15 Sep 2014

Perspective.




Blogging is an all singing, all dancing all consuming world. It's easy to get caught up in this world 24/7 and dare I say it... become a little obsessed.
I've been thinking recently a lot about blogging, what it means to me and this whole journey we're on, breaking media boundaries or something. Blogging is still a new form of media and we're making up the rules as we go along. Blogs are big business for some, like... mind bogglingly big business (how did they do that?!) and leading the way for the rest of us, some wanting a slice of that pie, some wanting just to blog about what they got up to yesterday, no grand scheme business plans on the mind, and thats all okay.

When I first discovered blogs properly, about 4 or 5 years ago, I totally became obsessed and followed hundreds and hundreds of blogs via google reader (RIP, friend). A lot of the blogs I read were american, crafty types, think A Beautiful Mess, but A Beautiful Mess before it became a million dollar blog/company. Just blogging to share, create and inspire. I loved it. It definitely inspired me to be more creative and helped a lot with the decision to pursue a creative degree.
When I plucked up the courage to start my own blog at the same time as starting university I realised what an awful lot of hard work it is to be creative and crafty and inspiring all. the. time. I couldn't think of anything to blog about that I thought would inspire anyone and the pressure and disappointment I felt was huge. Then obviously beauty blogging came along and gave me something to focus on that wasn't anything to do with my degree and I think that helped a lot! bam. instant refresh. followed by instant obsession again.

I've been obsessed for the past 3 years but I realise I'm not anymore. I think that's evident in the frequency of my posts. I read a lot less blogs than I used to, I've unfollowed a few and click "mark as read" while scrolling through bloglovin more than I care to admit. I haven't lost interest by any means, I'm still here blogging, I feel like the pressure is there again, the pressure to blog everyday, the pressure to be so professional and produce such high quality content it could rival a magazine. I do that daily for Nouvelle and my own blog on top of that would just be too much. I want to make sure my content here is just as high quality and I put a lot of effort into my posts that I can't spit them out everyday unless I get a surge of creativity (like right now) or am miraculously organised enough to get ahead of my little schedule.

What I'm trying to say is I've gained some perspective recently, blogging isn't the be all and end all of my life, but I love it so much, just not in a crazy stay-awake-till-3am-reading-all-the-blog-posts kind of way. Which is good. Some fresh perspective is all I need to get going again, build my own empire and become a millionaire. HAHA.

5 comments

  1. Such a good post and I can really relate. I just wish there was a way of feeling continually creative!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  2. You're absolutely right. We all have lives outside of blogging world, and we have to enjoy those too! sometimes I enjoy blogging, reading, writing so much, but as much as I love writing, at times I just feel empty while scrolling down my bloglovin page or when I'm trying to write a post. I realized, I need a break. I need something to inspire me and lift me up again, then when I get back up there, I'll write like there's no tomorrow.

    xo
    www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

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  3. I totally agree with everything you say here. As bloggers we need to remember why we started and try as much as possible to keep it as a hobby. There's also nothing wrong with stepping away for a while and waiting for the inspiration to return. xxx

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  4. Love this post and I can totally relate! I think having more readers brings even further pressure too! I recently hit 14,000 on bloglovin and now I'm thinking 'damn, I have a lot of people to impress' when really, I should just blog about the things I like and am passionate about. If people like it, great. If they don't, it really shouldn't be the end of the world! Fab post - I love your blog!

    xxx

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  5. Great post! It's hard to remember that sometimes it's only ourselves putting the pressure on. I haven't posted as normal yet this week, was feeling stressed about it... But then I realised it wasn't going to be the end of the world if I missed a post for a day or even a week. I think considering I blog as a hobby around a full time job and everything else that comes in day to day life, I am too unrealistic sometimes about what I can do. But it takes awhile for me to get some perspective and realise it's ok xx

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