WHY I STARTED BLOGGING

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I've been thinking a lot lately about why I blog.
Why do I share so much of myself on the internet with thousands of people that I don't really know? Why do I stand outside a fruit stall posing with my photographer and putting on my best 'photography' smile lol?  I guess the simple answer is 'because I like it', but lets delve a little deeper.

Firstly, people start blogs for different reasons. I guess nowadays people may publish their first post for the hopes of a entrepreneurial blogging career, event invites and because they want a piece of the blogging pie (fair play). But I think its fair to say that back in the OG blogger days, we started for the sole reason of finally having a place where we feel like we belong. Back then, blogging was a community of like minded women testing the waters with different ideas, different styles and different passions. We were (and still are tbh) a force to be reckoned with.

I started Youtube in 2011 and my blog followed a few years later. Youtube came first because I found it easier to talk on camera, than I did to write and actually make sense lol (I'm hoping things have improved since then?). In my opinion, making a video and compiling a post is pretty much the same thing, as they both take time and effort. Although over the years I have found that I am inspired to blog more than I am to put together a video - mainly because Youtube algorithms suck, and also because I have fallen in love with words and fashion imagery and I find blogging a little bit more challenging - I love a challenge. Youtube quite often has a negative and braggy vibe that just doesn't sit well with me, but graciefrancesca.com is a place that I can get my creative juices flowing without anticipating anxiety of a thumbs down or a negative comment. Oh and I also like to veg out on my sofa, in my knickers blogging on my laptop. Anyone else lol?

I didn't start creating content knowing it would lead to a full-time job. In fact, I didn't even know it could be a full-time job, especially because my earnings were so poor, £70 a month type of poor lol. But I didn't care because I didn't need to make money from it, I just loved doing it. When I first started out I was unhappy, unfulfilled & very very mentally unwell - creating was a way for me to shut off my negative thoughts and it also became an outlet. It still is!

Now in 2017 I can say with great pride that I have been full-time blogging since 2015. It has been full of ups and downs, incredible opportunities and many difficult lessons but I wouldn't change a damn thing. I adore my job and this ever growing business that I have created for myself.

So here's why I do it!
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Photography by JKG | jkgphotography.co.uk

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Plisse Pants | Elvi
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Sunglasses | ASOS (similar linked)
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I could go on for ages about why I blog and all the wonderful ways its changed my life, but you get the picture lol. Blogging is for everyone - despite the fact that the blogosphere is oversaturated and full of the same type of people. I've learned to stay in my own lane and just do me because as long as I'm producing stuff I love, then thats all that matters right?!

 

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Until next time....

8 Comments

  1. 9th July 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! It’s got me thinking about why I started blogging and having never earned any money from it, I can say without a doubt that it’s for love!

    You make a such a wonderful example to those wanting to start a blog xx

    http://chloeharriets.com/

  2. Holly
    9th July 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I bloody love these pictures! Sassy. Real. And cute! I love this post. Your content is always brilliant, everything from life lessons/advice to fashion posts. You always uplift me. Thanks for blogging as well as being a super star youtuber!

  3. 10th July 2017 / 11:49 am

    Gracie, this post comes at the right time for me. I’ve been blogging for a while now, years tbh, under different names that at the end of the day didn’t sit well with me, they didn’t represent me as a person who’s passionate about books, movies, everyday life. As I said, I’ve been blogging for a while now and I have never earned anything. I am not complaining though. Would it be nice and really helpful to have that extra money every month? Yes. But I don’t care. I blog because I want to, because I like it, because there is nothing that could beat the feeling of sitting on the sofa, the bed or even the desk with bare legs after a long day of stress, anxiety and whatever may happen and just write. I don’t even do it for the people. I do it for me. I do it for me like I do my skincare or my writing. To turn thoughts into words take a lot of thinking and struggling and courage and I find myself being the happiest I’ve ever been whenever I hit a specific word count for my novel or I publish a blog post that gets a lot of love. I just love it. I love the feeling of it, it’s so liberating and brave and you know what? I don’t care if I will never earn a cent out of this thing, I will keep doing it because I love it, because it’s me in digital form. Like writing is me, like painting is me, like eating pizza is so very me, sharing my life, my thoughts, my book reviews is also me and I would never have it any ther way.
    Keep smashing, you wonderful human being, you are a force of nature. We all are. It’s time to recognise it ourselves.
    All my love
    Marylou

  4. Savannah
    10th July 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been blogging for nearly 7 years now and although I took many breaks, I always seem to come back to it. It’s just a part of who i am in a way… I can’t imagine living a life and not sharing it on my blog! Love these images as well with the market back drop, so cool! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  5. 11th July 2017 / 11:41 am

    Fab post, love what you said about how ‘helping others helps me’. So very true. Those of us blogging in the OG era as you put it (ha) know that we started from a very visceral need to express ourselves and through that we wind up providing an invaluable service to our readers. Because every time you show up for your own needs (whatever they may be), you give others permission to do the same and that actually circles back to having a positive influence on you too. It’s like karma in action. I started my blog because I wanted to know what cool things I could still get up to in London, even after I’d had a baby. Meeting one of my readers in the first year, who described my blog as ‘life-changing’ for her, really blew me away. Words change worlds, it’s really that simple. The blogging world might be saturated but so is the music industry and the arts and fashion… it really doesn’t matter. That human desire to create and connect will never go away and I’m here for it all the way 🙂 Thanks for sharing, you are rocking that outfit!

  6. 12th July 2017 / 12:01 pm

    You were one out of maybe three beauty type youtubers I watched way back! I’ve been blogging for just over two years now but I’ve only recently started to get more involved rather than write a post and leave it at that. It’s so much more enjoyable getting involved with the blogging community and learning and supporting each other! Love your photos!!

    Leah x
    http://www.leahmarriott.co.uk

  7. 15th July 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I started blogging a half a year ago and until I’ve read this post I didn’t even really know why…
    So thank you so, so much!<3
    XXX
    Ellie

    http://www.blogellive.com

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