Confessions of an Awkward Blogger

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I’ve been blogging, on and off, since 2005. Feels like a lifetime ago now and it’s fair to see the blogosphere was a completely different landscape back then. Back when I started writing a blog, you never really knew if anyone was reading it, bar the occasional random comment. There was no agenda, no statistics and a lot of the time no photographs, it was more a place to pour out your random thoughts.

Ten years later, in 2015 I am still blogging but in quite a different way and for the most part I really enjoy it. Over the past few years I’ve tried to make myself a better blogger and I’ve looked to others who are way more professional than I am for inspiration but the one thing that lets me down and always is, is the fact that I am slightly, well, awkward, about blogging.

I don’t really talk about it in “real” life so few people know that it’s something that I do. I always feel like a complete idiot at blogger and press events as if I am looked down on slightly (my own issue to deal with, clearly) and I am useful at going places and photographing things as I feel everyone is looking at me.

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I can’t for instance, take photos of my dinner in a restaurant. Not very often anyway. I feel like a pleb. When I go to an interesting place like Borough Market or Camden I can’t stop and take pictures of peoples stalls and offerings like so many other bloggers do because I find it frankly rather embarrassing.

Is it just me?

It can’t be, as everyone else seems to manage snapping away quite easily, it’s just not something my little awkward self can do.  I’m uncomfortable about it though I don’t know why.

And for that reason I think I’ll always be a slightly rubbish blogger.

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27 Comments on “Confessions of an Awkward Blogger”

  1. For what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re even slightly rubbish in fact I think you’re a great blogger. One of my favourites that’s for sure. I totally get the awkward thing and feel much the same. My blog isn’t a secret but it isn’t something that I shout about. I still try and keep ‘real’ life separate to ‘blog’ life. I’m sometimes brave enough to snap very quick photos in restaurants but that’s about it! Ha!

  2. I totally agree about feeling daft taking photos. It’s fine when out and about with the kids but if it’s my dinner or a fab bit of architecture I just snap a quick phone snap rather than the big camera. I think as more and more people are taking photos of just about anything they see it will be easier to blend in and not be noticed!

    1. Yes, same here. If I am taking photos of my children or something of interest then that’s fine and I’m happy with my big camera, but I’m not comfortable even snapping a photo of food on just my iPhone. You’re right though, everyone takes photos everywhere now so perhaps we’ll all just blend in…

  3. I don’t think it’s just you and I am sure you aren’t a ‘rubbish’ blogger! I find it difficult to take photos sometimes, especially when out and about and feel so self conscious! I am learning to be quick and discreet which helps!

  4. It has taken me quite some time to become more comfortable taking photos of things/people other than my own children. I really don’t think that it makes you a rubbish blogger though x.

  5. I was growing up with camera in my hand so I used to snapping pictures. I love it but sometimes I feel like I am making others feel uncomfortable. As the years are passing by I am much more careful what I photograph… I guess I am just scared of getting into trouble.

  6. I think we all have things that are outside our comfort zone. For me it’s the self-promotion – I can just about cope with having a facebook page and twitter account, but I don’t use them anywhere near as effectively as some other bloggers do. I don’t think that makes me a rubbish blogger (and I really don’t think you are either). I just know I have my limits and what I do come out with on these platforms will just have to be good enough!

    1. Yeah, I don’t use mine as much as I should but I tend to forget about Facebook and don’t even get me started with Google+!

  7. This is so me! No one knows I blog, although because I have other websites and work in social media they assume any pics I take of random things are likely to be for that. I do find it embarassing taking pics of my food in a restaurant, especially while sat opposite my other half who makes more of a fuss over me trying to take a pic of the food than me actually taking it in the first place and just taking pics of stalls etc embarasses me too. I feel like I should ask permission and even then would feel like a complete plank. It’s a confidence issue I guess.

  8. Haa haa – people take the mickey out of me for always taking pictures. I do tend to use my phone rather than my DSLR in certain situations though

  9. I really enjoy reading your blog – I keep saying that I am new to all this which is why no one really knows I have a blog but its because I don’t know how to promote it!! I find taking photos really awkward too and can’t help but apologise each time I do! I like one of the comments about taking a photo a day to get used to it! Might have a go!

  10. Of course you’re not rubbish. I think the more you do it the more you realise it’s easy to really quickly snap a quick photo and rarely does anyone take any notice – that’s what I tell myself anyway!!

  11. I’ve been reading your blog and I don’t think you come across as awkward. I like the way you use your images, even if they’re not of your food.

    We are all a little awkward in some settings. Maybe you could try to embrace the awkward every now and again as a challenge?

    My two cents.

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