Monday, 29 January 2018

An honest post about how I feel about blogging

Any of you who have a blog of your own will probably agree with the majority of points which I will make in this post, because let's face it, blogging at the moment is a complete mission. Long gone are the days where taking your blog photos from your iPhone was ok, where you could upload one photo in a post, and where you weren't surrounded by other bloggers only wishing to get free stuff and sponsored posts. I know this final point will be taken the complete wrong way, but what I mean is that at the moment, I am seeing a small handful of bloggers who seem to be only interested in getting sponsored posts. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to work with your favourite brand, but if you are only in blogging for the sponsors and the free stuff, I don't know how I feel about that. It can be so easy to tell, not only from someone's posts, but from their social media accounts, the reason they are truly still blogging...




Really, blogging has become so much more competitive than it was when I started back in 2013. I only started my blog because I loved makeup and wanted to write reviews on my favourite products. Since starting, it really hasn't grown very much at all, but I am ok with that, because I love writing, and I know I probably don't put in as much work as others do in getting people to engage with my blog itself. The industry has changed so much in the past 5 years, it's so much more difficult to get people to engage with your content.




If you don't have a photographer taking your outfit photos, I mean, are you even a blogger?! What happened to your best friend taking your photos, or marching orders at your boyfriend to get the perfect outfit post shot? Sometimes I feel like I am the only one not paying someone to take my blog photos for me. Again, I don't think there is anything wrong with people doing this, I just think it puts a lot of pressure on small bloggers who cannot afford to pay a photographer to help out with the imagery on their blog. I did a poll on Twitter ages ago, asking if a bloggers photo quality on their post affects whether or not you will read that post, and the majority vote was yes. For me, this was quite disheartening, because although I write my blog just because I love it, this doesn't mean I want people to not read what I am writing just because my images aren't as fancy as other peoples. I suppose my point is, that I would appreciate it if the blogging world wasn't so focussed on high quality images anymore, but rather, that posts are well written, genuinely interesting, or from the heart.



Please don't take this post in the wrong way, I bloody love blogging, I love taking photos, and I don't think I will give it up anytime soon. The majority of the community is insanely lovely and I hope that in 2018 I will get to meet so many more like-minded bloggers. I just feel like this year I need to seriously up my photography game to encourage others to engage with my blog.

I'd love to know your thoughts on blogging at the moment, if you have a blog!

Jumper - ASOS 
Trousers - Topshop
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Wishbone Necklace - jewellerybox
Round Pendant Necklace - jewellerybox
Boots - ASOS

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