When you have a blog, a personal blog at any rate, everything you do can be ‘content’. If I go out for dinner, I could write a review. Every time I put on a new lipstick, that could be a blog post. When I wear a new outfit, I make sure to get it photographed. It’s very difficult to take time off when your whole thing is representing your life online. Even when I actually go on holiday, there are more opportunities to create content than there would be at home. I love blogging and I love documenting things I do, and am extremely lucky to be able to do that full time, but there is an element of pressure when it comes to doing this to a standard that I would feel happy publishing on my blog. Whatever I do comes with constant conflicting feelings: should I be making the most of the experience work-wise, or should I just make the most of the experience for me.
I’m absolutely not alone here; guilt about ‘wasting’ experiences is a feeling shared by countless bloggers and other freelancers alike (and many who are much more hardworking than I am, tbqh) and I think that’s really quite sad. Last week I went to Copenhagen with my pal Toni, and it had me thinking about this quite a lot. I don’t blog *that* much of my life, but I do regularly feel bad about that, and that shouldn’t be the case.
Our trip was just for two nights, but nonetheless we squeezed quite a lot in – I could easily have created a short break city guide for my blog, I could have brought multiple outfits to photograph in new settings, I could have blogged a list of places to eat vegan, I could have blogged about how to pack light for a city break – *so* *much* *content*. However, save for one post featuring an outfit I wore, and various snaps on Instagram and Twitter, you won’t be seeing anything about Copenhagen here, because I needed a trip for me, not just for my blog. This might seem stupid, it might even seem selfish, but I feel good about it – I have enough photos to satisfy my personal need to remember things tangibly, and I posted enough on Instagram to satisfy my need to put things online and to hopefully provide some enjoyable viewing for you guys, and look, I even got a small ~thinkpiece~ out of it (lmao). Here’s to ‘not blogging that’ from time to time.