Tuesday, 12 June 2018

I Need Your Advice...




As fellow bloggers, do you ever get to a point and just think, why the hell am I still doing this?

I feel like at the moment, I am at a little bit of a crossroads and I just don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like every now and again I completely question my blog and why I break my back for it. I am sure that there are some other bloggers out there in a similar situation, so I thought that I would share my feelings with you guys here on my blog and get your take on it.

I never started my blog out to be anything other than a little bit of fun. I know hell of a lot about makeup, I buy it hand over fist and I wanted to share my reviews with you guys. Since I started my blog back in early 2016, things have just got so busy and pretty overwhelming at times. Throughout my whole-time blogging, I have wanted to keep it simple and not get swept away with myself, but I feel like that is exactly what I have ended up doing.


I know that my blog will never be a full-time source of income for me. I have a full-time job in Marketing that I love, and my blog is meant to be my part-time hobby. But through the pressure in the blogging community to be bigger and better, in order to compete with some of the bigger bloggers out there, I feel like my blog has just gotten away with itself and it has left me feeling like this.

The more I think about it, over the years I have spent so much money on my blog. Whether it be in new themes, photography equipment, props, new products to review, a MacBook to work on the go and even lighting equipment. Even though it has been spread out over the years, it seems to have cost me a bloody arm and a leg. Not to mention all of the personal time that I spend making my blog what it is, I just have to question if it has all been worth it?

Even though I do get money from my blog through AdSense and through the odd sponsored post, I will probably never get enough out of my blog to substitute the actual cost of the items that I buy for my blog. I am sure that like many of you guys, the amount that I make from my blog is pitiful for the amount that I am pumping into it and I am now asking myself… why am I bloody doing this?

I know that if I quit blogging tomorrow, I would feel lost with all of my spare time and I would miss it like mad. I don’t want to just quit and try and forget that I ever put so much into something online. But I just feel a little lost with it all at the moment. If I didn’t have my blog, I could actually sit down and read a book, I could exercise more, and you never know, I may actually plan on leaving the house from time to time, without feeling guilty. Not to mention that I probably never would have needed to buy a MacBook that set me back near on a £1000!

Plus, this year I have seen a large drop in the number of visitors to my blog. If you saw my post the other month, you will know that I deleted my social media outlets, but I hardly received any traffic from them anyway. I will say that this year, I have had probably ten-fold more engagement on my posts which is incredible, I just cannot understand why the numbers are inconsistent and some days can be pretty low. I have spoken to other bloggers and I know that this is the case for many people, but it can just be so disheartening when you put so much work into your blog and your posts!

The only other thing that I have changed over the past year is the fact that I now post every third day, rather than every other day. I found that when I posted every second day, my post was just getting lost on the internet and people weren’t noticing it as much. I know this could be a contributing factor to the decreased number of people to my blog. I keep toying with the idea of upping the number of posts I do per week, but I think that two per week is still a pretty good number!

Leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think about this whole thing. As fellow bloggers, do you ever just question why you are doing it and why you keep pumping money into it?
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  1. You are not the only one, I think blogging in a whole has gone abit quiet I also noticed a huge drop in visitors for a year now already. If you love it then I would suggest just push through. I know I would feel empty without it. I have also thought about quitting.

    Candice | Natalya Amour

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    1. It can just be so discouraging when you put so much into it!

      Danielle xx

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  2. I too question sometimes whether it's worth the effort, but I do it because I love it. I guess with any hobby you invest money into it, not always seeing return on it.

    Kate
    www.mummywho.com

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    1. I know I love it too, then I think of all the other things I could do with my time!

      Danielle xx

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  3. I do think that blogging has been up against major competition with YouTubers and major social influencers. Nowadays, blogging and other social media outlets have become a means of making money which - way back when it started - I don't think anyone could predict that! That's bound to have an effect and maybe it's been felt throughout the blogging community. But, as it's already been said, do it because you love it and let your passion thrive here. I think you've got a really lovely blog; your images are beautiful, your site is simple, and it's the kinda place you can come with a cup of tea and catch up with at the end of your day :)

    Laura @
    sheuncensored.wordpress.com

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    1. Aww thank you sweetie, that is such a lovely thing to say. I think I am just going to give it until the end of the year and see how I feel!

      Danielle xx

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  4. I think that there are fewer people reading blogs and going to Instagram for a quick beauty-fix. I get where you're coming from and once when I mentioned to my Hubby about quitting, he said that I'd still be buying products and reading blogs so I should keep writing mine so I can continue to share my opinion & views and he's right! I still love blogging - it's time-consuming but I don't mind! xx

    Beautylymin| CatriceBundleGiveaway

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    1. I know, I do love it but sometimes I cannot help but question why. Such a hard situation!

      Danielle xx

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  5. I feel you, I sometimes think the same. I have invested so much time in my blog and I wonder if it's all worth it... I'd say twice a week is an okay number of posts, but you should totally do what makes you happy. I'm actually thinking of doing only one per week in a few months, as I'm just tired of planning out the ideas so much in order to make sure I have a post twice a week. I might have a bit more wiggle room that way to sneak in an extra post if I have some impromptu content like a review/first impressions...

    As long as you remind yourself it's just a hobby, I'm sure you'll find a middle ground somewhere. ^^

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    1. That is what I am in desperate need for, discovering some middle ground!

      Danielle xx

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  6. I completely agree with you! Just the other day I literally had a huge think about whether or not I want to continue with my blog as I just feel like I'm going nowhere with it! I started my blog as a hobby and it still is due to my huge passion for it, but I feel like I'm just blogging for only myself to read as noone else seems to be reading it! (I hope this is making sense, haha!). I've been seeing loads of posts recently about whether or not blogging is dying out and I really think it is, even Bloglovin' is struggling! I think many "bloggers" now are just based on instagram which is very disheartening.

    I think what I'm going to do is blog for the whole of Summer (2 weeks like you said you are doing) and then if I still don't see any progress by the end of Summer, then I think I might unfortunately give it up because I'm putting so much time and effort into it!

    Thanks for writing this post!

    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

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    1. It is such a catch 22, it is hard what to do for the best!

      Danielle xx

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  7. I know what you mean about it being an expensive hobby. Yes, in theory it's free to set up a blog but it's become a bit of a privileged world where you have to have a great camera, Instagrammable flat etc. etc. etc. to be able to compete. I don't really have any answers on all of this but definitely relate to a lot of what you say!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. It is just so hard, but at least I know that I'm not the only one feeling like it!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I literally only do one post a week (sometimes two) and that feels enough for me as I like my posts to sit at the top of my blog for a while and I find that they are often more successful this way. I also find that this has me focusing on quality over quantity. I think we have all been in your shoes at one point and I actually felt that I had written this post- the thoughts were so similar.

    I even mentioned this to my mum some time ago regarding the money and she made a valid point that any hobby costs money. Which is so very true! When i picked up piano i had to cough out a few hundred to get a crappy keyboard and then another 700 to get the amazing one I have now. God forbid the amount I'd of spent had I not taught myself! But I never once regret it because I think its an amazing skill to have and I love playing it and have done so for the past ten years. Just as I love blogging. It can get discouraging at times but then I just think about how much joy it gives me, like any other hobby should, and how productive my free time is spent and the satisfaction of working on something. I like that I can show it to my future children and they can read it like a diary of their mother which i would have looooooveed to have had of my own parents and see what they were like at my age. It's also a great thing to put on my CV if I ever go into a job interview and it has taught me so much about being proud of my own work and not comparing myself to other bloggers :) So yes, I think its worth it xo

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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    1. I think what writing this post has taught me that I'm not the only person who feels like this, that makes me feel much better!

      Danielle xx

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  9. I do question myself (ok, sometimes) about the future of my blog but as long as I enjoy it and don't feel any pressure to do this or that, I will keep going, no matter how much it costs. If you still feel happy with blogging there is no way to quit!
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

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    1. I feel like I just need to get back to my stride and then this funky feeling will go away!

      Danielle xx

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  10. I think you are not alone! Many feel like this, even myself but the truth is whatever you do in life you'll come to point where you have those conversations with yourself. I would just take a break not necessarily quit. Like you said it's not your source of income so you can come back to it whenever you want. x

    franklyflawless.com

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  12. It has made me feel much better knowing that I am not the only one going through this!

    Danielle xx

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