Would you believe me if I told you that I have been blogging (somewhat inconsistently) since 2007! Yes, I know. To be fair though, my first blogging venture ‘Woman’s Words, Thoughts and Reflections were just that. I shared my inner most thoughts and fears on a range of topics from love, to politics. It was from there that I found my love for inspirational/motivational writing and the birth of my award winning online Magazine In-spire LS.
However, it was in 2015 that I decided to rebrand, buy my named domain and show off my passion for personal styling. Sometimes I wish I had started this a whole lot earlier as I’m adamant I would be bigger at it right now. Nonetheless, God’s timing is the perfect timing and I’m thankful that I’m now sticking with it and really using it as my online space to really show people who I am as well as showcase my love of fashion, beauty, food and of course inspiration.
So why the title?
Well, I will be following this post with a ‘Why I Love Blogging’ but I wanted to talk on a few things that have really been irking me within the blogging community. I’m sure that many of your; particularly if you’re bloggers yourself will understand the points I’m raising. And don’t get me wrong, I love blogging like anything; there are times when I wish it was as fun and inviting as it used to be……
- The fact blogs are being made redundant.
Now of course, blogs are by no means going extinct. But social platforms like Instagram and shopping social platforms like 21Buttons makes it so you no longer need to write about your outfit posts because readers can click on the image and be taken directly to where you purchased it from. There used to be an air of anticipation to see where your favourite blogger got their latest look from. Now, everything is instantaneous and as a result, many bloggers have abandoned their blogs and have focused their attentions primarily on their social platforms. For me, as much as I understand where they’re coming from I also love the way I have my own dedicated space, that belongs to me and holds all my thoughts and ideas in one place. I also want to continue to cater to blog lover like me who appreciate the effort that goes into a blog post.
2. The fact social platforms continually promote bigger influencers
At the moment social media is pissing me off! There isn’t any social media platform out there that doesn’t openly and unapologetically force feed its consumers with the feeds of the bigger influencers who have thousands of followers. On Instagram for example, the explore page is filled with Love Islanders and bloggers with a social media following if over 100k. I struggle on Snapchat as I can’t find my friends due to the fact that I’m continually shown snaps from influencers like the Kardashians. It’s really wrong how these platforms disregard the work and effort smaller influencers make. We may be smaller, but we do have people who not only follow but trust our opinions and recommendations and it appears to be a fact that is; time and time again overlooked.
3. Everyone looks the same!
I don’t know about you but I actually detest feeds that look the same, or are too clean! what I mean by this is too set up. They have the same filter/colour scheme throughout. They come across as being carefully constructed with the backgrounds being greyed out and the foreground being in colour. I admit, it looks interesting but since when did we live like this? Why is reality now so overrated and when did false perceptions rule the roost? I love colours and I love freely posting images that best reflect my personality. I have always strived to be different, to not follow trends and to do me. I’ve learned that sometimes by doing this, you can get left behind because the general consensus says to do these things. However, I’ve come to the understanding that I need to only stay true to myself and if I do that, no matter how long it takes, it will pay off in the end.
4. Blogger networking groups/sites are not fully inclusive
I often read how important that the blogging community support one another and work together. However, in my experience I have first-hand witness another side. One where bloggers will only support and champion other bloggers that walk in the same circles and have the same follower count as them. Blogger networking sites give the impression that they’re there to giving all bloggers the opportunity to access opportunities. However, for the most part; when you subscribe because your don’t have over 100k followers you’re unable to unlock all the key benefits.
Now don’t be alarmed guys, I love blogging more than I hate it but I thought it would be interesting to open up talking points on this to get some of your thoughts. What do you think? do you agree or disagree with my points?
About my outfit….
I wasn’t very keen on this outfit when I received it. It looked too ‘festival’ for me. However, I have this way of really making co-ordinates work. I don’t think you can wrong with a co-ordinate outfit and for me is definitely a wardrobe staple. I love the way that the pieces can be worn separately to create a whole different outfit too. This one is from Femme Luxe Finery. I received a lot of love on this look over on my Instagram and many of you loved the colours. It is currently sold out but you can check back on their site to find out when they’re receiving more HERE
I’m still in love with my Perspex heels from Ego Official as they go with absolutely everything. My fur jacket is an oldie and one I picked up for £8 from an independent boutique in Walworth Road, London. Once the entire look was put together I liked it that much more. What’s your overall verdict? Yay or Nay?
P.S- Femme Luxe currently have a massive £5 sale on over 900+ outfits. Make sure you head on over to their website and get your hands on a bargain!