RIGHT. I’m a Brit, so I say sorry to literally everything. Like I walked into a chair and said sorry kinda sorry. HOWEVER, I’ve seen the word sorry floating around the blogging world a lot. And manners is great, but they’re popping up in completely the wrong places. So Imma talk about it. Here are the things we need to stop apologising for as bloggers.
Not for any deeper reason a part from the fact it’s not necessary really. We shouldn’t feel like we’re skating on thin ice, and if we keep going on like the blogging worlds is super sensitive then it’ll just be such a filtered community. As opposed to the raw and real community we know and love. I don’t know if that’s a controversial thought of ‘unpopular opinion’ but hey ho. Also this isn’t a dig at all, I’m guilty of saying sorry too much as well. If anything I want this to be reassurance and a confidence boost to do you.
TAKING A BREAK
This is one of the big ones for me. I can understand why people want to apologise, as people might be expecting content from you. However whether blogging is your full time job, part time job or a hobby, you’re entitled to your breaks. The best way I can pose this is imagine if you were, say a journalist, you’d get holiday. Granted, when money comes into play it’s another story. But my point is everyone else can have time off and won’t come back to work apologising, so you really shouldn’t feel the need. You have complete control of your blog and you shouldn’t feel guilty for taking time off! Also, time off is great for finding new inspiration and motivation, so it can be a good thing!
DJ Khaled who? Anyways, I see a lot of ‘another fashion post, sorry’ or something a long those lines. Whether it’s the same product/outfit or set of photos. And it blows my mind. My Instagram has basically been the same 3/4 sets of photos for the past months, because I bloomin’ love every photo in those shoots and I want to show them off. So if you love an outfit/product/photo flaunt it, because I’m pretty sure your followers will love it too! I kind of feel like the ‘sorry’ in this sense, is more of a ‘soz’, it’s unpretentious. But if you don’t have time to take photos constantly, or you’re broke like me and can’t buy new clothes then why not, it’s so convenient. You don’t want those beaut pictures to be lost in your camera roll! It’s not spammy or boring at all, so long as you like the content that’s all that matters.
I felt this one hugely recently, I’ve been writing a lot more personal posts and I’ve constantly wanted to put sorry in every other sentence. Simply because it’s seeing a very real side of me, and I don’t know if that’s #content or #cringey. Deep down I know it’s content and it’s going to reach people in similar situations. But I hate seeming like a downer on things. And I see it on a lot of other people’s posts. It kind of makes my heart melt really, because there’s no need to apologise for being human. Again with the internet being a very sensitive place sometimes it can be hard to express feelings, but please don’t apologise. Honestly pat yourself on the back for writing that post and hitting publish because it’s so damn brave. Similarly with ranting or long captions/posts, if you’ve got something you need to get off your chest. Get it off. It’s your space you do you. Kinda like what I’m doing with this post lol.
I recently saw a full time blogger apologise for doing a lot of ads recently. And part of me understood, sometimes the people just want to see some og content. But at the same time I was like ‘come again for big fudge?’ (please tell me you got that reference) Because its their job? Why are they apologising for being self made and earning an income? Babe celebrate it. It’s still their content, I rarely see brand deals which are putting the words into the blogger’s mouth. I said rarely, not at all. And usually, they have really unique and creative ways to include the brand deal. I really don’t understand the problem with ads at the moment? That’s another story though.
I could probably go on, but I won’t. And I wanted to say, yes okay there are always times where an apology is needed. But if we throw it around like this, when it comes to the actual necessary apology the word sorry becomes less purposeful and valid. Does that make sense?
I’d love to know other people’s thoughts on the matter!