Hello and welcome back to another blog post!
Hope everyone is having a good Monday!
I wanted to write this post because It’s been almost a year since I started this blog, and I NEVER expected to face the things I’ve faced with blogging, and I wanted to share some of the ‘downsides’ of blogging. I say downsides in quotations because although at times I think they are downsides, I’m also very grateful for the opportunities blogging has provided me!
So lets start with something that everyone wants more of and doesn’t always like spending – MONEY.
I never realised how much money I would spend on putting my all into this blog. I mean, I haven’t spent as much as some people, but I’d still say I have invested quite a bit of my wage on various things to improve my blog.
I never anticipated the cost involved with blogging, and lots of people just see all the ‘freebies’ and blogger mail bloggers receive but fail to realise majority of the time that person would have spent a lot of money getting to that stage to be able to receive goods to review.
Just to give you a bit of an idea, these are some of things I’ve spent money on since I started this blog…..My hosting and domain (around £80 a year) my theme, my camera (£700+), all the props I use in my photos, new clothes for haul etc, new make up (pretty much every week). Seriously how much make-up can a girl use at one time! But basically you get the gist, it’s not as cheap as you think – although there are ways to blog on a budget, and I’m sure there are lots of blog posts out there to read on this topic.
Next up is TIME
Oh wow, let me tell you working full time, trying to have a social life (mainly consisting of walking my dog – yes my dog is my friend) and running an active blog is NOT easy.
I do feel like it all catches up with me at times, and I sometimes feel like giving up (yes I think majority of bloggers get this feeling at least once) but when things get too much this is the obvious thing to think. I think it’s good to be as organised as possible, plan, write, schedule and make sure you don’t leave everything to the last minute otherwise it can get overwhelming.
Although, I say all this. Your blog is your blog, you own it, you have control over it, so you cant do as you please with it. I guess there shouldn’t be any ‘sorry’s for not posting in a while’ because you don’t owe anything to anyone realistically.
I do find blogging fun and worthwhile otherwise I wouldn’t do it, but it definitely takes up a lot of my spare time I get away from working full time to earn a living!
TOO MUCH STUFF
Would you believe me if I told you it IS possible to have TOO MUCH stuff. Well it is honestly. I live in a 2 bed flat (quite a spacious 2 bed flat mind you), but there is limited space. Now I’m not bragging when I say this, and I am so grateful for everything I receive to review. It’s so exciting receiving your first blogger mail package, it feels like you’ve accomplished something!
But, I’m gunna be honest, there is only so many skincare products a gal can use at one time, and what do you do with the other bits you aren’t using at the current time? You have to store it, and soon that storage becomes full, and I end up with loads of products lying around the flat (much to my boyfriends joy). Sometimes I get confused with what I’m using and what I like and what I dislike because there is always so much to try and test, things cross over. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE trying out new products and testing out things that could possibly improve my skincare – who doesn’t!?
I find myself constantly thinking of new ideas for blog posts, photo layout, blog props etc. Once you’ve started, sometimes it is difficult to keep the momentum going. Thinking of things to write about, new things, exciting things and unique things is a struggle.
I always find myself searching for inspiration, and getting down sometimes when I read another bloggers post when they have absolutely nailed it. ‘Why can’t I think of something interesting like that?’ I think all the time! It’s a tough game, and sometime the pressure gets to you.
Seeing new launches and new products, HAVING to be one of the first people to get it just so you can try it and review and so people will read YOUR post. Now, I don’t worry too much about this, because 1. I don’t have an endless supply of money, and 2. quite frankly, I’m not that much on the ball.
For example, when Fenty beauty came out, people went mad, rushed to Harvey Nichols to pick up some makeup from Rihanna’s latest beauty range. That’s not me, I don’t like rushing around trying to get the first post out. I like the relax and enjoy blogging as much as I can and also save my pennies for things I really want. Although, ngl it is a range I do want to try out in the near future!
So there we have my ‘downsides’ to blogging edit.
I don’t want to end this on a negative, so actually I just want to make it clear the positives, COMPLETELY outweigh the negatives and if they ever reverse then I would consider having a break as I want this to be a positive experience, as it very much is at the moment 🙂
Lots of love,