Sunday, 5 February 2017

Remaining Authentic In The Blogging World

I have a little story for you guys.
The other day I decided it was time to treat myself to a new phone case. The one I have right now is just a clear silicone case that came free when I bought the phone, and has now become so mucky that it just looks all dirty and gross. So, I logged myself onto amazon and started scrolling through phone cases. After a little while, I realised something. Every phone case I was looking at purchasing was either pink or rose gold/copper. Just as I had decided to add a relatively cheap pink phone case to my basket, I suddenly had this little niggling thought appear at the back of my brain.
'Sam... why are you buying a pink phone case... you don't even like pink?! You don't hate pink but it's definitely not your favourite colour!' (FYI, it's 'dark forest' green). I realised that through all of my phone case scrolling, I was subconsciously looking at pink/rose gold/copper cases because I knew they would look good in my blog pictures!

I think that sometimes, especially if you're a new blogger, the whole blogging world can become so overwhelming that it can make you feel like in order for people to like your blog, you need to have a snazzy camera, stunning pictures, loads of high end beauty products and an expensive blog design. You don't!
Please don't get me wrong, some of my favourite blogs to read do have all of those things, and that's fine! If you're happy with that and you're comfortable and enjoying what you're creating, go for it! I know I've definitely improved my photography skills over the years and that's mainly from reading 'tip' blog posts from lots of different blogs and experimenting. I love having bright pictures with a white background, it gives me the freedom to include props of any colour relevant to that particular blog post! I just think for people starting out, it can feel like you need to follow one kind of style for people to read your blog, and you really don't. As long as you're writing about things you love, and are happy with the posts you're creating, that will come across to your readers and they're more likely to enjoy what they see!
I sometimes feel like I need to include a lot more beauty posts than I do already, but I love so many other things as well! I love beauty, writing, skincare, books, disney, travel, harry potter, music, knitting, food, theatre, and so much more. It's so important that we don't feel pressured into following what other people are doing, instead of writing about the things we're really passionate about! I love reading so many different blogs, whether they're predominantly beauty, books, fashion or lifestyle, it's the passion the person shows in all of their posts that makes me stick around! 

What's your opinion on this subject?
xxx

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12 comments

  1. Totally agree with you! It's a challenge not following the "blogging trends". I write about a whole mash of subjects and I think that's why I have such a hard time growing my blog but oh well! I write about what I'm feeling that day and it makes me happy :)
    Forest green is a beaut colour by the way! :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. I absolutely love reading your blog! Lux's update posts are some of my faves! :) xxx

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  2. In general I think if we compare what we have/what we blog/how we blog with other bloggers we will never grow well because that just kills all the joy. I think it is important to find a niche that you truly enjoy and you do your own way! love this topic, thanks for writing this xx

    www.hairwonderfulday.com

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    1. I completely agree, I need to love what I'm writing about in order to enjoy blogging! I'm glad you liked it! xxx

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  3. The most important thing is to do what makes us happy and write about subjects that really interest us. I used to compare myself a lot with others, especially when I first started blogging but I stopped doing that, I love my blog and content and I will write anything I want, either it's my love for lipsticks, my recent holidays, a review on a product or a book etc. If we are happy with the content we produce, this is the most important thing! Great post xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. I still have a hard time trying not to compare myself to others but I'm getting better! I physically can't write a decent blog post if my hearts not in it! Glad you liked the post :) xxx

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  4. This is such a great post and I totally agree with what you're saying! I personally don't have anything beauty related on my blog and I constantly think that is what is stopping it from growing any further, but at the end of the day I'm just not that passionate about beauty - I prefer the things I write about now.

    tynnikablogs.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it! That's the most important thing, writing about what you're passionate about! xxx

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  5. I love this post and I completely agree with it. I love creating beauty post, but I also like to incorporate fashion and lifestyle in there too. People don't like it as much and traffic on them posts is always much lower so logic says I should cut it out, but its my blog and I will post what I love!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Exactly! If you enjoy writing those kinds of posts then that's all that should matter! So glad you liked the post <3 xxx

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  6. We had this discussion over a blogger brunch the other day when one of the girls admitted to ordering food she didn't really fancy, just because it would look nicer than the meal she actually wanted! How mad is that?! We should embrace what WE love, and everyone else will likely follow suit, rather than assuming that we should copy the big trends. Alice xxx

    www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

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    1. Oh my gosh! That's crazy!!! I completely agree <3 xxx

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