Losing my direction the changing face of blogging title

I’ve had some lovely messages hit my inbox over the past month or so asking if I’m okay and whether I’m going to start posting on my blog and Instagram again. The answer is a resounding yes, but I thought I’d explain why I’ve been so quiet and where my thoughts are on it all right now.

The truth is that I’ve had a real crisis of confidence over the direction of my blog content and social media channels this year.

The Changing Face of Blogging

At the beginning of 2017 I had to take some time out for personal reasons and by the time I was ready to return to my blog I felt like instead of things just standing still, instead I’d taken a huge step backwards. A plethora of new bloggers had exploded onto the scene whilst I had been away and it seemed that with this, the motivations and directions of blogs and accompanying social media had started to shift.

Losing my direction in the changing face of blogging

Hobby Blogger Or Entrepreneur?

The new breed of blogger is ambitious, creative and savvy. Many of them have backgrounds in PR, marketing and media, some kind of education relating to social media, or have decided early on to pursue a full time career out of their blog. Personally, I think it’s absolutely brilliant that so many people are finding ways to make good money doing so, but slowly but surely it is changing the blogging experience and leaves me wondering how I fit into this new world.

I am what you’d call a ‘hobby blogger’. I started this website at a time when I was feeling incredibly lonely and it was a lovely way to connect with people who shared similar interests to me. After about a year or so I started to be contacted by PR companies and brands asking if I’d like to try out some of their products or attend events. I juggled this around a busy day job, selecting the most fun adventures and meeting lots of lovely people along the way. I joked that it was like my second full time job… except I willingly did it for free!

Losing my direction in the changing face of blogging

Returning to my blog after my break, I found that most people that I’d started out with were moving away from this relaxed approach. Many were turning it into full time careers or to launch other creative endeavours. Blogs and social media were awash with reminders that us creatives needed to know our worth, not to undercharge for posts and that we should never devalue the worth of other creatives by producing content in exchange for gifts or exposure alone!

Suddenly, my blog wasn’t just a site that I created on my sofa in a flight of fancy to fill my spare time, it was an untapped commodity; a wasted potential earner because I wasn’t tending to it properly. I felt under pressure to make more effort to monetise it, but as absurd as this may sound to people, I didn’t really want to go down this route.

There’s so much to consider and take care of when you accept payment for your content. From negotiating a price and creating an invoice, to the potential awkwardness of not getting paid on time, and the absolute terror of getting feedback that your post isn’t good enough for payment.

Oh and then there’s self employed tax returns. *shudder*

Losing my direction in the changing face of blogging

Whenever I’ve done a sponsored post I feel like I need to write an essay at the end justifying its existence to my readers, as I feel so worried that they’ll think I’m selling out and not being honest. Then I fret that they won’t believe me, like the Love Islander who cried ‘loyal’ one too many times.

Follower Counts and Engagement

Losing my direction in the changing face of blogging

Another way that the blogging industry has changed is in terms of follower counts and engagement. I used to have small goals that I wanted to reach, as did we all, such as getting to 100 Bloglovin followers, but mainly these were for our own satisfaction.

Nowadays if you don’t have 10k followers on Instagram you can’t post links, on Youtube you have to have a certain number of followers to choose your own thumbnail, and a blogger opportunity site that I used to get the odd opportunity through now tells me that I don’t fit the bill for any of their upcoming campaigns because my audience numbers don’t meet the criteria.

How do you get those crucial followers though? Well, you need engagement engagement engagement. The Instagram algorithm shows the most popular content first which means you need to have the most popular content. But I don’t have popular content because so few people get to see it, so I don’t get the engagement.

AARGH.

That’s okay, say the help guides, engage with others to increase your own visibility and keep yourself in people’s minds. Great. So now rather than just enjoy people’s content and press ‘like’, I have to type out a comment every single time? But then it feels like work, not fun.

AARGH.

Losing My Direction

Losing my direction in the changing face of blogging

Then, of course, there’s me. I’ve changed so much in the past year and a half. When I started this blog I thought vegans were a crazy minority who really needed some cheese in their life, now I’m one of them! I really want to talk about my experiences in case it helps others, but it’s such a touchy subject that I’m scared of opening myself up to judgement or alienating my readers. However without talking about it, a big chunk of my lifestyle content is gone!

Moreover, I worry that my blog doesn’t have any meaning or purpose. Is it just another carbon copy of every other lifestyle blog out there? Am I a positive influence? Or by talking about things I’ve bought and places I’ve been, am I just encouraging others to spend money or live a certain way that maybe isn’t real or attainable to them? Do I need to use it as a force for change instead?

Blimey, it’s a confusing time to be a blogger!

So What Now?

Usually, I like to wrap up a post like this with a positive spin on what I’ve decided, but the truth is that I’m still trying to work it all out. So apologies if my posts are a little sporadic at the moment…

It’s not you, it’s me!

(Photos by the super talented Sian’s Photography on a day when it actually rained. Remember them?!)

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Introducing The Prosecco Sessions Podcast

It been pretty quiet on lovedbylaura.com for a while now so I’m very excited to tell you all about the project that’s kept me so busy for the past few months.

Introducing The Prosecco Sessions Podcast!

I’ve started a podcast, The Prosecco Sessions, with two of my friends and fellow bloggers Kat and Pippa!

It all came about when Kat had an idea to produce a new Youtube series for her channel where she’d invite different guests on each time to chat through a topic over a glass of fizz or two. Pippa and I were her first guests and we filmed a really fun but brutally honest look at our own experiences of internet dating.

Since then Kat has continued with her Youtube series but the three of us decided that we really wanted to carry on working together too. This proved to be logistically challenging since we all live different parts of the country but with a shared love of podcasts we decided that the perfect solution was to produce our own. The Prosecco Sessions Podcast was born!

A Steep Learning Curve

Our first podcast was the audio from the Youtube video we’d filmed, but since then we’ve been recording our podcast remotely, so all three of us dial into a call from our seperate locations.

This has proven to be quite challenging – it turns out that there’s a lot more to producing a podcast than just sitting down for a recorded chat on Skype with your friends!

Introducing The Prosecco Sessions Podcast

There are lots of things that we’ve had to learn fast such as what microphones do and don’t work well for audio recordings, what software is needed to record calls remotely and how the heck we can fit everything that we want to say into a very condensed half hour chat each time!

We’ve now released 7 episodes of our planned 10 episode first season so currently each week is a mad flurry of activity. Our episodes are published weekly on a Sunday morning at 10am, so do watch out for the new ones we have coming up.

I absolutely cannot wait for you to listen to episode 8… it’s a topic that we have been dying to talk about but we wanted to wait until our podcast was established and that we’d ironed out any audio issues before getting into it!

Why We Think You Should Listen!

So many good things have come from our recording sessions. It’s actually helped us to open up more to each other in real life and we’re closer friends as a result of it. We’re now much more likely to reach out and admit when things aren’t going so well, which has helped each of us to navigate some tricky dilemnas that we might have just kept to ourselves and struggled along with in silence beforehand.

Some of the more serious topics that we’ve discussed such as our episodes on Body Image and Burn Out were inspired by these off air conversations about things we were going through. By talking about our experiences honestly and openly on the podcast we hope that you, our listeners, will be able to find some useful advice on how to deal with these issues yourselves or at least give you some new perspectives to consider.

It’s not all serious though! We have covered some light hearted topics too and there’s lots of content that we think you’ll find useful if you are a content creator yourself. Our latest topic Instagram vs Reality explores the struggle to produce consistent, high quality content whilst also staying authentic and we really hope that you can identify with our thoughts on it, whilst also being able to chuckle at some of our Intagram faux pas of the past!

Introducing The Prosecco Sessions Podcast

How To Support The Prosecco Sessions Podcast

Our podcast audience is small but growing steadily week by week and we’ve been blown away by the support, encouragement and honest feedback that we’ve received so far. It’s been nothing short of amazing and has spurred us on to keep going and make each episode bigger and better, so thank you if you’ve already subscribed to our channel, taken the time to leave us a review on Soundcloud or iTunes and/or shared the podcast on to your family, friends and followers.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about the podcast, we’d be massively grateful if you could head on over to Soundcloud or iTunes and give it a listen, then subscribe and leave a review as this really does make a big difference in helping our podcast to grow.

Listen on Soundcloud here: soundcloud.com/theproseccosessions

Listen on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/the-prosecco-sessions

You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/ProseccoSesspod where we will posting regular updates on new episodes, sourcing for future topic ideas and, if all goes well, inviting on some special guests occasionally!

And if you’d like to see how it all started, here’s the original Youtube video we filmed!

Finally, for those of you curious as to what goes into making a podcast, look out for my next post as I’ll be sharing a guide to the production of The Prosecco Sessions podcast!

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Why the blogging world is so upset right now 2In case you missed it, this week has been rather a controversial one for the world of social media after a company’s Facebook post publically criticising a Youtuber/Instagrammer went viral.

If you haven’t heard about it, the Youtuber sent a private email to a very popular lodge explaining that she was heading to their region for four days and enquiring as to whether they would be interested in collaborating with her. She offered to provide social media coverage via her channels (87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 instagram followers) in return for free accommodation. The email in its entirety (other than her name being blocked out) was then shared by the establishment on their Facebook page with an open letter from the owner. In essence he called her out for having no self respect and told her to pay her way ‘like everyone else’.

A flurry of comments to the Facebook post followed in support of the company. They all followed a similar theme, commending the lodge owner for taking a stand against ‘freeloaders’ and denouncing this particular Youtuber as a ‘self entitled millenial’ who just wanted a holiday for free.

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Unfortunately if this wasn’t bad enough, things escalated pretty quickly.

Here’s a summary of what happened next:

  • Someone worked out who the influencer was and directed her to the Facebook page, where she was able to read all of the comments criticising her and the wider blogging community.
  • She took to Youtube to record a response to the company, whom she claimed publically ‘outed’ her private correspondence in an unneccssary manner. She also criticised the company and the commenters for judging others life choices and for shaming rather than supporting young entrepreneurs.
  • In amongst her off the cuff, clearly unscripted counter attack, she also made some of her own generalisations, citing that anyone over thirty did not understand the industry.
  • Most bloggers entering the debate read her initial email to the company and saw it this way: The blogger was reaching out to the brand to pitch a potential collaboration and suggesting initial terms which would then be followed up and fleshed out in further discussion emails if the brand responded with interest to the proposition.
  • Most non bloggers (and even some bloggers) saw it another way: An embarrassing demand for free accomodation from a ‘blagger’.

The email has been disected into minute detail by those both for and against the influencer and massive assumptions have been made on both sides. For example because the blogger mentioned the dates of her visit and was not specific in what she was requesting lots of people have assumed that she was asking for her whole stay to be covered. This may or may not be the case. More likely she was intending on a one or two night stay before moving on, although of course this is conjecture on my part. On the other side, most in support of the blogger have assumed that those making judgements against her do not work in or have any knowledge of the industry themselves and are of a certain age.

Much has been made of the influencer’s followers. Those in the blogging industry see the numbers as sizeable – 180,000 followers across two platforms is an impressive feat and and takes time and effort to build. Others see the numbers as ‘tiny’, with the view ‘I’ve never even heard of her, so who does she think she is?’ or worse ‘well anyone can buy followers and fake their way to being seen as influential’.

The Cafe also turns out to be notorious for being outspoken and regularly calling out behaviour it does not agree with to its substantial social media following, which is actually larger than the blogger’s own numbers (likely numbers gained due to the promise of controversy based entertainment such as this). When comments began to be added in defence of the influencers saying that he could have privately just said no his response was: “Well it wouldn’t have gone viral then would it? Silly girl.”

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It has to be said that the pitch from the influencer wasn’t very well worded in this case and thus at a first glance if looking at it sceptically it does read badly. For example, it doesn’t explain how her coverage may benefit the company, nor does it state what that coverage would be. This led many to surmise that she was offering a guaranteed favourable review in return for the free stay and therefore her review wouldn’t be trustworthy. We shall never know whether she would have followed up with clearer terms and conditions in the next email, or whether she would have demonstrated the value she could provide in return for the stay.

Now I tell you all of this not because I want to debate whether either party was right or wrong. What I really want to talk about is how shocked I’ve been at the level of general hatred and anger directed towards the blogging industry as a whole following the post going viral and the assumptions and stereotypes made not just about this influencer but against every blogger/Youtuber.

When the news first broke I sent a tweet to the girl on Twitter expressing my disappointment at the comments regarding blogger ‘freebies’. I told her to keep going, by which I meant: Learn from it and move on (it was hard to fit it all into the number of characters allowed in a tweet!). I came home yesterday to find that other Twitter users had been going through all of her tweets (and thus replies), had picked up on my comment and decided to reply to me on it.

One of them, from a complete stranger had gotten over 100 likes and been retweeted several times. It basically said that she was asking for a free five night stay and that I shouldn’t be supporting her, before explaining to me (or should I say mansplaining?) how a ‘genuine marketing professional’ would guarantee sales through traditional advertising whereas a ‘niche blog’ never could. That led to more strangers jumping on the bandwagon to tell me that the industry I’ve chosen to work in has no value and that I, as a blogger, also have no value or anything to offer. Here are just two of the tweets I received:

“As a blogger your bottom line is to get what you can get for free…free is the bottom line not anything else you and everyone else knows that is the truth of the matter…”

“She wanted a free weekend away with her boyfriend. We’d all love one of those. And a photo/blog on her SM of which the demographic is young teenage girls with low disposable income & not able to jaunt oversees would give the hotel how much in additional bookings? Very very minimal.”

Let’s take the comment on her demographic being ‘young teenage girls with low disposable income.’ Well I am a 36 year old woman with a full time career alongside my work as a blogger. I own my house and with no children have a reasonable disposable income each month. What I like about social media is that unlike traditional reviews and advertising, you get a more personal insight into people’s experiences and I follow people from their teens to their sixties. A well done blog post or YouTube video takes you on a tour and shows you what you can do during your stay too, all fleshing out why you might want to stay there so that you can make a decision on whether it appeals to you or not. That’s why I, as a consumer, find it a useful tool when looking for ways to spend that disposable income of mine!

Thus these tweets sum up my frustration with this whole debacle. Yes, the individual Youtuber may have made an mistake in contacting a brand whose marketing strategy is certainly not in line with her proposal and yes the pitch is flawed. I take no issue with that. This brand didn’t WANT to utilise Bloggers, it didn’t fit their strategy and they had every right to turn down a proposal that wasn’t right for them. However by sharing the letter publically and then later stoking fuel on the fire with later posts and comments, the focus has shifted from the one blogger who wrote the letter, to every single blogger whether part time, full time, paid or not. The view of us being ‘only after freebies’ has been picked up and repeated in parrot fashion thousands of times.

Where it gets even more complicated is that some bloggers have made matters worse by rallying others to join them in leaving fake, negative reviews on the cafe’s site, or else leaving horribly offensive comments on the cafe’s Facebook post, all of which the cafe owner shared on Facebook to illustrate his point that bloggers are awful human beings!

As the furore rages on and the comments pile up I have had to keep reminding myself of a couple of things:

Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion, it doesn’t mean that it’s anything I should concern myself with. My job is to keep writing my blog because I love to do it, and to act with a code of ethics if I do post reviews that may encourage others to spend their hard earned money upon my recommendation. I also know that despite the comments, there IS value to be had from brands working with bloggers in the right circumstances and it is NOT a bad thing to approach a brand with a well thought out pitch if you are offering a valuable, mutually beneficial service. Not every collaboration is about guaranteed sales, a company may be looking to increase brand awareness, engage a new audience or simply to utilise the skills of the blogger to create beautiful content which they can feature on their own channels too.

However even knowing these truths about the industry and also telling myself that the opinions of complete strangers are just that, the very idea that people are judging me in a bad light merely because I identify as a blogger has still really gotten to me.

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For 3+ years I’ve been creating content I love and sharing it with the world for no greater purpose than enjoying myself and hopefully entertaining some of you along the way or providing reviews that are useful. I don’t earn money from my blog and I pay hundreds of pounds each year to host it and keep it running, investing my time and money into creating content and purchasing photographic equipment and supplies, self funded competitions etc. I know my blog isn’t life changing and won’t help find a cure for cancer, but I never started my blog for that reason. The thought that even with the best of intentions and using a VERY stong moral compass that I’m construed by some as greedy, worthless and ‘just after freebies’ just because I blog in my spare time is hard to reconcile.

I think a lot of the blogging industry feels the same hurt, confusion and frustration right now.

LovedByLaura

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Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

This year I haven’t blogged as much as I wanted to. It wasn’t for lack of inspiration though, far from it in fact. The root cause was simply that my laptop was so incredibly slow and unreliable. I’d boot up my laptop ready to write a cracking post only to feel all my motivation drain away as I stared at a loading screen for 10 minutes. I was spending a silly amount of time dealing with frozen screens or having to redo lost work because my computer crashed halfway through saving. Anyone who’s experienced that knows how soul destroying it can be!

Added to this, I had begun to dread all the fiddly and time consuming admin tasks that go into the making of a good, informative post. Taking pictures and writing the main copy is the fun bit that I enjoy but I’m really not such a fan of continually clicking between tabs to copy and paste links and fact check information, it all felt like a proper chore.

Simple Tech Upgrades to Speed Up Blogging Tasks

Over the past few months though I’ve made some really simple, cost effective tech upgrades to help improve the situation and make things easier. I’m very happy to say that it’s worked and I’m getting back into the swing of things now and feeling much more motivated.

Here’s what I did and how you can do it to!

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

A super speedy laptop – for £138

Although I’d love to replace my laptop with an all signing all dancing Apple iMac or MacBook Pro they come with a far too hefty price tag. I opted for a far simpler and more cost effective solution; I replaced my laptop hard drive with an SSD (solid state drive) for £138. I got this one which my lovely boyfriend (who is far more knowledgeable on computer hardware than I am) recommended for me.

I won’t try and pretend that I know the technical details which explain why an SSD card boosts performance and is better than the standard one you get in your laptop (to be honest for all I know there are little elves sitting atop unicorns casting spells in there). I’ll just tell you instead that it’s well worth the investment and will make your laptop seem brand new again.

Mine boots up in 10 seconds flat now, I don’t get any horrible laggy freezes anymore and even heavy duty apps like Photoshop run with ease.

Basically when I tell my laptop to do something it just does it now without any delays or grumbles and that’s all I’ve ever wanted!

The swop was really straighforward, a bit like changing a sim card on your phone, so there’s not much technical know-how needed. Just remember that if you are going to change your hard drive then you’ll lose everything from the old one, so make sure you back everything up first and have a way to remember your passwords as you’ll need to set everything up again. Here’s a helpful guide I found which tells you everything you need to do step by step.

Going Dual Screen

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

If you’re unfamiliar with dual screen set ups, it basically means that you have an extra monitor running from your computer (be that a desktop or laptop) so you can display and use more than one internet page/programme at a time.

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

This is handy if you’re in the middle of writing something and want to refer to reading materials or insert links into the post. Instead of having to toggle between tabs all the time you can just have the web page/email open on one monitor and your draft blog post open on the other screen. Another way I use it is to have all my photos open in a folder on one monitor so that as I’m writing my post I can refer to them and then drag and drop them in, again without having to continually click back and forth on on screen.

Getting A Mouse

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

It’s not all that practical using a mouse when you’re using your laptop on the sofa but now that I’ve sorted out a proper office space with a desk I felt it was about time I got one. I opted for a USB plug in mouse over a wireless one because I don’t want to have to change batteries all the time and don’t mind the extra cable.

It’s such a small change, but I just find it so much easier to scroll through things and navigate with a proper mouse, plus I don’t get that weird numb finger feeling that comes with using a touchpad for too long anymore!

Making my office space more comfortable

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

It’s very distracting when you don’t feel comfortable and so if you’re going to spend a long time at a screen it makes sense to get a good supportive chair.

Simple Tech Upgrades To Speed Up Blogging Tasks

On a recent trip to Ikea I found an affordable, super comfy chair that was perfect for my desk space. It’s a funky acrylic design in a curved shape which I have finished off with a faux sheepskin from Ikea. Although it’s supposed to be a rug I’ve used it as a throw and it means that everytime I sit down I feel like I’m getting a big furry hug – a huge improvement on the fold out wooden low back chair I was using before!

(I know I’m stretching it a bit by calling ‘buying a chair’ a tech upgrade, but to be fair to me it was flat packed and came with instructions so that’s technical enough for my liking!)

I hope that some of you find this post on my recent tech upgrades helpful – if you’d like to see more about blogging on LovedByLaura let me know what sort of topics you’d like me to cover in the comments!

(Please note that this post isn’t sponsored, it’s all just stuff I’ve purchased myself over the last few months!)

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Logitech M90 Optical Mouse
Crucial MX300 SSD Drive
HP 24″ Monitor
Desk Chair
Faux Sheepskin Rug
Logitech M90 Optical Mouse
Crucial MX300 SSD Drive
HP 24″ Monitor
Desk Chair
Faux Sheepskin Rug

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Let's Talk The Pressures of Blogging

Last week Loved By Laura turned three which blows my mind! Whilst I’m incredibly grateful for all the fantastic things that blogging has brought me, it has made me think back on my blogging journey and it’s fair to say that it hasn’t all been sunshine and roses. Over the years I’ve had my fair share of struggles with the immense pressure that comes with running a blog and how obsessive it can all become if you’re not careful.

There’s pressure to succeed (even if you’re not quite sure what that actually means), pressure to keep up with others, pressure to grow a following, deadlines and expectations.

Lots of us don’t get paid to do what we do yet we still treat it like a second job and somehow end up heaping a huge amount of pressure upon ourselves to consistently produce new and exciting and creative content day after day.

In my first year of blogging everyone seemed to be celebrating huge milestones and setting ambitious goals for growth, which made me feel like I needed to focus on my numbers too. People whom I’d started out with were writing posts entitled ‘how I tripled my followers in a month’ and I felt like a big fat failure because despite following all the advice my audience was hardly growing at all. The funny thing is that now looking back on it, I was actually doing quite well. I just couldn’t see it at the time because I was comparing myself to the 1% and thinking that was the norm.

I started to develop a bad habit when shopping. I knew I was doing it, but I couldn’t stop myself. I wouldn’t ask myself ‘Do I need this?’ Instead I’d be thinking ‘This is cute. Could I turn this into a post? Would it make a good Instagram picture? Is this going to get me likes and followers?’ I’d ignore the most practical or affordable options if I spotted a more Instagrammable version available. Have you ever noticed that they charge you more for anything that comes in pink, white or rose gold now whereas pick royal blue or green and it’s a total bargain?! I’m pretty sure my generation of bloggers created that strange economy. Sorry.

In those day I also spent so much time looking through a lens and planning how I’d write about my experiences that sometimes I forgot to actually experience them, or didn’t feel that I had the time to enjoy them because it was more important to get that perfect shot. I was creating 3 blog posts a week for over 2 years and it took non stop effort to be able to generate that much fresh content.

At the start of 2017 it hit me that blogging had taken over my every waking breath and I wasn’t really enjoying doing it any more. I knew it wasn’t the end of LovedByLaura but I needed a break and I took quite a long one to refocus. I wanted to work out what I did and didn’t miss about blogging so that I could change things for the better.

One of the best things during that time was going on days out where I left my camera at home and committed the experiences to memory instead of film. I’d missed days where it was just about going to the beach and enjoying the company around me instead of going to the beach and hunting down the most photogenic beach hut!

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Six months have passed and it’s only now that I’ve got back to posting regularly again, I’m more realistic in what I can and should do with my time and what my limitations are. I allow myself nights off. Sometimes I even eat my food hot even if it would have made a perfect Instagram shot! I’ve saved myself a small fortune by not buying so much new stuff and instead writing and photographing things that I already own and adore.

Sure, I’m never going to be the most successful blogger by doing things this way and it means that some days I go quiet on social media because all I’ve done is eaten a pot noodle and annoyed my cats. That’s okay though. I’m happy with where my blog is right now and I’m just enjoying the process of blogging and what I loved at the beginning before all the pressure piled on.

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So…does this mean I regret the first couple of years? Absolutely not! Whilst I got too consumed by it all for a while, those first few relentless years got my blog to where it is now and I’ve learned from all the experiences – the good and the bad. It really is just one long crazy life lesson being a blogger!

P.s. I still can’t help buying the rose gold option of everything even if it costs more. Nobody’s perfect.

LovedByLaura

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