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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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38 responses to “Blogging Home Truths | Sunday Thoughts”

  1. Miss Blogs-A-Bit says:

    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!


    • kaylajxyne says:

      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. 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!

  3. Blogging isn’t as easy as some people may think! I can relate to having a full time job whilst blogging, it’s difficult!

    Ashleigh | https://ashleighwrites.co.uk

  4. Annie says:

    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.

  5. NextOnTheMap says:

    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!

  6. 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

  7. 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


    • kaylajxyne says:

      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!

  8. Yiota says:

    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 🙂


  9. 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


  10. lifeofshar says:

    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

  11. Nancy says:

    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

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

  13. Traci Heaps says:

    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 says:

      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!

  14. Lindsey says:

    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 says:

      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!

  15. 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.

  16. Aaliyah says:

    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

  17. Chloe says:

    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 says:

      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!

  18. 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 says:

      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 ♥︎

  19. morgiereacts says:

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

  20. This post is so true, only bloggers themselves understand how much hard work goes into creating a post with brainstorming ideas, writing it and taking photos then you’ve got scheduling tweets etc. on top of that! People think it’s easy but I’ll be honest I’ve found myself becoming a little anti-social in order to work on my blog too!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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