I’m just going to put this out there – this post has not been planned out in the slightest. It will probably just end up in a little ramble and then asking for advice as usual.
I have always been the type of person who has struggled to fit in, always. I have always been the one amongst a group of people overthinking whether they actually like me, what do they think of me and not knowing what to say because I don’t want to make a fool of myself. I am also extremely socially awkward which makes it hard for us introverts because we like company but also need our own space.
Last week, I took a massive step that I would usually make up an excuse not to do it or just not organise it whatsoever. I, little old me, messaged the lovely Chloe from Unwritten Hollywood asking if it was okay to meet up with her to take some outfit shots not only for my benefit (I have been meaning to make more outfit shots since moving) but also as an addition to her photography portfolio. Now we all know that Chloe has a huge following, in fact her blog was one of the first blogs I ever started reading and now she has over 3,000 followers on Instagram. I felt so uncomfortable at first but after some time had passed, I started feeling a lot more comfortable in front of the camera and in front of someone completely new.
If someone came up to me at the start of the year and said that this was going to happen I would have laughed in their face and said “definitely not!” but can I just take a moment to feel extremely proud of what I have achieved.
So here’s a question for you all – why do we feel overwhelmed by bloggers who have a greater following than ourselves? We all work in the same community. We have all started with 0 followers. Nearly everyone who I speak to online are more supportive than most of my real life friends. I can remember when I attended the #CarnLIVal event earlier this year and I felt a bit like a fan girl when I met Katy and Sam even though we have been talking for ages across social media.
I guess what I have to remember, is that we are all in the same boat. There is always going to be bloggers who have more numbers than you but it’s important to not feel overwhelmed by the blogging community because once you get to know them online, meeting them in person is suddenly a hell of a lot easier. But then, at what point do you start to feel comfortable around ‘popular’ bloggers? I’m still trying to figure it out.
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