Happy Friday everyone! What a week it’s been. Now I know I don’t always do these kind of posts. But I feel like the bloggersphere has changed a lot over the past year or so. When I started blogging back in 2012, I did it for the passion. I’ve always been obsessed with beauty, photography and writing. And starting a blog was a chance to combine all three and build a little space in the internet for me to share my passions with fellow beauty enthusiasts. And I have to admit that since I started I’ve loved almost every minute of it. I’ve met some amazing people, got to work with amazing brands and get to experiences things that I wouldn’t have without my blog.
And I know how lucky I am to be able to do this. To have the passion and motivation to keep working on something that brings me so much joy. I don’t do this as a full time job. I already have one of those. And god knows I don’t do this for the money (I wish!). This blog is solely run in my spare time. And I won’t lie. It can be tough at times. Really tough. I’ve lost my blogging mojo more times than I can count. And I have a huge case of impostor syndrome. It’s hard not to when there is so much focus on numbers. A focus on whose working with who. Whose getting exclusives and paid campaigns. And who has managed to crack the Instagram algorithm and get more than 35 likes in an hour. I mean seriously Instagram, sort it out please!
But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my almost five years of blogging. It’s that you’ll be happiest when you’re not comparing yourself to others. Instead of wanting to knock each down on Twitter because you think someone might or might not be using Instagram bots. Or because you’re unhappy with what someone has said. Keep your eyes ahead and focus on what you’re doing. And be supportive of those out there who are killing it in the blogging word right now. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to see people earn money. And I mean GOOD money out of an industry that simply didn’t exist five years ago. An industry that I love to work in. Albeit on a part time basis.
And I know this is all easier said than done. Trust me, as someone who has been doing this for almost five years, it is hard to see someone speed ahead with only a year or two under their belt. But do you know what? You really can’t compare your chapter three with someone else’s chapter 12. Which is why I’m trying to just stick in my lane, keep my eyes ahead and focus on what I want to achieve from my blog. Of course I’d love to do this full time. And get to fly out to glamorous destinations on a weekly basis. It might happen. It might not (in fact it probably won’t but a girl can dream right?).
But in the meantime I’m going to enjoy the ride. I’m going to enjoy the journey, try to ignore the numbers and just focus on what I want to achieve from this blog. After this all started becuase I wanted somewhere where I could combine three passions. And I don’t ever want to loose sight of that focus.