A bit about blogging itself

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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It always amuses me when you get suggestions about what to blog about. I suppose people think that bloggers are hungry for content and presumably have no imagination of how to come up with things to talk about off their own back. Not the case here. I have an excess of material but a lack of time to sort it all out into neat portions.

Of course I'm sure there are plenty of bloggers out there that love to be 'fed' news stories and get tipped off about forthcoming products and events, who perhaps have more reportage/magazine style blogs. If you've read more than a couple of posts from me (that's read: not just looked at the pictures) you will notice that I witter on about where I've been/what I've worn/goals and updates for about 99% of the time. What I don't do is fawn over celebrities, or give a stuff what they are up to or are wearing – what is it with those emails “so and so spotted wearing this/that/the other brand”? Do they honestly imagine we don't know that you gave them those clothes? You might have noticed I'm not all that fussed about so-called celebs, they just don't interest me.

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It's great to work on fun blog projects with friends, local businesses, brands you are really on board with and things that really inspire me. Being asked to help out with a relevant campaign or doing a favour for a friend is pretty cool, it's being part of something which is a lovely feeling.

Do you know what's not cool? Selfish PR. Not the PR people (they have a tough job), but the companies they represent. Being asked to post things with no benefit, being asked to write a post including a backlink for peanuts and the most recent insult; being asked to review a high value item of jewellery (sounded too good to be true, I was right) but instead being sent a worthless mock up. It's disrespectful to ask anyone to do something without offering a mutual benefit isn't it? Of course, people have different ideas of what that means but it's a starting point for discussion.

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Sophie in the Sticks is my space to share things I really enthuse over; photographs, thoughts and if I fancy – nothing at all. I can't tell you just how refreshing it is to be able to have my say on whatever I fancy, it's something I'd recommend to everyone. You can see there are no adverts in my sidebar, it's never been my aim to make money out of blogging. Yes, I accept some 'free' gifts – which are 'payment' for my time and effort posting about them and these are always clearly stated.

If you too blog, then you'll know just how much goes into each post; from taking pictures, uploading, looking through, editing, then writing the text, assembling the post before checking and publishing. Then there is the sharing, promoting and responding to feedback. It all takes time.

I love blogging. It's a brilliant hobby, I'm so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that have come my way and for the wonderful support that you guys have given me. Thank you so much for reading, it's so exciting. Blogger tells me there have been more that 200,000 page views which is madness. I'd love you to stick with me.

Sophie

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8 comments

  1. Blogging is a funny old game, I just hope that I can find a way to balance my offline and online stuff, things have just been manic at the moment!

    Maria xxx

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  2. I blog just to boost my own self confidence, and it has certainly started to help me and I have recently found the confidence to open up about my battles with mental illness.
    It's a great thing and plus I get a sneaky peek into the lives of lovely ladies like you :)

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

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  3. I think it's fair enough to accept "gifts" (like there's such a thing) as long as it is stated and it doesn't alter your editorial objectivity. Me, I'd love to get something, but being a decent writer, and a not terribly decent nature photographer, isn't a big catch!

    HINT someone out there give me a camera!

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  4. Of course I will be sticking with you Sophie :) You have been among one of the few bloggers whose friendship and kindness has extended outside of the blogosphere and into real life with letters and all of your gorgeous photos of the countryside around you inspire me on a daily basis. Don't ever give up your passion for blogging! - Tasha xxx

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  5. We are with you for the long haul Hun. Keep true to what you love doing and you know we shall keep visiting. That's what makes you you. Nothing nicer than a good post on the ramblings about what makes you happy.

    X x

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  6. I've stopped following some of the blogs which I used to read daily. I guess everyone and everything changes but when the focus of a blog I used to read changes and becomes more about things which don't interest me, I don't really see the point. There are so many wonderful blogs out there and it's hard to find the time to read all of my favourites as it is. Obviously, it's up to each person what they do with their blog - it's their space. I'm proud that my blog is my space, honest and truly reflects me. I reject more "opportunities" (if you can call some of them that) than I accept and most of the time I don't have a clue who the "celebs" are of which those daft press releases speak.
    I know that my blog has changed from the start and at one point I wanted to delete my first posts, but I've let them be. It's a good reminder of where I used to be and how much I have changed. When I began my blog I was probably at my lowest and illest and worst point, emotionally and it's good to have that personal marker to see just how far things have come since then.

    I love your blog and am constantly in awe of your photography skills - you certainly have an eye for it.

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  7. Of course I will stick with you and keep reading and commenting. I will always stay loyal to bloggers I like and especially those I have known a long time. I enjoy your blog. It's pretty and you write in a way which makes me feel like I am having a conversation with you, very colloquial and just the way I like it. Plus, it's nice that we got to write to each other through your blog AND you helped me get to know Char and Tasha as penpals too!x

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  8. Interesting read. Blogging seems to be one of those things when you can never win and never please everyone.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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