By: Nothando Tembe
I read an interesting article on Independent Fashion Bloggers, which inspired me to write this post. Being a blogger who lives in Durban, I think I can really relate to what it means when you ask yourself, “Would blogging in another city, with all the opportunities that are found there make my blog better than what it is today?”
When you compare South Africa to other countries when it comes to blogging, I do believe we are quite behind, but truth be told, we have amazing bloggers, especially fashion bloggers. I love Durban, I grew up here and till this day I don’t see myself living anywhere else. Our city is loved for many things but we are still behind when it comes to certain departments such as Public Relations and media/blogging.
Now don’t take this the wrong way, Durban has amazing blogs and bloggers, who are doing great work like for Sandy who started this blogging community and Brett’ Robson who is rated as one of the most influential fashion bloggers in the country.
Blogging is really not about all the events you get invited to or about the brands you get to work with, blogging is about using what you have to the best of your ability and producing work that will be loved at home before the rest of the country appreciates it.
One of the things that I have heard from someone in the Public Relations industry is that there is too much competition in Johannesburg. Bloggers fight to be invited to the same events and being part of certain campaigns and probably end up hating each other, something that easily happens in the blogging community. Now would you want to be a part of such an environment, I know I don’t.
Yes, Joburg and Cape Town has most bloggers and most ‘cool’ events happen in these cities, but that doesn’t mean you can not be successful if you do not live there. We miss out on a lot of opportunities here in Durban, we can’t always be part of certain events or experience working with certain brands because they don’t happen here – But if you work hard and put in the work, your results will show and you will find yourself collaborating with brands from all those big cities.
Who knows, where you are today with your blog is probably far better than where you would be if you resided elsewhere. If you happen to move to another city, you need to know how to adapt, making new blogging friends and making the most of the opportunities.
Do you live in a small city or town? Have you ever found yourself wanting to move to bigger cities because you feel you are missing out?