Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.
AUGUST 27: HAVING A BLOGGER IDENTITY CRISIS (RUKKY)
Prompts: Have you ever had a blogger identity crisis? What triggered it? How did you get over it? Has an identity crisis ever led you to significantly change the direction for your blog? Do you think having an identity crisis every once in a while can help you become a better blogger, or is it just a sign of insecurity?
Welcome everyone to the last week of August on LTB! Summer is basically over and it’s back to the regular scheduled programming I guess! Today’s topic is a bit interesting, I wonder how many people have experienced it and where it has led them on their blog. Without further ado, here we go!
I haven’t really had a personal blogger identity crisis here. I think I recognize that this really is just a platform for me to express myself in whatever way I see fit, in a way that’s hopefully also interesting to you as an audience. That being said, I think we are pretty comfortable here at DRTH to also change as the time goes – sometimes we’re even too busy for our own blog and I think that’s okay. The blog doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be something stagnant and unwavering all the time either.
I don’t think (although I speak mostly for myself here) that either of us here have really had an identity crisis here with regards to our blog. I think we constantly keep in touch and work together on which way we want to push our blog forward. What new content do people want to see? What content do we want to see? I think these all become important questions and will drive the course of our blog.
However, especially though with bigger blogs out there, I totally understand the need to keep up with what you have always done and what got you there in the first place. I also don’t know what we would do here at DTRH if we had triple or ten times the number of followers. Would we feel differently if we felt a connection between what we posted and what we owe our followers?
Obviously I know most readers don’t actually expect anything unreasonable from the bloggers they follow, but that little bit of expectation can always fester into something more sinister. The obligation we feel as bloggers – I know people can relate – is one that many of us experience. Yet it is definitely still something to be enjoyed so I want to remind any of you who might feel the pressure building, that I as a follower would always be understanding of a blogger’s personal situation! Don’t feel the need to be anyone in particular or a version of yourself that you no longer relate to. We can grow as an audience just as well as you can grow as a blogger.
At the risk of sounding more and more preachy, I will stop here for today. Have any of you had an blogging identity crisis? Or relate to the invisible pressure of having to put out certain content? Let me know in the comments below!