They also had to go on a journey to get to where they are now and I am not foolish to think otherwise or that it was "easier" for them as it wasn't and every bloggers experience on growth is different but I feel as there wasn't the same amount of competition so they could experiment and the high standard that is now expected from new bloggers wasn't present then.The standard that is now set means that newer bloggers have to invest quicker and worry a lot about numbers , stats and freebies something which other bloggers are keen to put forward that it's not important but you wouldn't say no to a free beauty product or if you received 1000 followers. It's the truth when seeing other bloggers are getting great bonus from working hard and yes I am aware it takes time to gain these bonus' but when it is constantly surrounding you in your newsfeed or on Twitter it's hard not to become a little obsessed or wanting some advantages like other bloggers get.
I personally found that my blog had to become professional very quickly as it was the standard, maybe this feeling was just me and it was all in my head but I think a lot of bloggers suffer from the constant pressure of having too and wanting too be the best or as good as the popular bloggers and I do think this can be positive competition but it also can be very destructive to a smaller blogger or even a larger blogger.The competition between bloggers has become so huge that support and appreciation for other bloggers is getting lost in the blogging world , not everyone but some are reluctant to share blog love or feature other bloggers as they are afraid of them having the upper hand, lucky I haven't personally witnessed this but I am aware that it is present in the world of blogging.
Bloggers, including myself are doing everything in their power to make their blog the best it can be by using business methods, trying to win over followers or PR companies as a way of proving their blog is worth it and can be taken serious like the professional bloggers. I think whilst every blog starts of as a hobby everyone would love to do it full time but it has a huge stereotype to it causing bloggers to be afraid to set this as their goal. I personally don't see anything wrong with it and something to be admired as it shows that someone cares and carries a passion for blogging that wants you to make it a full time occupation. Like anything in life we all want to be at the top which is a natural feeling when putting the effort and time into something that matters to you and wanting others to recognise it I suppose is only expected!The point I'm trying to get at is I feel that blogging in 2014 has become very clinical and numbers and followers are coming before the posts. I also believe that it's a lot harder of us later bloggers to get followers or attention compared to the first kids on the block.
*I just want to make clear that this is my opinion and as I have mentioned this is not a catty or patronising post towards the larger blogs as I am aware that they had to work hard to get to where they are now which I truly respect*
What do you think ?
Do us younger bloggers have to work harder to prove ourselves?