5 REASONS WHY THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY IS EPIC

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR MEGA BABES, I hope 2017 is treating you amazingly well already. Secondly, well erm, there's not really a secondly apart from the fact that I'm about to dive deep into a post which is basically all omg the blogging babes are the best people ever and it's giving me all the happy, warm, fuzzy vibes. Because let's be honest, in all huge groups of people (especially females), there will always be jealousy and negativity and shit vibes and I think sometimes the blogging community falls into this trap. But generally, it's just a bubble of support and creative goddesses (and gods) and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

There were a couple of things that prompted me to do this post, the first was the reaction from the blogging community after my last post which honestly blew me away. In case you haven't seen it, I'll link it here but in short, it's a very emotional look into 2016 which kinda got deep af. But somehow, this post which was purely my free form of therapy way of giving closure to a shocking year reached so many god damn people. Like, a scary amount of people. But behind the number of views on my screen were an absolute tonne of people - mostly bloggers - tweeting/dm'ing/whatsapping etc. - the loveliest messages of support and honestly, I did sweet FA that day apart from stare at my screen and phone in utter disbelief that the internet has provided me, and us all really, with a little army on my side. It's funny because numbers are great but really, that's all they are. To see/hear/read actual people reaching out to let me know my content had made a difference... it's just something I'll never quite get my head around.

The second reason I thought I'd do this is actually because I was kinda drained from talking about my personal life so deeply. I am beyond happy that so many could relate and it touched so many, and it's definitely something I'll occasionally do in the future (where relevant)... but for now, I might just nip back to some superficial, pointless posts with a little less depth that doesn't make me feel like I've been on an emotional rollercoaster/to a therapy session!

So, let's talk about why the blogging community is beyond epic shall we? 
SUPPORT
I touched upon the support of the blogging community in the beginning but honestly, I have always been completely humbled by how amazing the community is when things go wrong. I went back and counted - because as I said, I was as useless as a chocolate teapot the day the post was posted because I was beyond overwhelmed - and over 20 people had messaged to say that despite not ever meeting, they felt so proud of me and was so thankful that I'd written something they could relate to. How f**king insane is that? Overall more than 100 people got in touch in some way, shape or form and I just thank my lucky stars that blogging has put me in a position that has made this possible. I think what I've realised over the past few weeks is that despite having significant numbers across certain platforms, absolutely no number compares to a person, a real person reaching out to tell you you've made a difference to their lives. The support of the blogging community is one of the absolute best things about being a blogger, so let's build each other up, support each others achievements and reach out when things go wrong. 


INSPIRATION
One thing that makes me so proud to be a blogger is the increasing influence that bloggers have worldwide. Not only are bloggers creating content for their own sites, they're now the faces of brands, bringing out their own products, being flown around the world to help promote countries tourism etc. etc. and in all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I turned to magazines/the general internet/even Pinterest for inspiration, it is always to blogs/youtube channels and Instagram, and I always get the inspiration I'm looking for. I love this so frickin much, because for so long - and still now at times - we were laughed at for being vain and self indulgent and all of those completely missguided descriptions but actually, bloggers are normal people, living normal (ish) lives, doing their thing and providing inspiration for the masses. You Go Glen Coco!

And by Glen Coco I obvs mean every sassy blogger killin it right now [insert high five emoji here].


MOTIVATION
This could definitely come under inspiration but just seeing such epic content created across the Blogging/Youtube world gives me so much motivation to push myself to do bigger and better things. I think the special thing about this community is despite the fact that it is oh so easy to compare yourself to so many people, there really is room for everybody because what makes a good blogger, is actually just being you. So rather than seeing an absolutely stunning shoot and thinking oh ffs, why didn't I think of that, it just makes me think, how can I push myself to do something as beautiful but in my own way? Blogging is an incredible platform, but that's all it is, a platform, it's up to you to do whatever you want with it, take the opportunity and run with it!


FRIENDSHIP
I started blogging because I'd stumbled across blogging and youtube - in particular Lollipop 26 (now Buy now, blog later) and Fleur/Zoe - and I became obsessed with it. I started as a distraction from my hectic job in TV and the only thing I thought I'd gain was just a hobby to take my mind off of the fact that Alan Sugar had just screamed abuse at me for no reason. Never in my life did I imagine I would make some of the best friends that I have from it. That still just blows my mind. The thing is, I have a lot of "blogging friends"... you know, people that you speak to a lot but mostly about blogging and work and you see them at events and they're absolutely wonderful, but you never really go to too much effort to meet up outside of work/blogging. But I actually have made real and true friends that I genuinely would never stop whatsapping even if blogging never existed. And sometimes, I'll be at incredible events, maybe it's at the top of the Shard, or maybe it's halfway around the world.. and I'll look over at these people and just feel so grateful that I'm sharing this crazy journey alongside them.

BRB while I grab a bucket to vom in and then a gun to shoot myself in the face for being such an outrageous sap!

But yeah, I've got best friends from blogging and that in itself makes starting this little corner of the internet the best decision I've ever made.


ACCEPTANCE
Never, in my life, have I felt so comfortable in my own skin since starting my blog and being immersed in the community. I think everyone and their dog knows that I am the world's biggest Harry Potter fangirl, because I shout it from the rooftops with absolutely no shits given. But I think back to my teen years and I literally would've shrivelled up and died and felt like the most uncool person to have walked the planet. This is literally one example but I just feel like if I came out with anything, no matter how random or silly or uncool, the blogging world would just laugh along with me. It's like being in a relationship where you feel totally comfortable to talk about anything which is just so ironic as I haven't met 99% of the people I'm talking/tweeting to. I just feel like I can be entirely myself and that's completely OK because my blog is me. And people read my blog for me. And it doesn't matter if sometimes I am a complete and utter tit... I love that.

I am 100% waffling now, but basically, thank you blogging/social media world for a) providing me with the best friendships, b) bringing the most supportive, inspirational and motivational babes into my life and c) accepting me for who I am. Making me feel like I am doing OK. Making me feel like I am enough.

Jumper - Matalan / Wax trousers - H&M / Boots ASOS - / Bag - Gucci

I would love to know what your favourite things about the blogging community is, is there anyone that's made a real difference to your life? Let's share the blog love below, I always love hearing your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

P.S Wishing you all the most amazing, happy, adventure-filled 2017. Let's see if we can make it the best year yet!


38 comments

  1. Such a lovely post! ♥

    Love your blog! You just got a new follower! ♥ Keep up the good work!
    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Yorker

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  2. This is such a lovely post - and you know what, you're one of those lovely people too. You are always so kind and encouraging, AND I've just realised that we have to meet this year! xx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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  3. Yaaas queen! People like you are why the blogging community is so blimmin' great. Always positive, honest and encouraging to everyone around you. I love the way women support and constantly big each other up in the blogging community, it is an industry like no other - I hope it stays that way! I wish you the more incredible, spontaneous and successful 2017 my love. Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  4. What a well-written and positive post! It was amazing to read. Happy New Year, I wish you the best for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  5. Agreed! I've made some amazing friends through blogging and feel constantly inspired by them!

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  6. I love this Ellie! And I totally agree. I have blog friends that I quite literally talk to everyday on Whatsapp, and having taken a break from blogging last year, it was such an amazing feeling that nothing changed, and they still stayed a strong and constant part of my life.

    YAY BLOGGERS! <3

    Little Miss Katy | Lifestyle, Food + Travel

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  7. Lovely posts! I agree on every point. The blogging community is really the best x

    http://www.erinazmir.com

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  8. I couldn't agree more, the blogging community can be so supportive and accepting when you need it most. Yes theres always going to be some negative bullies out there, but the positivity always rises to the top x

    Happy New Year lovely x

    Beauty with charm

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  9. The blogging community and support is my FAVOURITE thing about blogging! It is just so amazing and full of so many wonderful ladies! I haven't been blogging long enough yet to meet anyone in person or make any true friends but I'm really hoping that this is something I can achieve as my blog progresses! xx

    Frances Kayleigh

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  10. I love this post so much!!!! The blogging world can get such a bad rep sometimes but I have made some incredible friends through it and you're right, the community is just the most supportive ever xxx
    Sophie Cliff

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  11. I agree, the blogging community is wonderfully supportive and a real source of inspiration! Glad that you got such a positive reaction to your post and have a lovely year ahead

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  12. A toast to the new year and to the bloggers, because blogging wouldn't be the same without the community! I really enjoy being in the community, even if sometimes I feel left out or get too busy, because it seems like everyone has a place and that's just wonderful. I'm so lucky to have made friends across the world through blogging in the past two years, and I can't wait for the next year to see what's in store <3

    xx BASH   ||   HEY BASH

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  13. Almost all of the reasons you mentioned are precise reasons why I love being a part of this community. The amount of support and friendship I've received and given in the last year of blogging has been absolutely incredible, and god bless this community.

    Happy New Year, Elle! x

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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  14. Girl I have SO much love for this post, you are literally the ultimate babe and deserve everything that you've worked so hard for! It's amazing how the blogging community can feel so overwhelming with their support at times, it genuinely warms my heart!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  15. Lovely lovely post :) Let's hope it all continues.

    Holly x
    www.ldnmuse.com

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  16. Amazing post! I really enjoyed your last post, purely because I totally related to it and it's amazing to see how much support one girl can get. Hope this year is an amazing year for you! xx

    http://www.styleandsplurging.net

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  17. such a great post! Bloggers can be such a community to belong too! :)

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  18. First of all, these photos are stunning and your bag is everything! I agree with this so much, I met my best friend through blogging; it is such a lovely community x

    www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

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  19. I haven't been blogging for a long time, but in my short time hereI have experienced much for support than I ever thought I would.
    I love this post and your pictures are amazing.
    I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

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  20. I am so glad you feel like you got the support you need, love. To be perfectly honest, I have been worried so much about you these last couple of weeks. The best of luck to you, darling!!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  21. I'm also so grateful for the lovely ladies (including yu) who I've met through blogging. I do feel I have a wall up sometimes and wish to break it with others to make better friendships and feel understood but all comes with seeing and chatting and making time :) Here's to a lovely 2017 girl!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  22. This is so lovely! I have my blog as an occasional hobby so I'm not truly immersed in the community but I can still feel the positivity and support of all the lovely bloggers I've been lucky enough to chat to! It's kind of like a huge international pen pal network xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  23. I feel that I owe the blogging so much in return for everything it has done for me over the past few years! I've only met a handful of those I've come to refer to as friends and I really hope I can meet a few more this year so I can thank them in person for all of their lovely comments, support and motivation!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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  24. ..and this is why bloggers rule all. #justsayin' - love this post!
    Frankie x

    joieandthevivre.com

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  25. Your style is amazing! I'm in love with those over the knee boots!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

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  26. I agree the blogging community is legit amazing! I have met so many gorgeous from the inside out ladies, including yourself! I always love you honestly! Oh and youre looking super fabulous per usual!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  27. Girrrrl those boots! You hottie. You're so right about the blogging community being amazing - I tend to stay away from all the drama and bitching where I can and just surround my online self with babes like you instead!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  28. LOVED this post! As much as I love chatting about clothes and make up and my dog haha I wouldn't blog if it were not for the community. I've made some friends both IRL and online and for the most part everyone is so encouraging and kind. I feel so much happier about who I am since I started blogging x

    Sick Chick Chic

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  30. Such a great post, loved reading it and you are right about everything you say here. Your outfit is just beautiful I'm in love with your bag and that jumper is so unusual with the ribbon details. Hope you are having a lovely day!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  31. Love this one chick, so inspiring how everyone rallies together when someone's feelings down - restores some faith back in humanity!
    Lx
    Elle Bloggs

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  32. Such a great, positive post! I read your other post too and love the quote you included - "Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth"... YAS to this!

    T x

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  33. I love this! You totally are enough, and your blog is so real and comforting.
    I definitely agree about all these things-- the blogging community has been surprisingly lovely; even to me as a small blogger. I've had nothing but nice words from people, and it can feel really wonderful.
    Happy new year :)
    Julia || Julia in Bluhm

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  34. love the article babe...wishing the community here was as amazing.
    kisses from dubai ❤️
    www.mahryska.com

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  35. You're so gorgeous. I just started blogging and I hope to discover a community like you did :)

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