I've been blogging for quite some time, on and off - I had a big break when I went travelling around the world (I'm not *that* dedicated!). Recently though I took a couple of months out from my blog. I think this happens to quite a few bloggers every now and then; it's as though you fall out of love with blogging.
Having a blog takes up a lot of time. Taking pictures, writing the post, engaging on social media, attending events...it's like a second job. Not that I'm complaining about that part - nobody has forced me to do this, I have chosen to have a blog. And for the most part I absolutely love it. I enjoy writing, being creative, meeting fellow bloggers, interacting on Twitter, getting news of the latest beauty products...the list goes on.
Yet, towards the end of last year it seemed like my blog was becoming a chore. And I was just bashing out product review after product review in order to put out something. Anything. I felt the pressure was on. However, all this pressure comes from myself. I know I'm a small fish in the blogging world; if I stop blogging for a while nobody is really going to be affected. Yet I felt I had to be blogging as much as possible.
So I took time off. At first I felt guilty, and then I realised it was much needed. I needed to get my love of my blog back. It's only natural to compare yourself to other bloggers. Sometimes it can be very disheartening - you see bloggers who have only been doing it a few months with far more followers than you. How?! Did they buy their followers? What are you doing wrong? Maybe you're just not as interesting as others? So many pointless questions!
The truth is there is no right way to blog. No formula for getting lots of followers and becoming a 'big' blogger. And honestly, I'm not sure I'd want that anyway (thinking in particular of the Zoella book drama). Getting bogged down in figures and stats is what leads to this bloggers block. So, I'm going back to using my blog for what I started it for in the first place - to share my love of the beauty world...I'm back!
Tell me I'm not the only one who has felt this way?