Tuesday, 5 September 2017

My Thoughts On The Blogging Community

In my two and a half years of being a beauty blogger (seriously, two and a half years?), I've learnt a great deal about blogging and the common misconceptions about what it is and the people who do it. As blogging has become more and more popular, a lot of people are now under the impression that no effort or hard work goes into it and all we do is sit in cafes, eat avocado on toast and take pretty pictures. Whilst this may be what some do, this is completely untrue for the majority and I think it's really unfair that we get such a bad rap...
People forget or often just don't actually know exactly how much time and effort goes into creating a blog post. For example, I'll sit down and plan out my posts for the week, then I take all of the photos and edit them which for me, isn't the easiest of tasks. Then I move on to writing and scheduling the posts. All of this can sometimes take 2-3 days to complete which can be overwhelming when you have other things to do. 

Another thing people don't think about is that there are a lot of 'bloggers' on social media who don't actually have a blog but don't really know what else to call themselves. I have absolutely nothing against these people but I just want to make it clear that there's a big difference between an Instagrammer and a blogger with an actual blog. 

Blogging is about sharing your thoughts on something you love or perhaps don't love. But now that it's become such a big industry and with things like sponsored posts, affiliate links and PR packages being such a big part of it, blogging can sometimes be a bit tedious as we're constantly having to justify ourselves. I personally don't think there's any need to hide the fact a product was sent to you or that you've been paid to make a post about something but nowadays, even if we're honest about these things, there's always someone who doesn't want to believe you. 
There's quite a bit of stigma around PR recently which I think is really unfair because it's made bloggers look like they're just hungry for free product. I know there's a small bunch who get into blogging purely for the freebies and that's just not on, but the 99% who are genuine shouldn't be made to feel guilty for receiving something from a brand just because it's free.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that over the past few months I've noticed a lot of comments stating that we as a community are shady, stuck up and that there's no real friendship or connection between us. I think this is utter nonsense and my guess is that the people who assume this, haven't spent enough time getting to know us. I've met and become friends with so many amazing bloggers over the past two and a half years and none of them have ever been unfriendly or given the impression of thinking that they're better than everybody else. They're actually some of the sweetest people I've ever met and one of the key things they focus on is making bonds and supporting one another. And having a good old gab about beauty, of course!

I'm sorry if this post was a bit all over the place or if it seemed ranty. I just really wanted to share my thoughts on the blogging community based on my personal experience as a beauty blogger and also to clarify that we do work hard, we are a close knit community and that not all of us think we're a sparkly unicorn who poops glitter and sleeps on a marshmallow cloud! Unicorns are overrated anyway, I'd much rather be a fairy... 


Thank you so much for reading and if you're a blogger, I'd love to know what you think about what I've said, if you agree or disagree with anything or if you have something else to add.

Maiya
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  1. There's no doubt that there can sometimes be drama in the blogosphere, it's easy to avoid it if you want to. I've made some great friends through blogging and like you say there are so many supportive bloggers out there!

    I also agree that there's no shame in saying a product was sent to you - the main thing is to always be honest!

    Enjoyed this post! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I don't go anywhere near drama. It's just totally unnecessary. Me too! I've met so many amazing people!
      Exactly! Honesty is key! Glad you enjoyed the post Hun!! xx

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  2. I completely agree with your words, there's so much that goes into blogging that all the 'free' things we're lucky to receive aren't actually free because we put out time and effort in creating blog posts about them.
    I've noticed there can be some drama in the blogging community but I never get involved in those situations as I found them very immature. And I have made some great friends through blogging and have met lots of amazing supportive people. x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. That's so true. There's so much effort that goes into blogging. Me too! There's so many amazing bloggers out there! xx

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  3. My husband always tell me that I can't call blogging work because I never get paid but I do, only instead of $$$, I get paid in products. And yes, the misconceptions that all bloggers are sell-outs, stuck up, dishonest get to me a lot. If only people actually take time to read and follow our blog, they will notice that out honesty shines through regardless PR samples or not.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I totally agree! A lot of the time people don't actually bother to get to know us and that's a real shame! xx

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  4. I really enjoyed this post. I may be new to blogging but I completely get what you're saying and there are so many incredible people out there (including yourself) who have helped me in the first few weeks of my blog.

    Looking forward to your next post!
    Beth // words and roses

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    1. Oh wow. That's so nice of you to say!! Thank you!! There are so many incredible bloggers out there. You just have to find them! Glad you enjoyed the post Hun!! xx

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  5. Great post. Blogging really isn't easy and now that I can dedicate more of my time to it than before, I still find there are not enough hours in the day and find myself working longer hours! So why shouldn't you be rewarded for that especially when brands are getting what could be regarded as free or at least minimal marketing on their part. For the amount of work that goes into a blog post, the care and the enthusiasm i don't think that bloggers should feel guilty about receiving gifted items.

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I feel the same way! I end up blogging into the early hours of the morning! Although, that's probably because I spend half my day procrastinating! Haha! Exactly! There's nothing to feel guilty about! xx

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  6. I totally agree with everything you've said in this post and you've summarised it perfectly! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  7. It's great to have a little chat sometimes about your thoughts. I definitely feel the same way about some of the things you wrote here. I think as long as you're true to yourself and interact with similarly minded bloggers you can't go wrong. I personally love the blogging community, it means so much to me!

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    1. This had been on my mind for a while so I thought I might as well just say it! That's so true! And me! It's like my second home! xx

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  8. I definitely agree with you, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes that a lot of people don't see. For example, on some posts it can literally take me days to research and write it up. One of my recent posts was quite photo heavy and the images themselves took atleast 2 days to get right! x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Me too! Even when I'm not blogging, I'm thinking of a new post idea or taking back up photos! xx

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  9. I never cared much about what people thought of me and I do like avocado on toast, so... Jokes aside, blogging is hard work and every free product (that somehow doesn´t flow as freely as some people might think) is earned with late nights and hours glued to the screen.
    But well, the people that don´t understand the work don´t understand the joy you get from creating.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Haha! That's so right! I spend all day on my phone and computer and it's all because I love blogging and want to create the best content I possibly can! xx

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  10. I totally agree with you - Blogging is a lot of work but I love it so much, I couldn't care less if someone were to assume its not time consuming at all. Also, I have made some wonderful friendships through blogging that I most likely wouldn't be able to achieve in my normal life outside of blogging xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. I feel the same way! I've definitely made some better friendships through blogging than I have in my normal life! xx

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