Changing Blogging Priorities

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BLOGGER PEER PRESSURE

It’s always been my problem in blogging – doing what I think I need to be doing, rather than what I want to be doing. There’s the huge pressure to conform and do what all our blogger goals are doing, when in reality there’s space for way more variety. Feeling like you need to live up to your peers can be restricting – you bust your balls to try live up to something that can feel unachievable, and it’s exhausting.

I was tired of trying to make my blog like others, trying to constantly up my game and trying to do absolutely everything in blogging. I wanted to be smashing every platform, when in reality I was spreading myself thin, being pretty average across the board. So, priorities needed to alter. This is how I worked out what actually mattered to me…summer shorts outfitsummer shorts outfit

FOCUSING MORE ON ONE THING = HAPPINESS

First up was the spreading myself too thin thing. I WORK FULL TIME. I bleat on about it loads, but it’s such a big deal. If you’re a 9-5er still trying to manage a half decent blog – get yourself a wine. It’s fucking hard, and you’re trying to work on a par with people doing it as a job. It’s been my choice to carry on working, but it doesn’t mean it’s any easier.

Previously, I was trying to cram in a video a week, four blog posts and two Instagram posts daily, while maintaining a sunshine and rainbows attitude on Twitter. I’ve now taken a break on YouTube, I’m mainly focusing on Instagram stuff and I’m still trying to blog twice a week. YouTube is something I’d love to get back to, but it’s so time consuming and difficult to actually get anywhere… I was running myself into the ground spending my weekends editing videos alongside everything else, and it was gutting if I didn’t have time to get it to the standard I wanted. With Instagram being the place I mostly find inspo, it made sense to make it the thing to put my efforts into.

PRIORITISE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU

Has it impacted me hugely? Nope. I still work on plenty of fun blog projects and I feel like if anything, the whole ‘growing my blog’ thiiing is working better. Instead of doing 10 things not very well, I’d rather do a couple and get them right. Once I’ve achieved what I want to in one area, I’ll shift my priorities and include other things. Basically, I prioritised my sanity over being a blogger. I did my best to quit thinking ‘yeah but so and so is doing this and that’ and did what worked best for me – allowing myself free time alongside creating the sort of content I like to share/look at.

I think what I want out of blogging has changed a lot too. Personally, I don’t really enjoy blogging events or press trips. I’ve appreciated being able to do that sort of thing, but I’m not desperate to do them again – it’s just not for me! It’s quite nice to have come back round to loving simple blogger perks… I like the odd makeup freebies and being able to pay bills, but there’s a lot that doesn’t interest me as much. Press trips and luxury blogger events are nice here and there, but they aren’t my priority.

summer shorts outfitSo, here’s me in an inappropriate British summer outfit alongside a bit of a blogging rant. I’ve come to enjoy sharing outfit details with some chatty stuff… I may struggle to relate blogger-feels to why I’m wearing a stripey t-shirt, but what the hell! Blog ownership is such a big deal, after all, it’s your blog to share what you wish. Getting bogged down with priorities based on what other folk are doing makes life difficult. If you’ve got a blogging goal, it’s way easier to achieve when you’re happy with how you’re reaching it.

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Necklace – H&M / T-Shirt – Topman / Jacket – Native Youth / Belt – Primark / Shorts – ZARA / Bag – Brag Vintage

Lydia xo

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10 Comments

  1. 26th July 2017 / 5:05 pm

    It’s so nice that you took time to do the things that you like with the blog instead of the things that you thought you needed to do. So keep putting your effort in the things that you enjoy rather than the things that take a lot of your time and sanity. I’m loving the outfit especially the animal print shoes!

  2. Jessica
    26th July 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I am totally feeling this post! I spent so long blogging about things I thought would make me popular instead of blogging from the heart, and you know what, you can so tell. Now I’m blogging more about what I love and it’s showing!

    xoxo
    J
    The Crown Wings

  3. 26th July 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Love this post. It’s so easy to get stuck doing things your hearts just not in…(also, i’m loving this outfit!)

  4. Ray
    26th July 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this and for being honest. This is the kind of read new bloggers like me need. Getting a little bit of insight and diverse opinions on the realities of blogging is important for us all.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  5. 26th July 2017 / 9:50 pm

    You should be so proud you manage to keep up with all that! I manage an Insta a day and one blog post a week along side my 9-5 and that’s enough for now! I know what you mean about spreading yourself too thin and that’s why I cut back too, definitely agree you should do it for you and not worry about conforming!

    Kirsty xx | kirstyeelizabeth.com

  6. 27th July 2017 / 9:23 am

    I think this is so important – it’s so easy to look at other people and think that you should be doing things differently (particularly in blogging) and I think it’s really great that you’ve recognised this and are making time for your priorities and what you enjoy about blogging!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  7. 27th July 2017 / 4:11 pm

    O my god, this post is SO inspiring. “Basically, I prioritised my sanity over being a blogger.” – that’s such an important thing to do. Too often, people get lost in what others are doing and then swamp themselves with work they can’t or, even worse, don’t really want to take on. All for the sake of ‘being a proper blogger’; it’s ridiculous! Thank you for writing this post, it was a delightful and refreshing read. 🙂

    xoxo
    Freya
    thatgirlyt.wordpress.com

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