Am I A Bad Blogger?

October 07, 2014

 
My Bloglovin dashboard has been littered with countless links on 'how to be a good blogger' and 'how to be successful in the blogging world' over the past few months. Supposedly, the world of bloggers insist that we should all be perfectly rich while publishing over the top glamour notes at every available opportunity. I accept that to be at the top of your game, you need to invest both time and money into your www dot yet I think that pure passion and writing talent should go further than the expense of a SLR and a rich momma.


But supposedly I am a bad blogger.


I do not post daily as I have an actual life outside of the interweb, and unlike the well known bloggers - Zoe London, Lily Melrose and The Sunday Girl - this is not a full time job for me. Hell, it isn't even a part time job, it's a hobby and it's something that I personally admire myself for doing as my over the top brain is the most uncommitted thing I have seen in a while, as shown by the four blogs in three years situation (oops.) Although I try to post three times every seven days, I feel guilty as I don't have the time nor deep feeling to want to push out countless pieces of good quality content as much as 14 times a week like the bigger bloggers.


I have no niche. I am not a magician with my words, I cannot conjure up deep images in my readers' heads, I cannot take beautiful pictures yet I cannot make a nondescript paragraph sound sophisticated either. Looking back on the past couple of months, the fight between reader and writer has stepped up massively as the reader demands individuality and honesty, but the amount of new writers who have emerged wanting an enormous readership has astounded me also. I realised that I'm just one in a million (literally) and unless I think of something pronto, I'm just going to be submerged over talented teenagers with a better style and a better life. Yay.


I have never understood the obsession of owning forty similar lip glosses nor do I have the funds to achieve this. And this is the key to being a beauty blogger right? Without owning every single bloody Naked palette, there's no point existing is there? If there's one thing that the beauty world has taught me, it's that you need high end products to be pretty. It says it all when I've just watched a famous Youtubers' video (no names mentioned of course) and my friend who's sat next to me asked me whether she actually owned anything from the high street. And no, it's not a drug store - we're not American!


I have never owned a DSLR, and in the near future I do not expect to own one. Yes, the picture quality is astounding once you learn how to use it, but it scares me that so many teenage girls can dangle a four hundred pound plus camera over their necks while still using the automatic function. I am a firm believer that it is the owner of the camera and not the device itself which creates the magic, but without a fancy tripod and an equally fancy Canon I obviously shouldn't be thinking about making Youtube videos and definitely shouldn't be photographing products or landscapes as the lighting would surely portray the view incorrectly - except if you use free daytime light or Picmonkey, of course.


I don't have the HTML skills to create a theme and template which is fully responsive and tailored to my every need. However much I would love to be fully qualified in designing and coding, my lack of free time is forcing my blog to look, well - basic.


Alas, I feel as though these things do not matter. Scrap that, these things do matter, but they cannot change my fate and they cannot change the fact that no matter what, I love to write and without this passion and determination forcing me to write, there would be no blog. There would be no outfit posts if I was not passionate about fashion (although I do admit these posts have been pretty thin on the ground at the moment) but what I'm trying to say rather badly is that why should my blog be dependent on outside factors and constraints set onto me by other people?


This post wasn't written for sympathy, I don't want comments telling me that I'm a 'good' blogger because I know I never will be yet I just wanted to let my feelings on the subject out and let you know why I never will be one of the popular girls as I wasn't born to be. And this will never change.

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16 comments

  1. Sweetie,

    Nobody's perfect (insert old Hannah Montana song here). Just because the popular bloggers seem to be does not mean they are.
    I cannot blog every day either. I don't have a true niche either. But I'm happy with my blog and that is what counts.

    And I know you do not want me to say this, but I think you're an amazing blogger. You're real and connect with your readers! If you ever want to talk, you know where to find me.


    XX

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    1. Thank you so much Ella, I'll need to email you to sort out the new guest post as the previous one went down a storm <3

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  2. This post is so relatable it's insane. I have been blogging for about three months or so and so far it has been going pretty okay. I get lovely comments and a fair amount of views when I put the time in to promote it. And I do not have amazing photos or a fancy layout and I don't post daily.

    So girl don't worry, you are not alone! We are the living proof that you don't fancy stuff to be successful. It's all about the content and you got that covered :) x

    Tess
    www.simplybeingyoung.com

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  3. You've just put my feelings into words. Loved this post and I totally understand where you are coming from. Sometimes when I feel really down about my blog I just think 'wait... remember why you started it in the first place.' I started it with no expectations, barely any knowledge of blogs but loads of enthusiasm. That always reminds me to stop comparing and just do my own thing ;)

    niamh / niamhsdream.blogspot.co.uk

    P.S for the record, I love you blog ^.^

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    1. Thank you so much <3 I need to keep reminding myself of this fact and not get let down by the views xo

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  4. You are ddefinitely not a bad blogger! Don't be silly. TBH I don't know how people manage to blog every day at all, each post takes me far too long for that to be feasible. Since starting college I've only managed twice a week, so we're in the same boat! It's so easy to feel that our lives aren't exciting enough to post about but you are talented! I don't get the whole mega makeup thing either, it'd be nice to see more beauty bloggers with a normal size collection that any teenager/twenty something would have.
    Keep blogging as you are!
    lily x
    www.jolihouse.com

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    1. I hate the idea of letting people down yet I can't physically post more than three times a week, I'm even considering dropping it down to two haha! But thank you <3

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  5. I hope this post was tongue in cheek... 99% of us blog as a hobby. Very few post daily let along multiple times a day, bigger bloggers don't buy their high end make up, they are sent it, the rest of us blog the occasional haul and then shop our stashes, of and a good blogger is one who writes good blog posts. This one was great x

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    1. It was sort of tongue in cheek.. but thank you!

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  6. This post is really interesting and relatable, all 'big' bloggers used to be like us as a hobby, it's just turned into a job for them. They have the time because they don't have to go out to work everyday or school or college! Your not a bad blogger if you keep at it you can only get better, I take my blog pics off my iphone!!

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    1. I take Iphone pictures too hahahah xo

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  7. haha! This is a wicked post! Tell it like it is! I don't think bloggers are good or bad. Like you said you have a job and this is a hobby - whatever and whenever you post if up to you and shouldn't be justified by anyone else.

    www.virgosandkisses.com

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    1. Thank you so much hahahah, #swag

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  8. I was having this exact argument with my brother the day!!! He stopped blogging because he couldn't keep buying the latest tech items to talk about and review etc. I admit, I do look at the bigger bloggers and think, 'why doesn't mine look like that'...but I really shouldn't care. I'm lucky because my brother's a web designer and a photographer so he's really helped me. But I honestly hope readers see through all that and just enjoy my ideas and my writing. I think it's great you haven't got sucked in and it's remained a hobby for you :)
    www.thedaisyjaynes.com

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    1. This is the problem, we are always comparing each other but I guess it is human nature... hm.

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