I think this post might be a bit of a brain dump but nevertheless, I’m going to get it out there in the hope that it’ll help me get out of this funk I’ve gotten myself into. While it isn’t anything new, I get into a blogging block often, this one feels different. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it definitely feels like it’s going to go on for a lot longer than the others I’ve had.
I’ve been blogging for just about 3 years now and my Instagram page has been going for 3 and a half. I’ve grown my following over there organically, I’ve only done a few paid adverts in the last 6 months and I didn’t get any following from them. If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that I started off as a food account with recipes and ideas for weaning babies. Once Henry was weaned, it became more of a parenting account and I found out I was pregnant with Archie, Peanut & Sprout was born. I don’t have a set “theme”, I just post photos and posts about our daily lives. So why do I now feel a pressure to fit into a category?
I’ve thought about condensing my content into a theme. But that’s not me. I don’t fit into a box in everyday life so why should my online content? It’s hard to find something that makes my content stand out because there are so many great blogs and Instas out there! I don’t exercise often, I’ve come to terms with that fact that I’ll be curvy and I enjoy my food. I’m not a yogi, although I do like the occasional session. I won’t post any motivational quotes or words of wisdom because I don’t know any. And while I’m subscribed to two beauty boxes, I will never be a beauty blogger because I still don’t know how to contour at the age of 23. I’m a parent and I post real and honest content.
This might seem like first world problems and even I know that it is. But as well as being a mum, I write. I work Monday to Friday and sometimes at the weekend too. And while it’s from home, it’s still bloody hard. So when I do blog, I want it to be what you guys want to see and read because without you, I’m essentially just writing an online diary! Algorithms are a pain in the backside and it’s becoming harder and harder to get noticed without paid adverts or something possibly going viral.
I don’t know where I want to go from here. Whether I want to carry on with blogging or give it up, either take a break or altogether. I also kind of like the idea of fading into the background and living life without feeling the need to get “Insta-worthy” photos or feeling the need to film so I can make a vlog and people who I don’t want to know what I’m up to wouldn’t be able to find out.
So if there’s a radio silence from me, that’s why. I either have decided to take a break or there’s just nothing going on. But when I started my Instagram page, I promised to be honest and hoped it would help other parents. And this is me being more honest than I’ve ever been and asking for your help too. Is there anything you’d like to see? Any tips? Any ideas for blog posts? I love hearing from you all and thankyou for reading my posts, whether they’re meaningful or just mindless brain dumps.