Right, so this is a very random and different theme of post for me, but something I feel is important to get off my chest.
I blog. I enjoy it. I get a kick out of taking photos and writing about my adventures. It feels like my own corner of the internet that I can utilise to tell my stories. Does that technically make me a “blogger”? I like to think so. We shouldn’t be measured by our follower count or how much we get paid, in order for us to determine what we should ourselves.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, even as a child and to this day I still do. I’ve always had an appreciation for books with pictures and I feel like the blogging world is much like that: stories with pictures. Reading about others’ experiences, explorations and their personal journeys is intriguing and it’s truly amazing who you can meet along the way. This is how I feel the world of blogging should be, sharing your life but caring about others’ lives too. I feel like I keep growing more and more frustrated with the absurdity of social media at times. The ridiculousness of the whole current trend of following/unfollowing, ghost followers and spam is making my news feed feel heavy. It’s exceptionally disappointing when you learn of the bloggers you adore who have paid and used bots to solidify their position on the social ladder. If they were cute little bots like this one, perhaps I wouldn’t mind so much…
However, I have the feeling this is a little more accurate…
What happened to genuine followers and genuine readers? What happened to subscribing/following people because you enjoy their content? When did blogging become about ‘if you like mine, I’ll like yours’. For me personally, the real down point this week was getting followed by a teabag on Instagram, then unfollowed just hours later for not returning the favour. MAYBE I DON’T WANT TO FOLLOW A TEABAG! That should be ok shouldn’t it? Getting pied by a teabag is a small bruise to the old ego and when you spend lots of time, words and effort on a blog it makes you question why you do it. Don’t you worry, a teabag can’t get me down.
Whoooooops, wrong kind of teabag, I’ll just try that again.
I blog because I love to write. I follow bloggers because I’m interested in what they write about. The same rules apply to my Instagram and Twitter accounts too. I just don’t understand when this all got skewed to the point where we can’t handle someone not wanting to follow us or see our wonderful life. Just enjoy your photos, enjoy your blog and see where it takes you. Rant finito and now…
…*cue silver lining*…
I now want to just take the opportunity to talk about a nice big handful of fantastic bloggers that I personally feel make the online world a little brighter and a little sweeter. Not often enough do we compliment each other on what we’re contributing in the bloggosphere, unprovoked or unpaid. I just want to bring back some authenticity, from one person to another. A casual, basic way of saying “I think you’re awesome”, perhaps we all need to get better at saying it, some of us perhaps need to get better at hearing it. We’re all writing in the same space and trying to tell our stories, there are millions of us bloggers out there and yet, we’re all perfect strangers most of the time. What a perfect way to be human, to another human and be encouraging whilst doing it. There’s more than enough negativity in the world, we should be infusing the blogging world with kindness.
I’ve included a nice handful of exceptional bloggers that I consider to be my favourites. Some big flowers, some little flowers and a couple of blooming sprouts from all backgrounds: fashion, travel, lifestyle, etc.
INTRODUCING (in no particular order)
I LOVE THIS BLOG! She is a Hawaiian based blogger living it up in Oahu with her fiance and fur baby Navy. I don’t want to lure you into unwanted wanderlust but if you can’t handle paradise, don’t follow her Instagram (@girlandherpearl). I feel like I can relate to this blogging lifestyle as I moved to the Caribbean with my partner in crime and dog, Floyd. Stephanie can teach me a lot about how to embrace this new environment and adapting your blog to fit it better. A truly beautiful soul.
This girl is superb! She’s a British blogger living in Brighton but working in the big smoke of London. The first thing you’ll notice is how down to earth she is, I have to say that her Instagram captions are probably the best I’ve ever read. Lareese is witty, lovely and her photos are the epitome of fashion porn. Her photos will undoubtedly give you wanderlust and your wardrobe might cry when admiring her textile finery.
This little minx is someone I’ve actually been chatting to for a few months and we bonded about utter ridiculousness from the very beginning. A London explorer, fashionista, with a noteworthy taste in shoes. She’s grown so much in the last few months and has recently gone full pelt, all in, full time blogger. Her taste in everywhere she visits and everything she wears is always on point and yet she makes you feel like everything and anything she can do… you could give it a go yourself and I love that about her. Jasmine is just one of those girls you know you could melt a whole day with in a coffee shop talking about everything and anything and laughing in the process… I think we even managed to have a three hour long Skype call!
Bee is the perfect cocktail of sassy fox and genuine sweetheart. She is a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger who really does write about pretty much anything. It’s always a bit of a surprise, but the one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll always enjoy the read. In addition to all the above, it’s her openness and honesty about subjects (that many of us keep hidden away) that struck a chord. There was a post that became imprinted in my mind about struggles with her biological father as a child and how painful it can be, even when you’re “all grown up”. She made me feel an overpowering sense of “oh me too” as I read and although I might never be brave enough to write about it myself, she helped me realise that these struggles are ok. Bee has done incredibly well this year and boy does she deserve it. She really is a Queen.
As already stated, my favourite kind of blogger to follow are the travel gurus that introduce me to parts of the world I’m yet to explore. It could be the exquisite photos or the experiences themselves, but I just love Jen. There’s probably an additional level of intrigue as she seems to travel to the places riding at the top of my bucket list and so I look forward to whenever she writes about virtually anywhere. Also take note at how often she smiles in her photos… always guaranteed to light up my Instagram feed!
Katie and I share a common similarity in that we’re expats rocking out in the Caribbean, though she’s originally from the U.S and I the U.K. She’s based in the Cayman Islands and we originally started chatting as we were considering a move there too. As fate would have it, we moved to Tortola (in the British Virgin Islands) instead but I still followed her journey and thoroughly enjoy what she gets up to as we still share similar lifestyles. I guess we’re close enough to both fall in the Caribbean category but our islands are far enough away to have different weather. Katie is a gem, dipping her toes in a variety of categories from food, travel, lifestyle and a pretty banging array of wedding posts. I secretly love that I have found someone that is as crazy about their husband as I am. We’re romantic island gals living it up and I always seek out whatever new and exciting content she has 🙂
Technically not a blogger but a kick ass photographer with an awesome website and bursting social channels. The only aspect of this lady that I should warn you about is that she photographs food, so much food! So, unless you have a plate of something yummy in front of you right now, maybe check out her stuff later. I can’t get over how talented she is and how lovely a person she is and not to mention cool. As someone that has NEVER been described as cool in my life, I can openly use that word and it be ok. So definitely go and check out Cait’s work…
Her presence in the blogging world is my idea of perfection. Every single post and every photo is stunning with a very distinct style to everything she does. It’s hard to pick a favourite category, but I have spent many an hour checking out her interior posts and pinning away like it’s nobody’s business. With her fresh and bright overall style, her wardrobe wish lists are also the epitome of heaven so be prepared for some serious inspiration that will no doubt lead to a very full online shopping basket. Every element of what she does feels so well thought out and carefully designed *swoon*. Also, I’ve never been afraid to admit that I’m not a cat fan… HOWEVER, I just need to get it out there that Ilka owns THE most beautiful little feline you’ve ever seen, Ivy! just imagine if Audrey Hepburn was a cat…! I always look forward to anything by Ilka.
I’ll finish up with a super small blog that I doubt any of you will have heard of… The Londoner? Just kidding, I’m sure Rosie was the inspiration behind many a budding blogger.
Rosie heads up the Londoner and has been writing since 2011 and at risk of sounding super cheesy, has truly blossomed. She’s the Darling of the blogging world, enchanting the London scene balancing class, sophistication and always infusing a real feel of luxury to her sense of style and travelling escapades. It’s rare to find a fellow female blogger who wears absolutely everything you would choose for yourself. As well as being a grand success in our industry, Rosie is also well adored for another bouncing element of her life, an element I find myself in constant (and healthy) awe of – that blow dry! Seriously, how does she do it? Or doesn’t she? Or is her fiancé a real skilled master of the hairdryer? The mind boggles. Is it strange that if I was ever to meet Rosie and we were discussing life in general, I might have to enquire as to how she does it? Yep, that’s weird, you’re right, I’ll rethink that. Endless scrolling and reading on her website will inspire all pillars of your life from food to style to travel, then back to food and then more fashion and hopefully more of Mr Custard, the dog.
And there we have it, a stream of complimentary gratitude and appreciation for some of my personal favourite females in the blogging world. I hope this also inspires fellow bloggers to reach out and say a few words to those they admire themselves. Remember, positivity sure can travel a long way.