Your Blog is A Blog...


Over the past few months, I've made a few observations on twitter (usually during the blogger chats) and elsewhere about the blogging community. Theres always going to be varying opinions but one or two things always seems to pop up and I thought I'd share my thoughts.

The big/small blogger divide
Personally I don't agree that there is a 'big' blogger community and 'small' blogger community. A blog is a blog. Yes, some are more established than others as some have been blogging or vlogging for several years but those bloggers are still going the same processes as newer bloggers in creating content.

Dont undervalue yourself
Your blog is your space. You can write whatever you want and go in whichever direction you want to go. Don't feel like you need to do certain things or that your blog has no value because you don't have x amount of subscribers or x number of views.

It's OK to push yourself
If you want to work to improve your blog then theres nothing stopping you. I think sometimes being ambitious is viewed as a negative thing when in reality it really isn't. If you have certain blogging goals then you should absolutely stick to them no matter what people think of you. If you want to create a brand for your blog then go for it. Everyone has different views of their blog and you should do what works for you.

It's OK to say no
Despite the above, its perfectly ok to say no to certain opportunities if it doesn't work for you. Some people fear turning down opportunities that come their way but if its not something that is a good fit for you or your blog then its likely to show. Say authentic and be yourself.

Dont compare yourself
This is easier said than done but every blogger is at different stages of their blogging journey so comparing yourself to other blogs in kinda pointless. Focus on your own content and don't see yourself as being in competition to others.


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27 comments

  1. Comparing ourselves to others so so deprecating. We can be inspired by others, but when you compare yourself nothing good ensues. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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  2. I really like the view you have when it comes to blogging. Some days ago I realised that I didn't want to carry on with my blog as I used to, so I'm now making some changes and it's keeping me really motivated! :)

    xx Cecil // www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

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  3. well said. I just blog and if people don't like it they don't have to read it. I'd rather have 10 people who enjoy reading it and interact with me on social media than 1000's who just troll it with unpleasant comments x

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  4. I only started my blog a few days ago, so this post is really great to read! Great advice.

    Laura | laurawinnard.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I think this post is great, really to the point. I've not been blogging long, but joining in with twitter chats, reading more blogs and generally starting to see blogging 'from the inside', has made me really think about all things blogging. It was so easy to get thrown by this at the start and I suddenly panicked and thought I couldn't blog at all- I had no idea about all the 'rules' and how to establish myself as a 'brand' but then someone wrote a great post (I can't remember who unfortunately) about why none of this should matter and it reminded me that my blog is a blog. Not a lifestyle magazine. Not a business. Just my own little place in the online world to do what I want with :) I love how diverse blogs can be, and appreciate each one for the little things that make it different.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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  6. I agree with you. I always find myself comparing my little blog to others and trying to fit in by writing those stereotypical posts. Thank you for this.

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  7. Really liked reading a blogpost with these sort of points mentioned! x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

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  8. Some great advice here, especially for a beginner blogger like myself. Thank you x

    Rhea
    thegridldn.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great tips, thank you Xx
    makeupforlunch.blogspot.com

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  10. I really loved this, I am a new blogger and have felt everything you described. You are so right in everything you have said. I am only doing it as a hobby and I am really enjoying it I have no idea of where I want to go and I don't really care haha. Xoxo

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  11. It is very hard sometimes to remember not to compare myself to other bloggers! This was very encouraging! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. The first point is so important and I learnt it through writing as well. Success doesn't mark what you are, if you blog you are a blogger and if you write you are a writer.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  13. Amazing advice! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. These are good tips that should be written down and placed on the wall of every blogger out there. I'm sure even well known bloggers are still doubting themselves from time to time. The key is confidence.

    Aleisha
    http://buttonforabird.blogspot.com

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  15. This is great advice. They were a time when I did some of the following. Now I'm beyond bothered. Despite my small following in the time scale I've been blogging I'm happy to get a few views and several comments then nothing at all. If someone's reading it I'm happy no matter what the numbers :) x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  16. I completely agree with you. I've seen some really negative tweets and posts lately made by certain bloggers about the community, which I'm fairly certain are just to grab attention. It's such a shame that we can't all be proud that people in our community have managed to do so well and forge careers for themselves out of this. Obviously that isn't an option for everyone, but like you say we can definitely all strive to make our blogs the best they can be for our own sense of achievement and pride x

    lamourjosie.com

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  17. Thank you so much for writing this. Sometimes it does feel a bit hard when you're starting out as I've always wondered if I should be chasing more followers/going down a different path. Recently though I've been feeling that as long as what I write makes me happy there shouldn't be any better reason for blogging! This post affirms that, so thank you
    x Helen

    http://honeyplate.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I have said no to a few things I have been offered. I was offered £50 to mention a brand in a blogpost and I refused as although £50 would be lovely right about now, the brand is not one I’m particularly fond of and I have to be true to my blog. Like you said, being authentic is really important.

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  19. Thanks for this - Always great with a peptalk :)

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  20. I really like your approach. As a "small, first time, young" blogger I find there's a great bridge between the people that have been doing this for a long time and those of us who just want to try and enjoy ourselves. Thanks for the nice advice :)
    x Julia | Wing me a dream

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  21. Not comparing yourself is so important but is also something I need to work on!

    Great tips :)

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  22. Great post, I totally agree with everything. I think it's so easy to undervalue yourself and compare your blog to other more successful blogs out there, when that shouldn't be the most important factor. I recently changed my blog because I felt it was going in a direction that I had outgrown and I honestly couldn't be happier. xx

    Eärendil

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  23. Lovely post, love the bit about not comparing yourself too - I agree! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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  24. Oh goodness - this hits home!! Great post, and great reminder that it's YOUR blog, and YOUR space...sometimes I need that. :)

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  25. Lovely post, I completely agree with you! I have been doing my blog for nearly 2 months and already tried different things and I am loving it! Xx

    http://oliviacherylx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. I totally needed to read this! Thanks for this post. :)

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