuff just for the sake of it. Plus I don’t want to drone on even more than I already do. πŸ˜‰
      I hope you find a happy medium between blogging and social media soon, it’s all a bit of a minefield and we are all winging it a little aren’t we really? x

  • I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this katie. I’ve felt for a while now that blogging has changed quite a bit even in the 3.5 years that I’ve been blogging. I have really struggled with mine lately mostly due to not having any time and also being a bit uninspired. But of all the blogs out there yours is one I will always check up on daily as I absolutely love it and always will. You put so much love into every post, whether it’s a personal one or a brand collaboration. Your posts and photos are so inspiring and I love following your IG too. I really need to get back into it and I want to get more into my YouTube. Hopefully I’ll get more time when F is at school this autumn. Sorry you won’t be doing the OM posts as much now- it was these that inspired me to start my blog in the first place πŸ™‚ gorgeous photos too- I love how you’re colour coordinated with the background xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Amelia. It is hard when you don’t have much to time and you have to prioritise isn’t it? I go through stages where I feel really uninspired. I hope you get back into it soon, I am hoping the same of myself too, as much as I have loved the holidays I feel like I am ready (we all are) to get back into a routine now. Our boy goes to nursery for a day and a morning come mid September and I am hoping it gives me some time to prioritise and get back into the swing of things. x

  • Hi Katie.

    I have been blogging on and off for 3.5 years and I recently decided to really give it a ‘proper’ go. It’s much harder than I anticipated as I am having to try and get more followers on other social media platforms and try and entice them over to the blog.

    There are so many blogs and platforms where information is easily ready in digestible bite size chunks. But I do reallly enjoy blogging. I’m still pretty much a novice with regards to the technical side, but I am slowly getting there.

    I like following people on Bloglovin, so they are just there when I have a few spare minutes. I have found it isnother bloggers who comment on my blog, but my heart still skips a beat when I see a comment.

    I love al your social media channels and love finding out about what you have all been up to. I am inspired to try and make something really special for my sons bedroom too.

    Keep doing what you are doing. It’s all great. I put my hands up as I don’t know how you do it all. This was a really interesting post.

    Cherie || My Mama Musings

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I definitely think it is harder to build it up nowadays, I often think promoting posts on twitter or instagram gets lost in a sea of others all doing the same thing. I guess that is why instagram is so good, it is a lot easier to keep up with what others are doing. I think I need to give bloglovin another go, I used to look at it religiously but I have stopped ages ago and haven’t got back into it. x

  • I reached a similar conclusion a few months back, and no longer worry too much about posting regularly to my blog. It’s there for the things that I just can’t do justice any other way than in writing. And it’s there for the spur of the moment “I just need to sit and pour this out” stream of consciousness type emotions. It’s there for brand content that I’m proud of and for the occasional tips / helpful type post. But Instagram and YouTube are providing my every day record now, and I’m happy with that balance.

  • Emma says:

    I love how your posts are so open and honest. I’m still relatively new to blogging and am quickly coming to realise that it’s actually more about strategies and the social media interaction than it is about the writing. It’s comforting to know someone at your level has recognised it too. I love your blog and always read your posts…. But your daily posts on Instagram stories got me through the early part of my maternity leave too (your baby boy and my little girl are so similar!) Bit of a ramble but I’m basically saying you’re great on all platforms so thankyou πŸ˜‰ x

  • I’m new to the blogging! I’ve even put my one year in child care for another day, so I can concentrate on it around work! Would love to make a living off it, but so much to do, to learn, so many hats to wear!!!
    You are great!! Thank you for your blog!!!

  • Tom Briggs says:

    Yes, blogging has changed massively since I wrote my first post (seven years ago next week). I think I managed to go a whole year without adding images to posts. My rationale was that it should be about the words and that pictures shouldn’t interfere. It didn’t do me any harm either – I won an award in my first year! But things have shifted massively since then and the process is a lot more sophisticated now. I like to think that blogging is still very much in its infancy but that’s probably more out of hope (it’s my full-time job now and I love it) than expertise. As with parenting, I’m still winging it!

  • Ellyn says:

    I’m currently on maternity leave and have just recently started a blog for something for me to do for myself, so this was such an interesting post for me to read. I’ve started an instagram account as well but I’m really not interested in spending lots of time on social media. It seems like such a massive (and almost 24/7) commitment keeping them all up to date. I have so much respect for people who are on top of it all, but I’m happy just basically keeping an online diary which I guess is what blogging used to be like. I absolutely love your youtube videos, instagram posts and blog though, so keep doing whatever you fancy and I’m sure I will keep watching and reading it! x

  • Jenny says:

    Ok Katie love this post the words you have written and let’s not forget your infamous signature coordinating beautiful outfits in a beautiful spot. I do think it’s all changing and that it will continue to all change. Videos on YouTube and Instagram have definitely taken over. I have seen it in my own comments slowing down and even my stats sadly. I would love to see interior stuff and photography tips and tricks like that signature golden sunshine you capture so perfectly and other stuff from you what exciting times ahead for your beautiful blog. I have loved getting to know you over the last four years and it’s amazing our blog babies have brought us work and friends and a place to document our lives to look back on so right girl. I do think it’s harder and longer hours than any job I have ever done for sure. But I still love it so much. Minus other bloggers harsh judgments in public we should all support each other for sure and not worry about the rest. Beautifully said you continue to inspire me when sometimes I think why am I still doing this?

  • Jessica Anne says:

    Loved reading this blog post… this was exactly what I was thinking about the other day. I have been blogging/you tubing for such a short time, but I was wondering if I was wasting my time on the blog front. Do people only want quick easy watching vlogs and pretty pictures? Is social media now the place to express those feelings that can only be written down? We’re thoughts I have been dwelling on. However, I love your honesty in this post and your right I still feel blogging is alive and being read, it’s just a more populated sea we are swimming in now. Thank you for another brilliant blog post 😊

  • Such an interesting read. I have been blogging for almost three years now and comments were quite popular when I started but have definitely fizzled out. I totally get that feeling of excitement when a new opportunity comes my way or someone wants to send me something too πŸ™‚

  • I adore your blog Katie and in our house you are called ‘Ikos Katie’ as without reading your blog I would never have discovered Ikos (and also got the chance to work with Sani a few months ago) so a huge THANK YOU for your travel reviews. It was my blog birthday yesterday (4 years) and it has definitely changed in that time. I love that you move with the times Katie, and everything about your blog and social media is beautiful xx

  • Ellie says:

    I’ve been a silent reader since Mads was about 9 months. Just wanted to say even though I don’t comment, I’ve followed you for 6 whole years and I bloody love your blog. Please don’t ever stop x

  • Helen says:

    I don’t often comment on posts these days – mostly because I’m just so so busy! – but this one struck a chord with me Katie. I feel exactly the same pressure as you when I haven’t posted in a while. I think it’s because when we started, we were told ‘content was king’ and I still remember an SEO person telling me that you needed to post three times a week to be seen as relevant by search engines. But one of my favourite bloggers only posts maybe a post a month, if that, and I still just love it when her posts land in my email inbox. I forget about her blog (and see her much more on Instagram) when she’s not active on it, but I’m still as keen as ever to read it when she does post. But it is a dilemma. For me it’s all about the writing. I love to see other people’s images and clips, and I can do that too, but when I’m happiest, and it all just clicks for me, is when I’m writing something that I know is going to be good. So I’m in this mix with all of you, just wanting to write, and to have it matter. I’m still pondering how to make that into something bigger, without having to turn myself into something I’m not, with images and video. I’ve taken a back seat for a few years because of Maddie, but I feel very strongly that now is the time to come back, and be a player again. Let me know if you think of any amazing writing endeavours no one’s discovered yet! πŸ˜‰

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