Back to what I call "old-school" personal style blogging! I was reunited with my ol' pal, the tripod and we worked together on today's outfit post. I took Monday and Tuesday off so I had a lot of catching up to do today! I've been indoors all day so I've not had any shoes on or accessorised. Just a simple denim skater skirt and crisp white blouse for me!
For a while now, when it comes to style blogging, I have struggled to get a regular pace going. I was so dead set on making my photos look awesome that I kind of lost sight of what I was doing. Even though I was still excited to publish a new outfit post on my blog each time, I realised that my attitude towards blogging had changed so I unintentionally took a quiet break from fashion/style thing. Out of choice, we would travel for miles out of the godforsaken town to arrived at a decent location to shoot in, a place where we are both comfortable. Sometimes we make a day trip of it, but mostly, we drive to the park just to get my outfit photos taken there. It's worth it for a set of pretty photos. But blogging moves so quick that even before we make our return journey home, I'm already thinking about the next set of photos. For the past 8 months, I've come back thinking "was it worth it?"
Nobody has asked us to do this, I just took it upon myself to try and put out the best looking content that I possibly can. At first, it was a natural progression and my work schedule fit in well with Niki's but this has changed since his business, Hero&Cape, has continued to grow. And with how much the blogging game has moved on since the "good old days", I felt like I couldn't possibly go back to shooting indoors.
There's been discussions on how blogging isn't the same anymore, that it's no longer enjoyable, we've lost that community vibe, we're all turning in to clones, everyone's just competing against one another. I'm always saying how much I miss how blogging used to be, it was fun back then. It was a nice feeling when we felt like we are all in this together. Now it's all about strategy, keywords, getting the most 'likes' and "'follows' on social media - and I'm not saying that that's not important but it's all hurting my head, if I'm being be honest. So, with all these thoughts, it made me question myself and my own blog; what was I doing and who was I doing this for?
Attempting to put some thoughts in to writing, I've come to the conclusion that for the past 12 months, the way I had been working in regards to style blogging wasn't ideal, for me or the blog. Not for the time being anyway. Maybe when I move, things might change! I enjoyed the days out that we had, but we drive for miles and miles or got the train to the next city all for the purpose to impress the brands who had gifted me the item. And I can't afford to throw money away on petrol and travel fare anymore (SO.EXPENSIVE!!) Y'know, it's money that I'm not going to make back as well. The pressure had got to me, and it sucked the fun out of blogging. Now I'm taking control of the matter and reminding myself that this is supposed to be an enjoyable thing to do.
As my photographer, Niki doesn't think that shooting indoors is a good idea. After all, who wants to be replaced with a tripod! I've not completely replaced him yet and there will still be outfit photos with a pretty backdrop, but I have to remember that I'm just a blogger who wants to show you my outfits and that's how it all started. It's as simple as that yet I've overcomplicated everything in my head. Memo to self: I'm not a magazine, I don't have budget, the time, or even the confidence to do fancy shoots every single time. And that's completely ok! Maybe one day, though!....
I want blogging to remain something that I can still relate to. And I hope that my space on the Internet is a place that you can relate to aswell! x
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