10 January 2017

my little corner of the internet

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Asos dress - Topshop hat (similar) - Whistles bag - Asos tights - Boots c/o Next 
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I'm sure we all have those moments, moments of self doubt over our blogs. That's something I've had frequently over the years, one of the many reasons why my posts are now so few and far between. I worry that I'm not articulating my thoughts and feelings eloquently enough, lack confidence in my appearance (I'm confident IRL, but y'know what it's like when you have to look at hundreds of pictures of yourself) and sometimes struggle to turn my ideas into exciting blog content without repeating the same old chat, outfits and poses. I wear the same clothes days in a row, tend to venture to the same part of town and don't feel that I know enough to give advice, so what does my blog really offer to those that read it? Seeing how so many other bloggers have succeeded over the years, I occasionally wonder where I would be now, if a few years ago I followed the evolution of blogging, but I know I shouldn't let my mind wander in that way - blogging so regularly/full time isn't everyone's goal or path, and I certainly don't think it has ever been mine. I've never been completely and utterly driven to make my blog bigger and better, but that's totally okay.
Over the years I've felt like the less I've blogged, the happier I've become. I know I can't make that fact the sole factor of my happiness - as getting older, learning to love myself and falling in love have definitely made me the happy, content and positive person I am today -  but spending less time scrutinising pictures of my face and shooting/editing/writing posts means I have more time to just be me. I'm not turning my back on blogging (because hey look, I've actually posted!), but I definitely need to remember why I started my blog in the first place, find new inspiration, stop worrying about the perfect content and just post! In one way I'm lucky to not have the pressure of blogging being my main income, and all I want to do is keep my little corner of the internet alive. Jazzabelle's Diary has always been just that, my little diary, I couldn't imagine it being anything else. 
Lots of love, Jazz xx 

12 comments:

  1. Hi Jazmine, I follow blogs for a bit of gentle interaction with the world. I have found that the blogs that have turned into slick operations have gradually fallen off my radar, not because they don't offer me anything, but because everything is turned up so high. I enjoy spending a little time musing over someone's sensibilities, how their day worked out, the sharing of their latest blues or joy. It's a shared pause with someone, and I really appreciate it, especially when things are pretty raw out there right now. Thank you for your posts and if you feel like writing, I reckon I will feel like reading xx

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    1. hello! thank you for your lovely comment! i totally agree with you about sharing a pause with others - simply to find out about their day, musings and their little stories. blogs really are turned up so high nowadays - i still love reading the bigger blogs, but the ones that aren't turned up so high are often the ones i enjoy reading the most. xx

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  2. I love your blog and how you have always stayed true to yourself, it is the reason I love it and you. Your tone is always charming and who cares if you aren't doing it full time! :)
    The fact you know the less you do it the less pressure you feel is a great thing and to still have it there as an expression when you want is cool. Never feel undermined just because you aren't this strict blogger posting ten times a week lol.
    xxxxxx

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    1. thanks lovely paige! i definitely need to take the pressure off, because no one is putting it there but me! i really do feel better for getting it off my chest though, that it's okay to not be a big blogger or want to be - because i really don't want people to look at my blog and content and think i'm failing as a 'big/full time blogger', when this is still simply a diary outlet for me! lots of love xxx

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  3. One – I love the dress..
    Two – This is how I feel about my blog a lot of the time. I've never felt the need to do more with it, or try and grow it. Whilst I absolutely admire those who I've watched get bigger and better over the years, I just enjoy having a place to write when I want to write, knowing I can leave it for months on end without having to worry about expectations. I've enjoyed reading your blog for years now, and I hope to continue doing so for much longer, no matter how sporadic the posts are! x

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    1. one - thank you, fern!
      two - this! everything you have said is basically my thoughts summed up into a much more concise paragraph than my rambles, haha. it really is great being able to not post for ages and to not feel guilty, because there are no expectations. i do put a little pressure on myself, but i know i shouldn't! i definitely want to start posting more and go back to basics - not every post needs to be a full on outfit shoot after all! xx

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  4. Love that dress, it reminds me of the summer. Sigh. But anyway, I have followed your blog for over 3 years already and I actually anticipate your posts since they are sporadic. Life is moving and we have to get in there so it won't pass us by. I hope that you enjoy your everyday life tons more and give us the run down after everything happens. Much love from California

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  5. hi jazmine :) your blog was one of the very first blogs i ever read it's still one of my absolute favourites years later. i genuinely believe this is because it hasn't turned into one of the 'mega blogs' where every post is sponsored and a lot of items have been gifted. your blog has maintained it's authenticity and i love looking at your outfit posts made up of clothing i could actually afford to buy myself!

    i would love to see you post more often but the absolute main thing is that you're happy creating content :) much love xx

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  6. I have loved your blog since day 1 but I totally get why you don't blog as much. Life is too fun to be blogging all the time!

    Maria xxx

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  7. You may worry about articulation, but the sentiment of that post was absolutely spot on.

    Thank you.

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  8. Baptista Ime James23 January 2017 at 09:02

    Thanks Jasmine for being you, you're an amazing person. I would always read your diary as long as you're willing to share. I love you. Blogger turned sister from afar. It's a diary not a fashion blog, so I love it. ��

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  9. Great to read a honest and heatfelt blog post. There are no rules in life just make sure you do what makes you happy :) If you need a bit of happiness then we think this art print would be perfect - Always Be Yourself Unless You Can Be A Unicorn Then Always Be A Unicorn :) http://www.vunk.co.uk/art-prints/always-be-yourself-unless-you-can-be-a-unicorn-quote-a4-print.html

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