I created The Rawrdrobe back in 2012 so I've been running it for four years now and for bloggers these days, I'd say that's quite a while. So as you can imagine, I've seen a huge change in the blogging world. I started off with nothing but my Dad's old Konica Minolta camera, a basic Blogger template and my brain. Surprisingly I gained more followers in my first two years of blogging than I have in the last two despite the domination and expansion of the blogosphere. Why? I couldn't tell you. I'm baffled myself. I would have thought that with my snazzy-ish photography, new and improved template, developed writing style, commitment and social media posts, that I would have gained followers at a faster rate but that's the thing about blogging, it's so unpredictable. I could start posting twice a day but I still think my follower count would remain the same yet a brand could tweet me and I'd gain five new followers just from that. You never know. Through saying all of this, I'm sounding like all I'm about is followers and that's totally not it. I am so over the moon with how many readers I have but I can't help but feel that it's not enough these days.
I am so passionate about my blog and would love for it to really go somewhere one day but without the attention of brands or other bloggers, that ain't gonna happen! I love working with brands whether they're a small Etsy shop or a huge department store but I feel that at the present time, most brands are only interested in one thing. Numbers. Numbers is another subject completely. All I will say for the moment though is that in my opinion, the big bloggers will just get bigger, put it that way. Who knows what's in store for us smaller bloggers. I feel that it's so much harder as a smaller blogger to gain attention from not just brands but more importantly, other bloggers.
The lines have blurred between what's real and not real about so many bloggers these days and it's a real shame. No one really knows if so and so does actually like 'said' lipstick or whether she's just been paid £500 from a brand to say she does. No one really knows if what's her name genuinely loves her new pair of heels or whether she's been gifted them to show on her Instagram. Sadly, it's a world of deceit in the blogosphere these days.
I don't want this post to seem so negative but I feel like this is something that needs to be addressed. We all love blogging whether you write, read or just like the pictures and for someone like me who needs an escape sometimes, it's an amazing community to be a part of. I just feel that now is the time for us 'small' bloggers to pull together and appreciate each other's work. So if there is actually anyone reading this, please leave your links in the comments so we can all go and check out each other's blogs and share the love!
I may be posting a few more posts like these over the next few weeks as it's something I really have been thinking about a lot. But just remember no matter how many readers or views you have or how many products you've been sent, you should be proud of your little corner of the internet and girl show it off haha!