After a year of blogging I've had some real ups and downs... But mostly ups and definitely ones that far outweigh the negatives. These are my favourite and least favourite things about blogging!
The Worst Things
Criticising People's 'Lack of Originality'
I'm sorry if this is news to anyone but there are very few truly original ideas left in the world; no matter what you think up, someone somewhere has likely done it before. And that's ok! There seems a bit of a trend at the moment of passive-aggressive posts/Tweets about how the person is sick of how ~everyone~ uses a certain prop/background/whatever in their photos or is talking about a certain brand/product/so on. I'm going to put it bluntly: I personally think it comes across as petty and self-important. If someone likes to take their photos a certain way then what's it to you? If you don't like someone's content, feel free to stop reading, just quit bitching about it! Bloggers, save for a lucky few, are doing this for fun so I'm not sure why it makes certain people feel good or superior to put others down. In short: you do you and I'll do me!
Over-Zealous Facebook Groups
Facebook isn't my favourite social media outlet personally or as a blogger but blogger Facebook groups can be downright terrifying. If you dare to murmur a word of dissent then be prepared to get slaughtered! I'm always surprised that it seems to be older bloggers tearing people down for asking naive questions. Or implying that perhaps their reply to a PR company's email (probably sent by an unpaid intern...) was excessively rude. Don't get me wrong; some groups are great and have been really helpful to me. I just don't think this kind of behaviour is nice and it certainly isn't an accurate representation of this community.
'Follow for Follow'/'Like for Like' etc.
You spend hours painstakingly writing, photographing and editing a post before hitting 'publish'. You wait restlessly before getting your first comment, you open the email, looking forward to reading someone's thoughts on it and... 'cool post. I followed you on Bloglovin - please follow back'. Oh. *Heart sinks*. I honestly don't think this technique even works! Either way it's downright rude. Try leaving a thoughtful comment followed by your link and 9/10 times the person will check out your blog and if they like what they see they'll follow! Don't try to force it! Personally these kinds of comments are the only links I skip when reading and replying to comments, however I'm sure even on this post there'll be one...
Blogging is one of the few areas in life where I genuinely believe 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'. If you literally can't think of a single positive thing to say in a comment, just don't say it! 'I'm gutted x didn't work for my skin type! I do love the shade you have in y though!' is fine 'I would never pay that for z - what a waste of money!' on something the author just said they love, isn't... Just be tactful and think how you would feel or take it if someone left a similar comment on a post you worked hard to produce.
The Best Things
Realising You Can Stick At Something
Joining the gym, learning to play an instrument, ballet, drama club... just a few of the hobbies I’ve failed to keep up over the years! However somehow blogging is different and it’s taught me that I can do it. Perhaps it’s the convenience of managing everything myself and being able to blog virtually any time anywhere, but it’s given me a real confidence in my ability to follow things through (for once!)
Seeing Yourself Grow and Improve
Most people cringe looking back at their early blog posts and whilst I do too, at the same time it makes my smile because I’ve come a loooong way. My blog looks and feels more professional and I occasionally feel like I know what I’m talking about! There are the little things like breaking up the text to make it easier to read to the big things like not taking my photos on my phone against creased bedding in dodgy lighting... Seeing real, tangible improvements in your writing and photography is so rewarding!
Meeting Like-Minded People
My real-life friends love me but even they can’t help but to glaze over when I start a ten-minute conversation about concealer! It’s so much fun to go to events and meet-ups and have those conversations with people that just ‘get it’. They get that there’s a pretty display to the right so we need to pause for a moment to Instagram it, when you name some obscure skincare product you’ve heard is good they offer their opinion, when you mention wanting to try an expensive mascara they tell you thy tried a Maybelline that works just as well. It’s just the little things that make you laugh and it’s nice to have people to share that part of yourself with.
Being Part of an Amazing Community
I’ve met so many lovely people through blogging and there’s a load more I feel like I know through commenting on each other’s blogs and through Twitter chats. It’s an amazing support network and you will discover some wonderful, creative, fun people through it. You’ll find a few great reads as well! Whenever I’m feeling down about my blog I re-visit lovely reader comments and it’s a big part of getting my mojo back.
What are your favourite and least-favourite things about blogging?