I’ve been blogging since 2015, however, I’ve only been involved in the blogging community since around August. Since then I’ve found out how “bad” at blogging I really am compared to 99% of the other lifestyle bloggers out there and trust me, there’s a lot of us.
I sometimes feels like when I don’t post for four/five days (which is usually the case) I am letting down my “following” and I am losing followers. When in fact, I don’t really have a following. I’m such a small time blogger, I get barely any readers and those I do get barely interact with me or what I write. I have gained so many social media followers over the last few months but I feel like it’s very “follow for follow” and they don’t really care about what YOU are and what YOU do.
I try to engage with as many of my followers as I can, I like, I reply, I try to be a good person – I just wish it was more about engagement than just “follow me and I’ll follow you so we can both get more followers.” I don’t want followers, I want friends, I want consistently amazing bloggers to read and promote and basically to just help me fall in love with blogging everyday.
There are many reasons why I’m socially confused to be a bad blogger. I’m not a size 6/8. I’m as one of my favourite bloggers (Lynnsay at Sartorial Scot) said in her recent posts “in-between sized blogger” – I’m not small enough to be classed as culturally “beautiful” and I’m not big enough to be plus sized.
I’m not a photographer or have a photographer boyfriend, so my photographs are usually boring and because I never really go to beautiful locations or have someone to take my photographs, I can never get the cute full body photographs that we love as lifestyle bloggers.
I don’t have amazing style or an amazing sense of humour. I’m very basic. I’m a young, fat, ambitious girl who loves to write and loves what she does. I care about my blog and I love what it’s turned into. I’m so proud of where I am and how far I’ve come since I started blogging in 2015, but that doesn’t stop me from being bad at this whole blogging thing. I think it’s safe to say that the world of lifestyle blogging is run by beautiful, young women and it’s hard now to be recognised as successful when you barely scrape 50 views per blog post.
I guess what I’m trying to say is – I’m a bad blogger but that’s okay, I still love what I do. I still wouldn’t change anything about what I do. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be more “successful”. Just remember, your success is how you determine it. To me, success is being happy and always moving in the right direction, but for society being successful is having money and followers and if that’s what you want GO FOR IT. I would like to be more successful in societies mind I think every lifestyle blogger on this planet would want that, but I’m not too worried about it happening.
I will continue being one of the worst lifestyle bloggers to ever hit the internet and I’ll never forget about it.
What do you think about being a bad blogger? Should we all try and fit the “lifestyle blogger” mould? Or is it okay to not fit in with the crowd? It may end up being less successful but at the end of the day, is it worth it to stay true to who you are?