The Pressure To Improve & Why I Don't Want To

28.2.19


So, here we are. It's 2019 and the blogging world is taking over the internet. There are people everywhere posting their OOTD's, writing witty blog posts and getting changed at super-speed in those little (or should I say, lengthy) styling videos on Instagram.

The world is filled with it... or at least my world is anyway.

You see, as a blogger/influencer/creative, whatever you want to call yourself, there is this constant pressure to keep moving forward with the times. There is this constant state of 'okay, whats the next new thing I need to be doing?', followed by hours/days/weeks of panic as you try to fit yourself into the industries expectations. 

And sometimes, it's just way too hard to keep up with.

As soon as you've caught up with one 'latest thing', the next one comes along and you have to figure out, all over again, how you're going to put your own spin on it.

It's exhausting, it's draining, and I'm starting to think, it's just not worth it.





EARRINGS - PRIMARK // TEE DRESS - TOPSHOP

Now, that may sound lazy and a little bit unprofessional, but let me explain...

I've always been one for simplicity - HECK, my blog name is Holly Loves The Simple Things for crying out loud - and sometimes, all these new things that keep popping in and out of fashion in this industry, just don't feel like 'me', in any way at all. They're all too 'up to the minute' for my little blog brain to take on.

At the end of the day, the reason I do this is to share with you guys what I love, what I'm thinking and what I'm up to, in my own style and my own way. There's no need for me to begin with content that's in no way 'my style' to express that to you guys - well I'm hoping there's not anyway.





COAT - URBAN OUTFITTERS (GIFTED) // SHOES - TOPSHOP

I recently read Alice Catherine's blog post, 'What Blogging Means To Me', and it really struck a chord with me.

It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed by all that is going on in this industry, that it's sometimes good to take a step back and remember why you started in the first place.

I didn't start blogging so that I could be waving around fancy shmancy new content in your faces all the time, I started because I loved over-sharing. I loved telling whoever was reading about the things I liked, or the struggles I was going through or even just enjoyed getting my thoughts out of my head and onto a page. I started because I love being creative and coming up with ideas, or being inspired by others and finding a-like people who made me feel less alone.






The content I create might not be the most perfected, well thought out, high-end content out there, but at least it's MY content. At least it's content I'm happy with and enjoyed making. I feel overwhelmed by the thought of having to constantly 'improve', when in reality, I'm pretty damn happy with what I'm doing right now. 

Whether or not you guys are happy with it, is up to you, but the idea of changing what I love, simply to fit the standards that everyone is constantly raising, doesn't feel right for me.

I've already put on a new take on things this year, which I'm completely over the moon with, so I don't feel the need to, or want to, make anymore changes to anything right now. I'm content with where I'm at. 

3 comments

  1. 100% agreed. I find it annoying actually when I see "blogging trends" and suddenly everyone seems to be doing the same thing. I enjoy it when the people I follow continue to do their own thing and innovate in their own ways because it's the reason I followed in the first place. Love that you stick to you and you're not afraid to say so xx.

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  2. This was a lovely post. You're right, you should only write content that you want to write. B X

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  3. Great post! I'm so glad that you are deciding to stick with what makes you happy rather than letting the pressures of keeping up to date with the constantly changing social media world take over. Keep being authentic and doing what you love and others with gravitate towards that whether it's on trend content or not! All the best - Amy x

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