You might have noticed I’ve been a little bit absent from the blog in a while. Every now and then my blog takes a little bit of a beating due to myself being extremely busy. Alongside a full-time job and a big freelance client, I try to keep this little blog going alongside it as well. Ultimately I don’t always want to be doing digital marketing 24/7 which is ultimately what blogging entails.
So I took a break. Shocking.
My page views have taken a hit since I started officially full-time (previously freelance) as I can’t manipulate my working hours in the same way. But that’s alright – I still have random nonsense to talk about.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much hard work it realistically is. I would say when I’m putting up posts 3 times a week, realistically, blogging takes up about 8 hours of my time a week. Then I have 8 hours for my own clients. So basically, my whole life is Digital Marketing, but I’m pretty happy with that.
Let’s be honest, any community has its flaws, including blogging. There is this big misconception that the blogging community accepts everybody, but honestly it’s a bit like high school. Some people are more popular than most, some people are classed as the ‘argumentative ones’ of the community, and others are just generally outcasts (like myself).
The blogging community is what you make of it however and it can be a super rewarding thing if you want to make it that way. Regardless there will be someone out there that is like you.
There have been many times I’ve wanted to just give up on this blog, but hasn’t everyone? And it’s not even Blogger’s block half the time, it’s just me being either A. lazy B. just too tired. I have to think of the times that people have complimented my blog or have written me a heartfelt DM about something to carry on.
You will get envious of other bloggers. Especially when their blogs are more popular than yours, and you find their writing style difficult to read which leads to you wondering, ‘Why is she/he so popular?!’. It happens. But you gotta move on, plus blogging is so saturated these days, just because someone has more hours in their day to blog and subsequently work on it, doesn’t mean that your blog is any less successful. Everybody’s in a completely situation – It’s just finding a way to work around your blog.
You will want to Instagram absolutely everything (and get upset because yours isn’t as good as other bloggers). Snapchat might take over your life. And you might (like me) buy products based around blog topics.
All in all, my blog is quite an expensive deal. But that’s simply because I choose it to be. If I’m gonna buy a certain lipstick, I might as well buy one that I can review right?
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.