Last week, I put up part one of the documentary. Since then, I have talked to more people. This post includes those people.
Monday 9th July 2018..
I want to talk to an ex- blogger and get their story. I messaged H (hh_naii) on Twiiter and asked him a few questions. Here are his answers;
Me: So what made you decide to quit?
H: It was a combination of things that included I didn’t have time for it anymore, I didn’t know what to write about and most importantly I’d outgrown it because I started it as an outlet to express my innermost feelings and I’d realised that it looks a bit strange when you have a blog where you rant out all your inner feelings to the internet because it makes you seem like your life is absolutely terrible and that you’re ungrateful about a lot of things because I only ever spoke about first world problems on mine. Now despite having time, I don’t really know what I can write about so that’s why I haven’t started again but I’m definitely not ruling out starting another blog and building another brand from the ground up. I also forgot to mention there that I’d outgrown the community and what I mean by that is a lot of people in the blogging world are far too easily offended by so many small things that I’d be here forever telling you about but an example is the absence of a certain sexuality/ ethnic group in books and films when books and films take a lot of planning and thought and for me there’s no point in adding a certain type of person into your art if it doesn’t fit the story you’re trying to tell. That caused me to quit because it gets a little too much where everyone you’re trying to get on is offended by every small thing you say and so me being someone who has a lot more realistic view of the world doesn’t mesh well with a group of people who all seemingly are ready to hunt for things to be offended by.
Me: How many times did you write and delete a quit post?
H: I haven’t actually made a quit post if im honest. I just didn’t post anymore and eventually deleted it and hoped people forgot I’d ever been there. I didn’t really know what to write, where to start in it and that. I just had a few blank drafts that were supposed to be quit posts.I tried quitting before in an effort to be validated and see who cared that i quit because I was at peak annoyance with the community and I wanted to see what’d happen. I did I initially quit because I had some fat writers block and I didn’t enjoy it anymore but I partly made an extravagant post saying how I hated blogging and everyone doing it for attention purposes and not everyone will admit to doing things for attention but im secure enough within myself now to own up to what I did in the past and justify it with the actual reasons rather than making up a reason like someone who’d say they’re not looking for attention but the reality is that people blog so that people can read their posts and get attention. Nobody publishes a post and says I hope no one likes or comments on this or even reads this. I just wanted even more attention than normal.
Me: What was your favourite post that you did?
H: If I’m honest I cringe at all my posts i ever did now because of how hard I was trying to be cool and all that but in reality I felt like Shrek in the third film where he’s trying to talk like a teenager and he clearly is failing at being cool. If there’s any post I could say I’m even remotely happy with and would publish again was my post where I talked about an outfit I wore once because I love dressing myself up and all that.
Me: Do you feel happy with your decision?
H: Yes because I feel as if i don’t have to be guilty for not posting regularly and I’m now able to focus on stuff that Was more important such as exams and general looking after myself.
Me: And that’s all the questions, thank you for taking part.
H: No problems.
The next person is Elm. She is a blogger who has been blogging for around 3 years, her blog tells us about her life.. love, struggles and the occasional poetic post.
Here is her interview:
Me: Do you feel like you have a life outside of blogging?
Elm: I definitely do. Often, that life outside informs my blogging, such as what posts I write and how I feel about those posts. My life enhances my blogging but blogging also enriches my life. If I ever feel like blogging is starting to affect things to the point where I can do nothing else, I have to step back because my mental health is the most important thing.
Me: Have you had any hate comments?
Elm: Not really. I’ve had someone saying they were going to unfollow my blog but I don’t class that as a hate comment because it was for a valid reason. I’ve had some weird comments but none that are particularly unpleasant, thank goodness. However, I’m bracing myself for my first hate comment, just in case.
Me: What is the weirdest comment you’ve ever had?
Elm: I can’t remember a specific one but all my spam ones, such as constant SEO promotions and people leaving 100 links to their blog, can be strange especially when they’re posted out of the blue with no context. Sometimes I go through my comments and just get confused but I’m incredibly thankful to the 99.9% of people who leave genuinely thoughtful comments!
Me: I think that’s all the questions, thank you so much for taking part.
Elm: Any time!! Thank you for letting me be part of this!
Thank you to Elm for being apart of this. This post is already too long. Thank you very much for reading, I hope you enjoyed.
See you all soon.