Honest About Beauty

Monday, 13 March 2017

Why I'm Not a 100K Blogzilla


I've been following online creators since I was 16 years old and today, a decade later (I'm 26), I kinda regret only starting to create my own content about 3 years ago. All the girls I envied when I was a teenager have become successful women now, online icons. While I'm sure they had many challenges to face and still do, to stand where they are presently, I've been feeling the disadvantages of starting 'late' and being a 'microblogger'. Successful content creators are only becoming more successful and the little ones, like me, are left swimming in the dirt, desperately trying to beat algorithms. Growing your blog 'organically' has very much become a thing from the past and being a blogzilla sells souls.


Becoming successful on an organic basis has definitely become a struggle. Even though there are more social media platforms than I can count, the ability to advertise your work and endless amounts of opportunities around every corner, it's becoming increasingly harder to stand out and build a supportive following. While I've definitely been guilty of 'spamming' in the past to promote my content and to gain people's attention, I quickly learned I didn't enjoy the like4like, follow4follow, comment4comment attitude I was confronted with in return. Even though I have nothing against groups that are intentionally created for exactly those purposes, I'm finding it hard to find my place online. I've made it a point to be consistent, improve my content, be the best blogger I can be, but being faced with creators utilising spam bots, buying followers and going on like4like sprees, on a daily basis, can definitely be discouraging. I know that promoting my content should be my number one priority but for me this takes away from the fun of creating content in the first place. Because I suck at being supportive of other bloggers, in a way, and don't participate in social media threads, blogger events or twitter chats, I decided to put my audience first. While it is working, replying to comments within 24h, always responding to private messages, be insanely active on my Snapchat, show my personality and give people a chance to connect with me, progress is slow, really slow.

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27 comments

  1. Glad I stopped to read this post! I totally agree with the spamming thing with the like4like etc. situation, it can just be so annoying, especially some of the bigger bloggers that have bought their followers...I feel it's so wrong! Why can't bigger brands give us little bloggers the chance to shine too!

    Isobel x

    http://fashionistachic14.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Especially because it's so apparent sometimes, very frustrating 🙈 thanks for checking out my post! Xx

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  2. I couldn't agree more! It's sickening how bloggers who's content is just plain bad keep "surpassing" better bloggers. It's not that I'm the best blogger around or anything, but quality wise I'm ahead of many who buy followers, have frequent SFSs or giveaways.
    Thank you for touching on this subject. I love your content!

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    1. Sometimes I'm convinced they just have 'the it-factor' and I don't, or they have more money and I don't X) quality isn't valued anymore these days, such a pity! Xx

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    2. Thank you btw, I really appreciate it! <3

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  3. I used to love one person's blog. I waited for a new post like for Christmas. It was a pleasure to see the photos and read the contents. But now I hate it.

    Since she has become a celebrated figure in the world of blogging her post are mainly about the places she visited and people she met. I understand it is an important part of her life now but I valued her style and uniqueness, not the company she keeps nowadays. The good posts are history - they are shallow and uninteresting. She writes up to ten sentences max and that’s all. It pains me to lose my inspiration because she was one of the reasons I started my blog.

    I am not famous and, judging by my slow progress in gaining audience for my blog, I will never be. But I am proud of each and every sentence I have written so far. And I hope not to be shallow and uninteresting in the future.

    http://katswhiskers47.com/

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    1. It's true some bloggers lose some of their personality and focus, it's also part of growing up I guess. I've had my fair share of goodbyes as well when it comes to some content creators :/ :) Xxx

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  4. I love your honesty in this post and I will definitely check out your blog and YOUTUBE!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  5. I'm slowly but surely growing too. =) I actually about to write a post for my blog called Authenticity in Social Media.
    www.abulouslife.com

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    1. I really like that title :D Let me know when you're article is ready, I cannot wait to read it! Xxx

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  6. Be sure that the audience you have is really engaged to your content! Numbers are numbers, if they buy 100k followers but get 6 comments or 78 likes, nobody cares about the content there!

    Even if you think you are growing slow , your audience is really engage and that is important (I hope :D) hahaha It will come you'll see 'cause u are a freaking amazing Blogger and we :) Looooveeeeeee u

    xx

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    1. I know, but being confronted with it on a daily basis makes things hard sometimes :) Thank you! <3 Xxx

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  7. I love your content and your personality. You are real and honest and I trust your opinions on makeup. Stay positive and continue being true to yourself. Et ton tuto en français était très joli.

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate how supportive you are, it truly means a lot <3 Xxx

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  8. I relate to your post so much! Lately I've been struggling a little too, when people these days just buy ten thousand followers on Instagram while I'm working on building an organic following..it's definitely hard. Thank you for your honesty.

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    1. It's becoming increasingly difficult to become an honest blogger I feel like. This type of blogger behaviour is putting a lot of pressure on bloggers like us, who value growing organically .. Thank you <3

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  9. Such a great post and I so get your point of view! I sometimes too regret not starting earlier with blogging and to be confronted with the whole buying follower things is not always fun. But like you I wanna stay true to myself and grow my blog organically. I think I'm accepting more and more to be a micro blogger and having an audience that actually interacts with you gives me much more joy than fake followers that do nothing and are just there for the numbers!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Lea, xx
    www.asnippetoflife.com

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    1. I agree, but it's hard. I'm a bit disappointed that truth is not what is valued anymore. People thrive on everything fake these days and it's a little sad. Thank you for taking your time to check out my blog, I really appreciate it <3 Xx

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  10. This is very true, i get a lot of comments on my blog that are just "nice, follow me! I'll follow you too" and it feels so generic, I wonder if these bloggers have many genuine readers which is something I'd love to gain more of (though I know I have a few and I appreciate them all)

    The Quirky Queer

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    1. I get comments like that as well, mostly on my youtube and on my instagram feed. I started flagging it as spam. I've noticed it gets worse during school holidays, I think they mostly come from bloggers that don't have content up consistently :) Xxx

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  11. This is the first time I've stumbled upon your blog, and I am so glad I did. This article, hit me hard. I started my blog recently, and completely wish I started my blog when I was a young teenager, like I always wanted to. I've been very fortunate and have met many amazing and supportive people. I have gotten a good amount of followers in a short period of time. My main goal throughout this whole journey is to be genuine, and to post about what I am passionate about. Thank you for being so honest and for speaking about a topic that tends to not be talked about. I am going to follow you on bloglovin' as we speak! xxx

    Melina | www.ivefoundwaldo.com

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    1. I'm so glad I finally get to connect with other bloggers like you over this topic, I hesitated at first to post this article thinking I was complaining in a way, but the positive response is overwhelming and I'm so grateful. Good luck with your blog, I wish you all the best! Xxx <3 :)

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  12. Reading this makes me glad that I started my blog as a teenager now and hopefully when the industry is bigger in the next few years I will be able to enjoy the fruits of my labour. And as for the follow for follow thing that is going on, I'm simply too lazy to participate in such.

    Palesa | http://beingpalesa.com

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    1. Aw I'm glad, good luck honey! :D Xxx

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  13. I feel 100% the same way! It's easy to get discouraged (and annoyed) by all the spamming and like4like campaigns. Lots of major bloggers use them, but I see them as bogus. I'd prefer to grow my readers through genuine interest, even if that's just my mom and grandma. :)

    Keep writing and stay true to yourself!

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    1. Same here, it's takes a lot more effort but in the end it's always worth it <3 Thank you! Xxx

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