Prep yourselves for a ‘you don’t need to be bothered about this kind of crap too’ post. In the years I’ve been blogging I’ve realized there’s actually a whole lot we don’t need to be that bothered about – wanting to have eyebrows like an Instagram baddie for one, but I’m working on that. Lol. I’m pretty settled with blogging right now and really love what I do, but it took cutting out a few things I was fretting over before I got to that point. Here’s what I’ve managed to quit caring about, and how it made me a happier bun in the blogging world…
Being an Online Magazine
One of the main things I’ve realized I don’t actually care about is turning my blog into an online magazine. It’s incredible to to see how far blogging has come, with content ever upped on the quality scale. Imagery is so beautiful these days that it could easily slot into a high fashion magazine… Buuut, it’s not for me. I haven’t got a photographer, I snap outfit posts here and where I can, and really, I’m now fine with the fact that my content is unlikely to develop to being magazine standard. I’m not a magazine, I’m a blogger, and while I hope my photography skills keep on improving along with what I’m writing, I’m not intent on achieving Vogue worthy images.
Personally, I can like looking at a quick picture taken in a blogger’s bedroom just as much as one taken on a shoot in Covent Garden – both have their merits.
I still sort of have an Instagram theme, but it now bothers me much less. It was only recently when I bought a few new wardrobe pieces that I realized I was pretty much dressing for my Instagram feed – ridiculous I know, but I think it was a gradual thing where I slotted into a monochrome existence. My gahhhd is that restricting!
I love that vibe, but I also like red and pink and lilac. If my outfit/life isn’t quite in keeping with an Instagram theme, then I’ve got no issue with binning the ‘theme’ off.
It’s difficult to quit caring about numbers in a world where we are essentially judged on numbers. I’m not really focused on numbers now, and try to think more about the value of what I’m sharing rather than a huge number for gratification. Some of the content I’ve been proudest of has bombed on the numbers, but I don’t want that to make something I was happy with feel like a flop. It’s easy to judge yourself on likes and reach, but there’s so much more to think about when sharing online – a post might not get a huge response, but could have a big impact on one person.
When working with brands I don’t think it needs to be the be all and end all too – I think most companies take into account more whether you’re a good fit for their products, rather than searching for folk with 500k followers.
So yeah, just a few things I’m less worried about these days – I don’t want to spend my blogging time worrying that I need a fancier camera or a better Instagram filter or a million followers. For me, quitting caring about stuff like that has made me feel way more chilled out about blogging.
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