Tuesday, 8 January 2013

My Blogging Problems;


I've been debating doing this 'ranting' sort of post for over a month about the problems I have when it comes to blogging. As a blogger you want to write a great post every time, and you want amazing photos to go with it. As much as we say we blog for ourselves and we do it because we want to and we enjoy it; we enjoy the satisfaction of readers or 'followers' and reading comments posted by other bloggers. There's the inevitability that no matter how hard to try you will care about that factor, even if it is just a fraction. Because you don't blog and keep it hidden do you?


As a blogger of the 'fluffy' kind, I blog about personal happenings, beauty and nails to what I'm wearing and what I'm wishlisting. I always keep my blog ideas floating around in my mind, then write them down and make my way through my never ending list of post ideas. But as much as I have these ideas, I lose them with my limitations of how well I can post them. I won't post something if I can''t post to my satisfaction.
My problem is my photography. I have a limited amount of space to where I can take photos and how, I have really horrid lighting in my bedroom and with the dreary days this lighting carries on through my entire house! Things like this stop me, and I don't enjoy it. And as much as people will say it's the content of the writing that matters, a visual aid is a clear cut winner in our blogging world of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. We need our photography for outfit posts, reviews, and beauty.

I am going to share the fact that I share a room with my little sister. There is a 14 year age gap between us so my room isn't the prettiest adult/girly room and it isn't the biggest so space to take outfit post photos is limited, and a pretty place to stand is not feasible. As well as this, I haven't got anywhere else to go but the garden! And in this cold and wet winter... The likeness of me going outside with my new camera just for an outfit post is not going to happen. I've found it a lot easier to do beauty blogging as I've found my own way to display and photograph smaller things, but I'm still always concious of what's in the background. Aesthetics whether we like it or not, it's always going to be a part of blogging photography. And without a spot to be blogging, and a outfit photography location, I feel so limited.

Another issue I have is social networking... I'm an awkward social networker. I don't know how to work my way around it. I mean, how do you get chatting so friendly to other bloggers? How do you get your blog traffic rolling? And is it weird to not want to have your blog on every social networking platform available for bloggers? I use twitter for blogging and that's about it. I don't know what it is but I really don't know how to do it, and how to talk to other bloggers and I'm never around for the Sunday #bbloggerschat because my Sundays are spent with my boyfriend or family.

One thing is clear for me and it is why I blog. I blog because I want to share my thoughts, feelings and all sorts! I like to share and say what I want to say and to hear your thoughts back is always a bonus pick up for me. I am a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger and loving it! And I think having this down to a T is a good thing, and makes me happy and passionate about what I do.

For the new year I want to be a better blogger, I feel more serious about blogging and it's always a growing passionate hobby for me. I don't have all the time in the world to do it and I do have a full time job and social life to be getting on with before it, but it doesn't mean I'm not fully committed and passionate about blogging, which is why these sort of issues get to me. I hear there are a couple of books out there for us bloggers, about blogging and tips. Have you girls got any tips to share? And am I being silly or are any of my issues a common thought in the blogosphere?
Share your thoughts!

CAT xo
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17 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, I love to blog but there is that satisfaction when people interact too. I have such camera issues, theres always weird places of lighting and also I find it so difficult to do outfit pictures aha! xxx

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    1. I've learnt to do this now! All I need is to invest in a Tripod :O XO

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  2. I know exactly what you mean!! Sometimes I look at my blog and I think. Meh who really reads this drivel!? Haha...

    I also do look at my followers/page views and wonder why they arent increasing... That's probably because I also dont promote every way I can! I probably should, but I just don't have the time! :( xx

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    1. I think if you don't look too often you don't get sucked in! But we have to remember why we started in the first place :) I think to promote Twitter is the way forward! Everyone in on Twitter...XO

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  3. My old house was super old and dark, and coming from the north - the weather was also forever grim! However, you don't need anything fancy - just get some large white paper (or even stick some A4 printer paper together!!) and place a lamp near to it so you can get good lighting, and you'll be able to get the type of photos it seems you're after :) as for social networking, I'm pretty useless when it comes to that too! I'll post on twitter when I have a new post with the #bbloggers tag, and that's about it!


    louisejoyb x

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    1. I never thought of that! Wow that's such a great idea :) I have ridiculous amounts of huge paper too!
      I try to get into the #bbloggers chat but it's hard when you're not keeping up with them! XO

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  4. I can relate with you on so many points. I live in a basement and my bedroom (which I share with my bf so it's hardly girly) is the size of a shoebox. I'm not a people person so the whole social networking aspect of blogging seems so daunting. I don't understand Hello Cotton or Bloglovin so don't seem the point in joining, Twitter seems like enough.

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    1. Oh no! Sharing your room is not the best at all is it! Let alone with a boy! I feel your pain....
      I have BlogLovin' but I don't see the point anymore. I don't do Hello Cotton either. Twitter & GFC is enough :) XO

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  5. ahaha, know the feeling about takin' outfit pics - i've discovered a part of my house just recently to take pics except I have to casually rearrange the house and I have a gazillion siblings! am a bit lucky that i don't live so far from pretty sites though. your sisters about the same age as my sister, who takes my pictures for me, ahaaa :') as for social networking, it's not easy but I'm trying via twitter a little - feels a bit awks at times though, but I think most bloggers out there want to meet people of similar interests no? :)

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    1. I can't even find a spot so you're luck to have one :) I can't get my sister to take the pics either because she's too wobbly with the camera and the pictures blur! the poor thing!
      But it's nice to see I'm not the only one who feels this way! XO

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  6. It takes a lot of time to built up your social network, but you should try more things then just twitter! :) Good luck!

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    1. I must agree with you that it takes a long time! But I think Twitter is enough, I don't want to have all these social networking platforms I can't keep up with! XO

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  7. i can relate to this post so much. i hate using my twitter account for blogging because i've had it for years and i worry my friends who don't blog but follow me would laugh! i feel too intimidated using the bblogger chat too. i always feel really awkward promoting my blog too, and worry that my content isn't interesting enough, and worry about why no one has commented or viewed! x

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    1. I made a new account and deleted my old one because Facebook is for my friends and Twitter is for my blog! I get worried someone will find it though because my friends think my blogging is 'geeky'!
      I think it's a shared worry when we don't get comments or views! Scares us that we're not good enough and that we're not doing the right thing! But I think it's nothing to worry about, just work at it :) make it motivating! XO

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  8. The people I talk to a lot on twitter (I find it the easiest platform to chat on) I built up relationships with via commenting on each other's blogs and just generally keeping in contact. I don't really see it as "networking", as I talk to people that I have a lot in common with, it's more like pointing out the various pros of Ryan Gosling (sorry, just watched the Notebook!) as they've tweeted about it. Then again, I'm always up for a natter, so I guess I find "social networking" easy. I tend to not join in with #bbloggers on Sunday because I - shock horror - forget, and I find them a bit samey anyway. It's a good way to find new blogs though.

    I used to feel under pressure to blog more often, but recently I've just decided to do it whenever I want to. Like you, I struggle A LOT with photography. I don't have any friends who are willing to take photos (unless they're in a weirdly good mood), so don't ask any more, and instead stick with the timer function on my old point and shoot. I can only get really basic shots, which I find really frustrating, but when I do get that one perfect photo I am SO happy. Your photos always come out wonderfully (sorry I don't comment, I do mean to, but I've just had no time recently, bloody university), so don't worry about the background!

    I don't feel qualified(?) to give out blogging tips AT ALL because, frankly, I don't know how to do it. I tend to just take photos and write something that is personal, rather than a comment on something. I notice what I like in other's blogs and put it in my own (i.e. the way they take photos, or if they wrote something funny). Not copy, but make ti applicable to my life.

    Oh dear, this is an essay, and I don't think any of it makes sense. But, YOU GO CAT. Do your blog thang (yep, I just said "thang") xx

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    1. Wow! I'm amazed at your comment! Its nice to see someone is reading my content and elaborating on what I've said :)

      I must agree, I think 'friendships' being built sounds better than networking. Because it sounds more personal and connecting? Is that the word? I find new blogs to read via Twitter too! It's the best way I must say.
      I think you're right though, I decided that blogging when I like to is better because it means you're not worrying about when you'll run out of content. You write it when you have it :)

      I'm glad you like my photography I want to do more of it, go for walks and what not for it! I miss doing it, and I don't do it as often as I'd like! And your tips have all been amazing! You don't have to be qualified or professional I think you just have to share what you know no matter how limited it is :)

      Thanks for your amazing comment :)
      XO

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    2. Sorry, I'm bloody rubbish at checking back and reading replies (wish blogger would invent a "notification" system).

      I used to find new blogs by commenting on other's, then checking the commenters before me, but recently I've been so bad and haven't been able to do so. Simply, I don't have the time, and feel awful. Thankfully twitter's got a bit more interactive - that's how i found your blog after all!

      Exactly. In all honesty, I don't think people really notice if you don't post once every other day, or whatever, they just want to read something good. (and read, not just see, although photos are nice)

      The point of blogging, as I see it, is to be personal, it's yours and not a company's, so you might as well have a good ol natter. For ages I didn't have a camera and used photobooth, but I still gained followers, that just goes to show that people will follow an interesting blog than one that looks like it's posting editorials from a magazine

      No problem, I love writing them! xx

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