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Today I thought I'd write about an issue that probably crops up a lot in the blogging community. Already well publicised, it comes as no surprise that with hundreds of thousands of blogs already circulating the Internet, and more and more opportunities arising from what many people view as a hobby, blogging has begun to bring about a new type of "pressure". I'm not writing this as a dig at anybody, it's just something that has been nagging at me for a while. Although I study fashion and culture journalism, and ideally want to work in the fashion industry, I write this blog purely because I love writing it. I love talking to the amazing people I've met through blogging, I love being able to see how my style and styling abilities have evolved, and I love reading other blogs.

Recently, the blogging community has been the talk of the town: it was rumoured that Tavi of Style Rookie was undertaking the role of Editor at French Vogue (she'll actually be co-editing a magazine), there are always debates about how "qualified" bloggers are to attend fashion shows, and there is always a little, underlying, competitive streak in all of us. Although the awareness brought in about the 'Followers vs Readers' debate has already been excellently articulated posts written by Gem, Alyse and some other bloggers, it is still a daily battle between people who are here simply to talk about the things they love, and those who are here for giveaways, numbers and freebies.

Personally, I like to keep myself outside of 'drama' online. I used to struggle - although I'm not sure if struggle is the word? - with haters, and rude and inappropriate comments both on my blog and on Formspring, which is why I try not to involve myself too much! There is also the debate that "if you blog, you should expect these things": I don't think this is true by any standards! You wouldn't say these things and expect people to showcase their entire lives in real-life, so why should you "expect" any different online? I suppose my main point here is that blogging has really brought about a lot of unnecessary pressure. Lighten up guyz!

Increasingly, I'm seeing multiple same-y posts in my dashboard, all raving about the same product. Take the Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle: Kelly posted a great review about it, spurring on a huge interest and hundreds (I lie, I don't follow that many blogs!) of similar reviews on the product. In a way, I feel a lot of bloggers are now feeling the pressure to blog about hyped-about products just to bring in the followers.

I know this has somewhat become a bit of a ramble in places. Just thought I'd put it out there that blogging should return to its' lighthearted fun that I remember it being as recently as the summer. I've learnt to deal with haters and negativity by simply ignoring and deleting a la Gem, I'm not scared to put myself out there to some extent, but I don't let the peer pressure get to me either anymore. What are your thoughts on feeling pressured to blog? Do you often feel you blog about things you don't necessarily enjoy, just to satisfy your followers?

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  1. <3 your blog so much ad your style really inspires me to be a bit different :)
    Follow me?
    It would make my day if you followed, commented on my bloggy :)
    Izzy xxx

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  2. I would never blog about something I don't enjoy to satisfy followers. I write my blog so that I can look back on myself and try to make it as personal as possible so blogging about things I don't care about would completely defeat the purpose of my blog. I think seeing a lot of posts on the same subject can get boring but personally I don't feel any pressure to blog about hyped products. Infact, I'm actually considering NOT blogging about my Topshop polka dot tunic - even though it's my favourite item I've bought in ages - just because so many people have done so already. I think it's sad if people go out and buy something they wouldn't usually just for the sake of gaining followers and getting a few extra hits! xx

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  3. I can understand why some bigger bloggers might feel pressured to write about what they think their followers want because they might feel like they owe them something. Thats not the way it should be though! I've never felt like that (probs as I dont have many followers!), and hopefully I never will.
    Great post :) xx

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  4. I enjoyed this psot as I've been noticing the same things such as reviews or outfit pieces cropping up on blogs I read. I much prefer it when the writer has their own style, or is genuinely liking the things they have bought not just because they think they should own it. I also really don't think the pressure on some bloggers is fair as it's not really what people sign up for when they start a blog. I think you make some good points :)
    x

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  5. Izzy: Thank you for saying that, it means a lot! It's crazy to think people see little ol' me as an "inspiration"! Good luck with your blog (:

    Charlene: That's the same reason I started writing my blog: to make it personal, and watch my writing and dress style develop, which it definitely has done. There seems to have been a shift in priorities and reasons behind blogging in general though, it's getting more and more obvious each day :/ Haha yes me too, although I've seen a few blogs that just continually jump on the bandwagon and cling to a blogger status. Little things like that get on my nerves! xx

    Dan: I can understand to some extent about feeling pressured if someone wrote a beauty blog, as new products are always out and there are always new products to be hyped about. It makes the community a little less personal in my opinion? Thank you so much lovely (: xx

    Charlotte: Thank you Charlotte! There is such a huge pressure in the blogosphere, especially when people bring numbers into it all haha, I feel it pressures other bloggers to blog about similar topics, products, clothes just to bring in the followers at times! Obviously this isn't always true, but something I've noticed lately (: xxx

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  6. Great post, it's great to see a blogger discussing the pressure issue.
    I've blogged for a while, I adore writing and I've recently started my first 'fashion' blog. I was always put off in the past as my style has constantly evolved over the last few years, and I felt that my posts would be too random to interest anyone but me. After thinking it through I realised that documenting my changing style was more for me than anyone else, and thankfully the pressure was lifted.
    As for the mean comments, push them aside. I can honestly say that I'd rather read a persons original posts as opposed to the 30 or so similar reviews of the same item.
    I really enjoy your writing, and have found your post on 'Blogging Tips & Tricks' very useful.

    Sammy x

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  7. I have missed so many of your posts I feel so far before! I scanned them all though :) I like this post, a bit of depth and thought goes a long way at times. Sometimes I feel like blogs end up being more about the pictures then the written content!
    I think blogging should just be about posting what you (the writer) want to post about!

    L x

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  8. I know how you feel - my blog is really young and i started writing it just for fun, but it sometimes feels like there's so much pressure out there to just be different - if everybody is trying to be unique and different though, is anyone really being themselves?
    i don't know, i love the feeling that people are reading, or actually interested in what i say, but i don't think 'followers' is the right term for that. the word is just a little bit creepy, in my opinion.

    x

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  9. In reference to the notion that bloggers should expect people to criticise them because they're 'out there' on the net and have 'opened themselves up to it': there's a difference between critcism and outright rudeness. People can still be civil, surely, whether they're communicating face to face or from behind a computer screen. If you love what you write about then that's important. As long as it's fun, keep doing it!

    PS Love the new header :D

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  10. Great post and i definatel agree with you as i've been noticing the same thing. Majority of people i follow blogged about the Primark S/S11 collection, i must of seen it about 20-30 times!
    They're should be no pressure on bloggers, we should be allowed to say what we want, about what we want(within reason) You made some very valid points xx

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  11. I agree that some bloggers keep writing about certain products. I dont necessarily think it's because they feel they have to or whatever, i think they hear a rave about it and decide their readers might like it. But like you, i get fed up of reading about backcomb in a bottle or collection 2000 mascara. I think the fashion/beauty world have splurges of products that are suddenly more amazing than we realise and everyone just jumps on the bandwagon weather they have 1000 followers or 10 followers.(primark s/s 11 collection is another example) I guess no matter what we think it's always going to continue. Once ive read a review in 1 or 2 different places, i tend to not bother reading anyone elses post on it. I hope people don't necessarily think that way about my blog, but at the same time, if they do, then thats fine. I cant say im competing with anyone. I write about what i want to, and when i want to, as i see lots of other bloggers (yourself included) do. And for now, im enjoying it. xxx

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  12. Great post hun and some good points mentioned! I think it's a real shame when something as simple and lovely as blogging gets ruined by rude and immature people who leave the pettiest comments.

    Best as you said to stay out of it chick ;) xxx

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  13. I've noticed similar "issues" in the blog world. I personally don't think anyone should feel pressure to blog about anything, or to blog at all! It's just a hobby after all but I know that some of the "big" bloggers get people messaging them asking them to blog if they haven't for a while which is a little crazy.
    I guess there is sometimes pressure to blog about new purchases/new products out which is difficult if you don't have very deep pockets to buy every Mac collection with...I try to keep it varied on my blog which hopefully makes up for not always being able to talk about the "latest" products. x

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  14. GREAT post! I read every word up there. And thank you for linking me! Of course, as with any great posts, you really lit a fire under me. So here goes ...

    I've been blogging in some form or another since I was a teenager and I definitely feel that the blogging world has changed. It's uber competitive now because it seems a lot of people are in it for the followers (which is a degrading term) and benefits. It's all about bragging rights. It's nice to have subscribers and people who contribute, but I really do it as a hobby and I am not going to talk about the "hyped" products/clothing. Frankly, I do the opposite (I refuse to buy something if a big blogger has it because everyone follows suit and does the same thing) and it makes me sick to see the same pieces/products pop up on multiple blogs. It almost seems like people don't want to think for themselves anymore -- girls with the exact same clothes, same style, almost carbon copy posts. Calm down! Just because something is "popular" in the blogosphere doesn't mean that someone has to run out and get it, you know? Don't even get me started on the materialism and narcissism that blogging has become about (though I suppose this is what fashion blogging sort of is). But I guess people see something that works and rush out to emulate it.

    Whew! Sorry, that was really long and I didn't mean to ramble. I could go on and on, but the "same-y" posts (and even blogs!) are something I've really taken note of recently and I find it pretty damn sickening. Frankly, if someone is going to follow someone based on having the "it" items...then that's not the kind of reader or person I want reading my blog or around me anyways.

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  15. This is why I like your blog :)
    I love love love to sit on blogger all day and read blogs that are individual and I skip past the blogs that bore me and are samey samey. I'm really not into fashion at all, definitely not on the same level as you, but when I read your blog I actually become interested!
    Keep being interesting :D
    xxx

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  16. I don't feel pressured at all to blog about things I don't like, but it may be different because I don't have a huge amount of followers. I think people should just keep on their mind that the followers that they gain are REAL followers when they blog about something they like.

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  17. This is a very well written post about a relevant topic, congrats Michelle! X
    I know exactly what you mean: even I, who have not been blogging for as long as many other experienced bloggers, have noticed that there's a lot of 'peer pressure': who has the most followers, who can get into the coolest fashion shows and of course, there's topic repetition and such. Where I see this happening most is in lifestyle blogs: the same brands, same style of outfit pics etc. I think us bloggers must ask ourselves why we are really blogging, be honest and not try to follow trends or 'fit in' as much, but be original. However, it's not very likely that people are that honest with themselves. Anyway, as you say, blogging should be a passion, it should mean fun and it is supposed to bring new things into people's lives, right? XX :)

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  18. I keep up with my blog to practice my writing and to share stuff that I love, not because I feel pressured into satisfying followers, and it's a lovely distraction from the masses of uni work! I think that when blogging becomes stressful (i.e if a blogger worries about 'having' to write something just for the sake of it) then it really does take all the fun and enjoyment out of it. And I'm lucky enough to have (so far!) not been on the receiving end of any hate, but I do think it's a shame when a community which is normally so positive and encouraging turns nasty and resorts to playground bullying.
    x

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  19. I totally agree, I get too stressed at work and in my 'real' life to get stressed about my damn blog! I try and keep out all of the online dramz too, it just depresses me a bit. Let's all just have a bit of fun!

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  20. I love this pose Michelle! My favourite blogs are personal ones, with pictures of the blogger, their life, and I love reading what they have to say. It makes me feel like I know the person and it definitely makes me want to come back for more/follow. When everyone blogs about the same thing or constantly post things 'about' fashion it really puts me off, I have Elle for that sort of thing! But that's just how I like my blogs!
    A little of everything is fine but I'd never post just to get followers, if anything I post to make the followers I already have happy and keep them involved in my life/my blog.
    I know a lot of bloggers are only in it for the virtual fame and friend count, but you can usually spot these bloggers a mile off! Follow me, enter my giveaway.....delete! X Sorry for rambling...!
    Burn the Blonde

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  21. I think you have a valid point, but at the end of the day it will become apparant who is in blogging for what reason. Having a passion for writing will win everytime. If you don't have a passion for writitng then not only will you get bored but so will readers too.

    I think it should be, and in most cases it is, about being yourself rather than copying others just for the numbers etc. :)

    x

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  22. agree about the freebie thing. i witnessed someone in particular complaining that people only followed her for the multiple giveaways, yet she entered my competition ages ago and has never made any contact since -tumbleweed-

    also with regards to the posts, I've tried to think to myself "would I want to read this?". i like having this as my hobby because i get to determine what to put in my own little space :)

    also i dont understand the hate. it hasn't happened to me but i dont understand why people are so deliberately obnoxious about people's blogs!

    one big tangent of a comment but basically i agree with what you said x

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  23. I know what you mean. The reason why I blog is because I actually LOVE nail polish and make up SO much, everyone knows I do and I love communicating with other people who do as well. I would still post it whether people were reading it or not!!! The main reason why I read beauty blogs though is because I love to see swatches and I love seeing people's make up skills, some people are SO talented and I think these people deserve to be credited by having a lot of people reading the blog! I also love looking at photos, I was really into photo editing a few years ago so that interests me, one reason why I love your blog!

    It does make me feel bad though, because blogging used to be fairly unique and you heard about all these 'fashion bloggers' in magazines etc, it was basically one way to get people like yourself noticed if you were wanting a career in the field. But now there are so many bloggers (myself included)who do it purely for a hobby so it's probably harder for people to get noticed now (I don't think you would ever have this problem though!! I have wrote all this and now I'm thinking twice about the next blog posts I write haha! :)Totally agree with everything you have said though! xxx

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  24. Well said. I think a blog should be for your own enjoyment. I think there is a lot of pressure to post regularly too but if you don't have something your interested in or enjoy to post about then i think you should just wait till something crops up. Like you said blogs are a very good way of recording yourself and how you and your style develop. Nice post xx

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  25. Such a great post, and really well written too. I always enjoy reading about other bloggers wrtiting about these issues as like what you said i think everyone who blogs regularly has to tackle at least a few of these issues at one point or another.
    I totally get where you are coming from with the pressure. But i kind of refuse to let myself buckle under the pressure (as hard as it may be sometimes) to blog about things just because they are 'popular' at the moment becuase then its completely going against what i wanted my blog to be when i started out. I try to only blog about things that i love and want/or have and if that happens to be something that is having a 'moment' then fine but if not then i wont even mention it on my blog. There is so many amazing blogs out there, yours included, that i do think that it can be tough to make a blog stand out, but i think its important to stay true to why you first started blogging as i think thats why so many blogs become same-y, they try and blog like other people instead of themselves!
    Ah sorry about the rant/essay lentgh comment,Ha!
    I just really agree that blogging should be fun which it luckily still is for me!

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  26. Michelle, i agree with every word.

    I have been writing my blog for just under two years, and only recently i have had an influx of followers. Although this is obviously very flattering and i'm clearly delighted, i have also been slightly cautious. With all the 'dramaz' (;p) some times i think i would rather be unknown, which is silly, but atleast i won't attract haters or trolls, or be followed just because other people follow me. Mainly one of the reasons that i don't host giveaways or have formspring, as for me, blogging and having a good old ramble about Topshop is what i do best; not trying to gain the popular vote.

    I admire you Michelle, you work your sweet ass of posting and taking photos, with such a large following too, you never ever get involved in the nastiness and you reply to every comment. Other bloggers should really take a leaf outta your book (or blog ;P)

    xxxxxxxx

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  27. This is a great post Michelle. I understand everything you say in your post, and I think feeling pressured is quite a common thing in blogging. I have been feeling uninspired on my blog lately, sometimes I do feel pressured because I feel like I should be posting outfit posts or something, or that there should be a set theme on my blog, e.g. beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and mine just combines all my hobbies into one! I've had a bit of time to think about what my blog means to me, and why I started it and I feel completely re-inspired to start blogging about what I love, not what I think others want to read. I think its quite common for this in blogs, but I think you can always tell if their heart isn't in it!
    Sorry for the long ramble comment, I know completely what you mean, it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately! But I've vowed to create a place I love and a place to inspire, and it doesn't matter if others don't like it, because I do, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters. xoxo

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  28. i loved this post michelle, very well articulated without any bitchyness and back hand comments. not that id obviously expect that from you. i dont personally follow many beauty blogs as they dont really interest me so i cannot really comment on the review type posts. i think too many people are trying to be like others and it does annoy me to keep seeing the same thing on blogs. i wish people could be more original xxxx

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  29. Great points, I haven't been blogging for long (although following for years) and although there will always be an air of competitiveness, there seems to be an odd hierarchy and pressure to be a certain 'type' of blog (only posting about fashion or lifestyle) and stick to a standard format in fear of getting no comments. It's sad to see people commenting on posts only to plug their own blog too - sorry bit of a ramble :) xx

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  30. I couldn't imagine feeling like this, like I have to do things to fit in with the blogging world. I think big blogs must feel this pressure more because they have followers to please but I think that's defeating the object of blogging in itself. I'm glad you blog the same way you always have :-)

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  31. I think you have brought up a great points in this blogpost :)

    Sometimes I feel the pressure to blog everyday however I wouldn't say I blog about the same things everyone else blogs about, I like to post about things I like or things I have used alot of and felt like I needed to share with my followers.

    I do not blog for free things or for sponsors or any of that I blog because I need a place to get out my makeup addiction as I think I have become so obessessed even my friends and family are tired of hearing about makeup and all things beauty lol

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  32. I think I escape this as I don't have a fashion or beauty blog, so I rarely write about products or fashions and it wouldn't occur to me to do so because something was fashionable or popular at that time. Although it probably limits my potential readership, my blog is really just a diary for me, an opportunity to post snaps, make some friends and read the other blogs of those I enjoy.
    There are times I occasionally feel like the blogosphere is a bit like school - with the cool/popular kids, people trying to impress them and then small groups of people who get pleasure from bringing other people down. Just like school, as soon as the cool kids start raving about a new hair product/ring/foundation - everyone has to have it (and blog about it!) Seriously though, I read the blogs of people who have interesting, well thought out posts, and people who come across as being decent and genuine in real life. People who write posts that consist of a photo and then twenty words about a beauty product I've seen on ten other blogs.... UNFOLLOW.
    xxx

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  33. This is a great post and I know exactly what you mean although sometimes it is good to be in favour with PR companies so posting something on their behalf isn't always bad :)

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  34. Your actually so right, most popular bloggers don't even enjoy blogging anymore, they do it for the sake of it, but this makes their reviews and posts "bland" I'm happy more are starting to notice the issue!x

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  35. What a thought-provoking post...

    I fancy a change of blog name and recently said I'd do this when I hit 200 followers. This was done as a bit of a challenge for myself, see if I could drum up some support, but I've been rethinking that in the last few days. If I change my name it should be when I want to. I remember when I started blogging, there was one other girl who started near enough the same time as me and it always made me smile so much when she commented on my posts. My first blogging friend, and I valued that friendship immensely.

    I'm beginning to think it's quality and not quantity for blogging; I'd rather have a handful of people read and appreciate my posts than a thousand who subscribe to me for the sake of it.

    Great post Michelle :)

    T x

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  36. I'm a very new blogger, but I think I will stick to posting about things I genuinely find interesting rather than following like a sheep! I really like blogs that are personal and give a little insight into peoples' lives, without being nosey! Surely that's why most people blog anyway?
    Oh, and I have the same bedsheets as you, love them!

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  37. I think since starting my full time job I have stressed less about my blog. I think a lot of people who are bloggers can sometimes get carried away with focusing too much on blogging as a semi-job because of all the freebies and event opportunities there are now from companies. They put lots of pressure on themselves, always apologising for not posting for a few days. I took a break of over a month and never apologised once because it is MY blog! I blog because I enjoy it and enjoy reading other blogs. I prefer ones that are unique and personal and not full of freebies from PR companies or the same repeated content (I was getting so fed up of seeing that Barry M special effect nail varnish too haha). OH and I also hate when people constantly say 'I have 276 followers, help me get to 1000! Then I'll have a giveaway!' (rant over now haha)

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  38. Thank you all so SO much for the amazing response to this post ♥ I hadn't expected this much feedback at all, and won't be able to reply to all the comments as quite frankly, it will be 2012 by the time I say everything I want to say! I have read all of your comments with a smile on my face though (: I really appreciate you all for taking the time to write such thought-provoking comments! xxx

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  39. i am definitely pressured about writing post. it's like there's a deadline. but i know it shouldn't be that way.

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  40. I completely agree with what you say, although I like to involve myself in the community via Formspring, Twitter & various other things, that's because I enjoy that side of it as well as writing. The whole point of my blog was to showcase my writing to put on my CV as a sort of 'instant portfolio' or something along those lines anyway. The followers, the comments and everything else that comes as part of blogging all sort of just... happened, I love it don't get me wrong - I love getting comments just like anyone else does, but that wasn't my intention when I started off.
    I think a lot of people are in it for the free stuff but that shows in their posts, yes I've been sent things before and yes I'd probably do sponsored posts but that doesn't deflect from my writing. I'm CONSTANTLY trying to think of new and original ideas for my blog, I'm sick to death of seeing the same old things on different blogs - the Primark S/S11 collection for example, it's like people think that if a 'popular' blogger does it then it will pull in thousands of followers overnight but it doesn't work like that. At all.
    All people need to do is think back to the original reason they started up a blog and start doing it in that frame of mind again, there's been too much blog politics recently and I think people need to take a chill pill because otherwise the 'blogosphere' (SORRY!) is in fear of becoming a dementor and SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF EVERYONE.
    Sorry, rant over, but good post! :)

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  41. Beautifully written. I completely agree. x

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  42. Such an incredible post hun. Cannot begin to say how much I admire you for bringing this sort of subject to the forefront, I know I couldn't :) I'm relatively new to the blogging world, haven't been doing it for very long. All I know is that after reading & endlessly commenting on all the fab blogs out there, I felt it was something that I would love to take part in also. Simply because of the fact I enjoy just rambling on & on about all kinds of things! I'm truly enjoying it & through it I've gotten to know some lovely people :) I don't let myself feel pressured into it, if I have something I wanna share then I'll just do it! Thankfully I haven't received any negativity & hope never to do so as I'm not sure how I would handle that sort of thing, deep down I am very sensitive :/ Sorry if I rambled on a bit there hun! Thanks for such an incredible post :)

    Aysh xoxo

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  43. Michelle this is brilliant :) So well said. People should blog about what they want to blog about and if people like it then great if they don't then no big deal. I write about things that interest me and things I have done and enjoyed, and yes followers and comments are brilliant because it makes me feel good to know others take interest in my life, style and opinions, but I started this blog for fun and because I wanted to and I continue it for the same reason. There's enough pressure on people in the real world, so the blogging world should be left well alone to be carefree and fun again :)

    Much love hammy, awesome post.
    <3

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  44. Thank you for all of your comments guysss! SO overwhelming to see such a huge response! xx

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  45. Im loving your polka dot top today missy. Also def get the playsuit its really nice. I love the design. I bought a playsuit from Ringspun last year when I was in Glasgow. I however thought it was a top with a wee bit of elastic round the waist. sooooo put it on and said to Craig 'what do you think? this extra flap thing is weird right?' and he said 'babe thats a playsuit and you are only in one leg'! the shame!

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  46. oh i totally agree, i hate seeing the same post a hundred billion times. I was one who posted about primark S/s but I got in there early (id only seem 2 posts on it before) and to be honest, in the long run its good for my traffic as I have a high google page ranking. yet all the other people doing it havent added to anything, they just reposted images that have been seen before. and i hate it when they add "i've seen this all over the blogasphere so im gonna do it too" like whats the point? the likely hood everyones sick to death of seeing that post by now? unless your offereing something new or different there really is no point.


    I dont believe you can get popular in blogging without actually having something new and interesting to say. i dont see why people repost things and expect to be popular/get lots of followers. in my experiance people who follow blogs want to read new and exciting things, things that are engaging and fun. not just reposted junk thats seen all over the blogs!


    cba to spell check or grammar. I SUCK

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  47. This has effected me since I wrote my post all those months ago. People take this far, far to seriously, and people might say "Oh shut up you div, you can say that you have x amount of followers blah blah blah Gem" But I never had them months ago, I have worked bloody damn hard to get where I am in this blogging community, through my own merit, and not copying a soul. I actually said "Ffs not another Primark S/S" It got so repetitive I stopped reading blogs for a few days, hoping it would drift away. I think, yes it's hard, but don't copy everyone and bow down to what you think is 'in' just to get readers, because people can see straight through it. I always have, and still have wrote my blog for me, for what I like, I don't think I could do it any way and it's not that I'm un-greatful, but I honestly couldn't care less if people think I've wrote a shit post, or I don't own that backomb in a bottle, what if I did and I just didn't blog about it, oh no "She's got it and she didn't blog, she's shit!" Feckkk off, if I want to write about squirrel's collecting nuts I will, because it's MY blog, not anyone else's, no1 own me, I'm not a brand. I have helped SO many people lately with their blogs, becuase they didn't know how to go about it, and I haven't been thanked, or people 'use' me now for my reader count, it makes me sad. I'm just a girl like everyone else, and I hurt like everyone else, I'm not made of stone, if I go out of my way, I expect a Thank You. Omg I've gone on for so long Michelle.....

    I just hope that girs read your post, and think you know what, I'm gonna stay true to myself and maybe one day I will get the readers that like me for me. Like they say, Rome wasn't built in a day.

    Love you xxxx

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  48. Oh and thank you so much for my linkage, mwah xxxx

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  49. Lily: GUH, the Primark SS collection is a great example! I enjoy reading posts that showcase new collections, especially from blogs I've read and trusted for ages like yours! But these past three days, I've seen about 14 odd posts about it, with a quick "I want this, its everywhere in the blogosphere" underneath, and I think, what is even the point?! I just feel that when I started blogging in Feb last year, the blogging community was a different place entirely haha! Thanks for your comment sweet (: xxxx

    Gem: It's become a competition now! It's sad to think that a lot of people think there is a formula they "must" follow to gain popularity, when that's not the case at all! I never set out to be popular, I've never been popular in real-life so why bother!, I just enjoy writing about my materialistic interests hahaha! Oh Gem <3 I know just how you feel, I feel like a promotion tool at times, sometimes I feel almost pressured into following people back, even retweeting and little things like that! I just... want to write? Love you Gem, this was such a great comment to log in to and some really good points! xxxxx

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  50. Hmmm...I agree with what you've said and I can totally see where you're coming from. I enjoy reading blogs and read a wide variety of ém. I, too, find it a little bit annoying if I suddenly come across a whole bunch of bloggers blogging about the same products at the same time Especially if it's for advertisement purposes.

    Yes, if bloggers merely just re-blog what others have already done (isn't Tumblr of that concept?), it does get repetitive and boring. I think that's it's fine to blog about the same topic (let's say a new collection), but they should use their Own words to explain why They like it.

    Take for example the Lanvin for H&M collection, every blogger and their dog were blogging about it (and though I know some people found it highly annoying), but I loved it! I liked to see what people got and read their stories about how they had to elbow bitches out of the way haha

    To answer your final question, well, since I keep a personal blog with mundane details of my life, no, I don't feel any pressure at all and no, I don't blog about things I don't enjoy :D

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  51. personally i'm with you, 100%. repetitive posts are boring (though i accept sometime will crop up accidentally). i don't like professional-ly blogs, and i even have trouble with sponsored posts or blogs with lots of adverts.
    i like getting readers and i check my stats more than i should, but i am part of blogging for the comments. i don't see the point in posting what other people think, and if i wanted to read opinions about the primark ss11 line (which i'm afraid i don't atm) i would get a magazine and read what the professionals have to say. blogging's great because you get the personal, the everyday. if individuality is lost, i think it's a bit pointless.

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  52. Joey: I completely agree, Tumblr is the reblog concept, not Blogger. Sometimes it feels like some of the posts out there at the moment are just the same thoughts and photos and products regurgitated and posted for the sake of it though. Haha good on you sweet, I combine "personal" life, my lifestyle and fashion together, which has been the key for me! I'm constantly asked to post about certain things but I don't feel like I "should" post them, its my blog after all!

    Ellio10: Exactly my point! Blogs and magazines are two different mediums, and sometimes it feels like it gets blurred a lot. I've found a lot of "newer blogs" post the same content as the popular, well-established bloggers purely to gain hits from them, hoping the two will be associated via Google, as Lily mentioned above?

    xxxxxxx

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  53. It's wierd for me to post this in a way because I started my blog a year ago and I have barely blogged because I find life is so hectic between college(university), working and spending time with my friends and family. I don't understand how people have time to blog everyday! It's something I started as a way to motivate myself to make changes and as a hobby. However I feel the fact that I have such little followers in a way pressures me to blog more to attract followers, if that makes sense? It seems all the blogs I have follow have much more followers that me and therefore makes me feel self-concious about blogging because I know people will look at my followers and see that I don't have many so will think my blog is boring somehow? I can also understand how many bloggers hove quit because of all the 'drama' you talk about.Sorry I'm rambling now and I'm not trying to offend anyone who blogs on a regularily I just thing its a wierd situation we find ourselves in! Well done raising this issue! :]

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