From time to time it’s natural to have a bit of a motivation lull on the blogging front. But rather than let it suck me into that black hole of negativity, I find it much better to take things back to basics and remind myself of all the awesome stuff about blogging. That can sometimes be clouded by blogging politics and those day to day irks or frustrations that get in the way of all the good stuff. It’s something I’ve touched on before but like re-reminding myself. So with that in mind, I wanted to share the latest five things I love about blogging. Feel free to add your own as would love to know what you love most about blogging.
1. You’re not restricted by your blog title
Sometimes I wonder if I’m too limited having gone with beauty, since it’s in my blog name and all. But then I remember it’s my blog and I can write about what I want. Sure, sometimes it’s a juggling act between writing what you want and what readers are interested in – but at the end of the day I could write about moon-boots and the finer delights of fondue cheese if I wanted to. There’s not many places you can really have that sort of creative freedom! Now, I have a major craving for cheese after that sentence so excuse me whilst I go raid the fridge.
2. There’s a community of like minded people
It’s all too easy to look at the negative side of the blogging community because it’s that side that seems to capture attention. But look beyond it and there’s a whole bunch of like minded individuals out there just writing for passion or interest or as their own personal escape. I’ve made some truly great friends through blogging – both beauty obsessives and just generally nice folks. There are people I consider friends who I may have only met via twitter before – but regardless, it was blogging that brought me to them. Plus if you had asked me a few years ago if I would say I made friends via the internet I would probably have thought you were a crazy person… but not any more!
3. It teaches you all sorts of skills
From the technical aspect of running a blog as a business (it’s not all swatching lipstick don’t you know) to photography. I have skills now I never thought I would possess without some sort of formal training. Plus there’s the whole ‘life skills’ of being totally ok with walking into a room where you know no-one and starting conversations. Plus the self-motivation and dedication it takes to keep working at a blog day in day out – when doing it on top of a job or when doing it full time. The one skill I don’t have yet is not looking awkward in photos… but I have high hopes that one day this will happen too. I do however have impressive fitting-lots-of-stuff-into-small-spaces skills now… to hide the excessive collection of beauty products I have accumulated!
4. There’s always something new
Ok, so I know advice posts are the latest ‘thing’ in blog land – I think blog-advice-blogs are almost a new genre of blog in themselves. But as much as I have been doing this for over six years and have a few titbits and views on it to share from time to time, I would never call myself an expert. In all honesty, I don’t think anyone can. To know blogging is to know that it’s constantly changing and you know there are never a hard and fast set of rules that when follower mean success.
5. The inspiration
I love how inspired blogging is – the idea that all these posts/thoughts/images come to people and they can actually produce their own content to the level it was only previously seen in glossy magazines. When you think about it, and look past all the cliches (that I’m just as guilty of as the next blogger, I know). It’s pretty darn amazing that we can actually create this level of content ourselves?! So many images that are Pinterest worthy, ideas for everything from mastering that oh-so-tricky smokey eye to how to make your bed resemble a pillow-laden on in a swanky hotel. There’s almost so much inspiration that it blows my mind and overwhelms me sometimes!
What are your favourite things about blogging – leave me a comment below or drop me a tweet.