As a blogger, it’s easy to see things pop up like blogging events that come at certain times of the month.
For instance, every August some bloggers promote an event called Blaugust where we try to post something every day about certain subjects. There are Discord servers, achievements, and more than you can wish for.
It’s also no surprise that there are a few people out there trying to promote it, because blogging is a community smaller than you think. When Blogger was my home platform before relocating here, I felt like there was no community at all because I rarely got any interactions from followers and rarely saw any other hobby bloggers that wrote about similar topics to me. It wasn’t until I moved here to WordPress did I finally see that I was not alone. Maybe I was just in the wrong place and all the bloggers like me preferred WordPress.
But the other reason why the blogging community is small, is that even if you do find your own niche, blogging isn’t something that a lot of people do on the Internet. Viewers prefer more visual things like creators who make YouTube videos, stream games on Twitch or make TikToks. These particular examples provide that instant-gratification with almost no brain work required to process the information.
I’m not exactly great in front of the camera so I prefer to write. If you want to make yourself Internet-famous, it’s easier to do it making videos or art of some kind. With writing, it takes longer, unless you are lucky and happen to blog about some really interesting topics.
Blogging can also be more time-consuming than say, creating a TikTok. Then again, maybe I’m wrong because making videos requires lots of editing too. In fact, given how polished some YouTube videos look, I bet editing those take even longer than writing a simple blog post! But, because audiences like to see visual things, it’s worth the wait for them and I’ve spoken many times how much it irritates me that nobody likes to read anymore.
The other factor to consider is some people may consider it more convenient to make videos, plus when we get busy with our jobs and other life commitments, blogging is something that is easily neglected which I have never understood. Here I am with a full-time job and still blogging away!
I think that’s why other bloggers band together to make events like Blaugust to unite us and that our content may not go viral like some TikTok video, but we are still a family. I have even been asked a few times if I am going to participate in these blogging events when they occur and if I get nominated for a blog award, I try my best to respond to it, but sometimes I don’t always, especially if I don’t think I can come up with an answer for all the questions.
So what about Blaugust? Well it sounds fun and all, I tell myself that I just can’t participate because yes I do write on this blog, but only when I feel like it, not when I’m challenged to. Not to mention, my career is quite demanding so it isn’t as simple to work on and publish something daily. I also have fanfiction that I write too and of course, there will be times when I don’t always feel like writing when I get a day off. Then again, I’ve seen the community reward participants even if they didn’t post 31 days in a row.
I’ve never been a fan of taking on Internet challenges, but I will say this, maybe I will participate in my own way by blogging about my own subjects without promoting the event itself. And if I don’t have something for each day in August, well that’s either because I couldn’t come up with something, I’m busy, or I just want to work on another project. So in a sense, I am participating but I’m also not because I’m going to do this my way.