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

Thursday, 12 May 2016


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

23 comments:

  1. You are so not alone, I'm rubbish at all of these! x

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  2. I feel you with almost all these points, I am pretty good at scheduling but that's about it. I don't use a lot of props in my images and I just can't stick to a theme on my Instagram. But it's what makes us all unique x

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  3. I can't do the theme thing on Instagram - my pictures are what I like and so random - I'm sure in some ways that isn't good - but that's me I don't stick to themes lol x

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  4. I'm useless at most of these things too, I always try to be better with schedules and things but then lose my way xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  5. I have to hold my hands up and say I am rubbish as these things as well x

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  6. Great post - I must work on a few of these! H x

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  7. I have no theme on my Instagram account so you are not alone.

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  8. Haha I've given up with the whole instagram theme thing!! Just too hard for me to stick to! xxx

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  9. You're definitely not alone with these. I'm not very good at most of them either!

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  10. You sound a bit like me apart from the Twitter thing, I go on there every day rain or shine! I have worked harder on my Instagram as my daughter had been nagging me about upping my game so I have made an extra effort to only put really good shots but no them as such. Schedule what schdule - just an aim for 2 recipe posts a week!

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  11. I just blog as I want, I don't keep to a set theme, I like my Instagram to be part of me, who I am, rather than faffed about with, monochromed or whatever the current obsession is x

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  12. I've given up on trying to keep to a schedule with blog posting - it totally depends on what I've got going on on any given week! My readers don't seem to mind and it works for me! :)

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  13. I have never had an instagram theme, never seen the point really!

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  14. I'm rubbis at scheduling and really need to work on that as posts generally go out as and when I manage to write them.

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  15. I seem to be doing well at the moment! I've been sticking to a schedule of three posts a week, even if I do write them on the day of release. I have been scheduling tweets to promote my blog and I must say it works amazingly to gain views and followers! But I never have a theme to my instagram and to be honest, I don't want to. I like to post things I see and photos I take which could be anything!

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  16. I don't think keeping to a schedule is necessary. I think the content is very important, much more important than posting on set days. I also don't think that having a theme for Instagram is important, I actually don't like the accounts with themes. On Instagram I'm posting pictures that I took that day or a day before, with the phone. I don't use filters because I don't see the point. All the accounts I'm following are the same, no themes.
    With twitter I agree, posting often is a must, but I don't do that either. :))

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  17. You aren't alone! The one thing I wish I could get on top of is blogging regularly. Life just gets in the way sadly

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  18. I could feel you most at numbers 1 and 2. I am bad in consistency of scheduled posts as well as the uniform theme on Instagram. I wanted the photos to be in one theme as it really looks good but I just couldn't make it.

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  19. Haha I am so with you on these! I thought I would be better when I started working from home as a freelance writer and had more time to spend on my blog but nope! lol x

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  20. I am the same as you with most of these things especially the instagram. I love the look of a them, but it just doesn't work for me, so I just post whatever I want

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  21. I literally do zero of these things xD I'm sure my blog would be better if I did but I like posting what I want on Instagram and blogging is just a hobby for me so I don't want to be stuck on my phone all day tweeting! You're definitely not alone!

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  22. uve just returned from a maternity break and im ready to get started again although my son doesnt agree there are some great tips here thank you

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  23. Don't be so hard on yourself or your blog - It is lovely and you have great style. Just the fact that you have highlighted some of these things as tasks to improve on shows that you are on trend and progressing all the time.

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