13 June 2015

Why I Blog

Why I Blog This is my third attempt at trying to write this post this evening. I have in that time watched a film the whole way through and now find myself watching An Idiot Abroad, I would love to call it procrastination yet I just couldn't find a way to get my thoughts down into words.

I wanted to open up A Little Boat Sailing today and dig deep; I felt the need to put beauty to one side in order to have a little heart to heart, or at least as much as one can do over the internet. My reason for this is that it's rare that I open up my blog to more than just beauty and fashion, although the latter has felt in somewhat short supply since this year started. Aside from wanting to shake things up a little I also wanted to share with you as to why I blog and why I keep on coming back over three years on. 

This all stemmed from having what can only be described as a hectic few months to say the least. As many of you may know I went back to education in October and embarked on a law conversion course. It has been tough, in fact it has been harder than I ever imagined, especially when juggling two jobs, exam preparation and of course my blog here. The last two months in particular have been the most emotionally and physically draining that I have ever encountered and yet somehow I have almost made it out of the other side, albeit needing what feels like a really long nap. 

My blog as you know is a hobby of mine, oh how I have dreamt of making it more than that yet I do realise that I have to be truthful and more importantly realistic too; this does not pay the bills and most likely never will. I know that I have put more time into this than I should have done in the past, especially when other things are technically more important. This therefore brings me to the question as to why I keep on coming back. Why do I continue to promote my blog daily and engage with others constantly as well as taking on more and more things when, quite frankly I'm exhausted. The answer to these questions I found was split into two, firstly, it is quite simply because I love blogging, I love creating new content and sharing it with others and having a good old traditional mothers meeting about it. My second reason is that blogging has in a way been something that I have discovered all by myself. I wasn't influenced as such when I created this blog as I just wasn't aware of what beauty blogging was, PR, SEO and everything else was completely alien to me. It was sheer chance that I stumbled across this concept yet it has been something which I have worked incredibly hard at and more importantly it has been something that I have wanted to work hard and have being doing so now for over three years. 

There is not a day which goes by when I'm not doing something for my blog here, whether that's replying to comments, taking pictures for my next post or simply chatting to other bloggers and reading their blogs; there's always so much more that blogging entails than what you see initially see on the surface. I think that is why so many of us bloggers at times feel as though we hit a wall, that point where we think that we just can't do this anymore which calls for us to take a break and re-evaluate. I've thought this several times in the past and yet so far I've never actually managed to do it, I just can't pull myself away; maybe that is good or maybe that is bad.

Whilst my blog is not old I can't really argue that it is one of the youngest out there either, yet I've seen bloggers who have in a shorter space of time grown to reach huge audiences and achieve milestones that I could only ever dream of. This has on more than one occasion made me question what I'm doing, what am I missing? Do I not write well, are my pictures mediocre, I've even at times questioned my own physical appearance. Writing that last bit makes me realise just how daft that is yet I'd be lying if I didn't put it down, this is after all my blog where I'm probably the most open and most vulnerable too, yet I guess that last bit is purely because of how much it means to me. At times I have felt very frustrated, I feel like I give it my all but that's just not good enough. What am I looking for is the question I ask myself and if I'm honest I'm not entirely sure. Do I want thousands and thousands of followers? Maybe, but that's only if they actually like my blog and enjoy reading what I have to say, if they never click back on it again after following then what really was the point?

Before I started my course I would have said I was a good blogger, not in terms of writing and sorting out my own blog but in terms of reading other blogs and actually making an effort to leave comments. I used to look back on my Disqus profile and be shocked at just how many comments I had made, yet I don't feel bad about that any more. Comments mean a lot to me as I'm sure they do to you, they are after all one of the only ways we find out what readers think of our posts therefore they are extremely important. I know deep down that I have always been supportive in this way although I'll admit that in recent months I have struggled to stay on top of this; in my defence though I have been very, very busy. I'm really looking forward to reading blogs properly again once my last exam is over on Monday, I have missed it a lot! Blogging to me doesn't just involve my own blog, I think blogging as a whole involves reading other blogs, getting to know fellow bloggers and offering friendships and support because I know that if I didn't have people reading my blog or there wasn't somebody to talk to about it when I needed to then I most likely wouldn't enjoy it half as much as I do today.

I feel as though I've lost my train of thought with this, it is not very often I sit down to write these posts because of that very reason, I tend to lose my way very quickly as I find that I suddenly have so much that I want to say. In a nutshell I blog because it is something I enjoy, it is incredibly cliché to say that yet it is true. It has given me more enjoyment than I could have ever imagined and has allowed me to gain confidence in myself and to meet new people. There are some incredible people within this blogging community that I feel very blessed to be part of, of course it has its ups and downs yet on a whole it is amazing.

So now you've read my long winded way of saying 'I love it', let me ask you this, why do you blog?
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26 comments

  1. Reading this was definitely a reflection of how I feel about blogging, and like you I could ramble on but it really does boil down to me loving it. I love having my own little space on the internet that is mine and to have a creative outlet that people can see and hopefully appreciate. All of my other creative outlets are quite private things, such as creative writing. But with blogging it's out there and people see and interact with it, which is amazing.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  2. I think it's really hard to remember that chasing "followers" doesn't make us happy. What's the point in having thousands of readers if the content we're producing isn't making us happy?


    I realised recently that I had forgotten why I started a blog and the reason behind writing it. Now I'm focused on writing the kind of blog that I would want to read - if people like it, that's great, and if they don't, that's OK too. I'm writing my blog so I can look back and see all the things I did, books I read, and things I was once interested in.


    You've got to forget about how quickly other blogs have grown and ask yourself, "do I want to do what they're doing?" Chances are you don't. Go your own way and forget about how many readers you have.

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  3. When I started my blog back in 2012 I also had no idea about SEO or PR but now it's something that I would love to pursue as a potential career!


    I've also found some blogs have only been around for a year or so and have so many more followers than me which is definitely a little disheartening but I personally love blogging and it is now part of my daily routine, I wouldn't have it any other way! x


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  4. I love that blogging is a learning curve. Every single day I learn something new whether it is a piece of html or a new SEO trick. I love that I have met so many other bloggers and made so many new friends who I wouldn't have met if it wasn't for blogging and the same with PR girls and boys, some of whom I also chat to daily and for me that is what I love about blogging. Not the numbers, not my daily views or who has more followers than who, all of which I am grateful for x

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  5. Love this post, glad you shared =]


    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This is so beautifully written. I love my little blog for the pure fact it is a place for me to escape. I love beauty and I love writing and that’s that. The added bonuses is that people read my content and I have made so many online friends that share the same interests. Blogging can be pressured, but I try and take a more relaxed approach and it works for me.


    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  7. Congrats on being done with exams! Mine have yet to begin but I already can't wait to get back to lots of blogging! I feel the same way, blogging can be reaaaally tiring but it's so much fun and the personal rewards are even better :) And I can never stay away from my online buddies! hehe x

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  8. I think ultimately that is what it does boil down, we blog because we love it which I think is a very good reason in itself. The fact that blogging is out there I think opens up a whole world of opportunities and interaction with other like minded people, I like that.

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  9. Exactly Sophie! I mean it's lovely to think people enjoy reading my blog but if they only followed for the sake of it or to enter a give away I may have had running at the time and then proceeded to never come back then I think that would make me rather sad. Of course that will happen but I'd hope that the majority would come back to read more.


    I'd like to see my blog as more of an online diary in one way or another, it's great to look back at older posts. Some make me sad because my life has changed in ways I wish it hadn't but then others make me incredibly happy too, I like that.

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  10. Oh don't get me wrong, I actually find SEO and PR rather interesting, I just wish I understood it better at times. I really do empathise with you there, I find it disheartening too at times but I try my very best to look past it and to continue doing what I enjoy.

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  11. Blogging sure is one huge learning curve, there seems like something new to learn each day sometimes. I have met some really lovely people through this too, things like that make it all worth it.

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  12. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it Emma.

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  13. That sounds like the perfect approach to me Emily! It sure can feel pressurised at times, at least we can all relate with each other on that note!

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  14. Thank you Sheri! Good luck to you for when they start. Yup the pros of blogging certainly outweigh the cons.

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  15. Thank you Mimmi, I'm so glad that it is over, for now at least. I am glad you enjoyed the post, blogging sure is fun and it has an awesome community attached to it; that far outweighs the amount of followers one has.

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  16. Fantastic post Amy! At the moment I've been really overwhelmed as well it feels like everything is happening at once! I always end up back at my blog in the end, it's fantastic that you are too!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  17. Yep I know that feeling all too well Jordan, at least you keep on coming back, that's the most important thing! :)

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  18. This was such a refreshingly open post. Honestly, this year I've been in awe of you, and I think also rather inspired. Knowing how much you were juggling and yet the quality and consistency of your blog never seemed to drop - it was just amazing to see. I'm quite a young blog, so I'm currently falling in love with blogging, but I know I do it because I love to write and this is one way of expressing myself, and combining it with other interests and...discovering myself? x

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  19. Ornella, thank you for such an amazing and kind comment. I read this in bed this morning and you put me in such a good mood, thank you! It's great to hear you enjoy blogging as much as you do, that's truly all you need! :)

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  20. Fab post Amy! I think we all blog for similar reasons but it's always nice to hear a blogger's personal take on it - I think you know when you stick with it even when you're exhausted, it's love <3
    I hope you have a lovely break now you've finished your exams!!


    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. danniella josephine23 June 2015 at 18:11

    Amy, you deserve a medal for juggling all of that! I am pretty much in the same boat as you, I started blogging 4 years ago. When I started, I had no idea that there were other bloggers, I just wanted an excuse to write about a mascara I had bought, so I could buy another. Even now, after 4 years, I am aware that my blog is never going to set the Internet alight, but I love it. I love meeting others, making people laugh through my posts, and actually using my brain and thinking about things in a creative and critical way. I am probably not going to blog forever, but I am enjoying the ride, however slow it may be :)


    Dannie x

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  22. Thank you Jess, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this post and yes I am well and truly having a break now! :)

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  23. I'm very new to blogging however I have been reading blogs for years. I stumbled over yours a couple of months ago and I can safely say this blog is one of the many things that inspired me to start my own. Despite you saying you haven't met as many milestones as others have, I hope as I continue to blog my own posts can look and sound as well put together as yours, as I'm currently in that really awkward 'basic' blog stage...haha! - Chloe x

    http://whatchloesays.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Chloe that was such a sweet comment to read, thank you so very much. I remember starting my blog up, it's a really exciting time so enjoy it as much as you can. Thank you once again for such kind words. :)

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  25. oh you're more thank welcome! thank you, I definitely will enjoy it :)

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  26. That's all that matters! :)

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