WHAT BLOGGING MEANS TO ME, AND WHAT IT DOESN'T.

Hey guys, it feels like ages ago since I wrote a blog post, even though essentially I wrote one about visiting Bournemouth over a week ago. I guess it's because my usual blogging routine consists of two or three posts a week, and surprisingly this was easier to keep up whilst I was in university because my life was more organised. Now that I'm back in Gibraltar the plan was to dedicate most of my time to blogging before I got a job, but the reality of it is I've been spending my days at the beach and nights watching Love Island and to be honest, I don't feel guilty (apart from the few pending product reviews I need to post) and here is why.  

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I think sometimes we get so caught up in the blogging 'working' world that we forget why most of us started a blog in the first place, in my case it was to share my study abroad experiences with my friends and family and keep a diary of it. Nowadays it can be a bit overwhelming, to stay on top of the game in this saturated world of blogging it requires a day of Instagram posting, editing photos, following accounts I like, commenting on other accounts, commenting on other blogs, tweeting, scheduling tweets and of course, writing the odd post here and there and making sure all the SEO is good, photography is up to scratch and it's not boring you all to death. Which if you're a blogger yourself you know at times it can be draining mentally, which is why I've decided that I'm no longer going to pressure myself to post on X Y Z and half arse posts, but instead only write posts when I write stuff I am actually proud of. I sometimes feel the pressure to do all these things to stay relevant and 'professional', especially on Instagram, I am in awe of people who post great photos every day, I wish my life was that exciting but sadly most of my days are the same! 

Don't get me wrong, blogging has brought me some great opportunities and I have been able to travel and collaborate with some great brands, and I have made some great friendships through it. I only accept products from brands when I genuinely think you guys will find it interesting or it is something innovative. I understand I'm never going to be an Instagram star with 100K followers and will probably never be pictured in Miami with my surplus of freebies and gorgeous tan, or be having dinner with the Kardashians and blogging about what skincare they use, and I'm OK with that. At the end of the day I started my blog for me, and I want to keep creating quality content as opposed to quantity. 

To me blogging is a place where I can express my thoughts, feelings and improve my descriptive skills when it comes to product reviews. A place to meet other bloggers and find people with similar interests (shoutout to my Archie girls!) and not about having a massive following, or cheating my way to the top just to advertise charcoal toothpaste on Instagram. Sorry if this post has seemed a bit ranty and messy, most of my posts after midnight are either some of my best or back in my drafts, but they're also the most honest. 

if I bored you by the second paragraph I'm sorry! I'd love to know what blogging means to you, and why you started yours in the first place!

G





17 comments

  1. Good for you, G! I think it's so important to remember why you started blogging in the first place and not lose sight of that! I've also decided not to pressure myself to churn out content during these holidays as I want to enjoy myself and enjoy blogging as and when I do! Relaxing time is important!

    Abbey πŸ’œ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  2. I need to engage more with other bloggers I think xx

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  3. I love this blogpost, I can relate with so many things. The thing I'm grateful the most, are the friends I've made through blogging. People who motivated and inspired me! Just like you :)

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  4. I totally get this! Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the routine of blogging I forget to take a moment and enjoy it - properly. I think it's good to only blog when you feel like you've written something you're proud of, and to not feel bad if you take a bit of time to stand back and appreciate all the work you have done!

    Becca x
    www.rawrrbecca.co.uk

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  5. I loved reading this... everything you said!!!! I especially agree on the whole, forgetting why we started term. I always try and remind myself that I'm doing this for me, and for nobody else.. unless I'm working on a schedule with a brand obviously! but I try to not feel guilty and stuff whenever I have time off because i started this because i enjoy it, not because i want to purposely put myself under stress! xxxxx

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  6. Also, just noticed the Archies Girls message, how did I miss that? I LOVE OUR GROUP CHAT!! so much love to you xxxxxxxx

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  7. I totally agree... I forget sometimes I started my blog for me and that's why I don't post so often now... I love reading a certain group of blogs! And I don't regret for a second starting to blog because of the amazing girlies I've met. (Yay Archie girls!!) �������� xxxxxxxx

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  8. I started my blog for the EXACT same reason--to keep family and friends updated whilst studying abroad in Paris and London. After I got back, I continued but it's amazing how easy it is to get caught up in the business/SEO/optimized-everything of it all! I've been working a lot lately on not giving a sh!t about having a "theme" or perfectly optimizing everything and it's made me so much happier!

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  9. Loved this post! Blogging means so much to me! It's my place to get creative and write down all my thoughts! X

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  10. Really enjoyed reading this babe, I can relate to so many things you said. Thank you for sharing and being so honest. Lovely read! πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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  11. Love this post! I always write posts which I want to write rather than writing for SEO etc. Woohoo! Shoutout too the Archie Girls <3

    Steph xx
    www.stephsworld.com

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  12. Totally agree with this whole post! I love blogging, and I do luckily love all of the 'boring' side of it ha, but it can definitely be draining at times. There's an awful lot of work that goes into blogging, and I do feel like sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to put out x amount of posts a week, and do x amount of time on social media, and I need to remind myself that I started this as a hobby

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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  13. G, thanks for such a refreshing post. Right now there's so much going on in the blogosphere that proves that people are blogging and on instagram for ALL the wrong reasons and I'm so sick of it. You love what you do and your followers love what you do, and in my opinion, that's all that matters. Keeping doing you girl.

    LOVES

    Izzy | http://www.adoseofchatter.com

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  14. I completely agree with everything you said. Its so easy to let the 'working' world take over. Just make sure you enjoy yourself too xx

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  15. I love this post, a lot of us forget that we all start blogging for ourselves.

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  16. Love the Archie girls, you guys really cheer me up after a long day! I've been falling out of love with blogging lately. I've been working all day and the last thing I want to do is sit at my laptop and blog when I could just be watching TV! I really need to get back into why I started blogging: because I love to write and it will really help my journalism career! Great post Gi :)

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  17. I love you all, Archie girls! It's definitely so important not to lose sight of why we started blogging in the first place. Sometimes, I can be hard on myself for not posting as regularly as I planned/used to, and feel the need to constantly apologise but I have to remind myself that you know what, this is my hobby and I can pause whenever I need to. Great post, G x

    www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

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