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Warning : this is going to be a veryy long and personal post so if you’re like oh noo there’s a little section called : If You’re Lazy, read this at the end of the post for you LOL
December, December! It’s the time of the year where I think about all of my projects I’ve done and I can never be grateful enough of my blogging life so far. I have tried and experimented with a lot of platforms for blogging and I come to realize, blogging is my favourite past-time in the whole world. Okay right after eating and reading.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN….
I started as a fashion social influencer on Instagram, where I posted my daily outfits, people get inspirations from and brands starting to sponsor me. Clothes, beauty products, etc.
Since then I realized, I can do so much more than fashion. I can connect with people via BOOKS!! AND that’s how Bookidote started with Lashaan in 2015. The book blogging community has welcomed us and we formed a family bond that I never felt before.
My friends know me as the blogger, but I think they never really realize how much work and passion we, bloggers, put into our work.
Everyone loves a good visual representation, whether it’s a clean template or a post’s format and I’m not ashamed to say, I love a good aesthetic. That’s why I love bookstagram. I love creating graphics for my posts even if it takes up to 3 hours. I love wearing nice outfits. I love photography and taking pictures for my food blog. I am drawn to beautiful things but to also create them.
Social media is so important and this aspect right here is the one that takes the most of my times and days. Interacting with other bloggers and instagrammers. I can spend from 1 to 2 hours just answering comments, replying to them and leaving comments. It’s also one of my favourite parts of blogging! Sharing each others’ thoughts and get to read your comments always make my day ❤
This is the whole reason why I will never quit blogging. Last year, I was sitting in my University class with my Mac writing my notes, when I learned the horrible news of my grandmother passing away via a text.
Here I am, siting in a conference room packed with 200 students and my tears started to come out. I felt sad, embarrassed in front of my fellow colleagues, then anxiety started to cripple in, asking me what are you doing? Why are you being so sensitive? And you know what was my first reaction? I didn’t run out of the door. I didn’t ask the teacher to step out of the class. I just opened WordPress and started blogging. In a few minutes, my body started to relax, I calmed down, I wiped my tears and my mind was clear. I enjoyed writing the review, it allows me to change my mind for a while. Because blogging is fun. My posts are the expression of my thoughts, my enthusiasm, my emotions and I love it.
Other people may not know that time management is hard for bloggers. When you have a job, a degree to finish, exams to study, going to class, blogging and all his aspects can take a lot of your time. I still struggle with it and it’s been 2 years I’ve been blogging. Your life will change, new events will come. You can’t possibly know for sure if where you are today will be the same in a few months, in a few years. Unfortunately, I’m at a point in my life where I don’t have much time to spend with my friends. When I come back home, I just want to sleep. I don’t want to go out and socialize anymore. My work requires me to at least spend 30 hours a week in research, commute to another city, passing tests, writing reports, neways science-y stuff. All the while, going to gym to exercise to be in top shape and have enough mental connectivity and concentration for the next day.
To some people, I might be one of the most materialistic person in the world. And you know what ? I don’t care. We are in 2017 for Christ’s sake. Consumerism is today’s new technology. If I can f**ck the system and get free stuff by blogging about it, great! I’ve always been grateful and although a lot of people ask me if I’m getting paid I reply : I get free items, it’s all the same for me. It’s also a nice way of getting recognized by big brands and publishers. It’s a sign they like what you are doing, a high profile company approving what you are doing feels like a good job tap on the shoulders.
When there are amazing people in the blogosphere, but wherever there are humans and people, there are bad things coming along. The haters. You won’t believe what people are capable of typing hiding behind the computer screen. These are the ones who often comment (in a very rude way) in my reviews because they didn’t like my personal opinion, or because they are huge fan of an author and they can’t bear with the fact that everybody has different opinions, which is pathetic. And it’s even more when publicists or brands are not happy with my reviews when I clearly told them my oath to honesty. You send me your product, you are ready to hear my thoughts on it.
- I don’t live a dreamy perfect life but I make the most of it.
- Blogging is not easy, it demands commitment and it is time consuming. It takes passion and determination. People often think it’s easy to put yourself out there on the internet, it’s not.
- Reading is not part of this list because it’s my personal hobby that is not a task I relate to blogging. As writing post is therapeutic, reading is like breathing for me. Do you write breathing in your to do list? Yeah me neither. But if you’re interested you can read about my Reading Habits here.
If you have any specifics questions on blogging, I invite you to ask them in my comments section ! And also share your thoughts ! ❤
What’s it like to be a blogger for you?