When Blogging Stops Being Fun

Yup, as the title suggests, I’m at that period where blog apathy is but a shadow hovering over my thoughts. Either that or it’s really cloudy outside right about now.

It’s just that there a lot of blogs out there right now that just aren’t the sort of blogs you can find your inspiration from. Politics, money making spam blogs, religion, they aren’t my cup of tea. More often than not, they are not the sort of blogs that give rise to any positive development, at least for the community if any. As much as blogging has become a source for our individual expression of voice. It makes me wonder some days, where that voice has gone.

Gone are the days when blogs meant something so deeply personal and introspective that it made a mundane daily life something worth thinking about. Today, blogs are about information, marketing and that God of Gods, money. So much so even the most self-professed religious man would stoop so low as to do everything to get it. But that is the siren’s call of blogging today isn’t it? A chance to sit at home and sell yourself for the sake of something that drives the world, all the time in your open bathrobe with nothing underneath. A scary thought, but maybe a bit closer to home than one may think.

These days, I feel that I’m of the handful of bloggers that stuck with our original purpose and grew from it a way to express perspectives unlike any other. They might not always call onto the masses because of what’s been said, but for those handful of loyal readers (such as yourself on this blog), the fact that you say it makes you think deserves at least some recognition by others to otherwise raise the bar from just doing away with what others do, to growing and evolving into something that can inspire the next generation of bloggers.

Sure anyone can write about their life, but how many can tell a story? Anyone can make money of ads on their blogs, but how many actually give their viewers something worth reading? Anyone can use the most ingenious system for our blogs, but how many actually create them in the first place? With so many blogs out there, you’d think that more people will fill in the void. But sadly, that’s not the case.

I’m still trying to find that holy grail of bloggers that turn their personal lives into introspective pieces of their mind even if I have to build that list myself, but like I said, there are only a handful of them so far. The best I can do is keep scouring the community for it. Even if I have to sift through the hundreds of nonsensical blogs that kill my own mood to blog, I’ll find them.

Some days blogging just stops being fun, because it becomes a chore to go on. Then again, so is growing up. But if you play the game right, the rest of those years will be something enjoyable indeed despite our mistakes or regrets. We all got to finish what we started don’t we?

12 thoughts on “When Blogging Stops Being Fun

  1. I heartily agree with what you said. Nowadays, the blogs we see are those who are more interested in making money than anything else. After a while, these blogs lose credibility with all the paid posts they write. I won’t deny that I too was so tempted to try it out, but I guess it’s all down to vanity in my case; I just can’t stand the ads, nor write about something which is not close to my heart on something which I took the effort to come up with.

  2. i agree with you, tine. yes indeed nowadays so many bloggers are obsessed with making money via blogging. not that it is something no good or something wrong but we all know by writing paid posts, the blogger/s had lost the personal touch, which is what i always prefer. at one time i was tempted to do paid posts too but then i felt that most paid posts are not meant for malaysians, so if i were to do that, it will be sort of cheating on my readers who are mostly malaysians (no point doing a posts not meant for malaysians when i know mostly it will be malaysians who read my blog, right).

    actually i don’t mind so much the ads that clutter the page of a blog but i don’t really like the paid/sponsored posts that filled up the blog. once in a while it is ok but not everyday!.

  3. Well blogger like me haven’t exactly found our niche yet so maybe it’s a matter of dipping our toes in various pools?
    Although, I find those who blog for money to be extremely annoying.

  4. You’ve been blogging longer than I have so you would have seen the trends earlier than me. Everyone seems to have a blog these days, though it is still kept a secret in most cases. But as you say, how many challenge the way you think, or lure you time after time with their words or ideas? I find that my taste changes with time, and I have little tolerance for money making blogs, because I like to show my appreciation by my regular visits and comments. Money-making cheapens the experience in my opinion.

    I too have days where I feel blogging is no longer fun, and people comment just for the sake of commenting instead of trying to grasp what the post is really about. Are my days numbered? That may be. If it ceases to be fun, I have plenty more to do elsewhere.

  5. Tine: Your blog is what you create of it and in ways it speaks of who you are. It does bring that question up. How much credibility do you have when you get paid to write? Money changes everything no matter how much people might say otherwise.

    Lucia: I miss blogs with a personal touch. I actually find myself wishing a time when people still argued over fame and popularity rather than put down something commercialized. At least that spoke volumes of who they are.

    Boinq: You already have a niche. It’s personal and commentary. Much like mine. That’s kinda why I mentioned before to develop the way you write. That’s where bloggers like us can shine.

    ChickyBabe: That is long but I always value your opinion all the same. I would mourn the loss of your blog ChickyBabe. I would desperately mourn it if you go. As much as I enjoy the fight to comment first, I hope you know I would never comment for the sake of it. As cryptic as your posts are, they are the epitome of the introspective posts I crave and have mentioned in this post. They make me ponder and see things in a different perspective and as such what you write is irreplaceable.I hope you’ll blog for as long as you feel like it ChickyBabe. If anything, I’d do anything to make blogging fun for you once again. 🙂

  6. Well commercialisation of blogs couldn’t be helped … all the tools were there for it to just explode into prominence. But yes, things like pay per post does detract credibility, though many vouch for it as a good way to make money. And with the recent launch of two new Malaysian blog advertising networks … this trend will only continue to get more and more common (I’m already seeing Nuffnang banners everywhere).

    I’ve written over at my personal blog about why I absolutely refuse to put up ads on it. It’s like something you’ve said – ads on a blog means treating it like a proper business.

    If I started a blog with a different passion (not business orientated), then I will never change that to a commercial one.

    It doesn’t feel right.

    Well, that’s just my two cents worth. Another great post as usual, Edrei!

  7. Amen to that. Thanks for reminding me of the original purpose of my own blog. 🙂 I think a big part of it is the difficulty of allowing people to see inside our perspectives and opening up that part of ourselves in our writing. That is, the posts that reveal some sort of vulnerability in our lives. It is grossly underrated and loses out to posts that people enjoy writing which show some sort of commandeering of expertise on a particular topic. Generally speaking, of course. 🙂

  8. Eli: The thing is people often misuse ads. If they call themselves a blogger because they write, then by God, live up to the expectations of people who read them. How is quoting something from big sites with a link out any different from unoriginal content?

    Esther: You’d be surprised. A lot of people can express the vulnerable parts of themselves easily. The hard part is trying to express themselves and grow up from it at the same time. Personal blogging doesn’t have any other niche that calls to people aside from the way we write. I think for the most part, we’re underrated simply because good, well written posts are often chucked alongside “noodle post” blogs that pepper the blogosphere.

  9. I’ve wanted to blog about this but since my blog is off-line now, I might as well do it here:

    This post makes me think, because I’m one of those bloggers who have gone over to the “dark side” and came back. I’ve realized (hopefully not too late) that however hard you tried to write a paid post to best you can in all honesty, people still DON’T read it. Simply because you were paid to do it. And they’d assume that you weren’t sincere or honest when you were writing it. As a result? People stopped commenting. They stopped dropping by.

    Another thing is of course, the “other people” factor. “Other people” who write paid posts like drinking water, I seriously think these are the people who “degrade our credibility”. And if I wrote like they do, I’d be stooping as low as they do. And this, I refuse to.

  10. Pelf: One way or another, you might realize that there are better ways of earning from your blog and it doesn’t involve machine gunning it with ads or writing paid posts by the dozens a day. It’s about being passionate in what you write and do and having people come to you because of it. Sometimes a little goes a long way, more so when what you do reflects quality.

    Liz: Thank you.

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