BLOGGING: The 'Blogger' things that I'm not good at...





There's no right or wrong way to blog, however there are certain aspects of blogging that some are good at and others aren't. There are trends, habits and routines that can make a blogger stand out from others, which over time other bloggers may pick up on and start doing them themselves. It's nice in a sense that this brings a bit of communal feel to the blogsphere, where everyone feels inspired by one an other to implement these into their own blogs. There are times though that some of these habits/procedures aren't attainable for some, including myself. I thought I would share with some of the 'done' things in blogging that I'm not so hot on.. 

KEEPING TO A SCHEDULE...
Don't get me wrong I would love to stick to a schedule all the time & there are weeks when I will post 3 times a week without fail.. but then there are also those weeks when life gets in the way, or inspiration runs dry. Those are the times when there may be 1 or 2 posts on the blog. I'll be honest, I don't like it when I have these gaps but I've always said to myself If I'm not feeling blogging, I wont force myself to put up a post just to stick to schedule. I admire those that can stick to a schedule, especially those who manage to post everyday alongside full time jobs (Tell me your secret!) 

CREATING A THEME FOR MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT...
There are accounts I follow where all the photos are similar in style, whether it be the photographs themselves or the way they have been edited. I am a fan of a themed instagram account, I just cant do it myself. 1, I am pretty bad at updating my feed anyway. 2, Frankly I cant be bothered with all the faff when it comes to editing. It does look good when an account has a theme, and I'm sure it is beneficial when it comes to gaining more followers on that particular platform, but it's just not something I personally want to do.. You'll notice on my feed that there's no set colour scheme or style of photos I like to post (when i remember) its all a bit of a mish mash, that's how i like it to be. I feel its a little more realistic and there's a lot less pressure to ensure that the photo 'fits' with the look I am going for. 

TWEETING REGULARLY....
I used to be really active on twitter, now I'll go days without tweeting anything! I'm not sure what has changed but I know I do need to rectify this one. Twitter is a great platform to share posts from your own blog and others, connect with your readers and other bloggers a like. There are twitter chats that a lot of bloggers contribute to which can be really helpful depending what the topic is. Twitter is one that I'm currently having a bit of a moment with! 

USING A PLATHORA OF BLOG PHOTO PROPS...
Photography and blogging has evolved. The flat lay on the Cath Kidston inspired duvet from Ikea just wont do anymore. These days blog photography could easily be mistaken for an editorial photo in a magazine. I do try to mix up my photos with a couple of props here or there; note books, some flowers, other products. But I've noticed of late that the 'done thing' is to have a wide variety of different bits and bobs. Think Marble, copper, gold letters, textured papers, decorative homeware pieces the lot. Maybe I need to expand my range but at the moment it's just something I don't do and I end up re using the same 'props' over and over again..starting to worry its all a bit samey!

COVETING THE LATEST RELEASES...
In my opinion when it comes to new releases there are 3 types of bloggers. Those who are fortunate to have a good relationships with brands/PR and get sent the new realeases for review. Those who rush out to purchase them as soon as they become available, and then finally there are bloggers like myself, who observe from afar and end up purchasing them to try a week or months down the line. Some I'm not even that phased by! I have friends who don't blog that ask if I'm loving the Jo Malone fragrance Fleurs raving about or the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Zoe Sugg is coveting. I do think that some people outside of blogging just automatically assume you covet whatever is popular or new, especially in the beauty community. Like everything else, we all have our own different tastes and what you may be coveting is not what I am.

PROMOTING POSTS ON EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL POSSIBLE...
A blogger trait that would be beneficial to my blog but I just don't do it. I forget to be completely honest. It's something I do need to work on and I plan to do so by creating myself a little checklist to do after I hit publish on a blog post.  Saying that Pinterest offers a wide range of printables to help with all sorts of blogging tasks, so worth a look if you want to become a bit more organised!

Tell me I'm not the only one? What blogger traits/habits are you not good at?

Much love