There was an interesting topic on #lbloggers chat on Sunday about blogging cliches. It sparked a debate in the blogging world; some people were upset, some laughed it off whilst others got angry.
At first, it seemed very lighthearted about how the majority of us use a plain white background and our fake flowers for backdrops on photos. I’m 100% guilty of this and I also own some IKEA white drawers, but then it got a little bit weird. People started saying ‘owning a pet’ or ‘owning Apple products’ is a blogging cliche. Is it? I’m pretty sure I didn’t invest in Rufus in hope he’ll bring me some views in or think his existence would fulfil my blogging persona. Yes he does feature heavily in my blog but that’s because he’s one of the biggest parts of my life. I’m also 90% sure most people own an iphone these days and they aren’t bloggers. It all seemed to get a bit silly. Every aspect of our lives were being classed as cliche and people fighting desperately to not be classed as one. People trying to chip in saying, ‘I don’t take photos of my food’ or ‘I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars’ I ended up taking a step back from it and observed from afar.
After the chat, I took Rufus out for a walk and thought about it. I’ll be honest; not many people in my life know about my blog. I use my personal Instagram and Twitter to showcase it but I don’t actively tell people about it. I let them stumble across it and then they can talk to me about if they wish. Then I thought, what would they think if they came across it? Would they think I’m trying to make a quick couple of quid and dream of being the next Zoella? What cliche would they put on me? It all got a bit much in my head.
The thing is, it’s pretty bloody hard to be original in the blogging world. I’ve struggled with it myself and to be honest I feel nowhere near achieving it. I’m guilty of looking through Bloglovin’s popular posts for inspiration and looking at the blogs I follow for some motivation. I try and put my own twist on it and I would never post something that isn’t ‘me’. But, there’s always going to be something that sparks my interest and I suppose fit the ‘cliche’, does that make me one?
I’m not gonna lie, this has been a super rambly post. I’ve sort of got lost in my own thoughts. I guess my final thoughts are this. To an extent we’re all blogging cliches but there’s nothing wrong with that. At the end of the day, we all want to write and we’ll write about things in our lives that we love. Whether that’s your MAC Lipstick, getting sloshed on prosecco or the latest film you’ve seen. People read our blogs as they have the same interests as us. People wouldn’t read about something they aren’t interested in, would they? We support each other because we’re a pretty close community who wish the best for each other. So maybe we’re not cliches, maybe we are just a bunch of people inspiring each other on a daily basis. If that makes us a cliche bunch of people then so be it. I like being part of this community and I like what I’ve achieved so far.
What do you think about blogging cliches?
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