Strong Content vs. Big Following: A Blogger's Journey


By Sarah Harrison 

In my current paper that I am studying as part of a Bachelor of Communications, it is suggested that good speechwriters are able to access their own emotions. An example of this that I like to draw upon is the scene from the film Walk The Line in which record producer Sam Phillips gives advice to the young Johnny Cash and his band:

“If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you’re dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin’ me that’s the song you’d sing?...that same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it’s real and how you’re gonna shout it? Or....would you sing something’ different. Somethin’ real. Somethin’ you felt. Cause I’m telling you right now, that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothin’ to do with believin’ in God, Mr Cash. It has to do with believin’ in yourself”.

Although blogging is not speech writing, I do believe it comes pretty close. As bloggers we are trying to create a piece of communication that is personal and relevant. We want to offer our audiences something new; ideas that will challenge them, and inspire them. I personally love the beauty of words. I draw inspiration from cinema, music and literature. You can never underestimate the power of words. They have the power to make audiences reflect upon their own values and beliefs and have the ability to change thought patterns. Words can open up an audience’s world to new, exciting concepts and ideas. 

I started my blog, Our Young Hearts, about six months ago. It has been a wonderful creative outlet for me as a busy full time Mum and part time student. I wanted to create a blog that would offer women and mums everyday inspiration with beautiful imagery and stories to match, but the key difference being that the ideas covered were accessible and attainable. I felt a lot of the blogs and magazines I was following were not in my reach on a financial scale, and truthfully, I was bored. I wanted to celebrate everyday women and mums that I am lucky enough to know. I wanted to showcase affordable clothing and brands and suggest fresh and yummy food ideas without having to spend a fortune. The content on my blog may not be ‘mainstream’ and as a result it may take me that much longer to get a good following. But that’s ok. My content, and staying true to myself is more important to me than having a huge following. All good things take time and it is important to remember that although people may not remember what we have to say, they will remember how we made them feel.

You can find Sarah blogging over at Our Young Hearts or on Instagram

All Images from Our Young Hearts blog.