Wednesday, 24 February 2016

HONESTY


I had a little epiphany yesterday.  

I've been feeling quite uninspired about my blog for a while.  I couldn't quite work out why, it's not that I didn't have things to write about or new products to review, or even that I wasn't in the mood to write;  But just opening blank, drafted posts left me feeling indifferent.  To be honest, I wasn't doing much in the way of trying to re-spark my love for it either, just hoping it was a phase and that'd it'd reappear over time.


But then yesterday I was talking to a good friend (and work colleague) about potentially setting myself some 'goals' for my work and it hit me.

I am not your idyllic inspiration.  Yes, I have a blog and a YouTube channel and do this full time, but I am not white backgrounds, I am not minimalism (despite how hard I try to be), I am not designer and luxury and I am not your glossy perfection.  

I am Katie Snooks.  I have an unhealthy obsession with maps, I find half of my furniture left out on the street,  I train in aerial circus and love talking about my sex life to shock my friends.  I am under 5 foot tall, I love books, I have phobias, I am a hoarder, I wear the same outfits repeatedly.  The most expensive item in my wardrobe is a £75 jacket and I have never spent more than £50 on a bag or a pair of shoes. 

I feel like I had lost myself a little in this brand new world of perfect, glossy blogs/bloggers and was left feeling incomplete, but that is just not me!  

I'm now taking a vow to be myself.  I feel like everyone who knows me in real life knows I'm quirky, odd, hilariously awkward, have peculiar interests and so many life experiences and I don't think this translates at all to my online presence. I want to show you guys the real me, so I'm going to be honest and I'm going to enjoy blogging again by writing about things that I'm passionate about.

Dear readers, 

From now on I promise to be myself.

Katie xxxx
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26 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you've had a bit of an 'epiphany' and realised that being you is what's best for your blog. I really do miss the more personal homemade blogs, but I can't help aspiring to the glossy almost magazine standards some people produce! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  2. Love you Katie ❤️ I can't wait for your next post xx

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  3. Good for you Katie! I'm sorry you felt you had to be anyone BUT yourself but I'm sure this feels so refreshing for you to let yourself be uninhibited and enjoy being yourself as well as blogging again! Good for you!

    Musings & More

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  4. Katie!! You were the first youtuber I ever started watching. (I think first blog too.) What drew me to follow you - a random stranger's life, living in an entirely different country - was your relatability. You are so unique and an absolute delight to watch, but lately I have noticed you haven't quite been yourself. I have missed the old book chats and random vids with andrew. It was just effortless for you. Just be your beautiful, unique, down to earth self because that's probably what drew most of your viewers to you. And God knows that's what this industry needs! Xxo

    P.s you still have the best editing skills and lookbooks in the buis. Don't doubt yourself!

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  5. I loved this!

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  6. such a great post, id much rather you be yourself on your blog and post things you are happy with x

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  7. I do love reading about luxury brands but I feel like I connect to bloggers who I can actually relate to. Your everyday girls who I want to be friends with rather than be jealous of their latest Chanel purchase! I can't wait to get to know the real you <3

    Abigail Alice x

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  8. i love this katie! i feel the same way all the time and i've kind of just accepted that i probably won't ever fit into that mold either. i love that about you and i think we'd make great friends if we knew each other in real life :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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  9. Dear Katie,

    especially why you are yourself is why I have loved everything (both blog and youtube) so far! I can't wait to get to know the real you even more!

    xx

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  10. I love this, it's such a relatable post. I think it's so easy to become disillusioned in the blogging world and get caught up in comparisons and the competitiveness. For me, my favourite blogs are the ones that are honest, open and not too polished xxx

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  11. This makes me so happy Katie <3 Being yourself is one of the best things you can choose to embrace, and I'm excited for this and happy for you! :)

    Jemma x
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  12. Being on this this earth for just over 50 years, I've seen fads and fashions come and go ( and come back again!), but human nature doesn't change. Everyone wants to fit in into that elusive perfection, but to be honest, most are just kidding themselves, which took me over 40 years to realize. I'm glad you're honest with self now, instead of wasting years like I did. Go and be you self!

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  13. Loved this post! I really enjoy reading your blog and watching your YouTube vids and you being yourself is exactly why I come back again and again!! :) xx

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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  14. Thankyou for writing this post! I'm actually in the process of drafting somethings similar about what gets me down with blogging! It's nice to hear someone else is just a normal person with a normal Instagram, someone real who isn't white backgrounds and Jo Malone candles! Xx

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  15. To be honest lovely I think it's really good that you're different because it means you stand out against others so don't be afraid to just be who you are x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  16. This post has inspired me to change blogging. I am only 16, compare myself to countless bloggers using highend, luxury brands leaving me feeling inadequate. my photography isn't the perfect flat lay with the perfect background and in real life I am nothing like the 'perfect blogger' i on countless times try to portray but in no way do I think I am fake. I just try to be real, a normal,(slightly strange) person!

    katielou99.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Katie you are absolutely fabulous, whether you're creating something perfect for the blog, or just being yourself. I totally get where you are coming from though. I also find it hard to get the balance right. I use my snap chat to be more 'raw', and my blog to try and create perfection. (Try, not achieve - ha ha). The blogging world is a funny place. Xxx

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  18. I think you're a lovely inspiration. Xx

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  19. Loved this! x
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  20. Love that you're gonna be unapologetically you <3 Everyone including me needs to be like that!

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  22. Agree never be a poor imitation of someone else when you can be the best version of you. ;)
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  23. Beautiful post by a beautiful soul x

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