Downsides of Blogging and Why It's Been Difficult for Me to Come Back Full-Time

As a lot of you know, if you've been following me for a while, I was big into blogging for a couple of years and then quit abruptly in 2016. In 2017, I tried to come back for a short while, but I didn't necessarily stick to it. I'm dipping my toes back in, but also remembering what's held me back in the first place. Today, I'm going to go over some of those reasons. Please remember that this doesn't apply to EVERY blogger and every person can speak for him or herself. This is just how I feel personally. 

The People You Attract Online

Interacting with your followers and fellow bloggers and social media people is fantastic. It helps you get to know people you wouldn't have met otherwise, especially those who have things in common with you. However, there are a subset of people who seem to be particularly looking for drama, and it seems I am not always great at ignoring them. I had something pretty weird and crappy happen on Twitter just last week, in addition to the lawsuit I'm in over defamation that occurred via YouTube. It is impossible to vet out people who may become a problem, as often times, they seem like people you would get along with when exchanging a couple of tweets or DMs, and then it turns ugly. That's not always fun.

It Becomes Far Too Much with Freebies, Especially If Your Main Passion Isn't Make-Up/Skincare 

I just finished my PhD in Holocaust History and am working on a novel now with a very heavy theme. Blogging was a great escape at first, but it fast became incredibly materialistic. Lots of brands were contacting me, asking me to review their products. While in some ways, it's nice to have someone who doesn't have a ton of experience reviewing things, I also started to feel overwhelmed because make-up and skincare is fun for me, but not a top priority in life. Therefore, I started to feel like this was taking over and I stopped feeling as fulfilled. Of course, there is nothing wrong with make-up and skincare being your passion, but it just isn't mine.

In addition, I have gobs of unused make-up and other items that have never been used after a quick review of the product.

I Don't Feel Up to Snuff

To be honest, a lot of bloggers' photos and Instagram feeds feel and look like they were done by professional photographers. In some cases, they may have been. I have taken photography classes and do like to take photos, but I don't feel as though I'm up to snuff. I also think I need a new camera, but I'm not sure I want to invest into one if I'm not coming back full-time.

It Can Be Shallow

While I have met lovely and genuine people through blogging, a lot of times, things just feel so skin-deep and shallow. It sometimes feels as though people aren't necessarily interested in being friends with one another so much as they are finding people for their personal gain. If you can't help them out, they're not necessarily interested. 

My Life Isn't Very Exciting

Over the past few years, I've struggled with very serious and intense pain. As a result, I've been housebound a lot of the past few years, and it's been a struggle to go out, travel, and do the things I am used to doing. As such, I feel as though my life generally isn't exciting enough to speak about on a blog. 

I'm Not Comfortable with How I Look

During the past few years of being ill, I gained about 30lbs over time. I have been working hard to lose the weight and have established a diet and exercise routine. This is a difficult thing to to talk about, as my weight has been a subject of ridicule during my lawsuit. It's also difficult because I know there are readers who are bigger than me or the size I am with my weight gain, and I don't want anyone to feel as though I think they don't look good or they shouldn't love themselves. Weight is so subjective, and how we feel in our own skin is the most important. I just haven't necessarily felt comfortable in mine, which is why it's been a bit of an uphill battle. As such, I just haven't been comfortable posting outfit photos, etc., even though I know I should be setting a better example. But I'm for honesty, and this is flat out honest. 

So, I'm looking forward to creating some content I've got up my sleeve, but I am not sure how far it's going to go. Will this mean a full-time return to blogging? Possibly. But also, maybe not. I just haven't decided if this is going to be a once in a while thing or a regular thing going forward. But thanks for sticking with me and reading so far!

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  1. You are amazing Anna and I appreciate our friendship so much!

  2. Aww Anna love, I can totally relate and struggle with the same things as well. I try to constantly remind myself to approach blogging/social from a place of passion but it is hard to not get caught up in everything else. I'm sorry that you are going through these struggles but its refreshing to hear another blogger voice the issues that we always face and to know that I'm not alone. I'm here for you girl!

  3. I look forward to the novel, I've loved all of your books.

    I agree with the drama with blogging. I needed to step back for similar reasons, I started blogging again last year, but I don't feel comfortable sharing too much of my personal life on my blog anymore.


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