Last week, I hopped on the train to Leicester to meet up with some of the East Midlands bloggers. I usually go to events in the West Midlands so it was nice to meet up with blogging friends from the East, and meet new people too!
I met up with a few of the girls in the train station and we headed up to Bru; a quirky, independent coffee shop that was the stuff of sugar lover's dreams!
Bloggers love planners. It's just a fact of life. As a planner addict, I can't help but get excited when I hear abut a new brand - especially if they make something that is specially designed with bloggers in mind.
I find it so relaxing to write down my blog ideas, my to-do lists and make charts on when I'm uploading content so planners are ideal for me. When I went to the Blogger's Tiki Party, I was lucky enough to meet a brand called TOAD Diaries who very kindly gifted me a prototype of their new Blogger's style planner to give a thorough test to see if it is any good for us bloggers.
I'm gonna hold my hands up on this and say that I have completely screwed up. And, by screwing up, I've let myself down and created this weird cycle of self-hate that seems to be lingering around. I'm working on getting rid of it - hence this blog post.
What did I do exactly? I screwed up by forgetting that blogging is my hobby. Blogging is my HOBBY. It's not my job, it's not my second income, it's what I do for fun. I had completely forgotten that, and it's ruined my creativity the last six months (amongst other things but we'll save that for another day).
Where it all went wrong...I started blogging years ago. I can't even remember when to be honest. I started Geek Gets Glam about three years ago, after giving up YouTube. And that's pretty much the main problem - when I'm stumped on something, I just give up. So, like I said, I stopped videoing, which I loved, and started blogging, which turned out to be something I also loved doing. So far so good!
My blog grew steadily. It became my baby, I adored blogging and the world it allowed me to enter. And then I fell into the trap of constantly trying to earn profit off my blog, and competing against other bloggers for numbers. It's not a nice place to be in really. Your hobby becomes less of a passion because, frankly, not many nice people are passionate about being rich and famous. I kept re-branding the blog but missing my own deadlines, putting stupid pressure on myself, and struggling to write about things I didn't even want to write about. I was just writing what I thought would do well. And it was only amounting to a blog of crappy writing and a few free events here and there, as only a few invites would be relevant to my blog. I was losing sight of what I loved about writing, and why my blog existed.
And that's why I'm starting over and taking this back to a hobby. Don't get me wrong, it's great to earn money off a blog and I have nothing against those who do. If the right opportunities come up for me to monetise my blog, I'll take them. I just don't want it to be at the sacrifice of my passion for writing. I want to be able to encourage my peers in their blogging pursuits rather than be a jealous bitch because I'm not earning as much as blogger X, or have as many followers as blogger Y. It's not me.
I'm reclaiming my space on the internet as a place to write about the things I love and be proud of my work. To chat with my friends who read my blog. And just enjoy it all again! Who else relates to this?! I'm starting over with my blog, and I've not been this blog-happy in a while :-)
Let me re-introduce myself. I'm Becky, a geeky girl who isn't your typical beauty blogger. I like writing. I like lipsticks. I like Star Wars. I'm obsessed with tea and cake. And if you own an animal, I'll probably be your best friend in seconds.
You can read more about me here: About Me
This blog is Geek Gets Glam, where I write about geeky stuff; books, games, films, that kinda thing. Occasionally might slip in a LUSH bath bomb review. I write three times a week.
I am also pleased as punch about my YouTube channel, which consists of general chattiness and me doing funny reviews of films. : Geek Gets Glam on YouTube
If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, I write in other places too! Check out my About page for my links ;-)I can't thank you enough for reading all of the above - looking forward to a fresh new start with my little blog!
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