Taking a Step Back from Blogging

I’ve always believed that taking a break from blogging is important, and it’s something I’ll always stick by. I really like my blog, I can curate it, write about what I want, express my views and rant into the void of the internet.

In a way, it’s a form of therapy. I still live with my parents, and I always dream of decorating my own home, on here I can design my dream home, take a look at my goals and actually have something that looks pretty and that I can call my own for once.

However, at certain points in my life, I need to take a step back and really think about who I am and what I want to achieve. I’ve always struggled with my sense of self, and right now I’m struggling a lot. Last week, I had the sudden urge to delete this blog. A part of me still thinks that I might.

I’ve become very disillusioned with the blogging community, and the way others view it, at the moment. Blogging has become a warped personality contest, something that everyone does to validate themselves online, and I’m seeing it more and more. Young girls are producing this perfect life online for themselves, but do we ever think about how damaging that can be? It’s extremely unfair to ask a young girl to be perfect, but so many bloggers have become this “perfect” blogger, and the cycle just goes on and on. It’s important to know that it’s okay not to be perfect. You don’t have to be rich or own designer products. Blogging started as a way to inspire people, to show your story, to be yourself. It has become a popularity contest and, for the majority, a way to find validation online. It’s okay if you don’t want this for yourself.

For once, I’d love to go back to who I was before I started this blog. I was super into my photography, my poetry, my writing. I think at some point I was really overwhelmed by the gifts I earned from collaborations that I stopped taking notice of my other hobbies. I would come home from my job as a Copywriter and work for hours on my blog. At this point it’s become a chore, and that’s something that I never wanted this site to become. As much as I’m grateful for the opportunities this blog has given me, and it’s given me so many, I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m questioning if this is what I want.

I’m not the perfect blogger, or the perfect person. I’m flawed in many ways. Sometimes, I like to talk about that side of me, a lot of the time I don’t. I’m at a point where I’m unsure on what to do with myself and this blog, but I don’t want to do what I’ve done hundreds of times before, I don’t want to delete profiles and recreate myself. I need to take a step back and revaluate the direction I want this blog to go in.

This is why I’ve decided to give myself some privacy. I’ve removed my Instagram from this blog, and I’ve made a new twitter. My current twitter and the Facebook Page for my blog will still be up and running, and I’ll still be posting blogger opportunities on my Twitter for those who know me for my Blogger Outreach work.

Taking a step back is a way you can check in yourself, make sure you’re okay, and in a way a form of self care. So, if you’re a blogger whose feeling a bit down, like your blog has become a chore, or if you feel like taking a break, please know that it’s okay to do so. If you need any advice, or for someone to just listen, I’m an email/tweet away.

I may still post the odd post here and there. This will be content I have been working on for weeks, or collaboration work I have promised brands. When I’ve officially decided what to do with this blog, and which direction I want to take it in, I’ll write up a similar post to this one.


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