Blogging really does have it's ups and down, beauty blogging especially. Times have certainly changed since I first started, some things for the better, for example Bloglovin has revolutionized how we read our favourite blogs. However nowadays focus has moved away from the written word, with more emphasis on a gorgeous glossy image, that generates a great deal of traffic. Personally I blame Pintrest & Instagram, yes they are fantastic for giving inspiration, but they also portray an unattainable view on life. I remember when a mirror selfie constituted a fashion post, now professional photographers are being brought in, what has the bogging world come to...
So here are the 7 Deadly Sins of the blogging world.
I've definitely noticed the increase of bloggers revealing their dissatisfaction with how their blogs are growing, or not growing as the case may be, especially on Twitter. Expectations are huge, and the expression "Keeping Up With The Jones's" often comes to mind. But for me just being able to stick to something for nearly 7 years is a huge achievement, I'm so proud of my little blog. It may not be Zoella sized, or generate enough money for me to carry around a £1000 handbag, but it's mine and I can post whatever the hell I want! So stop apologizing for not posting enough, and for taking pictures of what you think are of inadequate quality, instead take some pride in what you're doing and what you've achieved!
I'll always remember the first time a PR email popped into my inbox. A brand was offering me a product to review, me, it was so exciting. Though sometimes you do get emails offering products that don't necessarily fit your blog's subject matter. I've seen it so many times, a beauty blog promoting wedding dresses, camping, monthly puppy boxes... people can get a little carried away with the thought of free "stuff". There's definitely some shady business going on when it comes to PR Samples, not everyone is as honest they probably should be. Moral of the story, if something has been sent always use an * asterix or state it in said post. Lastly don't lose your integrity, your reputation of being a friendly, honest blogger is more important than receiving a few free products.
I swear my beauty wish-list just gets longer and longer, I'm always lusting after the newest makeup release. Though I think all beauty bloggers are cut from the same cloth, we're always after the new "It" thing. I'm sure some of us would rather eat beans on toast for a week, to justify picking up the newest must have highlighter palette.
For some bloggers, dreams actually become a reality. Endless paid for press trips, events, award shows. Picture after picture of the new "It" designer bag, slung over the shoulder of a seriously tanned blogger, often fills my Instagram feed, leaving me green with jealously. We've all been there and had the Blogger envy, hell, I know it hits me at least once a day and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. I really wish my life was like one viewed through a pair of rose tinted glasses, but unfortunately, like most people it's not. Though I also know, deep down that not all may be as it seems, you never really know what's going on behind the scenes of a seriously staged Instagram photo.
Now instead of growing your audience organically, you can simply buy it. With one swipe of a credit card you can gain thousands of new followers without writing a word and that does leave a nasty taste in my mouth. The reason I still have a relatively small following on both Instagram and Bloglovin is because I refuse to buy my readership. In my opinion that's both wrong and tacky, I would rather let my hard work be rewarded with a new reader who enjoys reading my blog, instead of trying to get ahead by "buying my numbers". It's a shame that the number of followers you have, dictates what a successful blog looks like.
I'm sure we've all written the odd tweet expressing our true blogging feelings, everyone has those negative nancy moments. Though you have to remember Twitter is like big brother, someone is always watching and you don't want to get a reputation as a sourpuss. Just try to think before you tweet. On a side note: I really wish some people would remember that while watching Game Of Thrones, not everyone has seen it yet "people"!
We all go through slow periods where ideas are low on the ground. Sometimes you just need to step away from the keyboard, sit out in the sunshine and relax. Ideas will come, normally from the strangest places. Also remember that most, if not all bloggers go through the same struggles. People really underestimate blogging, it's hard work, but for me at least, the positives outweigh the negatives.
Obviously this post is slightly tongue in cheek, so take it with a pinch of salt. Though I will say it did help me release a few of my own blogging frustrations.
Let me know if you liked this post, I thought it was a fun way of expressing some of my biggest blogging pet peeves. So make sure to let me know which Blogging Sin gets your goat the most?