Happy May Day to you all.
I’ve been having a blogger crisis. For those of you that aren’t aware, there is a big hoo ha going on at the moment over on Instagram. Things have got very tricky over there since they changed everyone’s feed last year from chronological order, to an order decided by an algorithm. It’s now more of a desperate scramble to get your picture seen by even a minute portion of your followers. I’ve seen the joy being sucked out of it, as Instagrammers despair about how to get their pictures noticed and engagement up. As well as talking to people face to face about it, I’ve seen lots of other blog posts writing about it and Twitter threads discussing it in depth. Not only that, but you then have to deal with other Instagrmmers cheating their way to followers and higher engagement by actually paying apps and bots to do the work for them. Or following you and then unfollowing you 24 hours later after you’ve followed them. It’s completely bonkers, and it really feels like the whole platform is heading for self combustion. Having said all this, I do think there is still so much good over at Instagram – I have made some really lovely friends, met some amazing people and am still inspired on a daily basis. My photos have improved hugely since my fuzzy iPhone3 images back in 2013 (yes if you scroll back far enough in my feed, you can still see them!). I think sometimes you just have to block out the negative side of it and accept it for what it is, but I think all creative platforms are facing constant challenges in this fast paced word of media.
I also think the blogging world has changed massively since I started back in 2013 (2013! A different lifetime for me!). I haven’t been able to keep up with all the hundreds and hundreds of sharing apps and platforms, I’m bamboozled by stats and figures and positively confused by SEO. I feel like I’ve been left behind a bit, especially since moving over to WordPress. All the lovely pins repinned thousands of times from my blog before I migrated to WordPress last Autumn, take you to page that says ‘This blog is no longer at Blogger! Do you wish to continue?’, which probably leaves some people terrified of what will happen if they press ‘yes!’.
It’s no longer enough to create beautiful imagery and meaningful words, especially if no one is taking the time to look at it in a world that is full to the brim with lovely blogs. I’m sure I’ll get my confidence back and find my place in the blogging world again – it’s a case of rediscovering the joy of blogging, and taking the time to learn new tricks to keep up with the incredibly savvy 20 year old bloggers. I’d really love to hear from you if you’ve been feeling the same way! It would make this little blog feel very loved if you felt like pinning an image to Pinterest, or sharing a link, or telling a friend – I’d be so grateful.
So May for me is going to be about reconnecting with the blogging world. This month I am not working away from home which I think will help hugely – I’ve felt a little disconnected from everything in April from not being at home so much. My home is my anchor.
On Saturday the children and I made it to the Waffle House in Norwich which was so much fun and very much needed! If you are in Norwich, I highly recommend it, so delicious. We then went up to St Giles church to photograph the wisteria (as I promised I would!).
I have a few posts up my sleeve for this week, including a review of the amazing Cricut die cutting machine and tons of photographs from the beautiful afternoon I spent last Friday at Jessica Zoob’s open studio!
Have lovely week.