16 August 2015

The Sunday Post #41 | Hey bloggers, it's OK!

A messy dressing table and working space
There's a lot of blogger guilt going around the blogosphere lately, so today I'm going to banish some unnecessary blogger woes and let you know it's totally OK. 

001. It's OK to take a blogging break
, because let's be honest, we all need them from time to time. In fact, over recent months I've taken more blogging breaks than I ever would have imagined possible, as someone who used to pride themselves on daily blogging - but I'm over the guilt that comes with not posting everyday. It's not going to kill me, or you, or anyone else, if this blog isn't updated daily; just the same as it won't make the world implode if you take a break whether it be for one day, one week, one month or even one year!

Whether it's blogging or any other aspect of our lives, every single human being on this plant needs a time out every now and then and that is totally OK, OK?

002. It's OK to not have a picture-perfect life, and I for one am so tired of constantly trying to make our home and surroundings 'Instagram worthy'. Let's be honest - I am a totally messy hoarder who likes to make her home as cosy as possible. I find it impossible to throw things away, I like collecting things that years down the line makes me wonder what on earth I was thinking and most days, I totally don't make the bed (to be honest this is more for 'airing' purposes, but you know, it's also a lot to do with being lazy). 

I don't do simple, I don't do minimalistic. I do cosy and messy, and I'm damn good at it. Am I going to post photos of the worst offending messy areas of our home? No. But I'm not going to fake a pristine life, and neither should you.

003. It's OK not to live in London, even if sometimes it feels like everything happens in London and the rest of the Country is a long forgotten dream. Bloggers do live outside of London, Bloggers do live all over the UK, and there is just as much fun to be had wherever you happen to call home. Want to meet more bloggers but all the meetups you see are in London? Arrange your own, or use the blogger chats to find bloggers local to you. Some of my favourite times spent with other bloggers have been in my home city of Nottingham, small groups of friends having a casual day shopping and eating food, talking all things blogging and posing for ridiculous photos.

There's a big and beautiful and vibrant blogging community in London, but that's because it's easy. Make your own community, make your own fun - make your City/town and your local bloggers stand out and make a difference. Because you can, you know.


*This post was inspired by a lovely blogger friend of mine 
and a recent post she shared - Lilmisschickas 'Blogging and Me'. 
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  1. Great post! I live in the North West and recently found so many bloggers who lives this way, its amazing to talk to other people x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Thanks so much Emma! When you look, it's surprising how many bloggers live close-by! xo

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  2. Love this! 👌
    Totally nailed it. In this post.
    Kate iihmakeupandglitter.blogspot.com XxX
    PS I like to air the bed too 😉

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    1. Thanks so much Kate! And yes to airing out beds!! xo

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  3. LOVE this post. It's just what anyone in a blogging rut needs to read. Instagram is turning into a ridiculous competition (that I still take part in) and I hate that bloggers feel the pressure to post every day - at the end of the day, the best posts happen when you're inspired and the rubbish ones when you're feeling the pressure.

    I'm lucky to be in Leeds though where the blogging community is fantastic - and though London would be amazing, how do these bloggers attend so many events and hold down a job?! At least up north they arrange them to be on evenings!

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Really glad you enjoyed my post.

      I used to take complete utter joy in posting daily but sometimes, now I'm growing a human, I would honestly rather nap or laze on the sofa!! I felt so guilty about it at first but now I'm more 'meh' about it.

      I am lucky that I get invited to London events, but they're just not realistic when I live 120 miles away and work 7 days a week! Hopefully brands will take note and realise London isn't the be all and end all when it comes to bloggers xo

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  4. Great post! If I don't feel like blogging, I don't. If it's not fun what's the point? I've been surprised how many bloggers are in the Midlands!
    www.tamlovestea.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Tam! I think it's wonderful how many bloggers there are in the Midlands :) xo

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  5. What a lovely uplifting post to read thankyou Sophia so much ,I'm more of a comfort person who totally keeps things i don't really need lol,and i don't make the bed either hee hee xxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm honestly so glad you found my post uplifting! xo

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  6. This was a sweet and really wonderful post. It can be so hard sometimes to get motivation to write a post because I get stalled up on it being perfect or chic looking. Embrace the unique!

    www..chelseythornton.com

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    1. Thanks so much Chelsey, I'm so glad you think so! It's definitely hard to find the motivation sometimes. Sometimes I quite simply would rather stay in bed longer or spend time with my partner, instead of tapping away at a laptop xo

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  7. Damn right. Also not only is it ok, you don't have to apologise for it either. I'm having the school holidays off from blogging every day.

    Not even sorry.

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, that is something else - I used to apologise and now I'm just like 'meh'. It makes me sad to see other bloggers apologise in posts or in tweets about not getting content up as often as they usually would or would like xo

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  8. loved the post. I took a two year bloging break and kind of felt guilty posting again as if no one wanted to read my blog anymore, but this has made me feel so much better! We forget that they are our blogs and we can decide how we run them x

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    1. You have to do what's best for you at the end of the day and unless your blog is your job and something you need to work on daily (and even then, even full-time bloggers deserve a holiday!), then there's no way you should let it control your life and take over! I'm glad you decided to take a break when you needed it, especially as it's had a positive result for you xo

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  9. This post really cheered me up! PS love that personalised make-up bag!

    Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger http://www.vavaviolet.com

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    1. Awh I am so glad to hear that! Thank you :) And yes it's wonderful isn't it? It's from Emma Lomax London xo

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  10. Great advice! I spend most of my life making things Instagram worthy.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you Tiffany, I'm glad you enjoyed my post/advice. I used to worry so much about not having an 'Instagram worthy' life, but you know what? That's so not me! I'd rather put the real me out there than a picture-perfect fake xo

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  11. I love this advice! Especially the "instagram worthy" part!

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  12. Loved reading this! Really great post :)

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. I'm so glad Renee, thank you so much xo

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  13. Great post =] I sometimes dont blog for like weeks on end if i dont have anything to write about haha

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. And that's absolutely fine! :) You have to blog on a 'schedule' that works for you, and if that means going days, weeks, months without posting, that's fine - loyal readers will always come back for more when you do pop a new post up! xo

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  14. This post makes me happy. I feel a lot of blogger guilt because I'm atrocious at updating my blog, I don't have scheduled posts etc, nor do I have any particular genre. I mostly make list posts and feel like I'm probably boring the world senseless, but I enjoy writing it and I suppose at least I don't feel stressed out or lose my enjoyment in it.

    Thank you xx

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my post MAry, thank you! Blogs are personal at the end of the day, whether a hobby or a job, whatever genre, they are personal to the writer. There's nothing wrong with any kind of content! xo

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  15. I love how you are just yourself, in all honesty. And congrats for your pregnancy!! ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much! :) Two lovely comments, massively appreciated xo

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  16. agreed! I dont post everyday and that is totally ok. I dont wanna feel pressure in doing something, I just wanna be happy and enjoy the experience!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Exactly, and although at times I still think to myself 'Darn, you need to get back on the daily posting', which I am getting better at, I am so passed the guilt stage of not blogging daily! Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do xo

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  17. These are all great points! I live in Manchester and I love it here, though I'm lucky enough to be down in London fairly regularly. And if people on Instagram could see how my dressing table actually looks when I'm getting reading in the morning...haha xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Thank you Jasmine! Haha yes, my dressing table ends up a right state xo

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  18. Great post! Especially glad you mentioned about Instagram - it really annoys me when people say they only follow accounts like this. Surely Instagram is about being real and posting pictures of your life which includes the messy?! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! I admit I do follow a few 'pristine' Instagram accounts but I also follow more 'real life' accounts which I can relate to. xo

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  19. This is a great post. I recently took a month off due to starting up my own business and it was so crazy I couldn't fit it all in but now I am back!

    Caroline xo

    www.thespottedfox.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Caroline, I'm really glad you enjoyed my post. Glad to hear you are back to blogging and the very best of luck for the future with your business! xo

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  20. I really needed this post right now! Going through a break in my relationship and I have completely lost track of my blogging haha! x

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    1. I'm glad my post came at the right time for you Becky. Hope things start to look up for you soon xo

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  21. I only have a small corner of my bedroom out of my whole house that gets lovely natural light. I pretty much just make sure that's all decorated nice and uncluttered for my photos. The rest of house is an absolute tip!

    Roxie x
    thebeautifulbluebird.com

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    1. I just tidy my photographing area each time I need to use it hahaha! You're doing better than me!! xo

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