The Truth about Blogging

November 13, 2013

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The truth about blogging is: it's not always sunshine and roses around here. When you're blogging, you're the editor, so if you don't want to share something with your audience, you don't have to. On the other hand, this can be deceptive, since no one's life is made up of only good things. Blogging is by no means my career, I'm a full time student, but I've learned a few things about blogging in the past year. The biggest thing that I've realized is that it's hard. Sometimes I am so emotionally and mentally drained from blogging that I want to give up.

It's hard not to make comparisons. I see women who have 200K+ followers on Instagram or 50,000 likes on Facebook, and it's so difficult not to feel like a failure in comparison. I know that if I want to be successful at this, I need to work at it and be patient. But then I see those women who have been blogging for seven months and are crazy successful (how do they do it?!) 

You feel self conscious. When I'm editing or going through pictures from an outfit shoot, I find myself having very negative thoughts: my face looks fat, so-and-so wore this better, no one's going to like this outfit, why did I think that looked good on me?! etc etc. I read about 30 blogs a day because I'm inspired by them and love to see what other women are wearing, but it can bring out my insecurities and my green monster.

It's hard to be consistent, original, and creative. I've read multiple articles giving advice to aspiring bloggers and they all say the same thing: be consistent, be original and be creative. Being consistent is hard for me as a college student, I do not have the time to come up with blog posts five days a week to keep readers coming back. I don't have any one person who takes my pictures because I don't want to bother people, or ask too much of them. Because of this I don't take pictures nearly as often as I'd like to. Being original and creative is a challenge too, it's not like I can think to myself, okay let's come up with something original and creative, and have it magically happen. 

Wow, sorry for the rant guys, but I wanted to be honest with you about some of the things I'm struggling with. Now, I'm not going to leave things on negative note. So here's a quote that I've been loving lately:

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While I don't consider myself a failure when it comes to blogging, this quote really resonates with me. I've realized how much I love blogging, and how passionate I am about it. So in the scheme of things, it doesn't really matter how "successful" I am, because I'm having fun. I've had the chance to meet some really wonderful people because of blogging and I've honed a lot of skills in the process. I'm continually learning from this process and I can't thank you enough for coming along for the ride!

xo Catherine


  1. Hi Catherine!
    I love your honesty! I haven't been blogging for long, but totally understand where you're coming from. It is such a fun hobby, but can be quite a bit of work and frustrating when there isn't instant success.

    And thanks for sharing the quote! It is crazy relevant to where I'm at right now!


    PS- if you ever want to meet up on campus to take each other's blog pics, let me know. I totally get you on not wanting to bother non-blogger friends all the time with pics.

  2. I'm so proud of you and all of your progress on your blog, Cath! It always brightens my day to read a new post of yours :) Can't wait to see you soon!!

  3. Thanks Kara :) you're the best.


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