When it comes to blogging, everyone thinks there’s rules and ways of doing things. We all do it. We all try and get those perfect bright blog photos, the frequent content and the brand collaborations. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t try/want to do these things. I enjoy them, I guess it’s par for the course. But I’ll be honest, if you judge a blogger on these standards, I’m a bad one.
My photos aren’t always perfect and I’m really rubbish at remembering to take them. I have the perfect setup in my flat in Cardiff but with everything else going on photos are the last thing on my mind. Don’t get me wrong, there are few places I’m happier than behind my camera. I love it and guard it with my life, but whilst I’m taking endless pictures of Bute Park or of my friends, they’re not really “blog photos”. See, I guess this is why I’m a bad blogger.
My flat lays are non-existent, I don’t take pictures of my food before I eat it because 9 times out of 10 I’m too damn hungry so I start eating it and it’s too late!
I’m also the worst at content, well maybe not the worst, but I could be better. I forget to write on my schedule or my content just isn’t quite up to the standard I want. I honestly don’t know how I used to write every other day! It’s crazy! My mind just is constantly fried from uni now, when I come to sit down and write my brain is just like “nope”. And I can sit at my laptop ages brainstorming. It’s weird how in the space of a year, I’ve gone from whacking one out in a matter of minutes to struggling over the week. However, this isn’t because I don’t enjoy it anymore, or because I can’t think of ideas, it’s because there is so much more going on in my life and different things take priority. I do my best and that’s all that matters. I’m a bad blogger in some people’s minds because perhaps I don’t post often enough or the length I should or the topics I should.
I will never be a fashion blogger, that’s just not who I am.
I spend my life in either gym gear or trackies so I’m hardly one for candid photos on the street. And as for makeup, well I’m a one brand girl and once I like something I tend to stick with it (plus I’m lucky if I can get my eyeliner wings even on a day to day basis let alone anything fancy!). Or probably about 80% of the time I opt for the au naturel look because an extra 10 minutes in bed is far more appealing than doing my makeup. But that’s just me and maybe that makes me a bad blogger, but I don’t mind.
But then I think, why am I doing this? Why am I taking hours out of my life to sit in front of my laptop and type? What am I doing it for? And then I remember: me. I blog for me. Of course I love it when people say they love my content, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But as I write my posts I write what I want, and what I would want to read. For all I know the only person that reads these is my boyfriend! I don’t check my stats anymore, I used to be obsessed and then I realised I was focusing on the wrong thing. I lost my flow, I got writers block and was writing content I wasn’t fully in love with and why? I wanted my stats to go up every time, I wanted my followers to increase and people to know what I was saying.
That doesn’t bother me so much anymore. In fact I always am so surprised when someone says to me “Oh, I read your post last week and loved it” or “thought it was interesting/good/enjoyable”. I often forget now that there are people out there on the internet that read these words.
So hello! if you’re reading this now!
What I’m trying to get at in this really long winded and round about way, is that I love blogging, but I love it for me. In the year and a bit I’ve been rambling on the internet I’ve learnt that I don’t need to fit someone else’s mould of what a blogger is to be one. Being a blogger is simply having a blog and writing on it! I don’t need to spend a load of money, have an extravagant lifestyle or spend my life in cute coffee shops (although don’t get me wrong that would be nice) to be one. Don’t think you have to do all these things to have a blog. The blogging world is sooooo packed with soooo many amazing people writing such interesting things so being a part of it is wonderful. Making it to the top and having thousands/millions of readers and followers only happens to a few so don’t get hooked on the idea! Blog for the sake of blogging, because you enjoy it, not because you want to be the next Zoella.