Sunday, 23 July 2017

18 Things I miss about the OLD Blogging World


The blogging world has become a bit crap hasn't it? There is always someone slagging off someone else, a bit of photography faking going on or an influencer trying to fool us into thinking he really did gain all those followers in one week. This got me thinking about simpler times when all we had to worry about was finishing our Sunday roast in time for the first blogger chat of the evening. So here are some things I miss about blogging when it was still fun...

1. Own domains were a dream and we were all about that .blogspot or .wordpress life

2. We were able to vote for the topics of each chat in an online poll on a Sunday afternoon

3. The way everyone got involved in Sunday night Twitter chats, it was the place to be and everyone shared the love, their links and followed after each chat!

4. Twitter chats were also much simpler and there were a lot less to remember. There's one for everyone and their cat nowadays and it's just too much, I never remember them anymore.

5. Everyone celebrated their first 100 Bloglovin followers with a MAC Lipstick giveaway or in my case a MAC eyeshadow because I wanted to be different.

6. And all giveaways were run via Rafflecopter, way before Follow & RT to win was cool and GFC was still a thing that people used to read blogs.

7. Our Instagram accounts were seen, followed and allllll the hashtags worked. Themes weren't really that popular and grainy selfies were still loved and shared by many.

8. Blog photos were taken with your phone whether the lighting was good or not, we've all got a flash right?! We would then bash out some words, do a quick check over and hit publish. 

9. Other bloggers always commented on your posts and you would sit in a happy bubble replying to all those lovely comments on your latest empties or monthly favourites before sharing the love back.

10. We could still trust Bloglovin with our posts and spent hours scrolling the website for new reads and following all our favourite bloggers. 

11. MAC limited edition collections were still very much loved and we all shared each others sympathy when another blogger just couldn't quite get their hands on THAT lipstick everyone needed. 

12. MAC lipstick collection posts were always very popular and would always end in another purchase that you wouldn't need.

13. It was all about Real Techniques make up brushes and we included the buffing brush in every FOTD post whether it was washed or not.

14. OOTD's were shot in front of a mirror in our bedrooms using our phones or compact cameras. If we were really lucky our boyfriends or mum might take that full length shot for us. 

15. No one spoke about finding your niche, or having to have a niche or even really knew what a niche was. I still stand firm that you do not need one. 

16. Everyone shared each others blog buttons and put them in their side bars to be kind rather than make £10+ per blog button.

17. Twitter was used to make friends and to chat about the latest beauty release or holiday. Now it's lesss chat more promo tweets and #prrequests.

18. Pressure? What pressure? Post, don't post, who really cares? We'd post when we wanted and to hell with a schedule!


I would LOVE to know what you miss about the blogging world! What have I missed out?


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33 comments

  1. Love this! Great to see someone talking so openly about the blogging world.
    So much has changed even in the short time that I've been blogging. I feel like everyone is in their own bubble rather than a community bubble, quite sad really.

    Katie | katieameliaxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I think it's sad that it isn't this way anymore! It's actually pretty discouraging and has made me rethink blogging a couple of times ๐Ÿ˜ญ Hopefully people will come out of their personal bubbles soon x

    Great Post lovely ๐Ÿ’•

    Sarah | ohitssare.com

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  3. Thank You Alice! It had to be said!! I really miss blogging cira 2012 bc it was a heck of a lot simpler & bloggers were actually kind to each other!!
    Can we bring it back please?!?!
    I miss it.
    Love Sarah xxxxxx

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  4. Really wish I had known those days, especially with number 18! Have to admit though I chuckled at the first couple because my chat is on Sunday now and only a few hours ago released a poll asking what everyone would like to talk about!�� Oh plus I still don't have my own domain yet, so I still love in that world to some extent!

    The Frugal Teen | thefrugalteen.wix.site/thefrugalteen

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  5. absolutely LOVED this post. found myself agreeing with literally everything you said, especially the point about IG haha xo

    sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I totally agree with all these points. The blogging world has become sooo demanding. It worries me what will happen next.

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  7. Great blog post and i must really say that i miss the last point you write. You could post when you wanted and you didn´t have a pressure.



    Xoxo Mel

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  8. Love this! But I'd say I still follow a lot of these to this day. I try and keep my blog and blogging style old school, and work very hard at that!! Maybe my head's in the sand, but I don't mind people trending their way through their blogs for a 10 minute bit of blogging fame. I've been writing mine for 8 years and my style is still working for me :)

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  9. Loved this post! I miss the old days of GFC and makeup hauls. Everything was simpler and less professional. I find the pressure to take flawless photographs is too much these days. No one did flatlays in the old days.
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I think I miss all of this in the list tbh - it's quite sad :(

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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  11. Omg I literally feel every single thing you've listed - I started blogging almost 2 years ago and it was amazing then ! Recently though - I agree it's been a bit of a shitty place tbh! I miss the simple blog days !

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxxx

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  12. This is how I wish blogging still was. I still keep blogging in the hope it will return as everyone being all full time blogger has changed the chill mentality I think!

    Lisa

    www.thebeautytype.com

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  13. As someone who has only been properly blogging for less than 2 years, I unfortunately don't know what it used to be like! I try to comment on blogs I like as much as I can, but I've noticed that many others don't seem to bother. I imagine it was really nice having all photos being more 'real', whereas now so many bloggers seem to be all about the over-edited photos, which doesn't really appeal to me x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. ^ I just accidentally submitted a comment using my sister's login. Haha, didn't realise she was logged in to her blog. ANYWAY. As I was saying...

      A functioning Instagram would be a dream right now. I used to post on IG at least 5 times a day. Now it's more like 2 times a week. I miss the old blog community too, I particularly miss seeing realistic outfit of the days taken in someone's bedroom, driveway or garden! Photographs taken by the blogger themselves with either the timer or a remote. THE GOOD OLD DAYS. x

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  15. Yes! Love this post! I do miss the Wednesday and Sunday night chats we used to have. Always found new people to chat too and made good friends through it. There is so much pressure to post in a schedule but I personally cannot do that. I just post when I can. I remember back 4 years ago when I started when I used to post the worst quality photos using flash. I regret it so bad! I think it's good seeing how much I've improved since then x

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  16. I agree with EVERY SINGLE ONE of these items! Ah, I miss the good ol days.

    xx, The Makeup Feed

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  17. From a non blogger but lover of blogs, why do all blog backgrounds have to be white? my eye's feel like they are going to bleed after reading a few!, what happened to all those colourful backgrounds?. I miss the more cosy, odd picture that was a bit wobbly & not seeing fights on twitter!. Oh the good old days x

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  18. I agree with every single one of these, nowadays blogging is just popularity contest.
    Natalie xx

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  19. Love this! It's such a shame how things have changed... I really do miss the good old days. Everything back then used to be so carefree and simple. Nobody cared about their following count or 'creating the perfect flatlay' or getting that 'perfect outfit shot'.

    Zoey - www.zoeyolivia.com

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  20. I am still new to this and don't have a schedule etc. I do find that even a year in I still stress about uploading regularly. If you don't post in twitter or Instagram enough you get forgotten about and unfollowed. Some of the groups I have found myself in are very clucky and I genuinely sometimes feel like I don't belong anywhere because I don't have a specific niche. I find that some of the bigger bloggers don't follow or comment back.. Sometimes it gets a bit frustrating that I put effort in and get nothing back but j won't stop because.i enjoy.it x

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  21. Literally everything you said! I started my blog in 2011 with the grainy FOTD posts and cringy haul videos. Pods didn't exist and everyone was nice to everyone. I took a few years off and came back a couple of months ago and in that time I've had my photos reproduced, my text stolen and I've been bullied?! I want the pre 2013 blogging vibes back!

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  22. Love this post! Although I only started my blog in December, I've been reading blogs for yeeeaaars! And I definitely relate to a lot of these points! It almost feels like commenting on blog posts is a lost art sometimes, I always try to take 2mins out of my day to comment on a blog post I love, but the only way I get comments now is through one of those Twitter threads lol
    Am I rambling? Sorry hah!
    Have a wonderful day!๐Ÿ’œ
    -Cait xx
    https://passionatemindblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Omg these are so spot on, I relate to all except the Twitter chats as I never took part in them I was too afraid! Funny how things change quietly over time! x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

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  24. Aww this makes me feel quite nostalgic not gonna lie haah! OMG I still relate to the first point - 3 and a half years later and my blog still doesn't have it's own domain oops! I used to love sitting and participating in blogger chats but that rarely happens now :( those were the daysss xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I don't think the old times were best or anything but I do miss the period of my life my food schedule meant I was eating my Sunday roast along with #lbloggers. That was such a lovely thing for me.

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  26. Oh yes! So true. Except the MAC lipstick stuff. They always resulted in a heft eye roll from me if I'm honest. It all ended up with no joy and too much pressure for me; I completely lost why I was doing what I was doing, so I stopped. Now I have a new(ish) blog and I'm trying to just do what I want when I want, no pressure, just for the joy of it. I'll never never fit with the modern blogger standard, it just isn't me. I dunno why I crushed my own soul trying to do it before!

    Liz X
    http://lizzumsliveslife.com

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    1. Same!! I don't think I'll fit in with the modern blogger standard completely. I try to stick to a schedule so that I can better organize my life, but ultimately I blog about what I want and when I want. I constantly hear about keep your niches small if you want to be successful. But why do that when people have so many interests and perspectives? I think that's what makes blogging interesting. At the end of the day, I say stick to what you love and people will come.

      -GG
      www.girlingamba.com

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  27. I've been blogging on and off since Live Journal was a thing so I definitely know where you're coming from. Although I'm sure we can't get all of the old blogging world back, maybe we can implement some of the things?

    -GG
    www.girlingamba.com

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  28. Aah, those were the days! I did a giveaway of a MAC lipstick for my first 100 bloglovin followers, haha! xx

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  29. Loved this! This was exactly how it was 4 years ago when I started .. and I do miss this authenticity that came with blogging . Now it's all about capturing that photo shot with blurred background and designer handbags. Thanks for sharing xxx

    Yasmin
    www.yasminbrowne.com

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  30. I remember discovering the blogging community in 2012 and I started my blog a year later. Since then, the blogging world has changed, in a good way and in a bad. It's such a shame to see how toxic and high-pressure blogging has become.

    Chichi
    chichiwrites.com

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  31. The pressure and guilt (ofttimes by me) was horrid. Today I'm still acting wholly for the pleasure with none of the guilt! Great post!

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