20.9.15

Act Your Age


I've been thinking about writing this post for a while now and seeing as it's just that bit too cold to uncurl from a blanket just yet I've decided to put the digital pen to paper.

I've been regularly blogging for just over a year now and have spent that time reading and writing lots of different styles of blog posts in an attempt to figure out where I fit in this tumbled and brilliant mess we call the blogosphere. The first blogs I ever read and truly loved spoke to me like a friend with freakishly similar interests. Blogs that featured my favourite bits of Norfolk or unashamedly wrote about the joy of having afternoon tea with your Mum. I thought it was a wonderfully creative and polished way of showing thoughts, interests and enthusiasms. I didn't have a clue about how commercial and lucrative the wider blogging marketplace could be.

Don't get me wrong, I love being able to find out where a blogger got their beautifully thick autumn scarf from, but that has only ever been of secondary interest for me. It was the person and their story that had me clicking through in the first place.


Sometimes it feels like every blogger is doing something crazy exciting and a lot of the time I find myself experiencing pangs of envy when I scroll through my Bloglovin' feed because I can't do the same. At times like this I've found myself questioning my content and often feel a huge amount of pressure to create posts where I'm showcasing something unique and new. Sure, I'd love to go down to Brighton solely for the purpose of furnishing a new flat. Do a cheese tour around France? Uh, yes please! Showcase beautiful pictures of a new A/W wardrobe? Count me in!

The problem is that I'm comparing myself to bloggers who are living in totally different circumstances to me and it isn't healthy or useful for anyone to constantly self-compare. I've not been out of uni that long. I work full-time in a sector not known for big pay cheques. I'm only 23 and have lots of huge milestones ahead of me. What's the rush? The most important thing is to live and blog authentically and to recognise the value of you just being you.

Of course, I totally understand that the best way to continue a hobby is to turn it into a career, but as bloggers I think it's really important to remember who your first readers were. If your 'voice' continues to be authentically yours then your readers will keep coming back, regardless of how extravagant your posts are.

Who am I? I'm a girl who finds it weird to think of herself as a 'woman'. I'm figuring out my career, slowly but surely. I live in a cabin with cobbled together furniture that I've become strangely fond of. I have a rotating wardrobe and my Mum is the best stylist I can think of.

Here I aaaaaaaam baby. Signed, sealed, delivered - I'm yoooouuuurrrsss!


How do you feel about blogging authenticity? What keeps you clicking through to a blog you love? Comments welcome below!


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