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What has changed in the last 10 years of blogging?
When I first started blogging, I never thought I’d keep it up to this day. Being young and needing a place to vent, my blogs were ideal. However, with so many changes being made worldwide in terms of blogging, I love being a part of the community. Whether you’re a blogger, influencer, or just a regular reader of blogs, the way we consume content is on a larger scale than ever before. So what’s changed in the last 10 years of blogging? Well, let me tell you my thoughts on the last decade as a blogger.
My first blog
It was 2009 when I first started blogging; although having a blog was completely different then, compared to what it is now, back in 2009, blogging was new and exciting. My first blog was actually on Tumblr, which at the time was still a fairly new site itself. With an ‘Ask Me Anything’ box, streams of photos, working out how to use themes and most importantly, creating my content. From pictures to writing, Tumblr was a saviour during high school. Although blogging has come a long way for me since those days, it allowed me to start doing what I loved early; writing and taking photos. Tumblr has changed massively since 2009, with a more recent change allowing users to charge for their writing through a subscription service. Although I left my Tumblr days in the past, Dungarees & Donuts is very much still around.
Launching Dungarees & Donuts
Back in 2011, I launched Dungarees & Donuts, and I’m pretty sure I wrote 4 posts that year as I launched it in August. However, I decided to remove those from my blog in years to come. As my writing improved, the old content felt embarrassing to keep on my blog. Due to my blog being launched a decade ago, you can imagine it is a SEO nightmare. I’ve spent the last few years trying to rewrite old content, which is more complicated than it seems.
With many of my idols being UK beauty bloggers, I just wanted my blog to be like theirs, so knowing next to nothing about makeup and fashion back then, my content was short and not insightful. But over the years, I found my feet. I used my blog to talk about important issues to me and raise awareness around mental health issues.
Despite the random content I used to write, it was fun at the time and ultimately has provided me with a career.
This leads me on to blogging trends. Like most trends, they changed pretty rapidly.
With so many bloggers joining and leaving the blogosphere in the last decade, the variety of blogs that exist today are vastly different to what they were 10 years ago. Back then, it was all about the community, blogger interviews, awards, tag posts and OOTD (outfit of the day). Oh, and those Baby Lips lip balms from Maybelline that broke the internet.
Not only has the world of blogging changed but so has social media, with many new platforms popping up and allowing bloggers to turn into influencers. Influencers are the term that brackets social media stars, YouTubers and bloggers together.
Although blogs may not be what they used to be, as it’s less about getting fellow bloggers to read your content and more about getting it out to the world. It’s been amazing to watch the growth of online careers.