Snowy Morning & Thoughts on Blogging

  1. Polly Rowan says:

    I feel exactly the same about blogging! I totally miss the 2010 – 2014 era where you could post whatever you liked and people still read it ha. I feel a bit stifled by the polished blog posts that everyone posts now. Would love to read ‘old school’ style diary posts and maybe I should give them a go myself too.

    http://pollyrowan.com/

    • Tania Joy says:

      Oh that sweet sweet 2010-2014 era! haha I agree! Those were the days! I am too, I find them too dry and the tone of voice is often cold and ‘professional’ I never want to lose sight of why I am doing this in the first place, and that before anyone else I am doing this for myself. If I wouldn’t talk to my sister the way I write then I shouldn’t post it haha that’s my way to go about it..
      I think you should give them a go, we all should! It doesn’t have to be in the ‘dear diary..’ style haha, but simple beautiful photos from your day, and a few words about your experience, or your thoughts or whatever.. I think that’s so great! don’t you think?

      T xx

  2. Ah, this so resonates. Sharing snippets of our real lives (brr!) and connecting over the mundane and vulnerable and true things really are the best part of this blogging community. Thank you for reminding me of that! Love this post and look forward to many others like it πŸ™‚

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ couldn’t agree more! let’s keep reminding each other, because it’s important I think! sending you some love, T xx

  3. M says:

    Man, I feel you. I have a really stressful job working with sick kids and their families (sometimes dealing with death which is awful) so I follow blogs mostly as a way of escaping the regimented, stiff confines of my hospital job. After a rough shift I just want to forget my work and look at pretty pictures and places- it’s really that simple. I also loved how certain bloggers were well connected to their readers- they’d pose questions and then a friendly, respectful discussion would follow. Many of today’s blogs do this but I’ve noticed the authors tend to respond less and less. So I guess I agree with you- I miss how relatable blogging used to be.

    • Tania Joy says:

      That does sounds really stressful, so I can totally understand why you need to escape! more so than anyone else, and yes I agree that some simple words and beautiful photos are all we need to escape! I totally agree with you about the connection created via the comments and actually talking to each other! I think that it’s one of the most important aspects of creating connections via blogs.. but I also understand how it can be close to impossible to reply to everything when people have blogs so big they get 100s and 1000s of emails/comments etc.. which makes the task very difficult! But it’s all about trying πŸ™‚ I hope you had a beautiful day, T x

  4. I miss those slice-of-life blogs too! I definitely have a few in mind, but many of them post infrequently or have stopped altogether. Instagram doesn’t cut it for me haha; the content on Instagram is too fast/trendy, fluffy, and curated for me. I feel like many people are finding what they loved out blogs in Youtube vlogs now, as those are more "slice-of-life." I can see how it’s difficult to balance that sort of content with the desire to be a little more polished though. I guess the only thing we can do is keep doing what we’re doing <3 -Audrey | http://brunchataudreys.com

    • Tania Joy says:

      Same here, I mean don’t get me wrong I am 100% addicted to Instagram haha but I crave less curated, less staged, less edited.. I don’t know. I crave going back to basics. I agree with you about Youtube, it’s those slices of life times 1000 because it’s in video form and has so much impact, which is why I am excited to more videos, but on the flip side, I do LOVE sitting down with a cup of tea and catching up on someone’s day/adventure/week, whatever they decide to share. It’s such an exciting time in this industry, and I can’t stop feeling like we’ll eventually all go back to the ways we had when we all started, with a good balance of curated, editorial posts too.. I don’t know, it’s confusing! haha T xx

  5. Kate says:

    I miss the old style of blogging too! I’ve gotten to the point where I’m so tired of reading ads or "advice" or how-to’s that I’ve stopped reading the blogs of so many of the people I used to enjoy. I much prefer to read blogs that share a slice of life, or read like journal entries.

    • Tania Joy says:

      So am I! but on the flip side, I admire the hard work that goes into these sorts of post and that you know.. we all need to make a living. But I think somehow we’ve lost the balance. I don’t think everyone has, some big bloggers do this so beautifully and seamlessly. but yes, we’re missing some simple, raw, real life posts! I truly believe that the one reasons why blogs became so big in the first place, is because they ALL started by being ‘online diaries’.. and somehow along the way we’ve all lost sight of where we all started. πŸ™‚ T xx

  6. Nina says:

    I think a lot of your readers here will feel the same… That’s why we like your blog!

    • Tania Joy says:

      blushing Nina! Thank you, you’re the best! Sending you some love on this beautiful first day of Spring! T xx

  7. Lou says:

    Hello you! I am an ‘old school blogger’ haha, and I still love to read others, but there are so few that deliver on the true definition of what a blog is: a web log. It’s a diary. So I look for (and try to provide) some thoughts, some observation, something fresh that is honest and has integrity. Maybe it’s a tall order, or maybe people aren’t as comfortable sharing? Maybe we have sharing fatigue? I wrote a post yesterday that was so honest it made me anxious to post it, but then I figured; isn’t that the whole point? As Hemingway said: ‘write hard and clear about what hurts.’ I’ve come to love what you share – I knew I would because you’re Sophie’s buddy and she’s a star – I cook your recipes and am interested in what you think, and love your images. So all in all, do what you love and it will shine through. Lou x

    • Tania Joy says:

      Lou! How are you?! Ah you made my day. What an amazing comment! and I couldn’t agree more.. maybe you are right we’re all suffering from sharing fatigue, but deep down I believe we all still want to connect and one of the best ways to do that is to share about who makes us who we are and write honest posts, and share about our lives. It’s not for everyone I totally get it, but I think the power of sharing is mind-blowing, the idea that you can make someone else feel like they’re not alone in whatever situation, the ability to inspire someone, we shouldn’t take that for granted πŸ™‚ I will head over to your blog as soon as I click reply! Thank you thank you for all your love! Happy first day of Spring, I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine. Lots of love, T xxx

  8. Cerys says:

    Is there anything better than a horse’s muzzle? No. No there isn’t! I think so many people are going to agree with you here. I’ve been feeling the same too. I used to blog a lot more than what I do now…and I think it’s down to making sure it’s as good as what everyone else is putting out there. Which is a real shame. I recently had a comment on one of my posts where they found it so refreshing that it was simply a post on life and not an ad, how to etc. which has got me thinking ever since… I’ve always enjoyed your blog, especially your photos, they’re beautiful.

    Cerys

    • Tania Joy says:

      THERE ISN’T!!! It’s the best spot ever to kiss them too. Ahhhh I agree! It’s that nasty comparison game, which sadly is so damn hard to avoid these days, especially because we are constantly bombarded with breathtaking content at ‘Vogue’ level you know? I think that’s probably one of the main reasons I stopped, because I would be too critical of my work even if it’s so personal.. always thinking it’s not good enough, and who cares to see these anyway?! You know the drill! Let’s promise each other to go back to those true honest post, it’s what makes the world go round πŸ˜‰ (kinda). Lots of love, T x

  9. Kate says:

    ….yes this is another comment agreeing with the ones below, and with your post. I miss personal blogs and I miss writing one. Your blog and photos are beautiful and provide me with some lovely escapism.

    • Tania Joy says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Kate! Means a lot πŸ™‚ I miss them too, I think I miss not having those ‘diary entries’ to look back on you know? It’s a little selfish but that’s what blogs all started out as right?! Thanks for all your love. T xx

  10. I really agree with your words. I miss everyday, ordinary blogging that tells us more about the person behind the screen. I’ve been trying to post more often on my own blog and some of my favourite posts to write (and read) have been weekend adventures in the local area. Emma from limeafterlife.com has lots of lovely everyday and travel posts with beautiful photos that are always a pleasure to look through: Kayleigh from anenthusiasmfor.co.uk too!

    Milenka x
    blushinglately.com

    • Tania Joy says:

      Milenka! I agree with YOUR words πŸ™‚ I used to love doing weekend posts too, capturing whatever adventures we would decide to go on. It’s a good reminder to write more of those..! Thank you for the links, I will check those two blogs asap! I hope you have a lovely afternoon T xx

  11. Totally agree with you! I recently started blogging as I am a photographer and felt I was also overwhelmed with all the images I have but never share, and blogging is a perfect way to do that!

    Love your work & blogs <3 all the love, Emi
    http://www.emioconnellphotography.com

  12. Rahel says:

    You are so right! I miss it too. Those people you feel so close with even though you’ve never actually met them. It’s sharing some sparks of life, even (or especially) in the ordinary things. I stopped blogging about 2 years ago. Mostly because I was pressuring myself to post regularly and maybe also because I felt like no one was reading it anyways. But maybe I should start again, just to bottle up all those memories… πŸ™‚
    P.S. keep doing what you do, I would really miss "being part of your life" πŸ˜‰

  13. Ellie says:

    Olivia Rae James was one of my absolute favourites, me and my sister used to be obsessed with her blog and the way she described her days! She always made me want to go to Charleston too!
    I totally agree with this post – I also remember finding yours, Rosie’s and Freya’s blogs back in the day, and loving the everyday peeks into daily life and the beautiful photography! I steer clear of the editorial style blogs now (though a lot of the content is so well done and amazing) because I’d rather read about someone’s happy moments, or their favourite bits of their holiday, or a new book they’ve been reading, I would love to see more posts like that! I have a blog that I do update occasionally that is definitely ‘old school’ – I haven’t redesigned it in so long, but I love just having a place to put my photos and to document all the happy little things in my life! And I need to do it more, as its so nice to look back on!
    Also these snowy photographs are beautiful!

    Ellie πŸ™‚

    http://www.ellacbee.com

  14. Setarra says:

    Insert "raising hand" emoji here as I feel the same sentiments about blogging and miss the good ol days. I still blog one to two times a week but I frequently find myself feeling lost, intimidated and/ or uninspired with by "corporate" the blog world has become. And while I get it – blogging takes alot of time so might as well make money from it – I think the focus on making money has taken away from the sharing of unique and genuine snippets of real life storytelling that used to be the norm a few years ago. Your blog is the one of the first I followed when I started blogging way back in 2012 and I so appreciate how you’ve stayed true to yourself and the kind of content you share. Keep doing you Tania!

  15. Melanie says:

    Blogging like this is such a good way to ‘store’ those images, even if you don’t think they’re super special. It’s a little journal of some kind, like you said. And a good creative outlet apart from sponsored posts. I think everyone gets a bit over knowing that nearly everything is sponsored (not that I mind at all, of course you have make a living and such – but it’s definitely lovely to read and see the more personal ones that you’ve done ‘just for you/us’. Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. Kate says:

    Such beautiful pictures. I completely agree with what you say about blogging being so ‘editorial’ these days… I have so many pictures from various trips and holidays over the past few years that I haven’t shared because I don’t think they look professional enough. I still read blogs on a daily basis but I do miss the days where everyone was a little more candid! x

    http://www.katieleanne.co.uk

  17. Annie says:

    I have been so frustrated that all of my favourite bloggers sold out, every post is sponsored content and doesn’t really give me the lovely insight into reality that I used to get. That was what I related to. I lost my own blogging mojo too and my posts are now few and far between (which I guess I will rectify!) So that fact I’m still visiting and reading your blog says a lot! I still enjoy all of your posts. Keep it going. I always love your photos and words. And you don’t always have to even write that much! I learnt that myself after putting way too much pressure on myself. Thanks lovely for giving me something to catch up on today, a few posts to read while I should be working! hehe! xx

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