Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Blogging Backlash?

Recently I've been feeling quite disconnected with the blogging world and I know I'm not the only one. I've seen countless tweets saying the same thing and so many 'final' blog posts stating they just don't feel the same anymore.

I think that blogging has got so huge that the bubble was always going to burst for some of us - this backlash is kind of inevitable. The blogging world is bigger than ever with it's changing landscape and new blogs popping up all the time - it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to keep up. We all know we shouldn't do it but we do compare ourselves to others sometimes - it's an annoying part of being human! Especially when it comes to social media, there's always someone who you feel has better content, better photos, better outfits etc. But to me blogging is like film or music or art - it's all subjective so just because a blog is someone's cup of tea not everyone likes tea (or something like that, you get what I'm trying to say!)

But I don't think we can blame all the changes on the blogging world - we're to blame as well. I know for me personally I've written this particular blog for about five years and it's the longest I've ever stuck at anything so it's no surprise I've been feeling less enthused about it than I used to. I can't complain about less engagement when I know that I myself have been commenting less on blogs. I don't have as much time as I used to and I think this is true for a lot of people - most of us started blogging when we were at uni with a lot of spare time but after a few years I suppose we've grown up a bit and are just busier people. It's just life! We're also reading a lot of blogs via mobile now, which makes it harder to comment and also I think we interact a lot more on twitter. A lot of my favourite bloggers are now solely blogging on instagram (something that I think will rise with the multiple photo feature.) Blogging and ourselves have changed and change is always inevitable over time.

But I have a choice - I can be moany about it and give up a hobby that I really enjoy or I can just carry on doing my own thing. I know what I'd rather do! So this year I stopped checking Google Analytics, stopped scheduling tweets and just posted whatever I've felt like whenever I've felt like and it's quite liberating. It's feeling fresh again and like it belongs to me - one thing I loved about blogging in the beginning was having a space of my own on the internet and it feels good to reclaim it again. It's so brilliant to have ambition but if we're to be realistic for the majority of us this is going to be a hobby - so why not just enjoy it? Take the pressure off, write about what you love and even make some friends and I think it's just the funnest thing ever. I'm enjoying just like I used to. So here's to blogging old skool styley this year!

What are your feelings about blogging right now? I'd love to know your views on this!


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Weekend Reading List #6

Another week, another round of fabulous blog posts for you to browse! Hope you enjoy.

* I cannot wait to get inked again and Mia's round up of 30, Inspiring Small, Delicate First Tattoos has got me wanting to book myself in ASAP! The only trouble I have is choosing which design to go for.

* Sophie is rocking THE ultimate birthday gal dress - she is a sequin dream!

* Leah is considering making her blog a PR free zone and I found her reasons very interesting - I think it's actually a very liberating thing to do!

* One thing I've never quite mastered are white jeans but Charlotte's post on ways to wear white jeans for Spring provides the perfect dose of inspiration! 

* Lizzy has also done The White Denim Edit and is looking incredible (as always!) so now I'm really feeling like I need to get myself a pair! 

* It's been a little while since I had a splurge on ASOS and Sophie's wishlist is full of gorgeous pieces for Spring (I LOVE all of the pink things!) 

* Lisa Eldridge's video on how to supersize your lips is perfect if, like me, you love that fuller pout look but don't want to commit to anything a bit more permanent. 

* Kirsty's post on Blogger Burnout and Self Inflicted Stress is something that I think we can ALL relate to. I think the important thing to remember is that blogging is supposed to be FUN!

* Of course Amy's house is JUST as cool as she is - check out her Little Home Tour for some serious interior inspo (and be as surprised as I was about where a lot of the decor is from!)

* Finally, Ellen's Oversized Blazer outfit is a masterclass in layering - perfect for this weird, can't-make-up-it's-mind-weather. 

Anything catch your eye here? As always, I'd love to know your favourite posts of the week!


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wondering What To Do With Life

Jacket | All Saints
Dress | Topshop (via Depop, alternative here)
Boots | Topshop (alternative here)
Bag | Kate Spade

So I utilized this wall in my garden again and got caught by my neighbour. He'll be 100(!) this year, isn't that bloody amazing? He's great and has all these stories, he knows so much but he was left perplexed by what I was doing and I think he just thought I was a bit bizarre. 

I've had one of those stressy nights where I've been up all night wondering what to do with life - funfunfun. In lots of ways I feel like I'm a little bit behind other people my age because of the age I was when I started to get really ill and I've been doing that ridiculous thing of comparison which is just completely stupid because my situation is different to someone else's. Not wanting excuses or anything, but it's just proof how you shouldn't compare as we don't know what someone else's story might be. 

Yoko Ono said that 'Time is a concept humans created' and I find myself going back to that quote often. Life isn't a race and you have to do what's best for you - it's so silly how we think we have to have a list of things achieved by a certain amount of time when we all know how unexpected life can be. I think I'll write more about this specifically to transplant but one plan isn't going to work for all of us! We're not made in a factory line, we're individual and all have our own unique journeys in life. Now if I could just take my own flippin' advice...


Monday, 20 February 2017

The Happy List #15

Hello! I've been missing blogging lately but unlike the old days I've not been able to do it because I've been having so much fun in the 'real world' (although I hate when people say that, these days online friendships and all of that are just as relevant!) Still, not wanting to break with tradition I wanted to fill you in on a fab week.

1. Shopping trip. Again, me and mama went shopping. Remember how last Sunday I ended my post with 'So next time I'm eyeing up yet another stripey top I'll be asking myself if it's really necessary' ? Well I bought another one on Monday, hahaha. It's a good 'un though, see it for yourself here.

2. Bumping into Baby Florrie. Well not literally (she is only 2, ya know) but on the same shopping trip she was at the same place with her mama and nanny so it was really nice to spend some unexpected time with them all (over cake, of course.)

3. Valentine's Day. I wrote a whole post on love and I know it's a cheesy day but it still gives me all the warm and fuzzy feels. 

4. Millwall. I went on Tuesday and they won and then they bloody went and beat Leicester on Saturday! V proud but the trouble is they're playing Spurs away on the same day we're having a party to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and Harefield hospital so am just hoping people still turn up haha. 

5. Keeping a diary. One of the reasons I've not been blogging as much is I've started writing a diary again, like old school styley with a pen and paper haha. So I'm afraid it's been getting all the goss rather than you (but you know the majority of it is just like 'Guess what Freddydog did today!') 

6. SUNSHINE. If you're a Brit then you get the excitement. Hasn't it been glorious? So I've been getting outside as much as possible and taking advantage of leather jacket weather ✌

7. FOOD. I ate out a lot last week and while my bank account may not thank me I myself am very happy about this. A lot of crap actually, as you can see from my pics. I would say I've eaten too much pizza but we all know that's not possible (the limit does not exist 🙅)

8. Birthday celebrations. It was Florrie's mama's birthday so we went out on Saturday night for some fun. I don't think I've actually gone out out with her and my brother since transplant so it was really good! Definitely maybe drank too much though but I shall blame my brother ok? 

9. Ice Cream. So I went with my friend and her bubba's to this ice cream place nearby and I ordered this massive thing before I knew what the kids were getting (something much smaller) so obviously mine came and they were jealous haha. I would say I didn't enjoy it but I so did. 

10. Sisterhood. I was hungover af but there was a lovely, lovely girl on the bus who helped me make sure my foundation was blended as I did it on the bus - gotta love it when girls stick together! 

So there's my news, tell me yours! 

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