Why I Stopped Reading Blogs (As Much)

Why I Got Bored of Reading Blogs

I’ve said on Twitter and on my blog a few times that I want to start posting things which are a little more honest and personal. So here it goes… Despite the fact that I am a blogger myself, I have found myself drawing further and further away from the Bloggersphere and reading other blogs. In all honesty, I have become a little tired of seeing a ‘blogging way of life’… A romanticised lifestyle of daily cappuccinos and pastel houses (oh how I wish my life was that way!)

NO BLOGGER BASHING

Firstly, I want to point out that I am so proud of the bloggers who have become successful in their field and admire those who work really hard to get where they are today. They deserve their publicity and attention. And they deserve to make a living out of creating incredible content.

THE NEED TO FIT IN

The thing is, full-time bloggers know the Instagram world is only a fraction of the blogging lifestyle. They know it’s purely for social media purposes, for their brand and their audience. They are fully aware of this “facade” of pretty floors, constant blogger mail and Kylie Jenner lip kits are part of the need to create content people love.

I’ve seen and read plenty from bloggers who say that what they put online is only a fraction of their lives. That we see a small part of their lives. But they are human. All the shoes, lipsticks and whatnot are just part of their job. And I actually have no problem with seeing all of that. Except when it’s all I see… There’s only so much of South Kensington roads I can stand before I call it Blogger Street hah! Seriously though, I think a lot of bloggers who have entered the industry a little later than others take this as the norm and believe that you have to fit in and copy  to get more followers etc. However, that’s not entirely the case. You should do things you love when blogging rather than worrying about whether it suits the blogging lifestyle.

An example of this is when I decided to change my editing app for Instagram. When I posted the picture I genuinely felt so annoyed that it didn’t fit in the theme that I deleted it. Pretty stupid. Although I do like my editing settings because they work well for me. 🙂

STANDING OUT

I’ve written a post in the past about how bloggers often get bad press, sadly they do. And although I stick to everything I say in that post, it doesn’t make the point that when everyone is posting the same thing, buying the same clothes and wearing the same make up that it gets boring. Be honest, you agree don’t you? If not, tell me who you’re following!

Yes, a lot of blogging is about sharing what you love, building relationships with brands and maybe making a bit of money. But more often than not I tend to stick to reading posts which are less about, “Hello there! Me and 40 blogs got given the same pair of shoes,” and dwindling it down to a few. I probably only pay attention to about six blogs now whereas when I started blogging, I was reading about twenty. I choose quality content now. Ones that speak to me for topics that go a little deeper and have variety, truth and a voice. I kinda like looking at the more controversial posts which talk about real issues .

Lydia brought something up on her blog the other day about standing out from others and I love it. She discusses how we need to break out from what people expect us to do and find what makes us special. And it’s so true.

Now again, I don’t have any issues with bloggers all being gifted the same stuff… I just think that blogs are losing their edge and their personality. I like to see a mixture of personality as well as branded content. It would be nice to see new twists on how posts are created. Which is part of the reason I really admire bloggers such as Leanne Woodfull. She rebels from the marble worktops and avocado obsessing (something which I do adore) and just does her own thing on both her blog and social media. And Leanne has been given some awesome opportunities by being herself and working her butt off. Something I would like to see more from bloggers.

BE YOURSELF

You can be yourself in blogging. Because that is what will stand out to brands and collaborators (if that’s why you’re trying to fit in the first place).  There are plenty of guidelines on what a good blog needs, should include etc. but they are just guides in helping you get started. Because they’ve been proven to work. But new, refreshing content and honesty is what I am loving right now. Whether you feel the same way or not is a different matter entirely haha!

And hey, I guess I am a little guilty myself of staying in the box, trying to follow a trend and sticking to the same old thing. But I’m hoping to offer stuff a little differently and in time I will be able to offer advice, give tips and share junk with confidence.

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.

17 Comments

  • Reply Jess May 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I definitely go through phases where I read any and all blog posts I come across, and other phases when I’m like, “Oh. This again…” so I know where you’re coming from with this! It’s always refreshing to see something done a little differently and see people’s individual takes on things 🙂

    Jess xo

  • Reply Laura May 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I totally agree. Out of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin, I barely read any of them. I think the main issue with this is that most blogs are focused on beauty, which means there is always a slice of narcissism in there. I’m really not interested in ‘hauls’, posts that are about products… I just want to read content that’s inspiring. I find that travel blogs are the best for this as they tend to be more outward looking. Would be good if you could recommend your favourite blogs; I am always looking for a bigger list of ones I want to read! x

    • Reply Laura May 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for the comment!

      Yes it’s pretty tricky. I follow a very select few now and will be publishing a post about who they are and why I follow them.

      I do follow a few fashion and beauty blogs but I like a mixture of content because make up can get pretty full after a while!
      Xx

  • Reply Liza May 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m really glad you wrote this post because I don’t fit the blogger norm, and I keep wondering whether I’d get more followers if I just wrote about lipstick and shoes. To be honest I hate those posts too, and I’m desperately trying to find more people who write about real issues, because that’s what I’m passionate about. My last two posts were about being an outsider and stereotypes and I’m trying to find others who tackle tricky subjects (please tell me who you follow!). Thanks for the reminder that we don’t need to be cookie cutter bloggers.

    Liza xx

  • Reply Lucy May 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I completely agree; sometimes I’ll just browse through blogs for a bit of Pinterest fodder but I won’t really care about what they’re saying because it’s all so samey. I prefer blogs that have a bit more of a voice xxx

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Voice is key! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Brenda May 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I am someone late starting to blog and it was by accident. I have found that blogging has made me more focused in other areas and through blogging I have put myself out there more. Maybe because my blog is not focused on beauty, DIY, fashion. Thanks for shaking things up and getting us thinking.

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      That’s what blogs should be – show personality, get you thinking and inspire you to do things as well as others 🙂 xx

  • Reply Ali May 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I’m thinking the bite sized approach that sites like Instagram or Snapchat run on is going to be the future of blogging. Let’s face it, there are millions of blogs out there. Millions of beauty blogs, fashion, lifestyle, food you name it. It gets to be too much information that takes up too much time. I only follow a tiny handful of blogs now, and I don’t always post comments. The majority are blogs I’ve been following for some time now and most are not focused on one topic. I do however, follow a large number of people on Instagram and Tumblr. I can take in a lot more in less time and frankly, its quite enjoyable.

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Oh I love Instagram and Tumblr. Pretty much use them everyday as there is so much inspiration and vastness about them. xx

  • Reply Caroline May 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I completely agree and can see where you’re coming from on this post.
    I sometimes look at my Bloglovin and think, I really don’t like the sound of any of these posts.. But I generally do read them, as you just never know. 🙂
    I can totally say that I can sometimes adhere to non-said ‘blogger-isums’.. flat lays, instagram themes, certain bands etc.. However, I am starting to find my own feet and I’m not as easily influenced by bloggers as I used to be. Beauty blogs don’t appeal to me whatsoever.

    Caroline.x
    http://www.notesfromcaroline.com

    • Reply Laura May 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      So glad you’re starting to find your feet with blogging. Personality and voice are so important! xx

  • Reply Chanté May 30, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I completely agree with this and it is about time that someone said it. As someone who recently joined the blogging community as a blogger I found myself trying to fit in with what other bloggers were doing and to fit into a certain aesthetic.

  • Reply Anna nuttall July 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I agree with this post, it can get tiring when everyone is the same. There no aesthetic and no originality. My advice would be to take a break and come back when you feel refresh. xx

  • Reply Kimi J Clark October 14, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Here I’m working on my shopping blog feeling terrible because most of the bloggers I know post about their kids (which I admit, I do on occasion), DIY tutorials, recipes, motherhood, and what was the other thing? Oh yeah, blogging!

    I’m just starting to see how many fashion/beauty/shopping sites are really out there. So while they might not be for everyone, for me, I’m encouraged that I’m not alone and could be on the right track after all.

    Oh and someday, I’ll write the deep stuff too. Someday. 🙂

  • Reply Hannah January 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Hey girl!
    I love this post. It’s so true too. I feel like every where I look, all the bloggers are the same or doing the same thing. I’m like you and trying to be a bit different; more me. I would love if you could have a read and see what you think! I’m at http://www.mrsyolo.com
    Looking forward to more Posts from you!
    Hannah xo

    • Reply Laura January 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Hannah, thanks for your comment and feedback! I’m just taking a look now 😀 x

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