7 June 2016

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Beauty Blogging

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.

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Blogging
Pride:
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!

Greed:
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.

Lust:
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.

Envy:
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.

Gluttony:
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.

Wrath:
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"!

Sloth:
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?

XOXO Claire
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40 comments

  1. All of these points are so true! The pride one for definite rings home for me, I'm never satisfied fully with anything - traffic, photos, comments, followers. But I try to remember that some people have a hell of a lot more time to invest into blogging than I do.

    Vickie | dearvictoria.co.uk

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  2. I cannot for the life of me understand why anybody would ever buy blog readership!? Surely it completely defeats the object of having a blog in the first place...!

    Enjoyed this post, lady. Very original and shines a light on some very serious blogging sins haha!

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

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  3. I loved the honesty of this post. So glad you were candid and upfront about everything, and I loved your first point. Pride! So true. It doesn't matter if A or B has better pictures, or better content, we should never apologise for doing what we love in whatever way we know how :). x

    ~ >a href="www.franciscamay.blogspot.com">Francisca

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  4. This was such a clever post, and full of really good points. I think I can definitely be guilty of Envy but I have to keep reminding myself that everyone is different and everyone starts somewhere and only hard work can get me to where I want to be so I take inspiration from those I envy x

    Rhi | www.rinkydinkyrhi.com

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  5. Aha love this post, really clever twist! x

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  6. Such a great post lovely! I can totally relate to these. I've been blogging now for about 5 years, and I'm not fussed that my blog hasn't reached Zoella heights, my blog is a place for me to rave and talk about what I want. I mean no one in my everyday life cares about what my top 5 favourite lip products, but my blog is a place for me to be me! And I know what you mean about the lust-list, my is loooong! Lol

    Hayley xo | Sailor Stories

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  7. Loved reading this post and all of your points are so incredibly true!

    Hilary | The Beauty Collective

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  8. Thank you, I found writing it so therapeutic. When it comes to number I feel like everyone should be on an even playing field, buying any kind of followers is just wrong! :)

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  9. Thank you so much, I always believe honestly is the best policy, even when you're writing a controversial topic! :)

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  10. Thank you, I'm definitely a fan of bringing a bit of humor to certain subject matters. I'm really trying to take inspiration from others too, it's easy it you think of it that way :)

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  11. Aww thank you Laura, I think it's always a good idea to bring a bit of humor to a few touchy subjects :)

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  12. Thank you so much, I tried to put my own spin on what could have been a slightly ranty post ;)

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  13. Thank you, there's so much competition, I think people often focus on the negative and forget what they've achieved, which is sad :()

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  14. Aww thank you Hayley, I know what you mean, my parents really couldn't under why I was jumping up and down when my Becca Jaclyn Hill Palette arrived, so I said "mum, I need to get my #highlightonfleek" sadly that's a true story haha :)

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  15. You are so right! I like this part: " honest blogger is more important than receiving a few free products" because I recently decline an offer and I was a bit upset,probably I wouldn't have to do that,but now I feel better,haha.

    Alexandra ~ Impavid Blog

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  16. Lovely post and some excellent points! I've too noticed a huge rise in more professional blogs and photography and it does leave you feeling not as good but I just stick to what I do and still love the fact my readers come back and leave nice comments. It's not about buying the most expensive things it's about enjoying what you do and blogging about what you love! In all honesty I love IG and use this everyday as I'm more of a visionary person than a talker and don't really touch Twitter or FB much but do try to make the effort for my blogs sake but I haven't promoted my posts much on these platforms :( x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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  17. Thank you, I'm glad. I always believe honestly is the best policy :)

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  18. Thank you, blogs really aren't "blogs" anymore, now they all resemble glossy magazines, which honestly I'm not a fan of. Everything a lot more polished, but not in a good way. I do love Instagram, but it's so competitive, again just another "glossy" forum. :)

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  19. Loved reading this post so much and so many relevant points - I often get 'blogger envy' when I really shouldn't and I think the whole buying followers is really sad. You should grow a following from scratch at least then you know your followers are genuinely following because they like your content! Anyway fab post lovely x

    Lucy | Forever September

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  20. great post and amazing at how much i can relate to!

    franklyflawless.com

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  21. Awww thank you Lucy, I really wish it was the content and ideas what was the most important, not the numbers. Noways people look at your blog count, before your actual blog, your right it's so sad! :()

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  22. Thank you, it's so strange how many people feel the same way :)

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  23. This is a great post, Claire! I cannot agree enough with most of these. I will also admit that I get terribly jealous of some other bloggers too, watching their overseas trips, gifts, events etc. on snapchat probably doesn't help the case either! You should be so proud for blogging for seven years! I have technically also been blogging for awhile (hello tumblr days!) but i keep dropping off every now and then (last time was for more than year, ooops) so I definitely commend you for that! But I love my little blog and my little community, I try not pressure myself too much and just enjoy what I do. But my goodness! I also question the things some people review!!! And tweeting GoT spoilers, I am so guilty of this ahaha!! #soznotsoz

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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  24. Aww thank you, I still can't believe it myself, the only other thing I've been committed that long to is my love for chocolate haha. I love your blog, and it's definitely not little! :)

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  25. omg some company offered me to promote wedding dress LOL i siad no coz i dont fit of what I do. And agree with LUST ... you don't want to see my list tho....

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  26. It's ridiculous isn't it, plus they say "I read your blog and thought it would be a good fit for us" clearly not, duh. :)

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  27. I just read this and even as a new blogger I was nodding my head in agreement to everything you said!
    Its so easy to become envious of blogs that have so many followers but buying followers is something I would never do. I would rather have 10 followers who actually read and enjoy my content than 1,000 that don't. I just know that having my own blog is something that I love doing so far and hope to be able to do for a long time! (:

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  28. I absolutely agree, I would much rather have a few followers who read and have opinions about my posts than thousands of invisible ones. Write what you would want to read and have fun with it, good luck! :)

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  29. I am a fairly new blogger and this has given me so much motivation to keep going. It is sometimes extremely hard to see the bigger picture when you are slowly gaining viewers. And then you lose viewers and you think, dang im not doing this right. but reading this has made me realise how important it is to do it for the right reasons. :)

    Tash | becomingtashh.blogspot.com.au

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  30. Aww I'm glad, building up a following does take time, but as long as you write what you would want to read and enjoy it, people will see that and your count will go up. So don't be disheartened :)

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  31. Thanks lovely! I just figure, if i do it for myself, then I don't mind how long it takes to build a following. :)

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  32. I loved the style of this post, such a creative concept and definitely not what I was expecting from my first glance either. I agree that there are definitely a few shady business deals going on, I get so disappointed when I'm reading someone's blog and all of a sudden they're reviewing something out of the blue that has nothing to do with anything they've ever posted about before!

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  33. Aww thank you, that means a lot. Sometimes I think it's good to have a little vent, but I like to do it in a way that shows my personality, while letting me put my feeling on the table. I was worried some people might take it the wrong way, but the feedback has been great ;)

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  34. You deserve a round of applause for this post. Absolutely love it.
    much love,
    www.zunairasulman.com

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  35. Aww thank you Zunaira, that means a lot ;)

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  36. Love this whole post! I am definitely guilty of major lust and envy, but I think you worded it perfectly - you never know what's going on behind the scenes. Also I had no idea that you could buy followers??? Do people actually do that?! So gross.

    Laura x FloraLooTwo

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  37. Thank you, it was news to me too, but it's very suspect. I think it's pretty obvious when you see people with 10's of thousands of followers but they only get a couple of hundred likes on Instagram. It even happens on Bloglovin, which is so disappointing, everyone should be on the same playing field! :)

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  38. Couldn't agree more. It sounds super dodgy. Clearly shows the untrustworthy people who are doing this for the wrong reasons too! x

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  39. It really is a shame, but sadly it's happening more and more.

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