This post is the first in a series that I’m starting called ‘Being a Blogger’ – where I’ll discuss all the common issues that come with blogging and within the community. There are a lot of issues that I thought about starting off with but this one came to the forefront immediately as it’s a topic that comes up a lot these days. Should bloggers be relatable? Do they have to be?
I find this question really interesting and I thought I’d share my thoughts. We’ve all seen people we follow post really beautiful pictures and feel a bit of disappointment or a sense of failure that our lives aren’t like that. I know a huge goal of mine is to travel, and when I see travel bloggers jet off what seems like every few weeks, it does make me a bit disheartened that I can’t do those things at the moment.
These kind of posts or pictures do incite these feelings at times but I never let them get out of control, I try and put the situation into perspective and realise that those are crafted posts and not always a full representation of a persons life. I don’t think everyone is able to make this separation though and it can have really negative effects. This also leads to the question, do bloggers have a responsibility to their readers? I think partly yes, as I think people should be honest and not deliberately mislead what may be impressionable readers. However, at the same time, a reader also can’t expect or put too much pressure on a blogger. I think it’s a mixed bag really and there’s no one answer.
I know personally I find it hard to relate to some bloggers who have very different lifestyles to my own. As a student I look for people in their 20’s blogging about topics which fit my interests, whether this be mental health, book or movie reviews or cheap eats in London. I find a lot of bloggers only post about very expensive brands or luxury getaways which are just not my cup of tea – although of course I still respect them and appreciate them as members of the blogging community.
Just like my own posts, I edit them and put the ‘highlight’ reel on to my Instagram: days out, nice food I eat, outfits, pictures of my friends. I don’t always share everything on social media, but that’s because I’m a very private person and I don’t feel comfortable sharing all the ups and downs of my life on the internet but that’s just personal preference. I don’t try and make my life appear perfect though or try and be misleading. I do want to try sharing more personal experiences over time though so being more transparent online is something I’m working on.
What are your experiences with sharing online? Is ‘being relatable’ something you look for in bloggers?
Until next time,