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In this post I will be reflecting on my loves and loathes of blogging. So let me begin…
It’s been a year and eight months since I created my blog and over that time I have learnt so much when it comes to blogging. But with that comes some things which I really enjoy and some things that I don’t so much.
So let me share my yays and nays of blogging…
I live to be creative. Anything where I can design and create something is my thing. And with my blog I can do just that.
From deciding on the layout, to creating my header to writing a post and taking photos.
Sometimes I get ‘bloggers block’ and just get stuck for content, but the great thing about blogging as you look around the community and there is inspiration everywhere.
I love searching around for online tools to help with my blog and I have discovered some great sites like Canva, Creative Market and Pic Monkey. I also enjoy playing around with flat lays and using decorative pieces from around my home to bring a photo to life.
If I can dream it, I can do it. Or so the song goes!
Engaging with others
Even though actually doing my blog can be a solitude thing IRL, I love engaging with others online. Sharing content, reading posts and having online chats with other fellow bloggers opens up the world to me.
As I’ve discussed in a previous post I’m introverted so being able to engage online makes me feel a part of something.
Doing things I otherwise wouldn’t do
Blogging has created a new part of my life I had previously not explored and part of that is searching for content for posts.
As a result I can end up doing something I would otherwise decide not to do, so I can then share it on my blog.
So I’m no dare devil and this isn’t about me taking up sky diving or deep sea diving. More just giving me that push to get outside and see and visit places that I can take photo’s of and share in my blog afterwards.
There’s nothing more satisfying than visiting somewhere, taking some great pics and wanting to share with others to inspire and enjoy.
Having a hobby
Before I started my blog I didn’t really have a hobby. Unless shopping counts as one (which I still do and enjoy). I have been envious of those who have an active leisure life. Like playing sports or something creative like arts or crafts as I felt like I hadn’t found my niche.
Now I feel I have. It gives me objectives to achieve on my days off from work and also gives me a focus and a goal. Otherwise I’d be bumbling along twiddling my thumbs complaining ‘I’m bored’.
Which does has a flip side which you’ll see in the loathes segment.
- Working with brands
I’ve not worked with a huge amount of brands, but the ones I have have been fantastic to work with. It’s really nice a brand wanting to spend time with me as there are soooo many other bloggers they could choose from. Obviously I’d be lying if I said the perks were being gifted with their products wasn’t a high light to blogging but I do this so infrequently as I don’t want my blog to become a blogvert (see what I did there!). It’s great to be respected by those you look up to. Not that I need acceptance from them, but it’s rewarding to know that all my typing is not in vain.
Receiving wonderful comments from those who read my blog is definitely up there as a high light to blogging. As I mentioned above blogging is a great outlet for me, but the reward comes from others enjoying what I do with my blog.
Especially when I feel I am in a bit of a rut with my blog, a nice comment can be the uplift I need to keep going.
Comparing to others
Now to me anyone who says they don’t compare their blog or social media platform to others is a liar. We all do, it’s human nature. And this to me is a part of blogging I would like to avoid but it still happens to me.
Especially when I’m feeling unmotivated with my blog, I’ll see other blog sites and be like ‘they’ve got a better header/template/photo’s etc’ than me.
Also there are some bloggers who look like magazine models in their photos. Which I’m not dissing but makes me personally feel I don’t live up to that standard. Even though I want my blog to be honest and true and all me, warts and all. I can’t help but wish I looked flawless and styled in all my photos.
As a 32 year old woman you’d think I’d be past that. But afraid I succumb to the ‘they are all better than me’ syndrome. Which I have found since creating my blog has become more prevalent in my mind set than ever before.
The way I over come this is just being proud of what I do, remembering that I do want to come across as real as possible. Even if it’s not a perfect finish and I’m not as slick as the cool bloggers.
Touch wood I’ve not been at the receiving end of this but putting yourself out there so publicly does concern me. Trolling unfort seems too easy and anyone can be at the receiving end of it.
I endeavour to be as nice as I can and try to swerve anything that might cause negativity but you never know when that comment/s will come.
People have a right to their opinion but to purposely set out to be cutting and vicious and any other term for horrid is not ok in my books.
I’m all for peace and harmony, but I know that’s not real life. I also have much love for those who have suffered from trolling. I’ve got your back 🙂
Buying too much make up and clothes
‘YouTube made me buy it’ is now a popular term on line. And I bet all the retailers are loving social media and it makes me want to buy stuff I didn’t want or need. At all.
I’ve brought make up and clothes on the back of a Youtuber or Blogger raving about it. And sometimes they’ve been on the money but mostly I’ve just believed they hype, worthy or not.
In addition to this I often see things that I think would look great in a flat lay or an outfit that would look good as an OOTD (outfit of the day).
But in my defence this is my only vice. I don’t have any debt (or savings though) and I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. So if my only habit is shopping I think I can be cut some slack (but not all!).
Finding time to write blog
This is often something I struggle with. I really want to keep on top of my schedule of two posts a week but with a full time job (and starting work at 7am) I struggle to have the energy and time to do this.
It means I have to think about how I use my time to keep on top of my posts.
As I don’t go out much (ie socialising), so this does allow me time indoors to write up posts. Like for example it’s now a Saturday evening, I’ve been at work all day and am rather tired, but I want to keep to my Sunday schedule so I’m writing this up now ready for the morning.
Obviously my health and happiness come first so should I find I’m getting behind on my blog then I know it’s a sign to stop, take a break and get back to it when I’ve had a chance to catch up with myself.
And that in a nutshell is what I love and loathe about blogging. I prob could come up with a few more points but those are the ones that stick out in my mind.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what makes blogging fun and perhaps not so fun for you. And if you don’t blog but like to read blogs then I’d also love to know what you like about reading blogs and what puts you off.
Until next time,
Love and hugs,