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Blogging Home Truths | Sunday Thoughts

Blogging Home Truths | Sunday Thoughts

I’m not a full time blogger, and truth be told I don’t think I ever will be. I’m happy with blogging as hobby, plus I don’t think I could ever put myself under the pressure of becoming full time. After nearly 4 years of having my little corner of the internet, I’ve learnt a fair few blogging home truths along the way. It’s not all sunshine, rainbows and perfectly edited photos.

Blogging Home Truths

It can be lonely and you end up becoming slight anti social. I have only handful of blogger friends, and friends who understand the whole blogging thing in general. I do actually find myself saying no to hanging out with friends cause I just wanna stay in my cosy spot writing and planning new content – not just for my blog itself but also for Instagram and working on other social media platforms.

Blogging and having a full time job is hard work. You’re not going to get over night success, it takes time, effort and perseverance. I started my blog thinking that I wouldn’t get any readers for at least the first 6 months, and I was okay with that. I started blogging as a creative outlet, obviously I wanted readers but I knew that was going to take time and effort.

Creating that one perfect shot can take hours, 56 outtakes and although the flat lay may look perfect the mess around says the complete opposite. Like seriously, it takes a lot to get things how you want them, and then you’ll come to edit and realise you don’t have the shot you really want anyway. Back to the drawing board.

It took me a while to find my place in the blogging world too, like I’ve never really had much of a niche. Although I’d label myself as a lifestyle blogger, I don’t really think I have a set type of posts I write about, I’m a bit of a rambler and it probably isn’t very good for my ‘brand’ – I certainly don’t have a theme to my Insta. But I’m just doing me, and I’m happy so what else matters.

Blogging Home Truths

Well, there you go. Those are my blogging home truths, I’m sorry if all of my rambling bored you a little, buy hey a girl gotta get these things off her chest sometimes.

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  1. Miss Blogs-A-Bit
    October 28, 2018 / 8:21 PM

    Love this post, it resonated with me a lot! I’m fairly new to the blogging world and given that I work full time, I totally get how hard it can be to juggle working with your blog. I also hear you on not having a niche, I feel that mine is a bit all over the place – but then so are my thoughts 😂 Just like you though, I’m going to keep doing me!

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:48 PM

      You keep doing you girl! It’s the best thing you can do, niche’s aren’t everything and I’m glad you going to stay true to yourself x

  2. October 28, 2018 / 8:29 PM

    Creating the perfect photo takes so much time especially with outfits! I spend days out so to shoot looks! blogging takes a lot of time indeed!

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:48 PM

      Ahhh the outfit shots! I still to this day can’t get the hang of them!

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:48 PM

      It can be so hard sometimes, but you make it work for you!

  3. October 28, 2018 / 8:42 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this! Oh my gosh, I related to that blog photography truth so much. I can spend a whole afternoon photographing the same setup. It takes me so long to get a shot I’m happy with and then I upload it to Lightroom and it doesn’t look the way I want it to.

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:49 PM

      Aaah I HATE that Annie! Sometimes it can take me hours to try and get the perfect shot and I’m still not 100% happy.

  4. October 28, 2018 / 8:56 PM

    You have literally taken the words out of my mouth with this post! Full time blogging would be so much pressure. I’ve had mine for two years now and I’m completely happy to just have it as a hobby like when I started. I feel it can be so lonely sometimes which surprises me! Thanks for sharing this, nice to hear an honest take!

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:50 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading, thanks for stopping by ☺️

  5. October 28, 2018 / 9:01 PM

    It’s so true about perfecting the perfect shot! I love seeing shots where it’s a pristine flat lay and then you zoom out and see stuff piled up everywhere off at the sides that have been shoved out of the way! Crazy, the lengths we go to, right?!

    Anyway, I’m glad it’s not just me!

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:51 PM

      I know! It’s crazy isn’t it! I’m glad you could relate Rhianna x

  6. October 28, 2018 / 9:10 PM

    I struggle with the same feeling of fitting into a niche and this obsession with having a ‘brand’ or ‘theme’ to represent you! We need more posts like this out there x

    Morgan

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:51 PM

      It’s so hard sometimes, but what I have to think is this post ‘me’ or am I just doing it to fit into the niche? Always do you!

  7. Yiota
    October 31, 2018 / 9:13 AM

    I have been blogging for 3 years and yes, it’s a hard work, long hours, editing, writing etc but it’s so worth it!! I love blogging so much and I am so glad I started my blog 🙂

    Yiota
    https://pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com/

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:52 PM

      I’m glad you’re enjoying doing you girl! All the effort is definitely worth it in the end!

  8. November 1, 2018 / 4:56 AM

    Loved reading your thoughts on this subject. We currently live as full time bloggers and it is really stressing sometimes, but when you do what you love, everything turns better! It is always a matter to do what makes us feel happy and comfortable 🙂

    With love and light ☽
    Patricia & Miguel

    http://www.freeoversea.com

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:53 PM

      Thats fab! As long as you’re happy with where you’re at, that’s all that matters! Thanks for reading ♥︎

  9. November 1, 2018 / 9:20 PM

    Loved this post because I can relate, especially to saying no to friends and planning new content. It is hard being a part time blogger, I mean I am currently returning blog comments right now instead of writing my dissertation…. great post! xx

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:54 PM

      I’m glad you found this relatable, and I hope your dissertation goes well lovely xx

  10. November 4, 2018 / 3:29 AM

    It is okay if you’re not a full-time blogger. I’m far from being one and it’s totally fine. Blogging can also be a creative outlet :). I agree that blogging and having a full-time job (that is not blogging) takes a lot of work. I find myself having to carve out time. At the end of the day, it’s worth the time :). Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:55 PM

      I totally agree! The long hours are always worth it ♥︎

  11. November 11, 2018 / 9:04 PM

    I totally agree my lovely, not everything comes in a rose gold filter but you’ve created something amazing!

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:55 PM

      Thank you so much Amie!

  12. November 11, 2018 / 9:18 PM

    I love your honesty on blogging. I am in my first year and I am still learning, but hey- I’ve been a nurse for several years and I’m always learning there too, so I guess I have a penchant for fields that have never ending learning 🙂 I do hope to blog full time as a Lifestyle & Travel blogger, and have traveled a lot, I just wish I would have started blogging about it sooner!
    Keep doing what works for you, as that will portrait your true self better than anything else!

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:56 PM

      You’ll definitely always be learning with blogging, so you’re in the right place if you love to learn! Blogging is such a great creative outlet and I hope going full time goes well for you!

  13. November 11, 2018 / 10:23 PM

    Apologies if this comes through twice! I love this post – I don’t have a niche either and it often makes it hard to describe what you blog about. It’s drfinitely always going to be a hobby and not anything more for me and sometimes I find it disheartening but then look at what I’ve achieved this year. It’s drfinitely something to do for the love of it. Great post.

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:57 PM

      It didn’t lovely. I’m glad you’re still loving blogging, and there’s nothing wrong with it being nothing more than a hobby, as long you’re doing something you love!

  14. November 12, 2018 / 8:38 PM

    I definitely agree with you about being happy with blogging as a hobby! I’d love to earn some income through my blog someday but I don’t think I could ever do this as a full-time job.

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:58 PM

      I love my little place on the internet, but I wouldn’t want to have the stress of doing it to pay the bills!

  15. Aaliyah
    November 16, 2018 / 8:52 PM

    I agre with this so much! I never realised how hard it actually is before I started my blog, I also work full time and finding the time can be hard but I enjoy it so I try and make the time! Great post x

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:58 PM

      If it’s something you love, you’ll always find the time somewhere lovely!

  16. November 16, 2018 / 9:23 PM

    Love this post! I still struggle to get that one perfect shot and half the time, I’m always retaking photos or trying to edit them to look better. It doesn’t really work and it can be frustrating but I am hoping I’ll be better at it one day.

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 9:59 PM

      Being patient and willing to learn always helps with your photography skills Chloe, it’s taken me 3 years to get to an good place my with blog photo’s but I always strive to be better!

  17. November 17, 2018 / 9:21 AM

    I’m a full time blogger at the moment and it is HARD and definitely has its ups and downs! It can be a dreadfully lonely job but I didn’t have many friends before it, so in actual fact, it’s made me more social (albeit just online mostly). Swings and roundabouts definitely! Great post 🙂

    • kaylajxyne
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 10:00 PM

      Thats great Jenny! Kudos to anyone who is a full time blogger, cause girl it looks like hard work. But you’re doing great, I love your posts ♥︎

  18. November 21, 2018 / 10:09 PM

    This is so true! Blogging is totally underestimated with how much time it takes – wouldn’t change it for the world though! x

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