The Unsexy Truth About Blogging 

To all the other bloggers reading this, I am sure you guys will back me up when I say: blogging is difficult, and time-consuming, and hard work. And I am not sure if I find it hard because I am still reasonably new to the blog-verse, but nevertheless, I don’t think any amount of YouTube clips or articles on ‘How to Become a Blogger’ could have adequately prepared me for what lay ahead.

Almost three months have passed since I created Olive & Clo. And I honestly cannot explain to you just how much I have grown as a content creator. Every single week has bought with it new challenges, with some learning curves so steep that the sheer thought threatened to completely overwhelm. And I doubt I would be sitting here writing this post today if I hadn’t fallen so utterly in love with blogging.

So today, I thought I would share with you some of the unsexy truths involved with being a novice blogger. And since no post is complete without an exhaustive gallery of photos, here are some snaps from an afternoon spent bathing in the picturesque views of Maroubra Beach, a breathtaking suburb located in Sydney, New South Wales.

Unsexy Truth #1:
Every Outing is a Blogging Opportunity.

Literally everything. But this point is probably more relevant to the fashion and travel bloggers of the world. Gone were the days where I could simply step out of my door in a coffee stained t-shirt with bed hair, sleep in my eyes, no makeup and no camera. And it doesn’t matter where I am headed for the day. It can be to the local markets, or the beach, if the lighting is good and I am dressed semi-decent, my eyes will immediately spot an opportunity to create content. Which is fantastic, because finding something to photograph or write about can be inspired by a simple drive around my local suburb.

However, this mentality also tends to add an element of pressure to what would otherwise be a lovely, stress-free day out. And I would be lying to you if I said that my desire to capture the perfect photograph had not caused my fiancé an extensive amount of grief over the past few weekends. Because it has. And I have been such a terrible partner to allow my ambition to detrimentally affect my relationship like that. I have since parked my impossible expectations, not only for the health of my relationship but because blogging will only remain something that I like to do for as long as it continues to be positive, and stress-free.

Unsexy Truth #2:
Your Blog Will be Limited by Your Financial Situation.

I’m just going to throw this out on the table. Not only do Rhett and I have a mortgage, but we are also saving for a large (and yes, arguably excessive) December wedding. As much as I would love to sink every single dollar that I have into a new theme, or new products for Olive & Clo, I just don’t have the financial capacity to do so. And I am not going to lie, my financial barrier is a weekly sore point for me. Because I want to. I want to invest in my blog. I want to consistently deliver new content. But I simply can’t.

And you know what, I am starting to come to terms with that. Like I said, Olive & Clo is only 3 months old. I need to stop trying to keep up with the joneses, and definitely stop comparing myself to othersTo hold myself to such impossible standards is a sure-fire way of setting myself up for failure. So, I’ve simply stopped doing so. And that’s all I am willing to say on this front. Because let’s face it. This ‘unsexy truth’ is such a #firstworldproblem, that I would be disappointed in myself if I indulged on it any further.

Unsexy Truth #3:
Public Photoshoots are Uncomfortable.  

L*rd-all-mighty, is it just me, or is this still a taboo, deer-in-head-lights sort of activity? Because every time my partner is seen taking photos of me in any sort of ‘public’ area, we tend to attract the most awkward stares and at times, smart-mouthed comments. This problem might just be isolated to Australia (blogging is not as prevalent as it seems to be in other countries) but nevertheless, it does make for quite the awkward experience.

But in saying that, I have not yet felt discouraged by the curious stares or negative words. It has almost felt like water off a ducks back. Well, for me personally anyway.

If anybody out there has ever felt hindered by this ..odd experience, just remember that you are investing time, and dedication, and hard-work into something you are passionate about. I doubt many people are able to say the same thing.

Unsexy Truth #4:
Marketing and Social Media Can be Painful.  

Ugh. One thing about blogging that I could without has to do with marketing and social media. The two fundamental pillars that are intrinsic to the success or failure of just about any blog. I can’t say that I enjoy any of the two one single bit. In fact, my sluggish growth rate is probably attributable to my lack of social media presence. And that is definitely to my own detriment.

But in my defence, just creating Olive & Clo and exposing a little piece of me to the world wide web has already taken a monstrous amount of courage on my behalf. But it requires an entirely different level of courage (a level that I am not sure I am ready for) to push myself onto my readers and ‘market’ myself. I wish I could tell you that I have gone gung-ho on all social media platforms. But I would be lying. Regardless, this is something that I am committed to working on.

If any of you guys would be so lovely to support me on my budding journey to social media fame (.. cough), please follow me on: Instagram here and Bloglovin’ here.

Unsexy Truth #5:
Time Can Be Hard to Come by.  

As I juggle this blog around a full-time job and other responsibilities, capturing ‘moments’ and ‘outfits’ tends to not happen as organically as you might think. A large amount of my weekends are now devoted to creating content for the week ahead, brainstorming new ideas and just ..learning how to take a decent photograph. And depending on what life decides to throw my way, managing all of the above only tends to increase in difficulty. For instance, the last fortnight alone saw me lose: an entire long weekend to visiting in-laws, 3 week days to a business trips and a 2nd weekend gone to an impromptu interstate visit. Somehow, probably out of sheer relentlessness, I managed to adhere to my blogging schedule.

But despite the difficulties that can come with juggling a hobby and managing the day-to-day stresses of life, I can truthfully say that I have enjoyed my experience thus far. Because without Olive & Clo, I wouldn’t know what I know today about marketing, and photography, and writing. And Rhett and I certainly wouldn’t have found ourselves exploring the Sydney Opera House last Sunday morning, nor would we have gone out of our way to visit the old mining wharf at Catherine Hill Bay, or visit Caves Beach at sunset.

I hope you guys enjoyed yet another installment of my ramblings. Any fellow bloggers out there that have experienced the same ..oddities that I have, please feel free to leave a comment down below, I would love to hear your takeaways on being a ‘blogger’.

Until next time, stay safe.
Linda, xo



  1. April 25, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I love leaving comments. I liked your blog about unsexy truth about blogging…great read.

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 6:24 am

      Haha, thank you so much Daralynn. And I love receiving comments! 😁😍

  2. April 25, 2017 / 6:41 am

    I agree with a lot of these. I’ve only been blogging for two months, but it is so time consuming. Everytime we go out, I’ve got my blog in the back of my mind and I want to document the whole thing. I’ve pulled back a little though, as our little walks were starting to take twice as long. It’s definitely important to find that balance of still enjoying day to day life, and working on your blog 🙂

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 6:48 am

      Hey baby doll! 😘💜
      How was your weekend?

      Oh yes! I am so glad you are feeling the same way. It has seriously become second nature to automatically want to document every. single. experience. But yes, totally agree – balance is key!

      How is your partner handling your new found love for blogging? 🙂💜

      • April 25, 2017 / 7:07 am

        My weekend was pretty standard. Just household errands stuff, boring but necessary 🙂
        Rory is alright with my constant blogging for now. I take photos on my own, he doesn’t take any of me (yet, lol). I don’t want it to become an annoyance, so mostly I just talk to him about it. He’s happy listening 😀

        • OliveandClo
          April 25, 2017 / 7:10 am

          Fair enough! Oh Rory will get behind the camera soon enough 🤣 haha. Rhett has been behind the camera for a good week now. I think he is actually starting to enjoy it. It’s more learning how to frame a good photo, and how to use a camera is what I think he enjoys most. 😘

    • mbfitzmahan
      May 14, 2017 / 11:26 am

      I enjoyed your blogpost on the process of blogging. Beautiful photos. I am a photographer and a curator of an artists’ salon. I run two blogs one for the salon and the other for my photograph musings. I just wrote about the the positives and negatives of blogging as a way to get your art out there for others to see. Please, tell me what you think.

  3. April 25, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I absolutely love this post! I’m realizing how much more difficult blogging is that I originally expected. However, I’ve come to love it so much that I can’t stop! Thank you for your relatable unsexy truths! Also, beautiful pictures 🙂

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Thank you so much for reading (and commenting!) Nicole! ❤️😊

      I have a new found appreciation for all the youtubers, bloggers and content creators out there. Behind the scenes, it’s a lot of hard work and dedication! But what a great creative outlet we have found for ourselves! ❤️😍

  4. April 25, 2017 / 10:39 am

    I love this post! I am new to blogging and I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Thank you for reading beautiful Tawny! 😘❤️

    • July 20, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Same here. Just brainstorming Ideas alone is alone takes like forever. But away we still get through it.

      • July 20, 2017 / 9:11 pm

        Haha. Yep somehow! We do! ☺️☺️

  5. April 25, 2017 / 11:54 am

    This is a great post! I can relate and I’m very new to blogging but if you’re passionate about it keep going. I love your blog

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you for reading baby doll 😍💜 & for your lovely kind words! 😘

      There will be plenty of ups and downs ahead of us! But we definitely just need to keep on going! I hope you are enjoying the blogging world so far! And just give me a holla if I can help you in any way! xo

  6. April 25, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Love this!!! I’ve been blogging for about a month now and it has been time consuming indeed…and I only have like 3 posts lol! But I’m opposite of you, I really enjoy the social media aspect. I have met a great group of mom/lifestyle bloggers through Instagram…so I’d have to say that is my favorite part. Good luck continuing!!! Your pictures are GORGEOUS too! Such a breathtaking view.

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Haha, I just found you on Instagram and am now following! 😁🤣

      Oh Katie! Can you please send me some of your love for social media! Oh man.. I think I truly need an injection of it. 😩 And your bubbah is absolutely darling! Is she as cheeky as she looks?! 😱

      Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words. How are you finding juggling mummy hood, instagram and blogging? xo 😘

      • April 25, 2017 / 12:29 pm

        Awesome!! Enjoy my crazy little life 😂
        lol I can try to send some your way!
        Yes she is!!! She’s such a chunk compared to my son when he was that age (he’s 5 now). You’re so welcome. Juggling it all is proving to be challenging but I manage, again trying not to beat myself up. I also work full time…😬

        • OliveandClo
          April 25, 2017 / 12:33 pm

          Oh my goodness Katie! 😳

          That really puts my life into perspective! LOL.
          How do you do it!? Well, I’m looking forward to watching you manage, and grow, and generally kill it at being a professional juggler 🤹‍♂️😘

  7. April 25, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this post…..its so true tho even tho my blog is new I have come to appreciate all the hard work that goes into blogging….but as you said it really is a passion so you tend not to mind lol 😄

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Jenique! Yes. I had never realized prior to starting Olive & Clo. But holy crap – so much effort goes behind something that takes 2 – 3 minutes to read/watch. I’m so glad you have found passion in blogging! Let’s hope we can maintain this momentum! 😜😘

  8. April 25, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I live in Australia too and I can 100% relate to unsexy truth #3!

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Haha, Holly – what shall we do!? 😩😳

      • April 25, 2017 / 3:39 pm

        haha I’m still going to take my dang photos… they can walk around me 😛

        • OliveandClo
          April 25, 2017 / 3:48 pm

          LOL! 🤣🤣
          Love it! 💜

  9. April 25, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    It’s good to hear of your experience and to normalise what we are all going through. Keep going, it is worth it.

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Caroline!

      What a perfect way you have described this article – ‘.. to normalise what we are all going through.’

      I hadn’t realised it before, but that ^^ is exactly what I was trying to achieve when writing this. Thank you. 💜

  10. April 25, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Keep going, head down and charge ahead. Don’t take any negative stuff on board and I hope can achieve what you set out to do. I had big expectations of what I was going to do but I just love taking photos and that’s where my blog is now – I am a photo blogger now.

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Amazing! Thank you for your lovely, heart felt words.

      Yes. Got to just charge ahead. And I do enjoy it a great deal already!

      And I can definitely see that photography brings you a great amount of happiness! I hope you never ever stop and you always, forever continue to create.

  11. April 25, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I was planning on doing a similar post to this! This is such a great post and I couldn’t have agreed more with everything you’ve said! It is such a time consuming hobby and you’re so right, every time I go out now – I automatically think that this is a new blog opportunity and I don’t know if I always want to be thinking like that!! xxx

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Oh Jo! I would love if you wrote your own take on this matter. I don’t think our experiences as ‘newbie bloggers’ can be spoken about enough! The learning curve is so damn steep! Well, at least for me haha 🤣🤣

      I know what you mean. I spent my whole afternoon today planning and brainstorming next weeks posts – and to be honest, I completely forgot to be ‘in the moment’. I was so preoccupied with the blog. I don’t know if I want to be thinking like that all the time either… 😳😳

      And as always – thank you for reading and commenting my beauty! 💜😍

      • April 25, 2017 / 9:59 pm

        You’re so right!!! hahah oh my god yes that’s literally my life now😳 owhh of course!!💜💜 xxx

  12. April 25, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Your posts are fantastic! I thought I’d offer some thoughts.

    Everything i a blogging opportunity, not just outings. You have a lot going on: new house, wedding, blogging, and more! Some of those things could be posts too.

    Twitter may be a good social media for you! (I’m new to social media & blogging), but I like what twitter brings. Some posts about wedding planning could be both lighthearted & relate-able (for the reader), and cathartic (for you). Remember, you are planning a summer wedding in Australia, but it is winter in North America and Europe. Could be an interesting look!

    Don’t worry about the latest themes or whatever. Do what you can do. Your site is awesome! Your posts are fantastic. And your pictures are incredible! Australia is a beautiful country. It’s been some time since I visited, but I have always regretted not spending more time there.

    Photo shoots may be uncomfortable, but you are a beautiful, young woman. My guess is whatever negativity you sense is just hatched from jealousy.

    I hope some of this helps. You were so sweet to me, reviewing my site. I wanted to return the favor.
    Your posts are breezy, honest, and genuine. That shines through. Plus you give the world a glimpse of a beautiful piece of the world, most will never experience!

    One thing at a time. One word at a time. One photo at a time! You do great work! Keep it up!!

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Zoe bear. Can I shrink you, tuck you away into my pocket and keep you with me forever? Can we make that happen?!

      Your comment, and feedback, and lovely words have given me so much life on my ordinary Tuesday evening. To put in the effort to write me such a heart felt comment … You spectacular woman. I think I adore you.

      And you make some very relevant and good points! There is a lot of content that can be found in my home, kitchen, and wherever else that wouldn’t require me getting out and about.

      When was the last time you visited Australia? Where do you hail from again? Did I ever catch that? I must agree though. Us Australians do benefit from a beautiful vista. 😁😎

      And also, I have been meaning to follow up. How goes your site construction? Have you made any plans/ decisions? 😍😘💜

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Oh yes! I forgot. Twitter. I did have it for some while. But I deleted it a few weeks ago! 😩
      I just.. Zo – I had no idea how to use it!

      Are you on there now? Hmm.. maybe I should get it back. You might need to take me through a tutorial – e.g: tweeting for dummies. 🤣🤣

      • April 27, 2017 / 12:16 am

        I answered your questions via email.

    • OliveandClo
      April 25, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Awe thanks H! 😍
      Thank YOU for reading, and commenting, and being a part of this journey with me. 💜

      I am lucky – you are so right. I definitely cannot forget that. 🙂

      Hmm…. photography tips. To be honest. Rhett and I are still learning. Well, Rhett is still learning. 🤣

      I guess what we have learnt so far has been through a series of trial and error. For instance, soft light is the best (e.g: cloudy weather, sunset hour). And we have found that we prefer ‘over-exposed’ photos in comparison to ‘true’ photos.

      At the minute, we are simply googling and youtubing tips. But once I get a better grasp on the subject matter – I will be sure to report back! I have made a note to remind me! 😀 xo

      • April 25, 2017 / 10:21 pm

        Thank you! I will get on YouTube tonight and begin research… keen to get a camera in the next month or so! Definitely got the bug!
        Look forward to reading your future posts X

  13. April 25, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I feel your (growing) pains!! I can’t seem to get engagement on my blog, your engagement looks great, though!! People tell or texting they’re reading it, but won’t “like” it or leave a comment. I seem to be getting more momentum on my Instagram page though… No one likes my serious post, however, only the superficial ones. 😖

    • OliveandClo
      April 26, 2017 / 5:23 am

      Hmm. 🤔
      I actually find that myself when I post ‘serious’ content. This blog post in particular just received an unusual amount of traction. 🤣🤣

      I may be speculating here, but because most of my readers are fellow bloggers, I guess the topic hit home for a lot of them?

      But I must agree, it can get so very frustrating. 🙁 I hope that it does get better. I’m still sussing it out myself!

      What’s your Instagram account? I’ll follow! 💜

        • OliveandClo
          April 26, 2017 / 5:33 am

          Following! 😍💜

  14. April 25, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Ref public photo shoots: just do it and blank out the stares and comments. The more you do it the more natural it will become and thereby attract less attention from the staring / comments brigade. If they don’t get a reaction then the morons will get bored and walk away. Just focus on what you are doing and after a while you’ll not even notice them. I sometimes come across people doing photo shoots when I’m out and about taking pix of street art. I often go to Bristol (second only to London for street art in the UK) and a few weeks ago I stumbled on a photographer and two models wearing elaborate wedding dresses doing a shoot in a skate park and they (like you have done) were using the graffiti as a backdrop. (Most of the skate park is pure graffiti but occasionally someone will produce an artistic gem which is why I always go in there to check it out).

    • OliveandClo
      April 26, 2017 / 5:16 am

      That is amazing!

      Coming from Australia, I have always been utterly envious of the art and culture that the U.K. and I imagine, Europe have to offer. I have travelled over there once previously. But my experience wasn’t ‘through a lens’. Which is so unfortunate. I dare say I would be much more appreciative of the ambiance, and colors, and textures if I were to go there now. I guess blogging forces us to develop a sort of ‘artistic eye’. Because I am seeing my world very differently these days!

      Again, thank you for your lovely advice. And yes, practice will make it easier. Just got to develop a thicker skin. Because the alternative is to stop. And that’s not an option!

  15. April 26, 2017 / 4:46 am

    wow… being a new blogger, this definitely just opened my eyes in the best of ways !

    • OliveandClo
      April 26, 2017 / 5:08 am

      Oh B! Thank you for reading.
      I absolutely adore your blog, and photographs! xo

    • OliveandClo
      April 26, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Oh thank you sweet Lindsay! 😘💕

  16. April 27, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Your unsexy truths were chillingly accurate.
    i often struggle with knowing when to be behind or in front of my camera. I also have an unrealistic expectation that people who take pictures of me should have the same eye I have or have the same skills.
    Posts like this really remind me to enjoy blogging. Thank you.

    • OliveandClo
      April 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

      I am so glad! 😌
      Thank you for taking the time to read, and comment Nthati. It’s been so heart warming to know that my experiences have been felt by most bloggers. It doesn’t make the journey feel so isolating anymore. ☺️

  17. April 30, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I loved this. I agree blogging isn’t always easy when you’re juggling it, a full time job, and pretty much everything else in your life. You gained a new follower! I’m David.😊

    • OliveandClo
      April 30, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Hi David! 👋🏽👋🏽

      Oh that makes me so happy. And thank you so much for reading and commenting.

      It’s funny that you say that, because this week in particular, I have have definitely struggled with the juggling act. Honestly, I have a new found appreciation for the people that have the gusto to consistently make it work! 😳

  18. April 30, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I started the blog I have at the moment three years ago. Before this one I used to have small baking blog in my native language. That old blog easily popped high in google because well, I started 2008 when these was literally under 50 blogs writing about baking in Finnish. I never had to worry about getting readers, doing SEO or anything like that.

    When I decided to choose to little broader niche and write in English back in 2014 things were quite different. I knew that blogging and photographing, etc. is time consuming but I could never ever had thought how much time and energy it will take to really dig in marketing, search engine optimization and other related stuff.

    Even thought this is time, money and energy consuming I love it. I could never have improved my content creating skills this much in three years without my blog. Blogging has actually taught me more about internet marketing and video making than my university studies in area of marketing. And of course, blogging is fun! 🙂

    • OliveandClo
      April 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      3 years ago!? 😲
      Wow, Nora! That is absolutely inspiring! I hope I make it to 3 years. I’m about 2 days away from my 3rd month blogging, and I’m only just finding my style, my groove.

      How long did it take you to find your niche? And establish a sort of … direction for dreamer achiever?

      And you are so right. I honestly haven’t learnt so much, in such a short period of time, as I have recently. And it’s all thanks to the blogging community. So I definitely think I will be keeping at it for a good while longer.

      Do you have any tips for keeping yourself motivated? xo

      • April 30, 2017 / 7:20 pm

        During the first year the idea was to blog about my summer work and then about my exchange year. However, I didn’t feel like stopping after the exchange so I continued the blog as a lifestyle blog. When I had blog about 12 months I started really thinking what I want to blog about and for whom am I writing. Since then the blog has had 4 core themes: lifestyle, travel, style and wellness. Or it could as well be said that I’m a lifestyle blogger whose lifestyle includes looking and feeling good and exploring new places haha. 🙂

        For me planning a lot when I have more time and inspiration have been a key. I actually have notes about the post ideas and also schedules when to post those. At the moment I’ve scheduled about 70% posts of May (I can write things like recipes, some outfits, makeup videos, etc. in prior).

        Also, because I already know that my studies and job will make me super busy from September to December every year I have already started planning a post series about fall/winter fashion shows and some ideas for Blogmas 2017 posts. Yep, it’s not even May yet but last two years I have been posting significantly less on those months and I’ve decided to do better this time. 🙂

        You have really nice blog with plenty of good content and I’m sure it will be successful if you just keep yourself motivated and do a little bit of planning. Feel free to ask, if you have anything else I could help you with!

        xo Nora

        • OliveandClo
          May 1, 2017 / 8:39 am

          Holy crap Nora! That is hectic. But at the same time, oh so inspirational. 😍

          You are such a planner! And I need you to ship some of that fore-planning skill of yours my way! 😁

          Those are such good ideas for between Sept-December. And Blogmas as well! I hadn’t even thought about that. But I MUST participate in that this year. I’ve just written it down. Haha.

          Thank you so much for your lovely words. This blog is still very much a work in progress. I’m very up and down with motivation ATM. I struggle to juggle with a full time job. And life keeps throwing curve balls my way. But all the more reason to push through. And not give up.

          I am absolutely adoring your blog Nora. It’s so versatile! And relatable. Im having a good old fashioned stalk 🤣🤣

          On another note. How have you found the social marketing aspect of it? xo 😘

          • May 2, 2017 / 5:47 am

            Excellent that I can help! 🙂 If you feel that your lacking ideas and time there is two things you can do: 1) google some ideas or other blogs and maybe your find something you want to write about or 2) you can think if your posting too often to make good content and that causes you stress. I tell my readers that I post 3-5 times a week. When I’m busy it’s 3 times but if I feel super motivated I might do some weeks with 5 posts. Of course, for some other blogs right amount of posts might be 1-2 per week or 5-7 per week, you know it best. When I have been trying to do 5 times a week it caused me stress time to time so I decided that 3 good posts without too much stress is better than doing 5 without enjoying the process of creating them.

            What comes to your question about marketing I think I could have done more in past. Nowadays I have Facebook page and Instagram for the blog and I’m quite active to comment and like others in all the social platforms. I’ve also done some paid commercial in Facebook & Ig but I think that organic traffic is the best and most active audience. Getting to know other bloggers is better in long run than just spamming everyones’ feeds with too many adds. 🙂

            Have you been doing any marketing already?

          • OliveandClo
            May 2, 2017 / 6:57 am

            Nooooo! All I have is a small Instagram account with like, 250 followers (and probably only 2 organic, real followers haha).

            But I guess that’s part of the parcel. To get out there on all social platforms! It’s definitely something that I need to work on.

            And I would have to agree with you on quantity! For most of April, I posted anywhere between 3 – 5 times a week, but for me, I found that pretty stressful. And was unable to maintain any quality with any of them. 😩

            So now I aim for about 3 posts a week. And even then, not going to lie. It sometimes proves to be a mission. Especially as I aim to upload a photo on Instagram every day. But again, something I need to dedicate more time and effort into doing.

            Thank you so much for your advice. All very good ideas. I’m not entirely sure what direction Olive and Clo is taking yet. But I’m hoping that it will all reveal itself naturally and in due time!

            Always a pleasure to read and respond to your lovely comments miss! 😍😘

          • May 2, 2017 / 10:33 pm

            Happy to help! 🙂 Try not to stress too much. If you want to use another social platforms, choose the ones you enjoy the most. It can be Twitter, Insta, Pinterest, or whichever you like. It easiest and least stressful to use something you actually like using. 🙂

            All the best! Never hesitate to ask anything blogging related! There is plenty of other bloggers including me who are happy to help. 🙂

  19. May 11, 2017 / 9:29 am

    This is such an honestly refreshing outlook at the hardship of blogging. I love it. You nailed trying to make everyday life look glamorous. Followed x

    • OliveandClo
      May 11, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Sophia! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love hearing that I am not alone. It’s such hard work. And not enough can be said! xo

  20. May 11, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    It is too true! i enjoyed reading your post a lot! Blogging is a full time job, you have to love it to be able to do it, especially at the beginning, when you do it basically for free. Sometimes it is so frustrating to not having a single visitor, but at the same time it is amazing how this hobby connects people. I think being a beginner at blogging is very brave. You write and write, create best content possible for you and just hope that people will see it. It is like shouting when nobody hears you..Also when you start it takes you ages to do some simple tasks and the outcome is not perfect sometimes. Anyway, i wish you all the best. Your blog is beautiful as your pictures are and it is already amazing that you are trying to create something and growing regardless of any hardships!


    • OliveandClo
      May 11, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Oh Eliza!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful, kind hearted words. I am so glad you appreciated this post. As you know, it takes a lot of hard work! This post alone, I think I must have edited it at least a hundred times! And you are right, it does take a ridiculous amount of courage to Blog! I don’t think I have ever felt so vulnerable!

      I hope you continue your journey! And love every single second! There’s nothing quite like living to the beat of your own drum! 😘😘😘

  21. May 17, 2017 / 5:48 am

    My blog is also a secret to most of my family and friends. Living Abroad is purposefully NOT connected to my Facebook account. My Twit account is all about politics, and i do not know anybody personally who chose to follow me. It is wonderfully freeing to avoid being judged cause i have to much to say….strangers dont mind, and the great thing about WP is that nobody sees all that I like or comment on. LOVE your transparency! Keep the secret and BLOG on boldly.

    • OliveandClo
      May 17, 2017 / 5:52 am

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Barb! 😍☺️

      That is so wonderful to hear! And you are so right – keeping your personal space private is very freeing! I guess I have never looked at it from that angle. I am able to freely write what I want to write. I wonder if I’d still be the same once the people around me know more about this space.

      Thank you so much! Blog on boldly. Absolutely love that! Exactly what I needed! ❤️

      • May 17, 2017 / 5:54 am

        Love your style, and your beautiful pictures. You must have a secret photographer too 🙂

        • OliveandClo
          May 17, 2017 / 6:06 am

          Haha, you caught me! 😜😜
          My fiancé is the secret man behind the camera!
          He is the only one that I have really allowed into this world. Which is just as well, considering I am planning to marry the man. 🤣🤣

  22. May 17, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I love this post (and your entire blog!), it’s sooo true! My blog being four months old I’m definitely in a similar place of learning. The joy it brings makes it worth it I guess 😊

    • OliveandClo
      May 17, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Ahhh! Thank you so much Lou!
      I adore you. Love your blog and your ..aura!
      I’ve actually followed you for a while, but apparently have never officially ‘followed’ – I don’t know – how wordpress reader works is beyond me!

      I can’t believe it is just 4 months old. You are doing so fabulously well.
      Heres to many more months of loving this newfound thing that we do! 😉

      • May 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

        Thanks so much Linda! I feel like we’re soul-sisters, I’m also a chemical engineer by education 😁

        Looking forward to more of your posts xx

        • May 18, 2017 / 6:03 am

          If I wasn’t sold on you before Lou – I bloody heck am now!! 💖💖🤣

  23. May 17, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Ah! I’ve been waiting for my two month anniversary to publish my first “unsexy truth about blogging”. I totally agree in this post. The financial aspects especially hits home. Especially for my green beauty and organic/natural skincare blog, products are expensive but also important. But I’m finding blog ideas that do not require spending or buying new products.

    Your blog is great tho! Your contents are amazingly substantial so yay!! Photography, you’ll probably get used to it soon haha. 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

    • OliveandClo
      May 17, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Ohhh! Thank you once again beautiful Asaake.
      I have just finished having a general wander around the world of Asakemi and I am absolutely enjoying it. Your content and the products you review are so unique! You definitely have a follower in me 🙂

      But I can completely relate to “products are expensive but also important.” Yes! Yes! Yes! Because at the end of the day, you are building a personal brand. And you want that to reflect your aesthetic. Quality over quantity, hey 😉

      Love xoxo

  24. May 23, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I feel you on the photoshoot issue! I crriiiinnngggeee when I make someone take photos for my instagram

  25. May 24, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Social media can be one of the worst parts of blogging for sure.. Being a successful blogger is a lot more rudimentary than it looks.

    • May 24, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Haha, Phillip!
      Brutal call out but so true 🤣🤣

  26. May 26, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I completely agree! I was a lot weaker than you and couldn’t keep up with the amount of content I wanted to post. Hence my committing to 5 lines a day every day. Two months so far and going strong! It’s lovely to find other bloggers who work full time too 🙂 great post!

    • May 26, 2017 / 7:51 am

      Haha, David! That is excellent! To get in the habit of producing 5 lines a day is a great effort. Especially with a full-time workload on the side. Not going to lie, I tend to ‘bulk produce’ on my weekends. I definitely need to get into a more routine with it.

      Thank you for reading and visiting my space!
      It’s great to meet people in similar boats as Myself. I’ve followed ☺️🤗

      • May 26, 2017 / 8:15 am

        I think bulk producing is a great idea. I tend to have at least 7 drafts on the go at once – I use drafts like a bit of a notebook whenever I have an idea. Though ideas are pretty simple if it’s just 5 lines 😛 no problem! I’ve followed too, this is one of my favourite things about blogging – finding cool people across the world 😊

  27. June 2, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Write about the things and people you love, and learn to love the relationships that really matter. In addition, keep a portion of your life open for new experiences and things that will keep you happy.

    • June 2, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Very wise words of encouragement Dan. Everything that I hope to immerse myself with this year. And I think I am doing an okay job so far. Got to work on living that meaningful life. ☺️ Thank you once again, for reminding me.

  28. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I’ve been blogging since 2004 – and I started my first blog as much in secret as you have. Putting my name on the header was a major step – and the ONLY thought that allowed me to do it was this: I’m writing this blog FOR ME, not for anyone else. I don’t care if anyone else reads it (but I love the fact that so many people do) – I only write because I want to.

    • June 3, 2017 / 7:42 am

      That is very, very true!
      My full name is still not available!
      And I think ‘writing this blog for me’ rings true for everything. For instance, right now – I feel so much pressure to take good photos and produce good content, when really it should be about me enjoying moments and letting my content come organically. It’s so easy to get lost in the huff.

      Thank you so much for your comment ❤️💚

  29. June 4, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I’ve been blogging for a month and a half now and goodness yes, it’s so uncomfortable doing public photoshoots! I completely agree with all of these statements. Also, amaaaazing work on your blog!

    • June 5, 2017 / 5:11 am

      I have just been on your blog – and it is beautiful! I am a big fan of your layout! And your work so far!

      Haha, I’m so glad you share my same ..discomforts! I’m not sure it gets any easier! At least in Australia anyways. With blogging still being relatively new. Where are you based? xo

  30. June 18, 2017 / 4:51 am

    I just read lifeofangela’s recent post and had to come right over! I just started blogging myself, and everything that you wrote here is what I feel. It gave me that “glad I’m not the only one” feeling, so thank you!

  31. June 27, 2017 / 6:23 am

    Preach, sister preach! I have literally been thinking this (and stressing) but you have summed it all up in one little post. I’m only getting started but my gosh have I been confronted by the confinements of time. There just simply are not enough hours in the day with a full time job and having to feed ones self! I’m also struggling with bloggering appropriate topics. I feel like we may need a chat.. haha

    Great post! Keep up the amazing work!

    • June 27, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Hahahaha. I love you. 💜💜
      I think we did have a chat about this. ☺️☺️

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