In this day and age, the blogging world seems to be chock-full of issues, politics, and drama. Sometimes, I can't help but compare it to the mind-numbing world of celebrities. Blogging nowadays seems to be a popularity contest - most likely brought about by the need to get more views, shares, etc. to satisfy brands who are constantly on the lookout for blogger endorsers.
Gone are the days when a blog was more like an online journal for most people.
For someone like me who's been blogging since Live Journal and Xanga - geez, early 2000's - and didn't fully transition to the concept of commercial blogging (full-time blogging or professional blogging), this modern world of blogging has sort of left me bewildered.
How many times did I just mention the word "blogging" in the paragraphs above? LOL.
The thing is, I'm not popular. I'm probably only popular among the people I know. But then again, aren't we all, in one way or another?
I'm not pretty, so I never could ride the fashion or beauty blogger bandwagon. I'm photogenic, but only sometimes. My photos are mostly awkward or wacky. I'm short, slightly fair (not "artista" white), and I'm not skinny. I rarely take selfies (My IG feed is proof: @MemetDiaries), because I hardly ever know what to do with my face. I don't have perfect, flawless skin. I have imperfections and insecurities, but don't get me wrong. I'm (somewhat) comfortable in my own skin. Comfortable enough to admit to myself that I'll never be a fashion or beauty blogger. Haha!
Over the past couple of years, I've somewhat transitioned to posting more about travel and food. I can't fully claim I'm a travel and food blogger though, because I don't travel as much as a legit travel blogger does. Hello, limited funds. I don't eat out a lot either. Hello, diet - and yeah, limited funds. Haha!
I have decent writing skills. My grammar's okay. But no, I don't think I can make the cut as an enthralling story-teller. (Makes me wonder how many of you are still reading up to this point. LOL!)
Okay, I got distracted by the tree outside my window... What was I getting at?
I guess to cut the long story short, I never did take off, or there was never a lift-off for me as a blogger. At least I don't feel like I ever did. Unlike other blogs, mine only gets an average of 250 views per day. Yes, I'm putting the figure out there even though marketers would probably frown on the measly 250 views that I get. (Note: 250 is an average. So yes, sometimes it's way lower than that).
So. Memet Diaries, why do you still blog?
I thought that question through while I was playing Candy Crush earlier (yes, I still play Candy Crush), and here, folks, are my 2 reasons:
Reason # 1. My blog is my little corner in cyberspace. Yes, times have changed, but I refuse to give up this little corner that I call mine. My blog posts are a reflection of myself. I like knowing that I can always go back and read what I wrote years and years before, and that I can always laugh at myself for being silly over what seemed like a big deal to me before, but was actually nothing but nonsense. (Double negative? Haha!)
Reason # 2. So I'm not popular. I don't get thousands or hundreds of thousands of views per day. But 250 views? That sounds significant enough to little ol' me. Sure, I don't get frequent comments from anyone, but it's enough to know that somehow, people are reading what I post. Yeah, sometimes I post insignificant things or random thoughts like this one, but I like to think that some of my posts were able to serve as inspiration to some people, or that some of them were useful one way or another.
I could only think of two reasons, but to me, that's enough to justify to myself that I shouldn't pull the plug on my blog - yes, the thought has crossed my mind.
So I just rambled on about why I still blog. What about you, dear reader? Why do you still come here and read what I write? While we're at it, what kind of posts would you like me to write about more?
Seriously looking forward to hearing from people. Folks, seriously. Help me out here. :p