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14 February 2018

Blogging: the reality

Something that really used to get me down was the fact that my life doesn't look like the lives of the people in the photos I saw on my lengthly scrolls through Instagram. I would occasionally think to myself, why don't I have a perfectly clean house, or a wardrobe of designer brands?" Social media makes it so easy to filter out the bad bits, and if were being completely honest here, why would you make it public that you're having a sh*t day when you have the option not to?



When I started blogging I wasn't completely myself online, not because I was trying to be something I'm not, just because it's a daunting prospect. Telling potentially anyone who finds your platform about your life, your day, the coffee shop you just went to, is bloody scary. It takes a lot of confidence to do that right away.

Now I am completely comfortable doing an Instagram story with no make-up on and ranting about how crap I feel but that has taken me four years to do, and I still do about six takes before I actually post the real thing. Not because I'm trying to hide anything, just because, well you only have a limited amount of time to say what you wanna say on an Instagram story and that pressure makes me speak REALLY fast and then I end up saying "hugnjfebjfnewjdhuiqw" rather than "I've just published my blog post....".


I think a lot of the time bloggers can come across as effortless. That 'perfect' snap that you seen on your Instagram feed probably isn't just a little snap. It most likely took bloody ages to get right. That is setting up the camera and tripod, getting the settings right, taking it, importing it onto your computer and editing it. Followed by doing a couple more touch ups on Instagram and then writing a caption... and finally posting it!



Seems basic, but It can take up to an hour to get a set of five pictures.

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I also think there's a stigma surrounding bloggers. A lot of people would think that a bloggers day-to-day live revolves around having a lye in and then throwing on a gorgeous outfit and then heading out for a coffee at 'Peggy Porchen'. Though I don't blame anyone who thinks that, you are far, far from the truth. 

I tend to do blog related work in a sweat shirt and pyjama bottoms rather than a camel coat and a pair of mom jeans, spend the majority of my time editing on photoshop, typing up posts, making v messy mind maps, lugging around a heavy camera and getting frustrated because it takes AGES to use self-timer (nope, we don't all have a personal photographer following us around all day), replying to and sending emails to brands, having to think of the best way to tell that 'bum chin reducing mask' brand that I DO NOT want to work with them and making bad pasta as a pose to cupcakes from 'Peggy Porschen'.

Okay, It's not all bad. That was just to give you an insight into what actually goes on behind the website and Instagram photos. I am actually very lucky to be able to work with amazing brands and have a group of v lovey people reading what I have to say. I just wanna let you all know that when I'm posting pics of me on the doorsteps of pastel coloured houses in Notting Hill, that isn't my whole life. That was one weekend. And those photos that you see are about 10 out of 100 that were taken that day. The other 90 pics feature my bum chin (never thought I would talk about bum chins so much in a blog post??) and the face of me screaming "STOP! PEOPLE ARE STARING!" 

It's not all fun and games. There is SO much going on that you never see. Heck, I spend my whole life making Pinterest thumbnails... did you know that?

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22 comments

  1. Love the behind-the-scenes look into blogging, your before and after shots are so cool! Definitely agree that it's not as glamorous and perfect as Instagram makes out, haha!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Defiantly, Instagram gives such a sugar-coated version of everything xx

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  2. This difference before and after editing *-* (I'd love to see more befores&afters)
    It is really hard to be real because I think we look up to people that have such a big success. So we try to be them (at least a little bit)
    https://miss-uncover.blogspot.com/

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    1. Absolutely! I personally love Hannah Gale for how real and honest she is with everyone about life xx

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  3. Some people have no idea how hard blogging actually is. This was such a great post girly!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

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  4. Yeah blogging looks simple and straightforward, but it's some of the most stressful shit I've done in my life. I respect the bloggers who post three times a week, post on Insta three times a day, go to events and meetings all the time, and still manage to cook and clean. How they do it is beyond me, which is why I respect them. I'd be up at all hours of the night trying to keep my life together haha

    http://beautysynonymous.com/

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  5. I think it's so important to be yourself in blogging and I'm so glad that you feel you can do that! Also your really good at editing pictures! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

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  6. What a lovely post! The reason behind all the perfection and cleanness is indeed A LOT of thought put into creating the concept of the photo. If the room is clean is because a photo was going to be taken. As bloggers we are the new magazines so it's only expected that our photos are close to perfection. However stories are indeed an opportunity to keep it real and I'm also there usually without makeup :D

    Loved the before and after. Sounds like you're working hard, hence - good job girl!


    http://www.desiringsme.com/desiring-creative-direction/

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    1. Yes, stories are such a great tool in helping to seem more real xx

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  8. A lot of people don't know the time and effort it takes into composing a blog post (the pictures, the writing, the idea composition, the lighting, the placement, the editing, etc.). It's a lot more work than people know, and I think you've described it perfectly!!

    P.S. There was a typo in the last comment I made : ) Had to repost though!

    Emily Kay || http://emilykay.co/

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    1. Yes! I think people who don't have a clue about the blogging industry have an idea that you can create and upload a blog post in seconds. Which is NOT true at all! It takes me at least six hours do go through the whole process xx

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  9. hey dear,
    you are great, because your blog is a awesome,i really like your post,thanks dear for sharing important details......

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  10. Really enjoyed reading this! Blogging is HARD WORK and it takes up so much time! We're not all fortunate enough to be able to do it full-time, so that makes it even more challenging. x

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

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    1. I completely agree. I'm still in school and it can be a struggle at times xx

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  11. I agree, there is so much hard work that goes on behind the scenes and what looks effortless in a picture took soooo much effort that often is done for free!

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Yes, it's not like we get any income for this unless we've partnered with a brand. And, honestly, they don't even want to pay us sometimes xx

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  12. I totally agree that scrolling through other peoples' blogs and Instagrams can make you think why can I not have loads of friends who also blog to take outfit photos of me or why do I not have a beautiful house? But life is not like that!

    Love the honesty of this post.

    Katie xx
    www.amikatie.com

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