The Blogger I Want To Be

When I think of the top bloggers, I can't help but feel that part of their success has to be from being that little bit out of reach. They're the girls next door who could be your best friend, but they carry a Mulberry handbag, drink champagne for breakfast, and roll out of bed looking ready to hit the runway. 

I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing. If 'top blogger' were listed on a job search website, those enviable possessions and qualities would be the requirements, that's just the way it is and I'm happy for those girls who get the balance right between having those things while also building a real relationship with their readers. But I don't want to be one of them. 

Lyd standing on a pier with the beach behind her, wearing blue jeans, a grey jumper with a red lobster, and red lipstick. She is smiling with her eyes closed.

It would all be a lie, I would be showing you a lifestyle so different from my own. I carry Primark bags, eat Greggs doughnuts for breakfast, and roll out of bed with cystic acne and a moustache that's coming along nicely. It's not Insta-glamorous, but my aim isn't to curate glossy images of a perfect life, but to share my own in a way that makes my readers laugh or feel inspired and supported, like some of my own favourites, CodieKinz and BrummyMummyOf2. Neither kind of blogger is superior, and I am hoping that we will see the goal posts widen and there will be room for both at the top table- them photographing their avocado toast, us wiping chocolate off our dresses. 

If I want my readers to be inspired by my writing, I have to be first. Looking back over my 200+ posts I see them as a learning curve, but I'm not proud of them all. Some don't fully represent who I am now, some were clearly written in a rush to have content scheduled 3 days a week, prioritising quantity over quality. That has to stop, I need to love every piece I put out to the world, and the best way to do that is simply to write about the things that I really love, the things that show you who I really am. 

Any lifestyle blogger will know the gamble of asking your audience to read purely because they're interested in you. It feels narcissistic to say 'come and read about my life!' but I'm hoping that I can share my loves in a meaningful manner, and make this blog a cosy, positive place. I'd like to inspire people to spend time exploring coast and country, loving nature the way I do. I want to highlight small shops and local events to celebrate the hard work behind them. At the very least, I want to make people smile or smirk as they read. Maybe that will never be as popular as the top bloggers, but at least I'll be being true to myself and recording memories that really mean something to me. That's the blogger I want to be. 



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6 comments

  1. I have personally always loved loved all your blog posts, I am exited to see what is on the horizon though. X

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  2. See, as a reader, I prefer to read the more honest, girl next door blogs. Don't get me wrong, I still swoon over the Insta beauts but authenticity is something wonderful too 💕

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  3. I completely agree, but keep doing what you’re doing babe, because it’s pretty amazing xx

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  4. I loved reading this post Lydia! It's so important to blog about the things you genuinely like and want to share ♥︎ Although my primary focus is on fashion I do love to share beauty and lifestyle bits too because they're part of my life and interests too :) xx

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  5. I love this!

    I think there's definitely something appealing about the "unrealistic" bloggers but for me at least, there's only so much I want of that before I feel like I'm reading a glossy mag. I love blogs like yours and love following you on Insta because of how you are. Such a breath of fresh air!

    xx

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  6. Just found your blog via a comment you left on mine (thanks!) & I totally get what you're saying with this, whether someone has 10 followers or a million everyone's unique with a different story to tell. x

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