Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Ups & Downs of Blogging


Following on from my current series of posts about blogging, I wanted to talk about the good and bad of blogging.
 
Without intending to start on a negative note (but I'd rather end on a positive one) I'm going to talk about the "bad" side of blogging.

The 'Downs'
 
1. Nasty Comments - The sad thing about the Internet is that everyone is merrily typing away behind their computers, and often forget that the person behind the post is very real, with very real feelings. I've seen nasty comments on blog posts and on twitter which can be really hurtful to people. When you are putting so much of yourself out there on the Internet, you're not always going to get a positive reaction, but there's a difference between being nasty and constructive. Sadly, you're always going to get people that aren't very nice, thats life, but dust yourself off, as for every negative comment, theres ten positive ones.
 
2. Feeling Inadequate - Blogging can often become a bit of a numbers game; about how many followers, pages views you get in a moth/week/year etc. This can sometimes make you feel like you just don't compare, and whether it's how many followers you have, or whether your budget just won't stretch to the current must have item,, or your design or photography skills just aren't up to scratch, we all have little things that we lack confidence in, and sometimes blogging enhances this further.
 
3. Copying - Inevitably, you're going to write a post that you're really proud of, that you've taken a lot of time over, you feel is really original, and someone will end up taking liberties with it, when using it as inspiration, and will end up just copying it in it's entirety. There's not generally much you can do about this, but it's really really frustrating!!

4. Losing Your Mojo - I don't think I've ever come across a blogger yet, who at some point hasn't lost their blogging "mojo". Whether real life just got in the way, they became uninspired, unmotivated or found blogging a chore - feeling like they had to post something even if there wasn't anything they felt passionate enough to write about, I think most bloggers have been in this place at some point. This can get you down, and sometimes it's hard to come back from. Even in only a year, I felt this way when work became too much. I found just coming away from blogging and spending time reading them, rather than writing, helped me alot.

The 'Up's (aka Why Blogging is Awesome!)
 
The "good" side of blogging - the reasons why we keep tapping away at our keyboards, and putting ourselves out there! These are my personal reasons, I'm sure you all have many more!!
 
1.  Aside from the aforementioned negativity, my little blog is my little slice of happy! I try to keep my corner of the world wide web, full of nice, pretty things and thoughts, to share with you all. Sometimes real life isn't always pretty and happy, so its nice to have this little place to escape to.
 
2. One of my favourite things about blogging is the community. The lovely friendly, helpful people who make up this supportive community. I've recently begun getting out to meet some of these people in person, and intend to do so in the future, but even without this, I already love all the online friends I have made as part of writing my blog.
 
3. Blogging always makes me want to get crafty and try new things. This can only be a good thing. Sometimes they don't always work out as well as I'd like - and they never look like they do on Pinterest - but that's OK, it's good to try these things out, whether they are successful or not.
 
4. Seeing the beauty in the little things. Blogging has encouraged me to see the beauty in the everyday, and try to diarise the things I've seen, rather than just letting them fade into the back of my mind.
 
5. Finally, and this may sound like a bit of an odd one, but blogging has also made me realise that actually I'm normal! It's OK to shop in charity shops, have a love of vintage, and prefer afternoon tea over a wild night out. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the odd night of getting dressed up to do some wild cheesy dancing with my girls, but on the whole this just isn't my thing anymore! I am clearly what Wish Magazine refers to as an 'Early Granny' and blogging has taught me this is absolutely fine!!


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What things do you love most about blogging or what makes you sad about blogging?




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17 comments:

  1. Hey! I love your site design, nice work!

    I am fairly new to blogging and I like it. I was initially wary of posting content publicly but I think I am okay with it now.

    Claire's Castle

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    1. Hi Claire

      I felt the same as you! It can be a bit nerve wracking to put yourself out there and open to criticism, but I just use my blog as a kind of diary for myself to look back. If I make some friends along the way then that can only be a good thing!

      Take care

      Vee

      acosylittlecorner21.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Aw don't let the nasty comments get to you hun, if you have any, they aren't worth it xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I've been quite lucky in that I haven't really had any, but I've seen other people experience it

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  3. These posts are nice to read, because it shows me that the thoughts going through my mind are actually quite similar to other people! Taking photographs for my blog is always hard (especially when I'm photographing myself) but the actual editing process is enjoyable :) I never actually think people read my blog, it's something I do because I enjoy it but it's nice when you receive good feedback :)

    http://lexiaa2202.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. I'm glad you liked the post. I think thats a great approach to blogging :)

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  4. I totally agree with all of this! I love how blogging can create a nice little community. Sometimes it feels like I share more of my day to day goings on with the people who read my blog than some people who I speak to a lot.

    It's also nice how you can find lots of kindred spirits who you might never have met :)

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  5. I hate those type of people. The nasty commenters and copy cats. Really annoys me.

    But I have met some awesome ladies :)

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  6. I just laugh at nasty comments, I think to myself "I have never ever met you and you are the type of person who is more than happy to put down someone you don't even know. Shame on you!" xx

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  7. Ah I do agree. I am always losing my blogging mojo!! Yay for early grannies :) xx

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  8. So far I haven't had nasty comments, just spammy ones, but i haven't been blogging long so I am sure I have this "joy" to come. As with all social media I think nasty people making nasty comments is part of it, it does show the rest of the world the true colours of the nasty poster though. It always seems the best thing is to try and ignore it, easier said than done I know. I think my place on the blogosphere is to make me a little happier and also those whose path I cross, whether reading their blogs, them reading mine, or helping each other out in a group. Haters gonna hate, but karma is a great thing lol
    Angela xx

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    1. I agree! I like to keep my blog as a nice happy space and try to avoid any negativity

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  9. I would say that some of the people I've met through blogging have become some of my closest friends. It's lovely when you can use things like the blogging community to find other people with similar common interests, and everyone I've met through blogging events etc has been so nice. I haven't ever really been in it for the numbers thing, I feel like it would take the fun out of something which I started to be a hobby as it's something I enjoy adding to. I'm not someone who would ever want to make my blog my full-time career, so I don't pay any attention to the stats and figures.

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    1. I agree with Char, things like this weekend prove that the positives outweight the negatives. I've made so many good friends through blogging and get to travel all over the UK to meet up with people.

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    2. The positives most definetely outweigh the negatives. I think if you get too bogged down in the numbers it can make blogging less fun

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  10. I had some nasty comments one when i track down the person, it was really sad, and i just felt so much pity that she does not have enough self confidence cos it will be reflected on her blog so i left some nice comments to her being oblivious to the ones she given to me and i never heard of her anymore. We just need to be nice :)This is one of those kinds of post i like! xx

    thenuliya.blogspot.sg

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    1. Thats really good that you were able to go and be positive to someone who had been negatoive towards you :)

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