Weekend Musings #2

I’m having one of those moments where blogging all seems a little bit, meh. Maybe because I’ve spent the last two weekends curled up in bed with flu, or maybe it’s because of the cold weather, but I’m feeling a little CBA about the whole thing.


So let me start of by saying that I love blogging. I’ll always stand by the fact that setting up my blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve met some amazing people and had the chance to be involved in a couple of pretty awesome things, but sometimes it can all get a little bit much. After being on a computer all day at the office, the last thing you want to do when you come home is jump straight back on it. Motivating yourself to hit ‘create new post’ can be a tough one.

Also, despite how strong the blogging community is, you can’t help but feel a little lonely behind your camera lens and keyboard. I’ve dedicated so many evenings to typing up content, Saturdays taking photos, Saturday afternoons tidying up the mess and Sundays engaging with others. This is all instead of heading out for a coffee or a cocktail with my friends. The weird thing is I never really questioned it or complained; I’ve kept going because I was so determined to make something of this little patch of Internet. So what happened?

Well I was at a blogging event recently and someone said this…

If social media were deleted tomorrow, who would you be?

The question struck me more than I like to admit and it has really got me thinking. Who would I be? What would I do? Between my work and my blog, I’m so consumed by the social media world, I honestly think I’d be a little lost and that has begun to worry me.

Now I’m not going to go full digital detox or anything… I’m way to addicted for that! We’re labeled the social media generation after all! But I do have a plan…

Firstly I am going to make sure I spend a fair chunk of my time offline, whether that’s reading a book, heading to the gym or going for that coffee I mentioned. I will always dedicate time to my blog and creating content, it’s something I love to do, but I’ve got to also accept that working full time and having a social life does impact on just how much I can do. I think a blogging chill pill is in order.

Secondly I am going to try and stop obsessing over numbers. You guessed it, I’m talking followers here people. I can’t tell you how many hours I must have wasted obsessing over my social media following. Over the past two years my following has slowly increased, but I still feel like I’m so far away from where I’d like to be. The problem is, so many people and brands seem to be buying 10K or 20K followers these days, that those of us trying to build up an organic following are finding it extremely difficult. The only solution I can think of is to forget the numbers.

Social media should always be about sharing content that you love and connecting with like-minded people who’ll love it too. So that is my aim going forward and if my following increases then fabulous, but if not, then over my head, it shall go. Not sure why I went all Yoda on you then, but you catch my drift. Sorry for the rather moany post, the positive, half glass full mentality shall commence shortly.

 

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  • that question has me starting to worry haha. i too think i need a little detox and reading your own thoughts on the subject is making me reconsider some things too. The follower obsession is all to relatable because it of course measures your blogging success but you are right in that we should forget the numbers and just focus on doing what it is we love. wonderful read and very helpful xx

    The Whimsical Wildling

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    I love your take on the social media “detox.” I think it is great to take some time off, but quitting cold turkey is way too hard ;)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.com

  • Sometimes it’s really nice to take a break. I find it hard motivating myself to start writing a new blog post sometimes but then when I start writing, I enjoy it so much and don’t know why I put it off! x

    LuxeStyle

  • leah rachel

    Blogging is a wonderful thing when you actually want to do it. There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to do something when you can’t be bothered. I’m sure if you take a break you’ll find inspiration again!

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  • That question really does make you think. Sometimes you can get sucked into blogging and the world of social media, it’s so important to take a step back once in a while!xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

  • thisgirlloveschic

    you look fab girl

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • Vettae-Fee Kling

    Relevent question! Sometimes, it happens to hear some questions you weren’t waiting for and got you thinking about the answer for hours…
    xo
    http://www.sofrenchychic.com/

  • I completely understand. Looking at numbers can in fact be disheartening sometimes. Just gotta keep doing what we love!

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

  • I stopped looking at numbers a while ago, and it made that much of a difference in how I feel about blogging. Being a mother of two I simply cant afford to get to absorbed into everything, time with my kids is no-screen-time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • i love blogging and love spending most of my free time doing it but it has to be balanced and sometimes i rather close my laptop and go out with friends. maybe i had a bigger following if i would promote my blog all the time and spend everything on it but i don’t want that. i’m happy where i am.

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  • Hi, I love your blog!! :)

    https://zunera-serena.com/

  • I couldn’t imagine my life without social media! This is a great post! Love the skinny strapped dress over that tee! Great style! :)

    Sincerely Miss J
    http://www.sincerelymissj.com

  • I’m in total agreement with this! Once you stop fussing over numbers you start to enjoy blogging all over again! Good luck babe xo

    editionemmagrace – Lifestyle Blogger & Style Sharer

  • So true. We need to stop obsessing over followers and focus more on connecting with people.

    Nurul Rasya | Blog

  • You are so cool!! I love so much this look!
    xoxo
    http://www.donkeycool.es

  • Absolutely in love with this post!!!
    Xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  • Seriously the best post I’ve read so far about blogging. I’ve been in the same funk lately and your question got me thinking. Loved this post and hopefully we can find a work, life and blogging balance. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day babe. xoxo

    http://theblushingpink.com/

  • The Sunday Mode

    I didn’t think this post was moany at all and I actually completely agree with pretty much everything you said. When I read that social media question it hit me too, my instant thought was “…oh shit” because I think I need to find a better balance between on and offline as well.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Very cute outfit! i really like this outfit dear!

    xx

    Mónica Sors

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