Saturday, May 9

- Things Non-Bloggers Don't Understand About Blogging...

Before I get started, I want to quickly say that this post is meant to be light-hearted and just a bit of fun. You don't have to agree with any of these, and if you're not a blogger then please don't be offended. I'm sure most of you know this is simply meant to be an entertaining read, but I just wanted to make it clear.

Since blogging, each of these points have randomly occurred to me, and it wasn't until I put them together I realised they could make a blog post. So here we go, things non-bloggers don't understand about blogging...

1. Blogging is time-consuming.
I don't know about you other bloggers, but I find a lot of time and effort goes into blogging - sometimes more so than what a post directly portrays. It takes planning, discussing with another individual (if collaborating with a brand), taking photos (and praying for the weather to be on your side), editing photos, writing text, proof-reading, scheduling, promoting, interacting on social media - the list is pretty much endless. It can be difficult to reach a switch off point, so I now make sure I regularly schedule in time away from the laptop.

2. Fellow bloggers really are friends.
Nowadays it's not weird to talk to someone online who you've never met IRL. If I see a tweet that I agree with, have something to add etc, I'll happily comment. Some of my non-blogger friends find this bizarre. I talk to those on Twitter as if they are already my friends. There is a lovely blogging community out there and it's great to interact with like-minded people. One of the best feelings is going to an event/meet-up and feeling like you've been friends for years. In fact, it's sometimes slightly overwhelming how many friendships I've made through blogging.

3. Free stuff is just a perk.
I don't blog simply to gain free products. The amount of times people have asked begged for freebies is tedious. If you're really that bothered about receiving 'free' items, start your own blog and see how much time & effort it takes. Oh, and then watch how your blog fails because you're in it for the wrong reasons...LOL

4. I'm not vain, promise.
When telling people about blogging, I've found the range of reactions really interesting. Most are really supportive and keen to learn more about it, others, however, are quick to judge and think taking hundreds of selfies with a different lipstick on is utter nonsense. Well, sorrynotsorry for showing what a product looks like on. The fact blogs show a real, true to life impression of a product plays a large role in the power and influence of the blogging community. Also, I used to despise having my photograph taken and now I couldn't give a crap so win-win really.

5. Instagram addiction exists.
Hands up if you've ever said/thought 'oooh that's so Instagrammable'? Yep, guilty. The thing is, not only does Instagram provide eye candy, but it's also a great way to connect in a more behind-the-scenes way. So yes, I am going to take a photo of my full English in a restaurant full of onlookers thinking 'WTF, why doesn't she just eat it?'. Also, 'pastel house appreciation' really is a thing. Oh and lastly, it really is vital I get that cherry blossom branch at the right angle, and for me to show what's on my feet that day.

I hope you enjoyed this post - remember it's just a bit of fun! Let me know what you think and feel free to add anything in the comments below!


KAREN
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43 comments:

  1. Love this post, Karen! Blogging is something to enjoy, not to see how many followers you can get and how many freebies you get sent!

    Leah xx

    http://theultimateobsessions.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. so true ! great post :)

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this and it's all so true!
    Trying to explain the concept of meeting up with other bloggers to people is also surprisingly hard :')
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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  4. These are all so true. My friends don't understand how i can spend so much time blogging and that i've kept at it without getting bored. Plus vanity one..... haha.

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    perfectfixations.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I would love to have a few non-bloggers read this. Have encountered people who just don't understand that it is super time-consuming and that most bloggers don't do it for the money! Great post lovely,
    XX

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  6. YES!!!!!! I completely agree with everything on this list!! Oh how I love being a blogger x
    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

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  7. I agree with all of these points - especially the time consuming aspect! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  8. I loved reading this! I agree with all of these! And I find myself explaining that blogging is time consuming quite a lot, as people always tell me I'm crazy when I say I have to schedule time for blogging in my calendar so it doesn't collide with uni or work or any other obligations.. well they never had to wait 3 days for the perfect lighting & weather conditions to finally take outfit photos for a new post.. haha :D

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    Jess from Jess In Retrospect

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  9. Haha completely agree with all of this - no one understands the time and effort that goes into what we do! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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  10. Oh god it's so true mainly the fact that people don't see how much time and effort goes into it, it's such a time consuming but rewarding hobby! xxx

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  11. This post was so completely accurate, I loved it!! Especially the last point, I spend my day taking photos of things just to upload them onto Instagram. When I was out with my mum shopping the other day, she couldn't grasp why I couldn't just drink my coffee instead of taking a photo and adding a filter. This post was such an enjoyable read! x

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  12. I agree with blogging being time consuming when I first started my blog I just thought oh it will be easy just quickly write something when I want i as wrong haha! Great post.
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  13. I agree with everything on this list, especially the Instagram one! I'm addicted! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  14. These points are so true and I completely agree with them all. I think it's hard for non-bloggers to understand why we put so much time/effort into our little space on the internet and when I have been working (part time only) and I have a ton of blogging catching up to do I do wonder that myself, but then realise it's because I just love it and enjoy it no matter ow much time/effort it takes x

    Beauty with charm

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  15. I literally smiled and nodded throughout this whole post. So, so true... blogging is so unbelievably time consuming and also really stressful when you go full time. Non-bloggers just don't get that, right? Instagram addiction is also totally a thing! ;)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  16. hahah so true!!! omg I feel so related :)

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  17. I'm one of those instagrammable type of people, and snap pics of all the above mentioned LOL! I really do get some of the above happen to me when mentioning that I blog, they either are really supportive or just judge you as a vain up yourself type of person! when it's not the case! LOVED reading this Karen <3

    And that's how we became friend through our love of blogging LOL <3 :)

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  18. Agree 100% with all your points! The more time goes on the more I start to think in terms of how things can be photographed and/or turned into a blog post. It certainly confuses my elderly relatives when I'm constantly taking pictures in restaurants! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  19. Oh so true, the amount of people who are snidy that you do it for free stuff and that they could blog it is easy. My response knock yourself out firstly l don't do it do the free stuff, I pay for most of it myself and an average post takes about five hours so if someone gives me something I have worked for it. Lucy x

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  20. I agree with every single one of these! x
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  21. The instagram addiction is very real I could spend ages scrolling through it! haha lovely post :)

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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  22. This is so relatable, especially number five! I went from never using Instagram to getting excited when I find something worth posting, and I spend ages scrolling through it! Love this post :) xx

    Toasty

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  23. Couldn't agree with this more, at one point I used to cancel plans so I could blog. I try not to let my blog take over my life as much now, but yano baby steps :')

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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  24. Couldn't agree more! I haven't told my friends that I blog, however my boyfriend and my mum have been very supportive from day one x

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  25. No one who doesn't blog just doesn't seem to understand the amount of time everything takes. I have definitely got better though at it not taking over my life, but I'm still just as addicted to technology I reckon haha.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  26. This was such an amazing reading, Karen! I find blogging the best way to express myself. I really enjoyed doing it! xx

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  27. This is such a great post! :) I haven't really told anybody about my blog because I know the sort of reactions I'd get off people. And I totally get what you mean about things being "instagram worthy" haha :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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  28. I agree with all of these although I don't really tweet a lot I comment on blogs mainly - great post though!

    Leanne | oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Haha, I love this post <3 My blog is mostly my little secret

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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  30. haha this post is great! totally agree that I think non-bloggers can think bloggers as being pretty vain which is why I can be hesitant to have non-bloggers see my blog, but then anyone who is really a friend of mine is always super supportive and enjoys my blog - and anyone else can just do one haha

    Charlotte Harvs Style Blog

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  31. Hahah i loved reading this post, i can relate to every single one! I hate when my friends are like oo im going to start a blog for free stuff, but i didn't start it for that grr!! I seriously do need rehab for my instagram addiction, its almost not normal to eat food out and not take a photo for me these days haha I wouldnt have it any other way though hehe xxx

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  32. Very good post!

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  33. This was a delightful read, light hearted but so true. I'll have to agree with you on all points. I'm not quite at that point with Instagram but I always think afterwards...oh, I should have taken a photo of that. :-) And of course, us fellow bloggers all feel you on the time consuming and hard work part. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  34. Ah love it all, especially point no.4, I've just started blogging (well almost a month now) and I love telling family/friends/boyfriend everything, how many followers, views etc must drive them crazy but I'm proud of my blog so I don't care! #sorrynotsorry x

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  35. Great post! Totally agree with everything you've said! I don't talk to my non blogging friends about blogging much as I do think it's difficult for them to understand xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  36. This is so true. I totally agree with this post. I'm so passionate about blogging! I was very organized back home, and my family and friends were used to me blogging, and now I'm staying in a friends house in other country and it's sometimes hard for people to get used to the idea of me having a blog, but I'm so proud of doing this!
    Obsessed Fashion Blog

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  37. I love this so much! Yes, people that don't have a blog don't know all that really goes into it! There's so much, but it's so worth it!
    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

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  38. Yeah, I hate how some people think it's all about the "freebies" and that it's very easy to blog and get attention from brands. ¬¬ I love the friendships (virtual and not) that I've made through blogging. And Instagram addiction totally exists. haha I love it and I'm on it more than anywhere else in the social media world. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  39. OMG!!! you just wrote what every little blogger thinks!!

    xx from Italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope | youtube
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  40. Love this! Sometimes it's hard as friends don't understand how busy I am with my blog, so sometimes I can't spend the whole day with them and can only see them in the evening after working on it all day! It's good to connect with other bloggers as they know the struggle lol!!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  41. I have a serious addiction of scheduling my Tweets weeks in advance and everyone finds it so weird. I also like looking at stats and analysing/writing reports on my blog's traffic and performance ...I guess it is the academic in me that comes out. xxx

    Caz | Style Lingua

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  42. Agree with everything in this post so much!! It's true. People don't realise just how much time and effort it takes.

    A Little Twist Of…

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  43. I am so glad someone wrote a post like this! normal people just have no idea how much work goes into maintaining a blog! xo
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