It’s been over a month since my last blog post, and, before jumping back into things as if nothing’s happened, I wanted to spill some of what’s been going on for me lately.
Last month I moved into my parents, and albeit temporary, it’s not where I want to be. I am a pretty independent person, so always being around people wears on you. Not being able to have people over, have your own space, or do what you want really has an affect on your emotional well being. I’m not saying things are terrible, but socially and creatively I’m not where I want to be. As someone who reviews a lot of product, I don’t have a place to photograph like I did in my apartment, and, being on the northeastern side of LA, it’s a trek to go and see friends on the west side- so we have to meet in the middle.
Blog-wise, the issue of not having an area to take photos is what’s killing me the most. I have a huge mound of products piling up that I have to photograph and no creativity of where I could possibly begin to shoot them to my high standards. I honestly haven’t even tried…I’m hoping to take a stab at it this weekend.
I’ve still been going to events, receiving product, and all that, but I haven’t been able to deliver on my end. Granted, it’s not like it’s paid work…but it’s something I enjoy doing and of course can turn into that…because trust me, brands want product photos.
It’s really easy to focus too much on other people in the blogging world. “Why does x have more followers than me?” “Why did she get that brand deal?” “Why is she at that event, she never posts!” are all questions that come to mind…When these things pop up I try to delve inward. Maybe I need to change hashtags, engage with people more…or even reach out to brands. Plus, following other bloggers can be draining. Take advantage of that mute button, ladies.
Blogging is a lot of work. Especially on top of another job. And while blogging full time seems glamorous, I’m not sure I’d even enjoy that.