Ever since I created my own little blog, I’ve loved exploring other peoples corners of the internet. I’ve read some brilliantly written blog posts, which have reduced me to both tears and laughter; and I love to see the creative twists people put on their photographs. Nowadays, we’re all guilty of browsing through Instagram on a daily basis there’s no denying it, but since I started blogging, I feel that has more of a purpose than it did before. I enjoy finding inspiration from the accounts I follow who are insanely creative.
Let’s skip to the real talk now. Endless scrolling can have it’s downfalls. If I’m honest, in the past week or so I’ve felt a bit down about my feed and my blog, questioning whether it’s even worth keeping it going. I’ve thought about the fact I don’t have a solid niche and whether this means I’ve lost direction. I love blogging, writing and snapping creative photos, but it’s so easy to doubt yourself! Is anyone even reading? Does anyone even care what I’ve got to say? Are my photos good enough? Why have I stopped gaining followers lately? Blah blah blah…all these questions running through my head of giving me a bloody great big headache. Whilst I’ve always said it’s not a numbers game, it’s also nice to know that people are enjoying seeing what you produce and are actually taking time out to engage with your content. The bloggers I follow on Instagram who have got an insane amount of followers seem to post really regularly and every photo is absolutely banging. Meanwhile, I’m sat over here thinking HOW?! I get home from work at 5pm and all I can think about is food and bed! I’m all for using social media for inspo, but when it starts to make you question your own self-worth and if you’re good enough, it can be tough on the old mental health.
The other day I asked on my Instagram story what people liked seeing on Hannah’s Happy Hour (both blog and Instagram) and I got some really lovely responses from both my real-life friends (lol that sounds odd) and the new blogging pals I’ve got to know since I started. It was so nice to hear that people thought I should carry on doing what I’m doing because they enjoyed my posts and my colourful, positivity vibes on the gram. Nikki (my real life bestie, if you’re reading this, HI HUN!) made a comment that stuck with me – she said that I should be blogging for me and nobody else. She hit the nail on the head there! After all, that was the whole purpose of this little space after all – to create a positive, happy space to document my thoughts and share the things that bring me joy.
The replies I got made me realise that it’s time I break free from my ridiculous wobble I’m having and stop comparing myself to other people. Instead of worrying about my non existent theme or niche, I’m starting to flip it to a positive and think that it gives me more freedom to explore the many things that make me happy – from lifestyle posts about my favourite cocktails (pornstar martini hands down … well that was a quick post!), to my mid-size fashion must haves, all the way to my travelling adventures.
Baring all of the above in mind, I propose a toast. Raise your glasses in the air to having less wobbles, less self-doubt and to spending less time giving a fuck. Cheers to being yourself, staying positive, practising self-love/care and in my case, continuing to make Hannah’s Happy Hour exactly what it says on the tin…..