I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years now. No, that doesn’t mean I’m an expert or anything, but it has given me enough time to learn a few lessons and figure out which aspects of the hobby I should stop caring about. When I first started out, I was determined to post something every day, but soon enough it become impossible since I started getting busier with work, freelancing, and life in general. Below are a few blogging things I just don’t care about anymore (or I never did)!
Styling photos to perfection. There’s something really unauthentic about overly-staged photos, especially on Instagram. Even when reading magazines, sometimes I feel pukey looking at how a recipe photo has so much going on in the background, you don’t even focus on the finished food itself. When bloggers post photos that are meticulously crafted this way — such as a shot of your “desk” where it’s totally clean and you have color-coordinating scissors and post-it notes alongside a diamond necklace (what the heck is your necklace doing there?) — I just roll my eyes. I’m thankful that I spend my time doing better things on my blog like, you know, writing or something.
Having a ton of comments. I love hearing from people who read my blog, but I don’t measure my worth on it. If you ask anyone who isn’t a blogger or internet troll how often they comment on things they read online, 95% will say “never”. Lots of people may read your post, but they don’t enjoy commenting or find it useless. And that’s fine. I’d rather get a detailed, thoughtful comment on a post I spent a lot of time writing than 10 comments on an outfit post that say “Nice dress xo follow my blog!”
Trying to become a YouTube sensation. Ok, I’ll never been a “sensation” of any kind, but it’s definitely run across my mind before when I saw all these 16-year-old girls making thousands a month from posting YouTube videos. “I can curl my hair way better than they do, so why don’t I make videos?” I would often think to myself. Turns out that I just don’t have it in me. Making videos is extremely time-consuming and expensive — actually filming the video is relatively easy, but editing it and packaging it takes hours. Not to mention that you need the perfect lighting and camera equipment to get a video that looks marginally better than an iPhone video. I’m awkward on camera, I make unattractive faces a lot (I only learned this after seeing myself on video, of course), and I just don’t have the time. Will I do some more videos in the future? Perhaps. But will I try to become the next Carli Bybel? Nope. And I’ve accepted that.
What are things about blogging that you just don’t care about, but you feel like others do?