Blogging: A Hobby or A Habit?

Blogging: A Hobby or A Habit?

I've been blogging for so long now that i often wonder whether i still enjoy my hobby or whether it has in fact just become a habit.


When you've done it for so long it's so easy to fall into a routine or a rut and sometimes i often wonder whether i continue to blog because it's something i love to do or because it's become something i don't know how to not do.

When i first started blogging almost four years ago, it was so different to how it is now, the community was much smaller but it was amazing; everyone was friendly, they supported each other and it was a really pleasant thing to be a part of. It was less stress; everybody had simple point and shoot cameras, awful lighting and wonderfully dodgy photos - myself included, if you look back at some of my earlier posts the photos really make me cringe.

That was the beauty of it though, everyone was a novice but we were all learning together. I can remember when i first started my blog, i got so excited every time i thought of something to post about and i don't really feel that anymore. Nowadays, the blogging community is so different. I'm not saying that people aren't friendly or supportive because they are but compared to how it was - i don't feel like i belong in it anymore.

Everyone seems to have their own little cliques and i barely interact on twitter because despite that fact I've been blogging so long i feel quite inferior to a lot of you. There so much pressure from other bloggers to be the best that its so easy to feel inadequate not to mention the amount of posts telling you what you can and can't do. Instead of being a positive place, it's become another added stress in my life where i feel like I'm not good enough.

All this and the recent issues with my giveaway has made me question why i put myself through it. I was lucky, i didn't receive as much hassle as some people might but i felt targeted, it wasn't pleasant and i genuinely considered deleting my blog and giving it up altogether. The giveaway was meant to be a thank you and all i wanted was to do something nice and because of this, it's going to be the last giveaway i ever do.

This past week, i took the time to really think about what i want when it comes to this blog and truth be told, i really don't want to give it up. I'm proud of my blog and I'm proud of my following - my blog is lesser known than some that have been blogging for a much shorter time than me but i don't care anymore. I'm tired of the pressure and from now on, I'm blogging for myself. Obviously, i hope you will still enjoy my content and remain following but i concentrate to much on what i think others will think, instead of doing it for myself and just hoping they like it too.

A hobby is supposed to be fun, something that's enjoyed and that you do because you love it and that's exactly what my blog used to be and it's what i hope for it to be again.
Natalie xx

10 comments:

  1. These are definitely some interesting thoughts. Blogging is definitely a hobby &/or a job for me. I love it. :]

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  2. I think you should always blog for yourself, not others, and maybe this is why you're not enjoying it as much as you used to? Personally I love your blog and the content you create but at the end of the day yoh need to be the happiest person:-) great post, and I look forward to seeing more personal ones soon:-) x
    Cloe X www.clxelouise.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you. I really appreciate that.
      I've continued blogging but i've been blogging for myself and im finding myself enjoying it again.
      Natalie xx

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  3. I think you should always blog for yourself, not others, and maybe this is why you're not enjoying it as much as you used to? Personally I love your blog and the content you create but at the end of the day yoh need to be the happiest person:-) great post, and I look forward to seeing more personal ones soon:-) x
    Cloe X www.clxelouise.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi! Blogging is just a hobby for me. I love this post it's really honest and down to earth. I used to blog about beauty/fashion but i fell out of love with it nd couldn't/didn't find the time, so i stopped. Recently i've started blogging again over at.. http://psychologyfoodandfitness.blogspot.co.uk and its much more fun! :)

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    1. Aw thank you. I think it's becomes such the 'in thing' that it's so easier to get carried away with it and forget why you started in the first place.
      Natalie xx

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  5. I'm really sorry about your experience with your giveaway. I wasn't aware of what had happened as I haven't been on social media recently. I've just scrolled back through your content and found your giveaway post. Obviously from the footnote you have wrote and from the relevant comment, I have deduced what has happened. I did actually see your giveaway post when it was published and saw the rule you had put in about competition accounts and I actually thought to myself that's a good idea, I'm going to put that clause in the next time I run a giveaway,and in fact,thinking about it I'm sure I have seen others state it. Like you I didn't know of any laws and stating that you are treating campers as 2nd class citizens by excluding them is surely the same as excluding anyone who doesn't have a Facebook (or whichever SM) account from being able to get the relevant extra entry. Like you, if I am going to run a competition on my blog I want the winner to be a fellow blogger or at least someone who reads blogs. Not someone who has come across my competition by searching under #competition on Twitter. We are not large organisations running competitions. We are individuals who pay for the prizes out of our own money because we want to reward our readers.. Surely it should be up to us what restrictions we put on who enters. This has really made me angry on your behalf and surprised at this so called law (how can companies state winners of certain comps have to be over 18 or that employees and their families cannot enter etc.) it seems a very subjective law to me. I'm just sorry that it has ruined for you what was intended as a thoughtful gesture (I'm not saying any of this for any ulterior motive as I haven't entered the competition and rarely do enter them as I mainly read on my mobile and can't be bothered remembering which blogs are hosting giveaways and calling to mind to return to them when I get on my laptop!! - Just thought I would make that clear in case any readers take umbrage at what I've wrote. Please don't stop blogging, I enjoy reading your blog as I'm sure many others do, but do what you enjoy like you said, I'm sure the majority of your readers will enjoy it to. Sorry for the long rant! xxx

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    1. Aw thank you Andrea, Im glad someone sees my point of view too :) I agree with you that it should be up to us as to what restrictions we include especially when we are purchasing the prizes ourselves - ive just decided that im not going to do giveaways anymore because to me it's not really thanking one of the readers, if it's not a reader thats getting the prize.
      Natalie xx

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  6. I'm really sorry about your experience with your giveaway. I wasn't aware of what had happened as I haven't been on social media recently. I've just scrolled back through your content and found your giveaway post. Obviously from the footnote you have wrote and from the relevant comment, I have deduced what has happened. I did actually see your giveaway post when it was published and saw the rule you had put in about competition accounts and I actually thought to myself that's a good idea, I'm going to put that clause in the next time I run a giveaway,and in fact,thinking about it I'm sure I have seen others state it. Like you I didn't know of any laws and stating that you are treating campers as 2nd class citizens by excluding them is surely the same as excluding anyone who doesn't have a Facebook (or whichever SM) account from being able to get the relevant extra entry. Like you, if I am going to run a competition on my blog I want the winner to be a fellow blogger or at least someone who reads blogs. Not someone who has come across my competition by searching under #competition on Twitter. We are not large organisations running competitions. We are individuals who pay for the prizes out of our own money because we want to reward our readers.. Surely it should be up to us what restrictions we put on who enters. This has really made me angry on your behalf and surprised at this so called law (how can companies state winners of certain comps have to be over 18 or that employees and their families cannot enter etc.) it seems a very subjective law to me. I'm just sorry that it has ruined for you what was intended as a thoughtful gesture (I'm not saying any of this for any ulterior motive as I haven't entered the competition and rarely do enter them as I mainly read on my mobile and can't be bothered remembering which blogs are hosting giveaways and calling to mind to return to them when I get on my laptop!! - Just thought I would make that clear in case any readers take umbrage at what I've wrote. Please don't stop blogging, I enjoy reading your blog as I'm sure many others do, but do what you enjoy like you said, I'm sure the majority of your readers will enjoy it to. Sorry for the long rant! xxx

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