I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now, jeez where has the time gone?
I started blogging through my career really, I had no idea about the blogging community before I started working in digital marketing and it opened my eyes to a whole new exciting, and what seemed to be then ‘glam’ life. It took me a while to commit to blogging and actually put myself out there, I’m not sure what held me back for such a long time. It might have had something to do with time, as in how much time I would have to devote to blogging within my already hectic life and then of course there was this question in my head… “What will other people think?” I’m honestly embarrassed to even mention that thought because I really pride myself on not giving a single sh*t what people think of me because I am me, always will be and no one will ever bring me down, no matter what. But, there was always that thought swimming in my mind as well as “will people even read my blog or care?!“
After much um’ing and ah’ing, I finally pushed myself out of my comfort zone and done it. I started Zest of Alice, and I really haven’t looked back. I’ve never felt like giving up or stopping doing what I’m doing, no matter how many times I’ve been disheartened and believe me, that’s been a few. When I say dishearten, I mean what other people have so rudely said about my blog, being denied work from brands and failing to become Instagram famous.
But, back to my point about being someone who ‘doesn’t care about what other people think of me‘. I feel almost a bit contradictory when I’m discussing blogging as a whole because I feel like I have to care whether people like my content and images otherwise, what would be the point? Some bloggers have turned this game into a right way and a wrong way game, then, in the end, we eventually do care what people think of us and what we write, and follow a trend. I hate to admit this but I’ve turned into an Instagram freak, and will only post if it matches my theme or it’s something I think my followers will want to see. It’s so sad. But it’s how the Instagram game works. Do I like it? No. Is it superficial? Yes. Is my life all pink and good lighting? No.
There really is no right or wrong way to blog, vblog or microblog. Your blog, your space is how you want it to be and about your life. Reality wins every time with blogging, this fake ‘influencer’ world doesn’t. I was really upset to read Sarah Ashcrofts interview with Cosmo in May, where she stated how ‘competitive‘ blogging became and that ‘there isn’t room for any more bloggers‘. I don’t think that at all! The way I see blogging is that it’s a way to document my life, further my writing skills and gain friends. Getting to work with big brands is just a pro to this hobby of mine. Blogging is getting way to serious in my eyes, everyone (not everyone, just some people) are too busy correcting each other instead of themselves and working on their own stuff. Another thing that really got to me was her comment that ‘The blogging world can sometimes be fake because you’re essentially in competition with each other’. I appreciate that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I’m not slamming Sarah at all, because she is a very successful young lady, who’s an example to us all within the blogging industry and has proved that we’re an important part of digital marketing BUT, really?! I genuinely don’t feel in competition with anyone when it comes to blogging, if anything other bloggers inspire me and I have really made some friends for life through blogging.
I don’t think the blogging world is as glam as everyone makes out either, yes the blogger events and endless cocktails are amazing but that’s about 20% of what we spend our time doing. Right now, I’m tucked up in bed with my laptop writing this with a cuppa and Nakd bar… it’s really not all starbucks afternoon dates and coffee.
I feel like I’ve gone really negative Nelly about blogging but honestly, my opinion on this online world and community, is that it’s bloody fantastic. Blogging really has opened up a new chapter in my life, and has been apart of me essentially growing up. It has helped me in so many ways, I am so focused, it’s one hobby in my life that I’m good at (if I do say so myself) and have stuck too. I have gained so much knowledge for my career through being on the flip side of this marketing avenue and furthered my English writing skills. It’s opened a lot of doors for me, including building relationships with my some of my favourite beauty, food, fashion brands and I feel so unbelievably lucky and blessed to be able to tell people all of this.
Through blogging I’ve also met people whom ordinarily I would never have met in my normal life. I have made so many friends, who support me in everything I do. My twitter feed is so positive in comparison to my personal accounts, in some ways, blogging has even given me a broader view of life, I think in different ways, I’m so much more creative, and I’m happier. I feel productive, like really productive instead of spending my days slobbing about watching reality television. This blogging malarky, is hard for some people to understand, but just know it’s a very caring and crazy community, that welcomes all, no matter who you are and where you’re from.
I’m not a blogging queen, the best at blogging or an expert so please don’t hate on me. This is just my opinion, on my blog, that you don’t have to read. But, thanks for reading this, if you have taken the time to read it!
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