Posted on August 6, 2017

Why you shouldn’t vote for me in the #BloggersBlogAwards

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#BloggersBlogAwards 2017

For the third year in a row, I’ve been shortlisted in the #BloggersBlogAwards.

In 2015, I was shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Blog // 2015 post

In 2016, I was shortlisted for Best Lifestyle and Blogging Pro // 2016 post

This year, I’ve been shortlisted for Blogging Guru.

I am astonished, if I am honest with you. I love all of you that voted for me and continue to support me and read my blog. But I was surprised.

I can imagine a lot of people say that. The thing is, I feel a bit like a fraud.

#BloggersBlogAwards 2017

In 2015 and 2016 I was working my arse off on my blog. I was putting in probably 30 hours a week (on top of my full time job and going to the gym), I was active on Twitter, I was taking time to assess my blog and see where I could improve. I was loving every minute of what I was doing and I could see some real progress in the quality of my content and images. That showed in my stats.

I’ve been a tad complacent over the past few months. The amount of hours I put into blogging has decreased, the quality of my posts have decreased, I’ve started accepting pre-written content because it helps me keep up with daily posting. I’ve been absent on social media apart from spammy promotional posts.

And THAT showed in my stats.

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I’ve lost about 200 Twitter followers in the past 4 months. Probably even more Instagram followers. I have no idea how many Pinterest followers I’ve lost as I’ve not long on in yonks and my stats – I’ve not checked them in a couple months either. But I expect that they’re down, too.

To be honest, I don’t care. My priorities shifted to spending time with my boyfriend, going out and having fun and even watching TV again (for the first time in years), rather than spending all evening on the computer.

God, it’s so nice. I’ve been blogging since 2012 and it’s had such a hold on my life. Which is great when I have nothing better to do because I feel like I am able to create something valuable. Spending hours working on my blogs or social media doesn’t seem like a waste as if I was spending hours on video games as you have an end product.

Though I’ve been playing video games again, too.

I’ve been spending little time on my posts, I even scheduled about 6 weeks worth of mostly product reviews I’ve never gotten around to writing about so I could have summer focusing on moving into our new house and all the plans we’ve made. I’ve been managing to blog posts written in 20 minutes sometimes.

I’ve not been committed, I’ve not tried my best, I’ve not polished each blog post off and done the quality checks like I used to. I’ve used stock photos, I’ve reused images again and again, I’ve used images that were just okay instead of something I was proud of.

If I had won an award in 2016 or 2015, it would have been well deserved. This year, I don’t think I do and I want to be honest with you before I ask you to go and vote.

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So please, do go over and vote in the 2017 #BloggersBlogAwards.

But vote for those bloggers that truly work hard and make a difference. Not a little nobhead like me who has been silent in the community for months.

That being said, getting this shortlist has given me a bit of a kick up the bum so I want to start creating better content again.

If you have any questions or topics regarding blogging you would like me to write about, please comment below or Tweet me!

Much appreciation and love.

9 Comments

  • Reply Jenny August 6, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Awww Corinne, I think it’s so difficult when you’re so busy to keep up with writing a blog and all the social media platforms too. I think you definitely deserve to take things a bit easier for a while when you’ve been blogging and working too for so long! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle
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  • Reply Leanne August 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I like that you’re so honest and open about this. It must be so lovely for people to have voted you for the award, but remember they would only do so if they genuinely felt they should. If you did win, it would still be well deserved no matter how little time you’ve spent on social media or blogging this year. No one gets ‘guru’ status having only been around for the last few months! x

  • Reply Kaitlynn Marie August 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I appreciate your honesty. But I think you’re being too hard on yourself. Sure, some of your content isn’t as amazing as it was before. But we all hit ruts. You’re still making content and you’re still trying. Better than I can say about myself! Life gets crazy sometimes, and maybe you just need a break to get your creative juices flowing again.

  • Reply Panty Buns August 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Congratulations on being shortlisted for the 2017 #BloggersBlogAwards you Blogging Guru you! You are definitely not a fraud in any way – a 100% adorable Corinne.
    Your OOTD posts have always been amongst my favourites – and photos from any blogger meet-ups.
    I’m the one who needs a kick in the bum.
    I’ve neglected my own blog and haven’t done a post in about a year or made a new YouTube video in 2 years.
    My excuses? Failed to adequately replace a broken camera, got out of shape and suffered a loss of body confidence. And I’m lazy and procrastinate.
    I coulda-woulda-shoulda learned a lot from a Blogging Guru like you.
    P.S.: I always love the photos of you 😀
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  • Reply Anca August 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    You are so honest, that’s really great. I don’t think it’s a problem if you don’t have as much time now as you used to have. It’s natural when things change. Don’t worry about it, blogging should be enjoyed, it’s your hobby, not your job. As for the reasons you are so busy, I’m happy for you!! x
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  • Reply Shireen L. Platt August 7, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    First of all, congratulations, Corinne! And I am so happy that you have found some balance in life now and no longer spending all the time in front of the computer. Good for you!
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  • Reply Helen August 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    ‪I’ve followed you from the start and you have an amazing blog! Cheers to living a happy life too 🙂 H x

  • Reply Kezzie August 9, 2017 at 12:59 am

    You are super honest which is what I like about you- and you always make me laugh!
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  • Reply Robyn Evans August 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Hey I have a question and also interesting post, I thought it was going to be one of those ‘don’t vote for me, but secretly vote for me’ things – and it wasn’t. So, thank you for that.

    I literally can’t get over and stay over 500 followers on Instagram – no matter how much I post / how little I post – any tips ?

    Robyn xx

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