Does Blogging Make You Vain?

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The best selfie of all time

 When Instagram first came out I was not a fan. I didn’t (and still somewhat don’t) understand why I needed to take a photo of every little detail in my life. Snap a photo of my food, snap a photo of me eating the food…oh and don’t forget to tag where you’re eating and who you’re eating with. It’s a littlllleeeee much. As bloggers we walk the fine line of vanity; are we self-absorbed or are we just good at what we do? Nowadays the world is filled with bloggers who are talking about anything and everything and it’s hard to stand out. You really have to put yourself out there. One tweet a week or 3 photos on Instagram is not going to cut it, no matter how private of a person you may be. I, as well as many other beginning bloggers want my blog to be successful but my fear is that I won’t be able to compete on the level of my fellow bloggers. There is something just a tad too stalker-ish about posting my every moment on social media, and I feel like such a diva snapping 80 selfies, but since this is the world we live, best to embrace it and make each experience your own.

Social Media:  I have this standing rule with my boyfriend that when we go out to dinner or are spending any sort of quality time together, phones are put away. We should be enjoying eachother, instead of reading the comments on his Facebook post about us enjoying eachother! (sound familiar?) When it comes to blogging I have given myself this same rule. I take random photos throughout the week but instead of editing and uploading them, I save them and reedit everything over the weekend. I then upload them per day in conjunction with my posts, or you can easily do a roundup of photos from your weekend on your blog.

  • Twitter: I recommend this as the easiest way to communicate with your readers in real time. It’s as quick as shooting a text and its less time consuming then trying to take the perfect photo, and then find the right filter etc.

 Blogging photography: This is something I haven’t quite conquered yet (still trying to get my tripod), but I did get a whiff of it while trying to take some photos during my BirthdayIf your anything like me, you have a phobia of people staring at you whether it’s for a good reason or not. What I’ve learned is to take my outfit photos in a desolate area, OR take them with somebody else. I once had a friend come with me, just because it felt comforting having her there. She wasn’t in a single photo, but in a sea of strangers it was nice to focus on a familiar face and it helped kick my nerves.

 Selfie-Nation: So my tip n trick may only work for me, but I prefer to take all my photos without my glasses, because without those babies I’m dang near blind. While I’m snapping a million photos of myself I can’t see anything but the phone in front of me. Literally! To be honest some of my best photos are the ones that I took myself. If your camera shy, it’s going to take a little bit here and there, but photography is a good blogging habit to master. For now no glasses has given me a little courage!

 Hope these tips n tricks help you as much as they help me! I would love to hear what little things you all do to curve your photo phobia.

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4 Comments

  1. October 1, 2014 / 9:00 am

    Great post! I totally understand the instagram phobia, it’s something I’m getting used to daily. One thing that I love about instagram is that it allows you to easily document daily life.

    • 09kierra@gmail.com
      October 1, 2014 / 10:33 am

      Thats why I love instagram too but sometimes it gets flooded with too much personal info and stuff that really isnt relevant. Its gotten a little polluted but I try to just follow people that don’t overdo it!

  2. October 1, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Vain? I’m not sure… I guess so. I love instagram for the instant photo documentary it over. I love taking photos, I love normal, good photos of myself. So, perhaps in that sense, it helps me feed my self confidence (especially with the same glasses issue you have – they distort my face!). Having a documentary of the days that I looked good is great but you’re right, there’s a fine line between Vain and whatever it is that people use social media for. I think it’s easy to become quickly obsessive and overly focused on the amount to of attention one can receive from posting things online. Perhaps that’s the difference? Or perhaps I’m just Vain and should own up to it…

    I’m not sure what the right answer is, or even if there is one but I do love that you wrote this article 🙂

    • 09kierra@gmail.com
      October 1, 2014 / 2:04 pm

      I think it has to do with creating balance. There is a clear difference between the selfie girl and then the girl that posts family photos and fun outings. If your using it as an outlet to share information or update your readers then sure. But if your feed is you trying to model for the camera then i think it can be a little bit much. Same thing goes for twitter, if the world was meant to know your every thought then we would all be mind readers. Social media has made everything open and public but I think some things should be left to mystery.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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