I’m finding blogging difficult. Not because I don’t know what to write, but because it’s not what it used to be. I feel now, if you don’t have the followers, you’re not good enough, and also that people don’t want to follow the person with less than 5,000 followers. That’s just how I felt, or even now it’s the way I feel at times. So I had to take time for myself and work out what I could do, to make things a little different.
Finding your own space in the blogging world these days it’s very difficult. It got to a stage I was considering packing in blogging altogether and just concentrating on Instagram to see if brands actually care about your blog, or is it all just the followers on Instagram they care about. Instagram has completely taken over in the last couple of years and it’s not only knocked my blogging confidence but its also shown me, even if you take hours taking photos, writing down ideas and planning. Those things sometimes don’t matter.
When I started blogging it was about original content, posting the things you love, gaining the followers, gaining the confidence and gaining friends. But, now all I see is conflict on Twitter, people buying followers and my favourite bloggers quitting their websites because they’ve lost themselves. Now that made me sad. I had 3 bloggers I always used to read and now only 1 has a blog left. I still can’t believe the people I looked up to have now just kind of vanished into thin air.
Saying that, I wanted to quit myself. Even when I had people come up to me on every night out I was on praising me on my blog, youtube and Instagram. That wasn’t enough for me. I was super grateful, but I’d lost myself. I’d lost what I loved to do, and my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. Pretending to someone I loved blogging just made me feel 100 times worse about myself. So now, I’m changing my blog, my theme and posting what I want that makes me happy.
I’m going back to my routes of beauty blogging. I used to love sitting doing makeup looks, spending an hour taking photos and seeing myself grow when it came to applying makeup. So that’s what I am going back to, and i’m kick starting it off with a couple of festive looks. So watch this space.
I am also going to be posting more real life situations. Things maybe some people don’t speak about and get the conversation flowing over on my social media accounts and on the comments of each blog. I spoke to one of my old school friends lately about some real life girl stuff that we go through, and us sitting laughing our heads off, made me realise that, if I read that on someones blog, I’d definitely want to comment.
Lastly on the content, I will still be doing loads of fashion posts, book reviews, foodie posts and blogging about trips I take away.
It’s something I’ve done before, but not recently so i’m going to start putting myself out there and contact brands which suit my blog and not just because it’s freebies which I’ve seen many bloggers/influencers do. No shade intended. I want to just put my heart and sole into blogging about items and brands I love and if contacting is the only way they will see me, then i’m willing to take the leap. As the worst they can do is say no.
This is something i’ve wanted to do for ages now, so i’m taking it upon myself to contact some bloggers and have some fun and serious chats on my blog. Anyone who lives locally to me, they may also be getting a knock on their door about some other serious chats but instead of blogging it will be in front of the camera and going up on youtube.
Here are just some of the many ideas I have and I can’t wait to get started!