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.
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.
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.
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.
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Much appreciation and love.