interweb letdown.

For starters…I’m sharing this pretty picture because the rest of this post may be a little ugly.

For most of my life I’ve had a *bit* of a contrarian attitude towards a lot of things.  I’m not sure where it comes from.  I do feel, however, that it’s highly important to do/wear/listen to/eat things that you like.  Because you like them.  End of story.  Because of that, I approach trends with maybe a more cynical attitude and try to evaluate if I actually like the trend for realzies or if it’s just popular culture swaying my opinion.

This brings me to blogging.

It’s pretty cool, right?

I know.

I’ve had this blog since 2007 (that’s 5 years this summer!) When I started it was kind of a dorky thing to do  and I didn’t really share it with many people because: a) who really cared anyway? I just liked designing the page and writing random thoughts and b) in 2007, when you said “I have a blog!”  people would go, “A what?”

Today pretty much everyone has a blog and to be perfectly honest I’m having a difficult time being one of the throngs.  It’s made me back up and seriously evaluate what I put on my website because I really don’t want to be just another one of those “lifestyle” bloggers.

Because lately I’ve been noticing a trend.  Everyone wants to be the next big blogger.  And what’s huge in the blogging world now?  DIY’s!  Personal Fashion!  Personal Fashion DIY’s!  I totally dug DIY posts when I first started getting into reading blogs.  It was fun to see what other people where making out of virtually nothing.  I also thought that the personal fashion thing was neat; you know, “Hey, I’m not a model, but I can make these clothes look good too.”

But now it seems as though everyone is so eager to be the top blogger (Hm…I wonder if that’s a TV show yet?) that they flood the blogosphere (totally hate that word) with watered down crummy posts just for the sake of saying to their readers “Hey!  I put something on my website!  Read it! Love it!”  But for serious, why do we need DIY’s on how to hot glue feathers to a t-shirt? (or virtually anything for that matter, it seems)  Or how to paint a terracotta pot? (Come on.  Get a pot.  Get some paint.  Done.)  The part that makes me really sad, is when I see the 1057 comments on the post where everyone says “OMG! TOTALLY SWOONING OVER THIS RIGHT NOW!!1!1″ and then post the link to their website, which, let’s be honest, is just a complete knock-off of any one of the top blogs right now.

Fashion blogging has also gotten strangely narcissistic.  Do you really need to share 20 shots of yourself in the same outfit?  Maybe, just maybe, you could cut the number down?  Three, possibly?  Wide shot, detail shot and a movement shot?  Think about what you yourself would want to see if you were on someone else’s website.

Blogging is becoming the new lifestyle magazine.  So I think it’s important as bloggers to realize that magazines take a lot of time working on each article.  They also have a whole team of people making sure that the content is publishable.

But really, it all comes back to doing what you like because you like it.  I feel like so many of the blogs that I (now no longer) follow got caught up in posting as often as possible (even if the post sucked) for the sake of keeping their readership.  Stop posting dumb last minute blasé DIY’s.  Use your creative mind and post cool things again.  And if you can’t think of anything this week, then don’t worry.  I can wait.  (One of my most favourite bloggers hasn’t posted in a month.  I don’t mind.  Because when she does come back, it’ll be awesome.)

So I’ve decided to make a blog oath:

I, Courteney Rodda of “The Titled Blog” solemnly swear that I:

- Will post about things that I:

A) Really like, and not things that are just trendy right now.

B) Feel need to be said.

- Will not post 504 pictures of myself in the same dress in one post.  I will use my discretion when picking images for a post.

- Will not water down this corner of the interweb with careless blogging.  If I don’t have anything good to post, I will not post at all.

- Will never hot-glue feathers on anything and share it with my readers as a DIY.

I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute blogs in this manner, and no other.

Signed,

 

 

 

 


5 Responses to “interweb letdown.”

  • Tania Says:

    Couldn’t agree more with you! If you have a blog only to make it popular and have tons of readers in the first place, well you should really reconsider the reasons why you are blogging. Maybe take a break and think about what YOU love, not what other people will be most likely to love.
    Enough ranting! Just discovered yours, and I love it already :)

    Tania xxx

  • Shell Says:

    Hi Courteney,

    I’ve just discovered your blog and wanted to say to you how beautiful it is. I love your photography! I’m a new blogger, and this post scared me a bit! Just because I know EXACTLY where you are coming from, but because i’m not established (in my writing/blogging style, not in the blogging ‘world’), I feel a little insecure about my content!

    I enjoy what I post and try not to think about what others want to read too much (or what other blogs are doing), but I really hope nobody perceives my blog in the negative ways outlined above!

    I’m using my blog as a growing experience. There are photos of me on there because I’m really super shy about having my photo taken so I’m trying to overcome that! I hope it doesn’t come across as narcissistic! Anyway. You made me think, and I would’ve written such a long comment in an email, but couldn’t locate your email, so I decided to comment instead :)

    Thanks for a thought provoking post and I’ll enjoy reading more of your blog in the future!
    xo

    • Courteney Rodda Says:

      Hi Shell!
      I appreciate your comment! Sometimes I feel like a bit of a blogger prophetess of doom when I get in these rant-y moods, but it’s only because I love blogging so much and I see that there is so much potential for awesome. Good luck in your blogging, and I hope that you can find much joy in it. It really is an amazing medium.
      C.

  • Jessica Thiessen Says:

    I LOVE this post. I’m also a big believer in wearing/eating/drinking etc what you like simply because you like them. I’ve had a couple soap box moments over that. People will like you for YOU and not because you’re just another version of someone else. Rant over.

  • Mandi Says:

    I’m so glad you commented on my blog and that I came to see yours! I love your photography, your voice, and it would seem, your outlook on the world. Perhaps we are kindred spirits? It’s so funny to see such similar thoughts written in two different posts from different people. I had wondered if my thoughts were just my own biased opinion, but now I think maybe our opinions about blogging are a bit more universal.

    I was just talking to my mom today about how sometimes I think of an idea to post a DIY or tutorial on my blog, and think, “Shouldn’t people already know how to do that? But they are asking me to show them how…? Is it worth a post? Will people roll their eyes if I post it?” I think sometimes for creative people (which so many of us are, even if we don’t act on it), ideas come easily. But for others, they like to fawn over simple ideas and have their hand held through the creative process. I think this is okay, as long as the blog that is presenting these simple ideas is also putting effort into presenting more complex and interesting projects. Does that make sense? It’s nice to have a variety of challenging and less challenging ideas for varying skill sets and interests. But I know what you mean- some super simple DIYs make me roll my eyes, mainly because of the warm reception they receive from the mega fans. I often wonder if this is deep-seeded jealousy that I’m refusing to acknowledge. Still not sure about that. But in any case, I’m using my point-of-view on the matter to motivate myself to come up with fresher content for my own blog. :)

    P.S. America’s Next Top Blogger! What a crazy, dramatic show that would be! hahaha

    I was just talking to my mom today about how sometimes I think of an idea to post a DIY or tutorial on my blog, and think, “Shouldn’t people already know how to do that? But they are asking me to show them how…? Is it worth a post? Will people roll their eyes if I post it?” I think sometimes for creative people (which so many of us are, even if we don’t act on it), ideas come easily. But for others, they like to fawn over simple ideas and have their hand held through the creative process. I think this is okay, as long as the blog that is presenting these simple ideas is also putting effort into presenting more complex and interesting projects. Does that make sense? It’s nice to have a variety of challenging and less challenging ideas for varying skill sets and interests. But I know what you mean- some super simple DIYs make me roll my eyes, mainly because of the warm reception they receive from the mega fans. I often wonder if this is deep-seeded jealousy that I’m refusing to acknowledge. Still not sure about that. But in any case, I’m using my point-of-view on the matter to motivate myself to come up with fresher content for my own blog. :)

    P.S. America’s Next Top Blogger! What a crazy, dramatic show that would be! hahaha

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