04/08/2015

10 REASONS I'M GLAD TO BE A SMALL BLOGGER


I love blogging; it makes me so happy and has improved my life in so many ways. I love checking my Bloglovin feed throughout the day and get such a buzz every time I see a post from one of my favourite bloggers. I love leaving comments on posts I've enjoyed reading and chatting to fellow bloggers on Twitter. I work on my own blog posts pretty much every day and find it so exciting to get my ideas down and then spend hours editing them to make the blog post the best it can be. I've discovered an interest and passion in photography thanks to blogging and get a little flutter in my tummy each time a photo comes out just how I want it to, particularly when I manage a really clear close up of a beauty item. I always feel so happy when I have a spare hour to spend in Boots or Superdrug swatching away and deciding which products to try that month and I get so excited when I buy an item which a favourite blogger has recommended and am then able to see if I love it as much as they do. 

However as much as I love blogging and everything that comes with it, I find it quite a hard world to be part of sometimes as quite often I find myself feeling incredibly insecure. My original idea for this post was a comical 'ways I failure as a blogger' type post, but I realised it was a bit too negative and actually I don't fail as a blogger at all because I'm part of this world and am posting regularly on my blog so how on earth can that be failing?! Yes I don't have the success or readership that a lot of bloggers have and I constantly feel like a teeny tiny fish in this very large and ever growing blogging world, but feeling like I'm not good enough is actually preventing me from enjoying blogging as much as I could be and that's just rubbish as it's such an important part of my life. In reality the fact that anyone reads my posts and I have any followers at all really means the absolute world to me and I blog because I enjoy it, so I really need to focus on that rather than the idea of blogging 'success'...

1. Having the time to engage with other bloggers through Twitter chats and blog comments 

2. Not having to spend time constantly analysing stats/replying to emails (I swear I'll never understand Google Analytics!)

3. Being able to write about whatever you want and not getting bogged down with sponsored content

4. Not feeling pressured to stick to a strict posting schedule/like you're letting people down if you go a few days without posting

5. No expectations from readers/other bloggers - fan accounts scare me so much, I don't know how some of the 'big' bloggers/youtubers deal with the level of scrutiny they get!

6. Noticing and appreciating every single comment and bloglovin follower

7. Not getting caught up in blogging/twitter drama

8. Not having the judgement that big bloggers get for their blogs to always be perfect and magazine style quality 

9. Being able to keep blogging as a hobby which you really love rather than getting bogged down with it (I don't mean this negatively at all but I've seen so many bloggers fall out of love with blogging because it becomes a chore/too pressurised and I just find that so sad when it's meant to be an enjoyable hobby for us to just chat about lipsticks and things) :)

10. Not having to worry about your Instagram grid looking perfect - yes all of my junk food photos have been in the same column recently but does it really matter? Nope :) 

Blogging is without a doubt the best thing in my life, so I'm writing this post to first say thank you to anyone who does read my posts and interact with me and secondly to give a big squishy blogger hug to any other bloggers who feel a little out of their depth sometimes. Being a small blogger rocks in so many ways and we shouldn't ever feel like we're doing something wrong or should just give up :)

18 comments:

  1. Such a lovely post! I love how you've put a positive spin on everything and I'm absolutely with you this one! It's meant to be fun so let's have fun :)

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  2. Great post! This makes me feel a lot happier to be in the under 500 club! Although, I love having a pretty instagram feed, I'm obsessed with it!!

    Toni x
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  3. Loved it...isn't it fun to write what you feel is right to you rather than being paid to write something not close to your heart ? Love your positivity.

    http://polkadotsandcurry.com/

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  4. This is a great post and I can agree with everything. I love your blog!
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    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // xo

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  5. I am on the same page as you, I love being a small blogger. It means you can do it for the love of it and not for anyone else :)

    www.kaylieghland.com

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  6. I've been feeling quite overwhelmed recently so this post is very relatable, its easy to feel like your voice is too small to be heard and that you make little impact on the blogging industry. But you need to be reminded that you enjoy blogging and that's what you're here for, not to compete!

    NJCDesigns

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  7. Great post! I myself am just starting out blogging and to be honest, I would love to have your success one day! With blogging being just a big world, its hard to be content with where you are as there is competition everywhere, I love how appreciative and humble you are :)

    Aliya x | thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/thegirl09-10150959

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  8. Here's to being a little fish! You've made me appreciate being a small blogger more than ever xx

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  9. Loved this! It's true, when you're smaller you're able to appreciate little things more, its one of my favourite parts xx

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  10. I'm a small blogger but even if I was a big blogger I would always be 'me'. I just write when I want & what I want.

    Yeah, it's not conventional & some brands love it and some brands hate it, but it's my tiny corner of the internet :)

    http://www.prettylusciousthings.com

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  11. I can fully relate to this post. I think it's so important to stay true to yourself as a blogger <3

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  12. I agree with every point you made! Great post Holly! I followed you on Bloglovin' too :)

    hannahnotes.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. YES! the pressure is so overwhelming but im glad people are finding a positive outlet as often it can stop people from blogging and everybody loses their motivation :( urgh!
    xxx

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  14. Aww I love this post Holly, and so true, there's so many great things about having a smaller blog :-)

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  15. These things are very true, though I still find myself falling victim to some of these negatives even though I'm a pretty small blogger! Maybe it's self-enforced and I'm too hard on myself/take on too much xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  16. This is a lovely post and for sure you're not a failure! I something feel a bit down with everything but I love blogging so much and I do really love every single time someone leaves a comment on my blog, it makes me feel like all my work is worth it! Xx

    riitamacedo.blogspot.pt

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  17. You're so right; I agree with everything you've written! I get worried sometimes and then kick myself and remember why I started blogging in the first place. Even one new follower or a single comment makes my day. :)
    Really looking forward to seeing you at the #bloggersfestival on Saturday (oh, and Pizza Express beforehand...!)! xx

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