Keeping Up With Blogging

...and not comparing yourself in-between...


I have been blogging for 5 years and I think I just about get it. I know how to put together a post I feel 100% confident in putting 'out there', taking photos I feel proud of (despite any silly poses and passers by giving out some interesting looks) and then writing some words to accompany everything that I hope can make at least one person smile (laughing is an even bigger bonus)- and I really, really love it.

The thing is, the internet moves quicker than an Emmerdale story-line (so much so that I gave up watching). It's quick, fleeting and a little bit dramatic at times- which means keeping up, as well as creating content (not Kane Dingle related)- can be an art in itself sometimes- and sometimes things can get a bit much. Blogging is something, but Youtube is something else- and it's a bit tricky. I am not a video maker. Having never used iMovie before (let along Premiere Cut 1200 Zoom Plus Pro or whatever it's called) I am a complete novice to everything film- so trying to communicate an idea you have (especially if 100 Google searches and forum counts can't help) is really quite difficult. I know practise makes perfect, I really do- but going from a platform you feel more than competent in, to something you are very much a beginner at is a weird feeling, and it's hard to not compare yourself...

...and keeping up is hard. people want quality. There are so many amazing YouTubers out there, that it's hard to begin somewhere with videos that are fuelled by obscure jump cuts, 'ums' and 'ah's and silly in-between news presenter faces, without feeling a little demotivated and that it's not quite up to the cut (yes, pun intended). It is massively exciting, and there is definitely a sense of satisfaction that comes with learning a new skill, but that's exactly what it is- a skill. I never have, but don't ever assume that not a lot goes into making a good YouTube channel- because it is blooming tough (says the girl with 11 videos). I have massive, massive resPEK for people who can keep an amazing channel ticking over, and it does give me drive to keep on creating better content- as let's face it, things are getting there.

The main thing I wanted to touch on though is about comparison. One of my favourite quotes (or, well, favourite to keep in mind) is 'comparison is the theif of joy'- something I had to remind myself this weekend after scrolling through endless fantastic blogs, channels- and Instagram accounts and then feeling like I wasn't doing enough (a great partner for PMT. Ahem). Should I be trying harder? Should I be more stats driven? Should I have a strategy behind my blog? Or should I just stop worrying (the latter being my eventual conclusion). And then, (in the most Carrie Bradshaw like way)- I thought- do I need to keep up? I love blogging. I loved it when I began five years ago, with no pressures, deadlines or any ideas of 'fame' and 'success', and I love it now with all of those things too. Although it is hard to be focussed on you, when seemingly everyone is achieving greater, more important things ('Mum, people are writing books AND I'M ONLY TAKING PICTURES OF MYSELF!')- it's the main thing you have to do. There's enough internet to go round after all, kids- so stop worrying that you aren't as flash as Cyber Cindy- because after all, she's could be comparing herself to you too.

I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to say with this post. I guess it's simply just to use my blog. My web-log. To document fleeting thoughts and feelings, and document them in a diary like way. So yes, that's what this post is. Just a blog post. No posing, no comparing, just thoughts- and zero comparison- and that's definitely ok, I think!


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Keeping Up With Blogging

...and not comparing yourself in-between...


I have been blogging for 5 years and I think I just about get it. I know how to put together a post I feel 100% confident in putting 'out there', taking photos I feel proud of (despite any silly poses and passers by giving out some interesting looks) and then writing some words to accompany everything that I hope can make at least one person smile (laughing is an even bigger bonus)- and I really, really love it.

The thing is, the internet moves quicker than an Emmerdale story-line (so much so that I gave up watching). It's quick, fleeting and a little bit dramatic at times- which means keeping up, as well as creating content (not Kane Dingle related)- can be an art in itself sometimes- and sometimes things can get a bit much. Blogging is something, but Youtube is something else- and it's a bit tricky. I am not a video maker. Having never used iMovie before (let along Premiere Cut 1200 Zoom Plus Pro or whatever it's called) I am a complete novice to everything film- so trying to communicate an idea you have (especially if 100 Google searches and forum counts can't help) is really quite difficult. I know practise makes perfect, I really do- but going from a platform you feel more than competent in, to something you are very much a beginner at is a weird feeling, and it's hard to not compare yourself...

...and keeping up is hard. people want quality. There are so many amazing YouTubers out there, that it's hard to begin somewhere with videos that are fuelled by obscure jump cuts, 'ums' and 'ah's and silly in-between news presenter faces, without feeling a little demotivated and that it's not quite up to the cut (yes, pun intended). It is massively exciting, and there is definitely a sense of satisfaction that comes with learning a new skill, but that's exactly what it is- a skill. I never have, but don't ever assume that not a lot goes into making a good YouTube channel- because it is blooming tough (says the girl with 11 videos). I have massive, massive resPEK for people who can keep an amazing channel ticking over, and it does give me drive to keep on creating better content- as let's face it, things are getting there.

The main thing I wanted to touch on though is about comparison. One of my favourite quotes (or, well, favourite to keep in mind) is 'comparison is the theif of joy'- something I had to remind myself this weekend after scrolling through endless fantastic blogs, channels- and Instagram accounts and then feeling like I wasn't doing enough (a great partner for PMT. Ahem). Should I be trying harder? Should I be more stats driven? Should I have a strategy behind my blog? Or should I just stop worrying (the latter being my eventual conclusion). And then, (in the most Carrie Bradshaw like way)- I thought- do I need to keep up? I love blogging. I loved it when I began five years ago, with no pressures, deadlines or any ideas of 'fame' and 'success', and I love it now with all of those things too. Although it is hard to be focussed on you, when seemingly everyone is achieving greater, more important things ('Mum, people are writing books AND I'M ONLY TAKING PICTURES OF MYSELF!')- it's the main thing you have to do. There's enough internet to go round after all, kids- so stop worrying that you aren't as flash as Cyber Cindy- because after all, she's could be comparing herself to you too.

I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to say with this post. I guess it's simply just to use my blog. My web-log. To document fleeting thoughts and feelings, and document them in a diary like way. So yes, that's what this post is. Just a blog post. No posing, no comparing, just thoughts- and zero comparison- and that's definitely ok, I think!


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64 comments:

  1. Great post! And your blog is one of my absolute favourites so don't compare yourself to others, keep doing what you're doing as it's amazing, and keep enjoying it! :)

    Love Rosy xx

    www.rostinted.com

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  2. Hi Olivia :)

    I think it's admirable that you stick to your 'blogging roots' and don't start Youtube-ing. I love your beautiful pictures and lovely words to accompany them (yes, you have made me laugh on a number of occasions!). This post is so truthful and I thank you for that, because we bloggers need to stay true to ourselves and one another. With media grabbing the famous bloggers and making film stars/ authors out of them, we're starting to lose what means so much to us; writing from the heart. So what I'm trying to say is THANK YOU - you're keeping it real Olivia, and I love that.

    Emily x
    Wonders of a Fairytale

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  3. I gave up on Emerdale too hah!
    I totally understand what you're saying about the whole video creating thing. I've been blogging for about 4 years, 2 on my current blog, but "editing" is something that i'm really not talented at at all >.< I won't even go in to how awkward I look as a human being haha
    I'm forever comparing myself and my content too which isn't the best of traits as everyone is just trying their hardest and that's okay. As for stats, i've been writing my current little blog for over two years and still have a very little audience, but i'm sort of okay with that because I know they're reading because they want to and they're watching because for some reason, my awkward like self is somewhat entertaining
    Really love these kinds of blog posts Liv <3 Hope you have a great day x

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  4. I always get weird looks from people when I'm taking photos too, sometimes they even take the piss haha. I can imagine that you feel pressured to make great quality videos because people watch them coming from your blog but everyone starts somewhere! :)
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  5. I loved reading this, wish I could be 100% happy with the content I put out here! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  6. I don't think you should be worried about what others are doing around you. It's great looking at blogs and vlogs for inspiration but I find it just gets me down too because they have such great content! It's your blog and as long as you're happy and comfortable with what you're doing, then keep on doing it! :)

    jessica-cece.blogspot.co.uk
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  7. I really love this post Liv, something slightly different to your usual content but such an important message. I'm still an 'amateur' and I spend the majority of my day comparing my various social profiles with others and beating myself up because I'm not 'good enough' or my content isn't the best it could possibly be. But I'm working on it. We're all unique and there is no one 'perfect' way to be. Here's to letting go a little bit!

    Beth xox.

    www.bethnorton.co.uk

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  8. Well said Liv! I have to say I'm amazed that *you* feel like this - your blog is definitely one of the ones that people find really inspiring and hope to emulate. Everything is so well put together, from your blog layout to your outfit posts to your food photography. Seriously, ev-er-y-thing. But! In a way it's good to know that even people who're so super-duper successful in the blogging world feel like this, rather than becoming hugely big-headed (naming no names!).

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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  9. I loved this Liv. You're doing more than amazing if you ask me, I love having read your blog through much of these 5 years and seeing that lots and not much has changed all at the same time, if that makes sense? I can instantly pick out your posts and 'style' of posts amongst the others on my feed and I think that's a good place to me. Miss your lil face! x

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  10. What a great post, Liv! I can totally understand how it feels to be suddenly thrown out of your comfort zone. It's disheartening when you try repeatedly to show people that you too have something interesting and useful to share when there are so many wonderful existing channels/blogs out there. There is always the fear that you'll never live up to the standard set by the greats...I've felt that way about blogging many a time. But whenever someone leaves me a lovely comment telling me they enjoy my content, or they can see the effort I've made, or anything nice in general - that's the greatest reward.

    Having read your blog for many years, it's been a pleasure to see it transition from a music-orientated space to a thriving style hub that branches out into food and beauty and everything in between on many occasions. I can hand-on-heart say that you're one blogger that's stayed true to themselves and it's evident in both your posts, including the more personal ones like this, and your approach to YouTube.

    With love ♥︎ » Paris by Friday

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  11. I could not agree more, at least that's my opinion now while a beginner at all this world of blogs.
    I guess I would just quit if I started to think how many successful blogs exist, and I just started mine 5 months ago.
    There shouldn't be any compensations, everyone is working hard, I think and the success will eventually appear.
    I really like your blog, you are an amazing blogger and photographer.

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  12. You have a great blog keep it up :)
    xx
    http://shititsmidnight.blogspot.co.uk/

    My new post: http://shititsmidnight.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-met-gala.html

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  13. I think it's so easy to get stuck in a hole of comparison from time to time for anyone working in the creative industry. It's normal! And for learning new skills, everyone has to start somewhere and things will only ever get better, as far away as that seems in the beginning.

    I personally really enjoy your blog content – there's a great mix of fashion and lifestyle stuff, and I like your style of writing. There's a reason people come back, they like what you're already doing!

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  14. Loved reading this, I've been feeling so down about my blog recently and have been comparing myself to others. I really need to stop worrying too.
    Your blog is amazing, one of my absolute favourites :)

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  15. Always love reading your blog <3

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  16. Comparing myself to others makes me feel so demotivated, my favourite quote for when I do compare myself is 'don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle'
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  17. How funny to hear that even you feel this too. I say 'even you' because you're an example in my head of someone who's made it - someone who I like to imagine has it so together now that they never worry about what anyone else is doing. Of course that is silly, not least because you're in your twenties, and it's scientifically impossible not to wrestle with a ton of self-doubt in your twenties. Even Angelina Jolie probably has days where she thinks, crap, have I lost it?
    I too love the 'thief of joy' quote (a teensy typo up there btw), and also 'don't compare your beginnings to somebody else's middle'. Wise words x

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  18. Great post - I have loved every minute of writing my blog, and I write it for me, so I forget about people actually reading it, until they ask me something ;)

    Trying something new is always scary but you never know where it may take you next
    x

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  19. great post! quality comes first!

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  20. I used to make silly little videos in college, pasted of random things my friends and I would say and I remember spending about 3 hours to make one 30 second clip. It's crazy hard! And some people have amazing videos (with amazing music). I really respect those that do and the dedication to their craft.

    coffeeslag

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  21. Great post, dear. I know what you mean about blogging and YouTube being two very different landscapes. I hope you continue to explore video though! I recently made my first video and it was quite daunting to be such a novice, but I think stepping outside our comfort zones is exciting.

    xoxo - Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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  22. Love this, I always have doubts about writing about certain products I like because they aren't 'new' enough, but have decided to do it anyway because they are what I enjoy :)

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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  23. I love this post. It's true, whether you have 2 followers or 2 million there always the pressure to post more, be more successful, have better photos or get more followers. Although I've realised that actually, the only person that's putting pressure on me, is me. So I've decided to cut myself some slack :-)

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  24. This is one of the best posts that I have ever read. You are speaking for all of us who blog. Each of us has come to this point at some time. Thank you for making me feel as though I am not alone. :).

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  25. This was great, and so well written too! You really have no need to worry, your blog is fab and they videos of yours that I have seen have been equally as good. Your blog is always one that I turn to when I am in the mood for fun, enjoyable posts with amazing photographs. I'm forever comparing myself and my blog to others, which I know is not healthy, but we just can't help it, can we! Keep up the good work though, your blog is perfect the way it is. Thanks for writing this, I love these kind of posts when I am in need of a bit of motivation!

    Holly | holly la beau
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  26. Great post - it's always good to remind oneself that you're your own writer!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  27. I think everyone feels like this, especially with being on social media all the time, reading blogs and watching Youtube videos. Even the people you think will be the most confident about their content though are struggling with keeping standards high and trying to block out what everyone else is doing. It's so nice that everyone seems to have a dialogue about this at the moment!

    Having been following your blog for years and years, I've always thought yours stood out for not only your originality, but your honesty and the fact that it's never given in to being sales-y or false, which obviously we love. Totally agree with your decision to block out the white noise and continue the way that you always have. If it ain't broke! xxxx

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  28. I loved reading this post and couldn't agree with all of it more! :)
    I actually wrote a post entitled 'Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy' recently - it's such an important message to spread.
    Keeping up IS incredibly hard and we'll never feel like we are up to the same standards as others around us but it's likely that other people think the same about us too - it's all a big competitive, comparative cycle, unfortunately! (Also, your blog is incredible so there's no need to worry about that, haha) Big love X

    www.farawaylucy.com

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  29. I love the basis of this post - you've really reflected back what blogging is, a place where essentially, we share the things we enjoy. We may not have x amount of followers, this level of content, or a book on the go, but we are all unique and have our own blog spin that makes others want to join in!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  30. I really appreciate this post because even though I try not to I always find myself comparing my blog to others even if we make a totally different type of content. I just think in a blogging world it is impossible not to compare what you do to people who you think are doing it better.

    fashionablyunknown.com

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  31. Great post !

    http://www.fruityandpassion.com/2015/05/links-of-london-narrateyourstyle.html#more

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  32. Oh babe, we allll feel this way! Just remember why you started it and it all becomes okay :)

    xo,
    Lela

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  33. May I ask where that gorgeous planner is from? I left a comment above somewhere ^^^ but completely forgot to mention this haha. Thank you!

    x
    Paris by Friday

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  34. This was so refreshing to read. As much as I love reading reviews and hauls sometimes it is nice to just have a break from it and see something more 'real'.

    http://fayusdunkus.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. loved reading this, such an honest post and love that quote about comparing yourself to others, one to keep in mind!!
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  36. I love your blog and your style so much Olivia. Its so so easy to compare yourself to others, gosh as a teeny tiny blogger I compare myself and wish I had half as much success as some of you guys. Keep doing what your doing hunny, your originality is your classic and British look and the way your outfit posts always look so beautiful, and I love that about you xxx

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  37. I completely agree! Comparison is the thief of joy X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  38. This couldn't be more true! Its so easy to compare ourselves, especially in the blogging world and Im often left thinking I'm not good enough! Great post! xx

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  39. Love this post because this is how I feel right now..
    fabglamdiary.blogspot.com

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  40. Olivia, I love your blog! And just to make you laugh, I've been comparing myself to your for a really long time. Everytime I see one of your awesome posts with lovely photography, I think to myself, 'my blog will never look like that or have such great photography or become so famous'. But you are so right. Comparison is the thief of joy. I've been trying to enjoy my posts more and not think about how it doesn't look as good as someone else's blog. Thanks for writing such an encouraging post! I really needed to read it. :D ( Also, I know exactly what you mean about getting weird looks. Happens to me all the time )

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    1. That first sentence should say, 'I've been comparing myself to *you* for a long time. I really need to check my spelling before I hit send. :D

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  41. This was a really great blogpost and it definitely made me smile.
    http://www.1234567smile.blogspot.no/

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  42. This is a fantastic post, and I 100% agree with what you've written! While I think it's amazing that some people can be a blogger as well as a Youtuber, I definitely prefer to stick to one medium (blogging) and completely own it!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  43. Lovely post, I totally agree about the comparison thing. Right now I'm comparing your 46 comments to the occasional 2 I get but that's part of blogging I think - we all get insecurities that we aren't doing enough and want to be more like 'this person' when in actual fact they look up to someone else and want to be them. The blogging game is tough but I think if we all do it for ourselves and still enjoy it - it will always bring us joy no matter what our stats.

    Chloe Mary Davis
    www.lovefromlucky.com

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  44. Your post makes some really important points and has provided some assurances for me, as a blogging newbie, that practice makes perfect and I shouldn't compare myself to the super successful - just have fun :)

    Martha - http://tulipsandtales.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. As long as you're comfortable with what you're doing, and happy. If it makes you happy..or simply joyful! That's the most important thing!
    I've started my blog over a year ago. And guess what? It's a huge success. For me! It makes me happy and joyful! 10 views a day? A 100? Happy! :)

    P.S. Can you use a bigger font? It's quite eye straining!

    www.allnnothing.com

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  46. Great post, such an interesting read. I think everyone no matter how long they've been blogging/vlogging or how 'successful' they are compares themselves to others. Its always good to hear someone be honest about it! Your posts always make me smile too x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  47. Wow, 5 years of blogging! That is a huge accomplishment! I agree, it's so tough to not compare yourself to others, but it's great that you are continuing to focus on what you enjoy and trying not to worry about the big wide world of the internet. Thanks for the inspiration xo Lisa
    Strum Simmer Sip

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  48. Your blog is perfect as it is! It communicates your style and your personality which is why it's one of my all time favorites. Definitely right to keep it about you and don't compare.

    xxx

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  49. thank you so much
    gafashion.blogspot.com

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  50. This is such a brilliant post! I often feel that I should just give up because I don't have the money and therefor my posts are lacking or not "as good", but I just think - One step at a time. I love writing and I love and want to be able to give my opinions about products and help people. So hopefully with enough hard work things will pick up!
    - Darcy Victoria
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  51. It is reassuring to hear that it isn't just those starting out who compare themselves.

    I think the way I always bring myself back from the black-hole of comparison is to just think - If I take joy and satisfaction purely from the creation of my content then the audience and the stats are a bonus.

    This is definitely difficult to do, but gives you so much more satisfaction when you publish a new post and that was the goal - to get good content up there - rather than the goal being 100 million likes on top of that, which for me only de-values how hard I worked on that post. And you definitely do the former (if not the latter too!)

    Love Sophie xxx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  52. Fab post! After much deliberation and numerous faulty starts I have begun to blog. Whilst struggles over what form and direction I should follow are common, and comparisons unavoidable, this post absolutely reaffirms my decision to write about things which interest me, so I construct content I am proud of. Personal satisfaction gained from the completion of posts and any other project(s) is one of the best rewards anyone can hope to achieve!

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  53. I really enjoy reading these sorts of posts from established bloggers, as a recent blogger myself I find it very aspirational! Thank you, http://newgirlontheblog.me

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  54. Awe this is a great post
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  55. absolutely love this Olivia..it's definitely so hard to not compare yourself to others when there are so many achieving great things like you've mentioned but like you also said, it's not like you're/we are making anything less amazing and worthy..you're blog posts and videos are an inspiration to myself and so many and I'm sure you're content will be great and tip top as always <3 x

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.youtube.com/marieljanina

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  56. the thing i most like about your blog, aside from your enviable style, is that i think you are very honest and real. you don't try to be cool, i feel like i sort of know you from your posts and we could sit and drink tea and you would be just as lovely as your are on the page. not that i don't think everything you do is high quality, bc i definitely think things are polished and well-made and a lot of effort clearly goes into everything you do, but i would be sad if you lost what makes your blog/social/web presence so wonderful by losing that realness in some way. i think you're doing just great and this post shows exactly why. keep doing what you're doing, bc you're a grade A babe xxx

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