After all, how is a person supposed to find their place in the blogging world when there are so many other blogs, and nothing is original anymore? The many blog advice posts you find around the internet always urge you to carve out your own niche, to be different, to do something new, but when I look at my own blog and ask myself what is special about it I often draw a blank.
I certainly don’t have the best design, or the most impressive photography: my blogging envy never spikes higher than when I visit those perfectly polished blogs with incredible photos and a drool-worthy colour-scheme. Similarly I’m not the best writer in the world, and a lot of the blogs I read are notable for their funniness/wittiness/quirkiness/intelligence, and it leaves me wondering what stands out about my own occasionally humorous musings, and overly formal reviews.
Even outside the realms of book blogging there are incredible blogs that I view with envy: blogs with incredible artwork and beautiful writing, and bloggers who talk boldly about controversial or incredibly personal topics and aren’t afraid, and intrepid entrepreneurs who are doing what they want with their lives and carving out their own paths.
However, as easy as it is to feel envious of other blogs and feel lost amongst the masses, I do sometimes also look upon my own blog with pride. However much I find myself sometimes wishing that my blog was more like this blogger’s, or that blogger’s, my blog is a labour of love, and the thing about it that makes it special is that it’s mine.
In fact the thing that makes every blog out there special is its voice and the person behind that voice. No two people are the same, and whether you’re covering a topic that it seems everyone else has already covered, no one will do it quite like you, or have exactly the same view or opinion on it, and that’s one of the things that’s truly beautiful about the blogosphere.
However lost it can make you feel to be one of millions, it can also make you feel a sense of belonging too, because you are one in that million. The blogosphere welcomes everyone, and there is something out there for everyone too: that blog that is the new biggest thing could not be your cup of tea, whilst an incredibly niche blog that breaks all those classic ‘blogging rules’ could be right up your street. There is no wrong, in blogging, everyone has their place, even if at times it seems hard to find.
So apologies about this ramble, but I’d love to know if other people ever feel the same. Do you often feel lost in the crowd with blogging? What do you feel makes your blog special?