The rise of blogging

Twenty years ago you would never head about a career where you film yourself talking to a camera of writing content about your interests for people to read.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 2:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th December 2016, 1:00 pm
Blogger Zoella

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 is Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella. She has gone 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 Superdrug.

Now she is earning around £50,000 a month from her YouTube channel with over ten million subscribers.

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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 two million Youtube subscribers and has created her own fashion line,

Ashleigh Wilson, 18, of Sheffield, is a book blogger and is on Youtube with A Frolic Through Fiction.

She  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 and Tanya Burrr, 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 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 whereas now I take pride in what I write and publish. Even 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, a former Sheffield blogger ,said: “I started blogging because it seemed like fun, which it was, but it’s a lot more effort than people think."