I spoke up yesterday about blogging events and how I don’t find them inclusive, and today’s post covers ‘why DO we put barriers up in the blogosphere?’.
We’re putting barriers up, as we don’t want to see change. Change would mean our content would most likely need to take a new direction, and who wants that? Who wants to take things to the next level?
I do! Many bloggers do! Many bloggers feel they’re not given the time of day, as the current SITUATION is you need to fit a ‘niche’. A ‘niche’ that means you’re part of a pack. A pack that defines who you are and your content and the relationship you have with those within the pack. Basically, a Taylor Swift squad.
A squad that brushes other people away and lets people know who they are! Putting people into groups, ‘niches’ and basically excluding people down to their unique content is only putting the blogosphere at a standstill.
How are bloggers meant to share their content, if people turn around and say it’s wrong? What if you’re wrong? What if what you think isn’t the opinion of someone else? Are you going to say they’re wrong too?
We talk about how positive the blogosphere is, but we’re still so far away from being an ACTUAL community.
There’s millions of us sharing our content, sharing our passions and connecting with like-minded content creators, and yet barriers are up.
Barriers are up, as we have the mindset that one size fits all. I’m sorry, but I’m 6’1, 93kg and I can tell you now that your clothes will not fit me. Why give me the same wardrobe as someone else, as they’re clothes clearly won’t fit. One size fits all puts limitations on top of the barriers. Isn’t that what a barrier is? A limitation in society?
Limitations are resulting in individuals feeling excluded, and resulting in arguments on social media. I get not everyone is going to get along, but let debates happen. Let discussions happen. Let things happen, as what might come out of it is a better understanding. A better understanding, allowing us to move forward, in the RIGHT direction.
There’s a lot of crap happening in the world, and the crap is impacting the blogosphere. It’s impacting us in a way we’re following the trend. Why don’t we break the trend? Why don’t we set an example to our readers, to fellow bloggers and to potential brand collaborations, that we don’t put barriers up?
The moment we break down the barriers and LET people have a SAY, to create the content THEY WANT, and to give EQUAL opportunities, no matter the following someone has or who they are, we can move forward TOGETHER!
It’s not a case of breaking down the barriers on our own, but working as the ‘SO-CALLED’ community, and standing up together for what we believe in.
Basically, let bloggers be themselves and stop putting up the barriers from letting it happen.
Look out on Wednesday for my post on why male blogging ISN’T on the rise and the barriers stopping more men from getting involved.