Last Sunday morning I sat down and actually read some posts that came up in my twitter timeline for the first time in.. a very long time. The theme across the board seemed to be the death of old school blogging, some people talked about what they missed, others about what they disliked about the blogosphere today, either way, it aint what it used to be.
I started wondering whether we could ever get back anything of what we once had. Obviously there are considerably more bloggers and vloggers now than there were 5 years ago and so growth and engagement is down across the board but there are things we perhaps stopped doing (or at least cut back on) that we could start again. Ideas we have dismissed because we didn’t think people would enjoy them anymore, formats we’ve retired that we once loved.. could there be a dusty old gem we’ve left behind that still has the potential to shine?
This feels like a September thing to me, I think it’s the ‘Back To School’ vibe I’m getting but here on my blog and on my YouTube channel I am declaring August ‘OG Blogging Month’ .. I was going to use Old School but I decided
I was hip and cool OG was catchier. So for the month of August I’m going to be delving in the archives for inspiration, daily blogging, bringing back beauty videos and hosting a weekly twitter chat and sharing, sharing, sharing! I used to love twitter chats and I know they’re still around (I attempted to get involved in one last week and felt 150years old) and am definitely not trying to horn in on anyones territory but for August I’m going to run one on a Wednesday night at 8 for those taking part in the OG month along with me.
There are a bunch of things I miss about blogging 5 years ago compared to now but the biggest thing I miss that I know I have complete control over is my motivation. I was so driven and worked hard every week to produce a huge amount of content, I took zero time off when I had a baby/was working 4 days a week and was doing 100% more than I am right now. I want to pull out a bunch of new stuff and actually take the time to test it out, I want to want to promote those reviews on twitter because I’m engaged in the community and I want to read other people’s posts and comment on them. Long time readers will know this is something I’ve struggled with for too long and I’m forever searching for my missing mojo. I’m thinking it’s not just me that feels entirely disconnected from something we once loved to do and hoping that during the next month we can support each other (I know, it’s unbelievable but we used to do that all the time) and show some new bloggers what blogging used to be about.
If you’re interested in joining me in this ‘challenge’ I’ll be online tonight at 8 to chat using the hashtag #OGbloggingmonth and will be back here on the 1st August!