SLOW BLOGGING MOVEMENT

Is The Slow Blogging Movement for you?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would have noticed that I’ve seriously cut down on my published content during the past year. I found myself intently focused and completely absorbed by a monumental creative project that kept me very busy for most of 2015. So, to manage my time more efficiently, I decided to join the slow blogging movement. This change initiated a turning point for me as an author, content curator and digital influencer and it’s something I’ve wanted to share with new bloggers.

Before I proceed, let us tip our hats to the inimitable Todd Sieling, who predicted that blogging would eventually evolve into a rushed practice, executed with a sense of urgency and clockwork precision, when he wrote the “Slow Blog Manifesto,” in 2006. You can read his manifesto here

What is Slow Blogging?

Todd Sieling's Slow Blog Manifesto
Todd Sieling’s Slow Blog Manifesto

Slow blogging promotes ‘Quality over Quantity’ – Sporadic writing that yields mindful, meaningful conversations. It’s about slowing down and taking the time to create more creative, impactful and engaging content with the hope of eradicating digital noise.

I thank Todd for influencing my ideas and ideals with his quality consciousness that allows me to share quality content and inspire meaningful conversations with my readers instead of mindless chatter.

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

I wish I could tell you that every morning I wake up with the urge to whip open my laptop and allow the nuggets of wisdom to stream forth, flooding my blog with cogent arguments, out of the box perspectives and never seen before exposes of the fashion world!

For someone who lives and breathes FASHION, such consistencies should come easy, right?! Hold that thought right there!

Consistency is great. It is the tool of the trade and currency of success for many bloggers but not every blogger. Blogging is a creative pursuit. Everyone has a blog these days, but not everyone’s pursuing a career in blogging!

It is true that most bloggers are serious about monetising their blogs but some blog merely to express and share their creativity. We are all not about the hits, the followers, the keywords, the page ranks, etc. Some of us are more about the human connection – inspiring others and sharing ideas.

Yes, it is amazing to have a large and engaged base of readers who hang on to your words and share your posts with their networks giving you social recognition which can turn into work offers, book deals, consultancy requests and a lot more.

But first and foremost blogging is a CREATIVE PURSUIT.

Through blogging, the real freedom of expression was realized. If someone had the expertise and a desire to disseminate that into the world, here was a free and marvelously convenient platform to do it on. But at its core blogging essentially starts with a ‘desire’ – a need to be heard and read!

SLOW BLOGGING MOVEMENT
SLOW BLOGGING MOVEMENT

My Advice for Budding Bloggers who would like to join the Slow Blogging Movement:

 

If you don’t feel compelled to share something with the world – don’t immediately hit the publish button rather invest your time absorbing inspiration and adding value to the content you’re about to share. Life is whimsical, to say the least. Even the best-laid plans go awry. So when things are not conducive to blogging – just let it be. Allow yourself that freedom.

If you are committed to pushing the boundaries of your creativity and if you offer engaging quality content, you will have a longer and more rewarding association with your readers.

Take a deep breath and start. It is your world, and you know when to push forward and when to retreat.

Till then Write Less. Say More. Blog consciously and blog for quality!


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    Kumari Govender (@CapeTownFashion)

    Slow blogging promotes ‘Quality over Quantity’ Sporadic writing that yields mindful, meaningful conversations → https://t.co/Urys0RJEaz

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