Knowing the direction you want to take your blog, means you have to go through numerous trial and error periods, trying to understand what works for you.
The last few weeks, I’ve been to a few blogger events, set up my own pre-event meetup and I’ve come to the conclusion that events are not for me.
I stick out like a sore thumb. I stick out like a sore thumb, not because of my lack of hair or my cheeky personality, but because I’m not the ‘standard’ blogger. I don’t write about fashion, I don’t write about beauty, nor do I work with brands. I just do me and talk about my story.
I talk about my story at conferences, at charity events and on John’s Road to Volunteering. John’s Road to Volunteering is a reflection of my life and life to me is about exploring; exploring avenues you’ve never taken before to see if they’d work, and if not, at least you can say you tried, right?
I’ve tried blogger events and I won’t again. Blogging events are fixated around certain niches in the blogosphere, and dare I say it…they’re really female orientated!
I’m going to get stick for that last sentence, but when I was asked recently why I don’t think more males are blogging, it’s because we’re putting barriers up. We’re putting barriers up in the blogosphere by looking at what there is, not what there could be. What happened to testing the water and showing inclusivity in what we do??
I’m lucky to have such an incredible community around John’s Road to Volunteering, and when I set up a pre-event meetup, it was amazing! It was amazing, as I met bloggers with similar thoughts, with a passion for what they write about and who genuinely want to include everyone.
Events don’t cater for diversity!
It’s a reason why I’m sticking to charity events. Charity events make me feel included, even without the need to point out, that I’m still unique to the sector.
I’m unique, as I’m different. We’re all different. I don’t see why being a male who blogs, a blogger in the charity sector or just a person living on planet earth, why we can’t include everyone?
Why can’t we do this?
Why can’t we consider the main gap in blogging is giving people a voice. Giving people an opportunity to experience. An experience, which’ll result in a positive memory. Memories result in word of mouth and word of mouth creates a buzz.
I didn’t get this at the events.
The only buzz I got was meeting those I wanted to meet, but that can be done in our own time. Seeing people scrap for freebies and kiss ass to get more things, that have no relevance to them and their blog really confuses me.
Blogging is about sharing your passions. Inspiring others to take action from your expressive content, not about the freebies. Yet, at events this happens.
It shows you that not everything in the blogosphere is positive. Not everyone is necessarily in it for the impact, and that’s fine. People have their own wants and needs, and we have to respect this.
Even acting as a bit of a moaning myrtle in this post, I’m allowed to moan. I’m allowed to voice. I’m allowed to say that events are not for me.
We are individuals in the blogging world!
A few posts coming up in the next few weeks will expand on these thoughts. I’ll talk about why there aren’t many male bloggers on the scene, I’ll share my thoughts on why we’re putting barriers up in the blogosphere and why we’re our biggest enemy when it comes to creating content is ourselves.