19 July 2017

The World of Blogging

When I first started blogging, I never realised the full extent of how creative you needed to be, how much hard work needs to be put in and the pressure you sometimes feel to produce good content on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

I've added new words into my vocabulary, from the word influencers, outreach and even what PR stood for (stupid I know!)

I've been blogging for about 8 months now, and each day is still a learning curve for me. It was quite an eye opener when I first started researching about blogging before I published my first post.

Over time, I've become slightly envious and awe-inspired about other blogger's professional looking websites, their bright or pastel coloured Instagram themes and a writing style that can speak volumes to other readers and fellow blogger's. These are things I aspire to.

But due to a tight budget, I can't afford a top notch MacBook or Olympus Pen camera (well, not yet anyway) or I can't even ask some poor soul to drag around taking outfit photos outside of my house. But that's the way it is, I know I need to work hard and build myself up to that reputable status of a standard and elite blogger. But if I could afford it, I would invest big time into this blog. So for the moment, my lap will be in place of a desk for my laptop and writing ideas and inspiration down in a notebook will be the way to go for me for the foreseeable future.

 
 
There are so many different guides giving us advice on the do's and don'ts of blogging  and how to make it big in this blogging world. But do I want to aspire to the standardised blogger? I do and I don't.

I think I want to be a blogger that doesn't completely stand out in the crowd. I'm not the normal blogger. I don't eat avocado, I like watching football, I haven't been abroad in god knows how long and I use a small tripod which cost £5 on Amazon to take pictures of my outfit in my living room because it is the only room with the best lighting. Can't fault a bay window in your house, it brings in extra daylight during the day.  

I don't want to be constantly promoting my blog every hour of every day, I don't want it to resort to people unfollowing me or even blocking me because I've annoyed them too much. I do put out tweets about blogs I've recently written, but not on a constant basis.

You won't find me adopting a pretty, bright, pastel coloured or pristine white Instagram theme. Purely on the basis that on Instagram, I would rather post pictures that mean a lot to me and have a reason behind it, for example, memories I've made with family and friends and even my cats get a look in on my Instagram page. I promote my blog on there too, but I try to keep to my own, personal theme when it comes to doing that. I think you can show off your personality and uniqueness by posting pictures that mean something to yourself, it gets your followers interested and more keen to learn more about the real you. A picture of your laptop and maybe the odd book or two next to it on a gleaming white surface doesn't.

Don't get me wrong, if bloggers want to do these things, that's completely their choice and I do like looking at pretty Instagram themed blogger pictures, but it's something I may choose not to do, well, not right now anyway.

Blogging should be about showing your individuality and reflecting the person you are. I read an amazing post by Sophie where she wrote that your blog is your platform to publish your content. That's how it should be, for me it's about the words that you write. They speak out to you more than pictures ever will. But the pictures are great to look at too. 

So that's my take on blogging? What do you other bloggers think?

Let me know with a comment below!

Lucy xx
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