Hi everyone! So today’s post is a bit different, it would have been my blogging goals post but I felt the need to write this post and just put my feelings out there (and I am determined to get this post published, I’ve been working on it for about a week). I’ve been thinking a lot about being a ‘blogger’ recently. I know I’m always complaining about being a blogger and the blogging community but there are just things that need to be said. I’m not sure if I want to identify as a ‘blogger’. I would rather just be a girl who blogs.
Let me explain this. I am always reading posts about what ‘bloggers’ should be doing and how they should be doing it and how we must all spend hours writing and taking photographs. The problem is that I’m sick of being stereotyped in this way. I feel like it’s a standard (which I have spoken about before here) that I’ll never meet. I also feel like there are certain things bloggers assume about each other that aren’t necessarily true. For instance, I always see questions about how much people charge for sponsored posts like we must all be working with brands and getting paid for it (even though I do neither). I also see questions about follow and unfollow links which again is making an assumption about bloggers. I feel like the blogging community becomes narrow because of these assumptions and the community becomes quite ‘elite’ almost.
I’m not the person that has an expensive camera that I use to take immaculate photos, which you can tell by my blog and is reflected in my stats and followers. I’m also not the person who has a perfectly white background that I use to take that perfect flatlay for my perfectly themed Instagram. I’m not the person who spends hours writing a month’s worth of posts or post more than twice a week at best. I’m also not the person who works with brands on a regular basis and I probably never will be. However, I’ve become ok with this.
I’m done with putting pressure on myself to meet these standards. I’m going to blog the way I blog. I’m going to use my Instagram the way I want to, and if that means half arsed pictures then so be it. I’m still going to promote my posts, join comment threads and advertise with other bloggers. I obviously care to some extent what other people think of my blog, but I know that not a lot of people read it and I’m never going to be nominated for something like the bloggers blog awards. However, I am done with caring about what other people think I should be doing and whether I’m doing it right.