20/30 years ago you would never hear about a career where you film yourself talking to a camera or writing content about your interests for people to read. However, in this digital age blogging has gone from being something to do as a hobby, to being a career and a way to dominate the world with your words. An example of this would be Zoe Sugg, a.k.a Zoella. She went from writing a blog and creating YouTube videos in the comfort of her home in Wiltshire, to becoming one of the most successful bloggers/vloggers with a beauty and lifestyle line in Superdrugs across the UK. Now she is earning approximately £50,000 a month from her YouTube channel with over 10 million subscribers.
A lot of people have created a brand for themselves and have gone from being a blogger to being an author to creator of fashion or beauty lines. Samantha Maria created her blog and YouTube channel, of the same name, in 2009 and has gone on to having nearly 2 million Youtube subscribers and has created her own fashion line, Novem & Knight with her fiancé.
Ashleigh Wilson, 18, book blogger and youtuber (A Frolic Through Fiction) said “I still feel a bit weird when I call myself a blogger because I still feel like it is a growing thing. But more people are definitely trying it.”
I guess the reason why a lot of people have a blog now is due to the people like Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr etc who have become big icons for younger ages. Also the fact that there is such a diversity in blogging because you can create a blog about anything, attracts a lot of people to start creating content. These are some of the reasons I started blogging.
I created my The Giggly Blogger at the start of 2014 and it has slowly grown, and still is growing, into having a small following and regular content. I have always had a passion for writing and thought that blogging would be a great way for me to express myself in a way that I am good at and enjoy. I mainly write lifestyle content and reviews of products and books as they are my main interests, but I sometimes write about specific things that aren’t related to my usual content.
At the start I would blog about random things because it was a hobby where as now I take pride in what I write and publish. Event though it is still a hobby I want people to look at it and actually want to read it, instead of being put off by bad images or poorly written content.
Abbie Akers, 17, former blogger said ” I started blogging because it seemed like fun, which it was, but its a lot more effort than people think.”