Sunday, 18 February 2018

Why I Feel A Bit Meh About My Blog At The Moment & How I'm Hoping To Change This

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December of last year marked four years since I started blogging and in that time I've done so many things that I could never even have dreamed of when I first started. I've worked with some of my favourite brands, met so many like minded people and even made my blog part of my full time job but over the past couple of months or so I've just found myself feeling really meh about my blog and blogging. I'm sure everyone has experienced something similar either with their blog or with work but I just can't seem to shake the feeling these days.

I find it more and more difficult to get inspired to actually open up Blogger and start typing and when I do I just sit staring at a blank screen. I feel guilty when I'm not blogging but also feel rubbish about the content that I'm putting out there, making it a bit of a lose lose situation for me these days. I've tried taking some time away to hopefully get inspired, reading books written by bloggers and girl bosses but then I end up feeling even more pressure to get it together.

I want to focus more on what's really going on in my life rather than just reviewing beauty products, which I still do want to do but then I don't quite know how to craft those posts so that they don't just go down like a lead balloon. Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated.

I just wanted to put this blog post out there to let you know how I've been feeling and what I'm hoping to do to change this and as always, I would love to hear what you think about my blog and social media posts. I can never be fully objective so it would mean the world if you could let me know what you think either below or via some kind of message (email, Twitter, Insta).

So here are my thoughts;

Comparison is the thief of joy

No matter how happy I am with my blog and everything that comes along with it, all it takes is a quick scroll through Instagram or Twitter to have me feeling like I'm not good enough and what I'm producing just isn't good enough either. Whether it's exciting events or trips that I haven't been invited to, blog photos that wouldn't look out of place in a magazine or real interaction and buzz about a blog post, I feel rubbish more often than not these days. Now don't get me wrong, I in no way expect to be invited to things or to receive a press sendout but something inside me still feels a bit crappy. I often feel like such an amateur, which I guess we all are to some extent but when I compare my photos or blog design to someone else's it just becomes so apparent that I don't feel on the same level.

I'm thinking about sharing the blog posts or photos on Instagram that leave me looking like the heart eye emoji, as the main reason that I even contemplate comparing myself to them is because they're hitting it out of the park and have got me reading or liking in the first place. That way I'm celebrating what makes us different instead of focusing on why I'm not as good or as successful at what they're doing as I am.

Upping my game

For some time now I've wanted to up my game. Sadly I don't have an Instagram husband or helper to take those flawless outfit photos that I see pop up on Insta. I also still live at home making it pretty difficult to set up those gorgeous shots with throws and trinkets and props that I always admire. My bedroom gets zero to no natural light and my living room, where I take most of my photos, doesn't have a free spot to craft those shots.

Maybe it's about time that I looked into working with a photographer on outfit posts so that I could make them more of a regular feature on here as I would love to share what I've been wearing and loving recently.

Getting more personal

I often feel like sharing what's going on in my real life aka. the bits that don't quite make Instagram or social media such as my health, what it's like to hustle and freelance full time, why I'd like to start dating but dating apps put me off and just more personal posts. I will, of course, still be blogging about beauty (I have a review of Benefit's latest mascara planned for next week) and the like but I'm keen to change things up a little so as to hopefully inspire me to be more inclined to sit down and write, like I did today with this post.

What would you like to see more of on Ellis Tuesday? What would you change? Do you ever feel the same? And what do you think of my ideas for hopefully changing up my blog?


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