As you know I'm not the most frequent blogger, and although a lot of this is due to having the time... There are actually quite a lot of silly things that put me off blogging and I wonder if this is the same for a lot of people who do this? I go through phases of feeling really uninspired and just not wanting to do it at all and it's not always through lack of things to post about. I'm an avid reader of a lot of blogs and although I adore so many of the posts I read, I can't help but feel some how inadequate to everyone else out there and it begs the question.. What am I even doing this for? It's certainly not to make money although that would be a pretty sweet bonus. I guess initially it was for the love of make up, fashion and telling other people about some irrelevant shit that happens in my life occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I do still enjoy it and I think as long as it remains that way, I'll continue to do this. At the end of the day, this is a hobby and for personal enjoyment.. I don't feel the crazy pressure that a lot of bloggers must feel to keep up with the amazing content out there.
But I did want to share with you some of the things that put me off blogging and why, so without further a do...
Photo Quality - There have been so many posts I have scrapped because I haven't been happy with the quality of my photography. I'll admit I'm no photographer and I use a bridge camera so I can't expect miracles but if I can't get it right then I won't do the post. It's not only the quality of my photos, but the creativity. How the hell do people get those photos of them drinking green tea, surrounded by magazines and their mac book, in their Victoria's secret Pyjama's, hash-tagging Sundays?! Seriously, how do you do that? Who's life fucking looks like that?!
|Photo Credit: Daisie Smith|
Confidence in my Content - Photo's aren't the only issue, my content holds me back too. I'm not always pleased with my ability to articulate a good blog post and my variety isn't great either. Most of my posts are makeup and skin care based and this is where I feel safe. Don't get me wrong I love fashion, but I'm not overly confident that my fashion sense would be blog worthy. That isn't the only problem, doing outfit posts often requires some extra help with taking photos and that isn't always possible. This is a real bugbear for me as I would like to give it a go, but you can't expect people to give up their time to take photo's of you parading around the streets of London in a fedora and Chelsea boots.
|Photo Credit: The Fashion Cuisine|
Money - When times are hard or you need to prioritise whats important, money for makeup, products and clothes isn't top of the list! Blogging can be a bit of an investment at times, not only in purchasing stuff to blog about but also things like camera's, lighting etc. I get by with natural lighting and a bridge camera but sometime's I wish I had the money to do this a bit better. Money can also factor into purchasing a domain, having someone design your blog and being able to afford to attend events. It all add's up and when you're trying to keep up to a certain standard it can feel a bit overwhelming.
Other Blogs - Ha, now I am in no way about to go on a jealous rant tearing into other bloggers, far from it. I admire people that are able to make a majorly successful blog, but sometimes seeing how great others are doing disheartens me slightly. I see other peoples content and photo's and it does inspire me but also leaves me wishing I could be that good. I also have a small following, so I rarely get invites to events or lots of products delivered to my door, and seeing other people experience these amazing opportunities leaves me feeling down on my blog. I'm not naive though, if you want those things in this strange blogging world, you need to work hard.
|Photo Credit: Zoe Newlove|
Wanting to Write a Meaningful Captivating Post but Remembering You're Not Creative - Just this really, says it all.
Lack of Community Engagement - I think people quickly forget how important it is to engage with other blogs and other bloggers at times, I'm certainly guilty of it. It can be really disheartening seeing your posts hit 1000 views but yet not a single comment! I completely get it, I've read so many posts I've loved and not commented on, and you know what I should, because it just shows appreciation and probably gives that person a little boost. Engaging with other bloggers can not only expand your blog, you can actually make friends.
Time - Most people probably won't believe this, but blogging does actually take up a lot of time. Trialing the product, constructing photo's, planning the content then actually writing it all takes time, and having the time to put the effort in is a big issue for me. I work a 9-5, 5 days a week so I do get weekends off.. But these weekends are precious, especially as I have very limited time to spend with my boyfriend as it is.. So often I just have Sundays to put this together and I try to plan and write in between.
Just Being Your Average 20 Something - I'm not glamorous, I don't own a Chanel bag or a Mulberry purse, I don't jet off around the world, party in Vegas, go to flashy events, live in a pristine white apartment with brick walls and minimalist style. I live with my Dad, I go to work in a clinic every day and most evenings, I chill in bed watching Brooklyn 99 and eat pate on toast. I'm alright with that, but that's not exactly inspiring for anyone to read about... And when I do show off a little, I feel a bit of a fraud because I'm thinking, imagine if they could see the state of my bedroom! A world away from the white flat lays and fresh Peonies you see on Instagram.
So these are just a few of the things that put me off blogging, do any of you guys feel the same? Are there things that make you feel inadequate when It comes to blogging? Leave me a comment below, after all you are reading this post....