Blogging: What I’m Thinking About

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to go with my blog and as I was trying to figure out my next move I thought why not write a post explaining how I’m feeling at the moment? This is something a little bit different for me so I’m hoping you’ll bear with and still read this new type of post. I’m not sure if this is a style of post that I’ll carry on doing but for now it’s something that I feel as though I want to share with you all. So, here’s what I’m currently thinking about with regards to my blog.

As you’ll all probably already know by now (from my constant updates on Twitter) I’ve just recently gone self-hosed with my blog which is something I’ve been wanting to do now for months (post on this coming soon). This was such a huge step forward for me in my blogging journey and I’m so proud of myself for finally getting around to going for it! However, as much as I’m absolutely loving all the new features and the freedom I’ve gained so far from being self-hosted, I still feel as though there’s so much more I want to do with my blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I’ve only been blogging for seven months which when you think about it really isn’t that long but I feel like I’ve reached a stage where I want to work on making more out of my blog. At the moment my blog is an amazing hobby and such a great use of my time while I’m working towards my art degree but at the same time I am a university student after all and I need to be thinking about where I’m going after university (good thing I still have a year left because I have NO clue where I’m going with my life).

With the stress of applying for part-time jobs and trying to find experience while I’m still at university I thought to myself that maybe I should take a little step back, calm down a bit and think of ways to expand and develop my blog instead. If I can’t find myself a part-time job then why not try and create my own work through what I love doing the most right now? – which is running Female Original.

So, after this little epiphany of mine I started thinking (oh no…she’s thinking again!). How can I go about expanding my blog? Well, I’m guessing that you’ve realised by now that something that I have yet to do on my blog is to feature myself on it.

This is something that I’ve been debating doing since I first started my blog last summer. It’s not that I’m scared to put myself out there (well…maybe I am a little bit) it’s just that I’m not sure I’m ready to or if it’ll even be worth doing. What I mean by this is that I’m not completely certain I’ll be able to do everything I want with my blog even if I do feature myself on it. I know I’m not alone in finding that it’s difficult to get someone to take outfit pictures of me and I’m worried that if I take the leap and start including myself on here that I won’t be able to capture my outfits/life properly. If I can’t do this then I think well what’s the point in putting myself out there if I can’t get it right? I’m probably making no sense whatsoever here but I thought I’d give it a go and try and explain how I’m feeling anyway. What I’m trying to say is that I feel like I’m missing out on all the creative things I could do if I just went ahead and featured myself on my blog.

I’ve kept my blog very private from the beginning and no one that I know in real life has discovered it so far and I love it that way. But, at the same time it’s stopping me from doing all of the things that I’d love to do with Female Original and I’m not okay with that!

I wish I could share my outfits with you guys because I honestly think you’d love seeing them just as much as I’d love sharing them with you! My interest in fashion has only grown since I started my blog and the idea of sharing my personal style with you all through my blog is something that, as much as I’d love to do, at this moment in time I feel as though I can’t. I’m just not sure I’m completely ready for my personal life to mingle with my secret blogging life (I just love a bit of mystery haha).

Does anyone else feel the same way as me about including themselves on their blogs? Please let me know below because I’m so torn between wanting to take my blog to the next level but fearing the idea of having my face attached to it in case someone finds it! Maybe attending a blogging event and meeting some of you guys in person would be the best way to start attaching a face to my blog. Comment your thoughts!

Female Original

14 Comments

  1. Tania Michele
    March 3, 2018

    Well done on going self hosting! It took me nearly 4 years of blogging before I done that! I also think sharing your face on your blog, is completely up to you, but I like seeing who is behind the posts I read. I shared my blog from the start on my personal Facebook page, and I know a couple of friends and family read it – some are nice enough to talk to be about post ideas too! Only do it of your comfortable, or wait a few months and see how you feel 🙂 Tania Michele xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 3, 2018

      Thank you so much for the advice! I’m thinking of waiting a few months and maybe starting to introduce myself into the blog in the summer 😊 I really appreciate your help, thank you! Xx

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  2. Lauren
    March 3, 2018

    Well done on going self hosted! Honestly, post it! Let the world see. who cares what they think! I shared mine to Facebook the day I opened it xx

    http://Www.diaryofaspanglishgirl.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 3, 2018

      Aw thank you so much! One part of me thinks the exact same but the other part just isn’t sure I’m ready haha xx

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  3. Anne
    March 3, 2018

    I had a blog for nearly five years before I shared it with my family – I was always so worried they wouldn’t see the point in it, because mostly I just blog about everyday life! Then I moved to india and I knew they’d kind of understand the whole concept- it became a way of sharing my life with them! I think they’ve lost interest now I’m home, but you’d be surprised about how supportive people are! I have distant relatives, my family’s in-laws & cousins etc, teachers and friends who read it, and they’ve been nothing but positive! Your blog is lovely, I’m sure they’ll be immensely proud of you! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 3, 2018

      My close family know that I have a blog but they don’t read it or ask too much about it which I appreciate but at the same time I’d love to share it! Thanks for your lovely comment and advice, I really appreciate it 🙂 xx

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  4. Fay Louise
    March 7, 2018

    I really relate to this post but for different reasons. I’ve always shared myself on mine but it started more as an outlet for my charity work rather than a real lifestyle type blog. I’m struggling now to transition it into what I want it to be so I haven’t updated it in two months.

    I think sharing yourself is completely up to you but I always find it interesting to learn a little about the writer but totally understand the outfit photo struggle.

    I hope you work out what’s best for you, just take your time with it and don’t push yourself to make a decision.

    Fay Louise

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 7, 2018

      Thank you so much for the advice! I definitely agree with you that it’s nice to read a little bit about the person behind the blog so I would love to feature myself at some point but for now I’m not completely ready to.

      If you have a few different topics/ideas you want to write about but aren’t sure which to go with I’d definitely just recommend trying them all out! As long as you’re writing about something that you love and aren’t trying to be something that you aren’t then it’ll come through on your blog and your readers will love it I’m sure 🙂 xx

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  5. kimmiee
    March 14, 2018

    Can I just say I love the style / theme of your blog! Absolutely loving the home page, it all looks so professional! And secondly I felt exactly the same way as you do now, I didnt attach a face to my blog for over a year after starting it! My reason for keeping my face off it was sightly different to yours, it wasn’t so much the mystery of things and worrying about people IRL finding it, it was more so I wanted to establish my blog first to a certain level and then get personal with it. I don’t know why I wanted to do it like that, but like say my instagram etc I wanted it all to focus on beauty products etc before I just blasted it with selfies… does that make sense? haha That was just my personal preference of how I wanted to go about with my blog! I feel like if its stopping you achieving the things you want with the blog then take that step girl! Don’t let anything hold you back!

    https://thetypicalbeautyblog.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 14, 2018

      Oh wow thank you so much!! ❤️ I completely get what you mean in thinking that you had to establish your blog first because I think the exact same thing about my blog as well! Thanks for the advice 😊Xx

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  6. Hannahslifediaries
    March 14, 2018

    I believe you have every ability to feature yourself more on your blog, you’re fantastic and produce fantastic content that I seriously enjoy reading. I was worried about sharing my blog with people close to me, so far everyone has been so supportive. My friend actually stumbled upon it by mistake and she’s been amazing.

    Going self hosted is work enough, so be proud of yourself for making it work! I’m still figuring out all out. Can’t wait to see what you do next x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 14, 2018

      Ahh that’s so lovely to hear! Thank you so much 🙂 I think I’ll probably go for it during the Summer when my blog reaches 1 year! xx

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  7. PetiteObsession
    March 15, 2018

    I was in the exact same position when I first stared my blog, but now I only post pictures of myself on my blog now! I wanted to change my blog about a year in, and I’m so happy I did, I love taking outfit pics and putting outfits together while still writing about stuff that you are interested in and are actually passionate about

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 15, 2018

      I think it takes time to figure out exactly what you want to do with your blog so it’s interesting to hear that you started something new when you were a year into blogging! xx

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