How To Stay Authentic as a Blogger

As of lately, I’ve been reflecting on my love of blogging. With that, there have been many changes within the blogging world over the years. From a young age, I’ve had my own platform to share my thoughts and snippets of my life to the online world. Whether it be MySpace, Piczo, or now- my very own blog that I’ve put my heart and soul into.

With the blogging community constantly growing, I’ve found that the nature of blogging has changed tremendously over the last few years. Advertisements, monetizing your blog, sponsored posts, newsletter sign-ups, podcasts, online courses- you name it! The possibilities to gain a larger audience are endless. It can be hard not to get caught up in the whim of it all.

What Matters To You

If I were to constantly write sponsored posts advertising new products on my blog, this would no longer be the blog I once created. I created My Lovelier Days as an authentic space to share advice and to spread self-love and awareness. I have nothing against sponsored posts or ads- I partake in those myself! With that being said, I do believe that too much of a focus on these things can lead you to forget the very purpose of your blog.

What’s the reason you started your blog in the first place? It can be exhausting having to post regularly to avidly create a life online that attracts interest. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the demands of blogging, I think back to why I created my blog and what I love about blogging.

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It’s Okay To Take A Break

On the days where I just can’t gain a grasp on anything that motivates or inspires me, I take a break. I once felt as though I had to embark on extravagant adventures just to have interesting content. With time, I’ve learned to find happiness in the simple joys. After years of traveling and dreaming of moving far away, I’ve found a new appreciation for my home. I’ve spent my days exploring my hometown and taking time  to enjoy life without having to share each moment. Sometimes, in order to find what is authentic to you, you have to disconnect for a while.

It’s okay to take a break from blogging and from sharing your latest adventures. I try not to worry too much about the loss of followers or engagement. Blogging is about so much more than that. If all you strive for is a high following, your blog will lose its authenticity and uniqueness. I too have struggled with this in the past, but I’ve found that staying true to myself has brought me a genuine sense of purpose.

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Finding That Balance

I’m in no way saying that you should avoid striving to gain followers and monetizing your blog. It’s a wonderful joy to see your blog’s community grow. I have written sponsored posts myself, have advertisements on my blog and work to grow my following, too! It can be tricky to find a balance between creating authentic content and earning from your blog. As long as you feel as though you are staying true to your blog, your content will speak for itself. When you feel you’ve lost your balance, take the time and space you need to find that place again.

Have you ever struggled to stay balanced and authentic in your blogging? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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  • I love this post! I recently experienced this and wrote about it on my blog under ‘blogging and authenticity’ 🙂 xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Natalie! I’ll definitely check your post out, I find this is such an interesting and important topic to share.

  • I love taking a break every now and again, I feel like it is needed to come back with even better content!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Diana Maria

      Agreed! Thank you for stopping by Danielle xo

  • I love this post! Sometimes it amazes me when I come across ridiculous posts people have just to gain an audience. All I post about is what goes on in my life xD

    cabin twenty-four

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eena! When the focus is too much on followers, posts become a little redundant and similar, so I know what you mean!

  • Michael

    This from one who enjoys blogs of all kinds, I have never blogged. That said, I hope you don’t mind my 2 cents. I like when the person writing the blog is feeling what they post regardless of the subject. I love the passion, the heart, the love I sense in some bloggers. I believe you really can change the world with the exchange of thought and ideas. Henry David Thoreau said ” It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” So D, I like what you see and how you share it. Thank you

    • Diana Maria

      I always enjoy reading comments, thank you so much for stopping by Michael! I completely agree as well, our thoughts, ideas and words bare so much weight. That’s a great quote! Thank you so much for your comment Michael, you’re too kind 🙂

  • love this.
    i think you can always kind of tell when a blog is just all about the “business”. i have stopped following blogs because of this reason, i just stop relating to them. i would much much rather read something true and authentic like this post.
    you have also given me something to think about for my own little blog too. 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Melanie, I definitely know what you mean! When a blog loses what makes it unique, it’s always hard for me to relate to it. I’m glad you found some inspiration within this post! 🙂

  • Yay, another Piczo user! I used to love that platform so much, it was my first experience of blogging so I will definitely always have a soft spot for it. I wish I could find my old blogs, they would be a hilarious read right now.

    I’ve definitely experienced this a few times. Mainly because it can feel so overwhelming sometimes and like you’re supposed to do this, this, and this. When I feel like that I find that if I take a step back from it for a week or so, I’ll feel so much better and more inspired.

    • Diana Maria

      Aw, me too! There are so many good memories with Piczo, I’m so glad you know what I’m talking about haha. A break can be so helpful sometimes, it sounds like we’ve felt very similar in this!

  • amelia may

    I really loved reading this. Sometimes it’s lovely just having a small space to create and fill with all of our favourite things, thoughts, dreams and ideas. Something just for us. And if anyone happens to like what we’re doing . . . Then that’s a bonus!

    Best wishes.

    Keep Calm and start writing –
    http://www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Amelia! I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂

  • Lovely read. I definitely take breaks when I’m feeling overwhelmed with it all. The longest was like two-three months, but it was worth it. I found my drive again to blog.

    xx, Richel V.

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Richel. I do as well, it really does help doesn’t it?! I’m glad you were able to regain your inspiration xo

  • Caitlin

    Blogging is not always easy. These are good things to remember! Thank you for sharing!

    • Diana Maria

      Thanks Caitlin! xx

  • This is such good advice. I’m still just starting out and it’s so easy to get caught up in thinking about what I ‘should’ be achieving in terms of engagement and followers and I actually need to remember why I wanted to start – just to share my Caribbean adventures! Thanks for the much needed reality check 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you love, I wish you all the best in remembering why you started and in creating a blog you enjoy!

  • jho

    Such great advice. Constantly posting and pushing to get new followers can make a blogger lose motivation but at the same time it’s necessary if getting more followers is an important part of a blogger’s goal. There’s a balance to everything. Breaks a good.

    The Girl on the Tamarind Hill

    • Diana Maria

      I definitely agree with what you said about balance, it can be challenging to find that perfect in between, but I do believe it’s out there!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I think it’s all a bit of a juggling game. I try to always only post content I’d like to read myself and that’s how I guide my blog but it is really disheartening if you publish a post you love and people don’t really respond to it in the way you’d hoped.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Zineb

    I think the most important things is to find the right balance between what you want to write and what people want to read. As soon as it starts to be a “task”, then something is going wrong.
    Thanks for that post 🙂

    http://www.mikabloom.com

  • Lovely post! I think there is increasing pressure to be “interesting” enough to attract attention and become popular, while what is important is to stay true to yourself and remain authentic. Thanks for this reminder! <3

  • Steph

    YES YES YES
    It is so incredibly important to take a break. I thought I was going to post every second day over summer. Well, that didn’t happen. I ended up posting less than I ever have, but I REALLY needed the time off.

    I always find that the best posts of mine are personal stories, that way, I end up with unique content that I enjoy writing and people seem to enjoy reading!

    I really enjoyed reading your post!

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

  • These are some great tips!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  • Staying authentic is one of the most important and difficult things in the blogging world. I really like the idea of asking ourselves that simple question of why we started our blog in the first place – it can really put things into perspective! This is some really lovely advice that I’ll make sure to look back on every time I stumble across a challenge with my blog – thank you for sharing this with us ☺️

    Blushing Lately