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  1. jyo says

    Brilliant post Laura…I agree with the contents completely. Authenticity is complex and multifactorial. I appreciated the way that you tore apart the subject and thoughtfully analysed it. Thanks for putting such a great post, really great work Laura ✌✌

  2. Helene (AngelSpartaness) says

    I love, love, love this. It seems that you always know just what to say when it comes to topics like this! When I first started my blog back in spring, I saw sooo many tips like this and what seemed liked “secret rules”, many of which didn’t make much sense to me! I definitely agree with your sentiment that true passion will always show through the work, and you should usually be able to tell easily who cares about it and who doesn’t. But either way, it isn’t really our place to judge or place such harsh labels on others who may just be trying to do their work and claw their way through to show that their work has value. I know that’s the boat I’m in! Anyways, I really like your view point here, and I appreciate you posting stuff like this. Thanks, lovely x

    -Helene | angelspartaness.com

    • LauraJ says

      I like a good tip article and I write them myself, but I think that they should be taken with a pinch of salt. And I get what you mean by the secret rules thing. They can be overwhelming to read.
      That’s the thing. I think all bloggers are clawing and trying to figure themselves. It’s not our job to judge them quickly.
      I super appreciate you reading and love your article commentating. x

  3. Deborah Hunter Kells says

    Thank you Laura for the genuine and passionate post. You’ve touched on something that some of us may try and ignore for some part. I have to think from what I come across is that for the most part bloggers are passionate about what they do. I’d prefer in my ethos – to believe that and react accordingly. Thanks for the thought-provoking pointers.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Deborah for taking the time to read. I agree with you. I prefer to have the mindset that bloggers are passionate unless I was strongly led to believe otherwise.
      But I think some people can be too quick to judge and I wish that side of blogging changed.
      I appreciate your insight on this.

  4. Mahalakshmi says

    You’ve captured my conflicted thoughts in this blog post so accurately, it’s eerie. 😀 I mostly blog because I enjoy the content myself and believe there are people who like reading about small, everyday things.
    But recently, I’ve been tangled mentally about content, and whether having a lot of followers and sponsorship is what determines whether I’m a good blogger or not. What are your two cents on this? 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Since going self-hosted, my entire perception of what makes a blog successful has changed.
      Followers do not always equal views and views do not always equal people loving your work.
      And I think if a lot of people were not on WordPress and didn’t promote their work on the Reader, than they would be considered ‘less successful’.
      A great blog doesn’t need to make money or have a high following. It needs a dedicated writer and people who generally appreciate their work.
      I think you should stick to what you’re doing. You have to decide what your end goal is for your blog and don’t over worry about statistics. I’m not as ‘good’ as I was when I had Lauzieslifestyle.com, but to me I’m achieving more now despite a decline in follows.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. It’s responses like yours that make blogging worthwhile for me. It’s great that you can relate. x

  5. hoiyinli says

    I personally think it’s very hard to ‘fake’ being a blogger compared to the YouTube world. It really takes a certain mind to write an endearing caption on Instagram, or even just to talk about the general happenings of your day in a blog post. That’s the type of thing that makes content unique and personally, I don’t feel that I’ve come across a ‘fake’ blogger. YouTubers, maybe, but not bloggers.

    A few months ago though, I changed my IG profile to also say I’m a ‘Content Creator’. After that, I actually wondered if I was being a fake too. But the fact of the matter is, I am – I do create content. I haven’t ‘made it’ but that doesn’t take away what I do/am about. Even my friend the other week, made a snide comment on how my photos look amazing but they must not look like that in real life. My point is this: It’s all about perception. Perceptions change real quick and at any given moment, someone doesn’t want to be fooled by your ‘fakeness’.

    • LauraJ says

      I sometimes see bloggers who focus solely on statistics and income. But I wouldn’t call them fake because I don’t know them. I generally go towards bloggers who write something different. And a few can all be extremely similar and repetitive.
      I believe you have to say what you are even if you are not yet there. I was calling myself a writer long before it technically really happened.But by saying it I believed it. And you are a content creator so don’t feel fake by saying that.
      And I think you should also ignore your friend. She is probably annoyed that her photos do not look like yours. And who says photography has to replicate exact reality. It’s a type of art.
      Thank you once more for a great reply and taking time to read.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading Megala! I agree. I think overtime you get to know a blogger and realise traits associated with them. So you can start to feel their honesty.

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