It's time to start writing about what I want


As you can probably assume from the title of this post, I'm planning on being a bit blunt. I'm tired of writing sponsored reviews to "get my blog off the ground" and photographing products to post, even though I don't think they're review-worthy, just to have some content being uploaded. After taking a month long break from blogging, it's become clear to me that I wasn't enjoying it. It was as if I had fallen completely out of love with 'Georgia Megan' as a brand.

Then I started to think about it, I mean, really think about it. Did I honestly want to give up the brand that I've been building for myself since I was 15? No. However, I didn't want to continue writing about the same things. Don't get me wrong, I love a cheeky ootd here and there and my love of fashion and beauty will never falter, but I have become so engagement and audience orientated.

My favourite pieces to post are lifestyle, opinion and think-pieces. Unfortunately, these are the same pieces that receive the least amount of views. Because of this I kept writing what I thought my audience wanted and as a result it made my work appear robotic and manufactured rather than from my heart and soul - the way writing should be. I want to get back in touch with my writing style and push my personality through in my blog posts. I can't do that if I'm writing about brands I'm not passionate about or creating sponsored content more regularly than I would like.

When you sit down in the morning with your breakfast and catch up on some blog reading you tend to skip to the easy going content. You want to see style, you want to see makeup reviews, you want to see brands, but that content is no longer true to what I love to create and therefore no longer true to my blog. Steering away from this content means facing judgement. The subjects that I care about won't necessarily be everyone's cup of tea. There's a high chance of losing followers, engagement, traffic and all that intense blog/business stuff, but is it even worth it to keep those and be unhappy in what I'm putting out on the internet as 'me'?

For so long I have veered away from writing about things I truly have a drive to discuss. I'm a socially aware person - I love debating politics, feminism, culture, and anything going on in the world. I'm a feminine lesbian - I want to write about how my sexuality impacts my work, the way others view me, and how I've grown from understanding myself. I love music - I obsess over discovering new small artists and I could create playlist after playlist after playlist to share with you all. I'm a fashion marketing student - I want to talk about my experiences and developing skills, how I feel about sustainability and consumerism, my opinion on exploitation in the industry I'll be working in. I have so much to say and yet my fear has stopped me from saying it since my blog began.

This fear and lack of satisfaction with my current work has made me neglect my blog. I've been terrified to change it because I've worked so hard to get where I am today. Blogging part-time, as part of your income, is hard work but it's even harder when you're not enjoying it.

It's time for a re-vamp.

Time to start again.

Time to be fucking honest.

Time to start writing about whatever I want to write about.

17 comments

  1. I feel the exact same! I've been blogging for 7 years now and I'm fed up of writing about what's "popular", I just want to write about the things I care about instead x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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    1. You should! It feels surprisingly liberating :)

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  2. yes to everything in here! now i just tell the people that send me product that it's only going to be considered for a review/blog post, not something required in exchange for free product. because honestly, you're doing *them* a favor - free product isn't going to pay the bills!

    personally i love opinionated/thinking pieces! a million people can write the same review on cosmetics, but everyone has different views and experiences with things like sexuality and feminism, which is why i love reading those pieces so much. it's like, in the end there's (usually) the same message of acceptance, but the way of getting there and the way of viewing it is different from person to person. and that's what i love so much about it!

    if *i'm* the one being brutally honest here, i probably wouldn't have followed your blog if all i saw was reviews and ootds, unless i really liked your photography (even though i post about mostly reviews of beauty products, lol). if you might lose some followers and engagement from your current audience, you'll gain it from people who like well thought-out pieces!

    becky @ star violet

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    1. This is so nice to hear as I always feel like this kind of content is under appreciated! Opinion pieces are always my favourite to read so it's nice to hear someone else feels the same :) Thanks for the lovely comment!x

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  3. I really love this post and how you’re putting yourself and your happiness before your fear of other people’s opinions. Good luck with it! It sounds like it’s going to be great.

    Gabrielle Isabella x

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  4. I appreicate your honesty! I took 5 years off my blog!

    Missy
    TheFashionFusion

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  5. Oh this is so inspiring dear! You are absolutely and totally right, staying true to yourself is key. It's the only thing that will make you happy in the longer term anyway. So I am looking very forward to your new start <3
    xxx, Carmen - http://carmitive.com

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  6. I actually prefer reading lifestyle/think pieces. I think good on you for decided to do what you enjoy, people will likely drawn to that anyway, as you can often tell when someone is passionate about what they are writing. That's the best thing about blogs, we can make them what we want, there are no rules so you do you and have fun. :D

    Samio
    http://www.samio.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you, I'm hoping people will be drawn to me being me instead of me trying to be a "typical blogger". Thanks for your lovely comment xx

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  7. I much prefer reading think pieces and lifestyle ones! Love this, can't wait to see what comes next. I'm hoping you'll do a mental health related one soon, I've commented a couple of times before and each time you say there's one coming up �� I loved your self care tips one. Would love to see a post about supporting others maybe? Love your blog xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I remember your lasts comments. My mental health post is still in the works. Every time I go to post it something tends to happen regarding my mental health or the mental health of others around me that make it not the right time for me to post, if that makes sense? I promise it is still coming, but I want to wait for the right time to post it so it can be helpful to people rather than construed as possibly 'attention seeking'/drawing attention away from others. Thank you for you lovely comment :) x

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  8. Woo this is so exciting! Personal blogs are my total fave and I think it's so important to have a real area to express yourself! x

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