Why I Don’t Relate To A Lot Of Bigger Bloggers

Now everyone knows what I am like, I am pretty open with my thoughts on blogging, if you can make a living from it, you deserve a massive round of applause because that is just absolutely amazing! Now this isn’t going to be a big blogger bashing, not even close, I am just talking about reasons that I don’t necessarily relate to bigger bloggers. I know a lot of people do relate to those bloggers, and sometimes I wish I did but I’m being 100% honest, I don’t. I’m 24 in August, not everyone will be my cup of tea right?

One. I’m not their target audience for their posts – Now a lot of bloggers have a teenage target audience, I have quite a high teenage audience but I have a wide ranging audience too, I’m not saying all of them but I’m 23 there are some things that I am genuinely not going to be interested in. We are all different though and we all love different things that is what makes life fab!

Two. Items in their posts – Now I love a good hand bag as much as the next person, however I guarantee you that I will not be paying over £1000 for a handbag. All power to the people that do and can afford it, but to be honest there is a rather small amount of people that actually have that sort of money around waiting. I wanna buy a house, not an expensive handbag, for me it priorities.

Three. Their hauls aren’t always paid for by themselves – Now for us mere mortals getting £100s of clothes would be a dream come true, especially for me right now where I’m losing so much weight. The big bloggers do deserve them if they are going to give brands the exposure that they want, but also which is the point I’m going to get onto, they’re don’t always declare it’s a sponsored post.

Four. Declaring sponsored posts and affiliate links – I am always making sure that I declare sponsored posts especially affiliate links, whether it is beauty products, clothes, you name it I make sure that I declare everything! I really would hate to mislead anyone who reads my blog because I wouldn’t be here without them. It isn’t that hard to just put AF next to a link. It’d not all of them but it I’d do important to make sure you declare!

Five. Their products aren’t for me – A lot of big bloggers are getting amazing opportunities to bring out lines and honestly that makes me so happy because bloggers are finally getting the recognition they deserve but their products aren’t aimed at me.

Six. Not really seeing behind the scenes. This might sound a little odd, however sometimes I feel like posts can be too perfect, I love to see the person behind the blog/vlogs. However I do know that sometimes they might not be allowed to speak about some things and I totally understand that. I just want to see more of the imperfect world!

This isn’t a bashing of big bloggers, honestly I am in awe of how much work they put into their posts, how much time they take to develop their lines if they have them and also how a lot of them do a lot of things in terms of mental health, especially Zoella. To at least getting people talking about it.

Blogging is such an incredible thing to do, it is an amazing outlet and something I absolutely love to do, and the bigger bloggers do an amazing job, I just honestly don’t relate to them. I appreciate everything that they do for our community, the opportunities, everything, but not all bloggers are going to be my cup of tea and vice versa.

Have I missed anything out? Do you relate? Leave your response in the comments, I’d love to know what you think!

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26 Comments

  1. 07/04/2017 / 8:59 am

    I totally agree with all of this! I used to love Zoe but now I feel like I’ve totally outgrown her content. I’m a 26 year old and I can’t relate to that. What I do think us an issue though is that you and I can watch those hauls and rationalise that ta not normal I know 14 year old me would have felt like I wasn’t good enough for not living up

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:32 am

      I feel sorry for parents because I look at the hauls and I worry about the pressure that is put on parents to purchase those products and spend a lot of money! xxxx

  2. 07/04/2017 / 10:29 am

    I completely agree with you about all of this. I used to love Zoella and Lily Pebbles but I just can’t relate to them because I’ve changed as a person since I first found them a few years ago. I think another big thing for me is the products they talk about don’t align with my values of being cruelty free and vegan now (which I didn’t have a few years ago), so there isn’t really anything that keeps me going back to their content now. That’s ok though, there’s nothing wrong with appealing to different audiences.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:34 am

      I’m totally with you Rosie, as a cruelty free and vegan I struggle with some of the products that they promote but that is entirely their decision! xxxx

  3. 07/04/2017 / 12:39 pm

    I totally agree with this post, there are so many bloggers out there that I hardly relate to because they always seem to have a ‘perfect’ life where they have massive designer wardrobes, and can buy expensive products and I’m just like ergh not everyone has that amount of money to spend on things like that. I love my fellow bloggers that I read to be relatable and blog about real life topics.

    http://www.shanylou.co.uk

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:36 am

      I’m just not perfect, I appreciate that everyone has different lives, but it’s difficult to relate to them when it’s all over the internet! xxxx

  4. 09/04/2017 / 3:17 pm

    I know what you mean about outgrowing and the teen audience. As that bit older I tend to feel totally out of sync with it. I mean yeah ok I could spend all that money on stuff but its not my pocket money its my mortgage money!

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:36 am

      I’m the same, if there weren’t bills to pay I would totally spend money on that kind of stuff, but it’s not possible! xxxx

  5. 09/04/2017 / 4:13 pm

    I think you got it bang on with every point to be honest with you! I too wish we could see a little more of the reality behind the blog. Like you say, it’s all very perfect and that’s great but I’d love to know where the perfect post comes from! Also I’ll be honest, I didn’t realise that some bloggers’ hauls are sponsored! I always wonder how they can justify blowing so much money on such a lot of stuff that they’re unlikely to ever have the time to wear. Every blogger, big or small, should be honest about their posts including affiliate links and sponsored posts.
    http://www.sophiesnotebook.com

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:37 am

      I’m the same, I try my best to show the reality behind the blog but it can be quite hard to be honest! They really are, but sometimes they don’t declare them and it sucks when they don’t declare! xxxx

  6. 09/04/2017 / 10:52 pm

    Yes! I definitely do not relate to most bloggers as I don’t obsess over stationary or planners haha. I also like following mostly cruelty-free blogs as whenever I see a new post about some company that I know tests on animals, it really puts me off and I do hover over the ‘unfollow’ button. Sorry, not sorry.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:38 am

      You’ve always got to do what is best for you my lovely! xxxx

  7. 10/04/2017 / 7:45 pm

    I find I can relate to some of the bigger bloggers, but it’s a select few. I relate much more to micro influencers who are blogging part time or as a hobby. Micro influencers lives seem much more aligned with mine. Luxury products need to be saved up for and are made with a lot of thought having gone into them and they’re things I would aspire to buy for myself. I’ve never even looked at the Tanya Burr makeup or Zoella products, they just don’t appeal to me. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:39 am

      I’m the same Tania, I think sometimes it is easier to relate to smaller bloggers because they make you feel like they are bing more open in general about everything & declare more xxxx

  8. Lulu Blue Ⓥ (@LuluDigitale)
    11/04/2017 / 11:12 pm

    I think you covered just about all, you can add in point 5 that sometimes the products aren’t for you because they are contrary to your ethics, as in : not vegan, tested etc. That’s something that I feel strongly about on why I don’t follow certain blogs when they only promote such products.
    I agree with everything else you said, otherwise 🙂

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:40 am

      Such good points my darling! I forgot a couple of those to be honest! xxxx

  9. Elizabeth
    12/04/2017 / 9:16 pm

    (Found you randomly via Twitter!) I completely agree. I started getting burnt out on so many blogs around 2014, when a lot of the cookie-cutter blogs that popped up everywhere on Instagram started taking off. In my opinion, a lot of the content was not useful and honestly a little lazy. There is a lack of authenticity (and oh, the constant sales posts!) that runs throughout a lot of them that just makes me a little cringe-y. I want to hear from people with something to SAY. Loving your whole vibe on here.
    Elizabeth (@elizzybelle on Twitter)

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you so much Elizabeth, it means a lot! I am so glad that you like my whole vibe on my blog, but I think it’s important to speak about topics that are important to you and do what is best for your section of the internet! xxxx

  10. 13/04/2017 / 8:08 pm

    I am also 23 so I don’t really relate to many big bloggers. Their main audiences are teens, they talk like teens themselves but their items that they show are all luxury and not within the price range that the teens can afford and that kind of annoys me.
    I much love smaller bloggers and vloggers at the moment, whose lifestyle I can relate to.
    http://www.zekalin.com

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:44 am

      I always want to see people who I can relate to and who make me feel comfortable on their blog! xxxx

  11. 15/04/2017 / 11:14 am

    You hit the nail in the head. I would love to mention a few things that I noticed myself. Also please do not think I am attacking you (I know you are vegan and I will mention this later) It’s a long one! 🙂
    I actually think that some of the smaller bloggers are hypocrites to the point that it should be banned. It actually bothers me a lot that they sell their soul for a free pair of gloves that is apparently totally agains their beliefs. For example girl is preaching everyone how good is to be animal friendly, vegan and gluten free, and basically friend of everyone. You get the picture: very holistic approach to life, which was fine with me and I believed her. What’s happening behind the scenes? Brand contacts her to promote leather gloves she does it without even thinking about it. She forgets to mention that product from real leather is against her believes from 5 min ago. Let’s not forget that she forgets to mention that she received a product for free. The same with her eating habits. Online she is so clean and so picture perfect bashing people who eat meat. Behind the scenes she just finished a burger. What’s topping up this picture perfect image? Sending email from a fake account to bloggers from tight network about another blogger. (IP is not hard to track) Or hides in toilet with a friend during the bloggers’ event and bitches about another blogger.
    Like come on, seriously! As a reader and a person who liked the falsely portrayed image I was really disappointed and cheated.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:45 am

      I’m honestly so with you, I think it is disappointing that someone would sell their soul for a pair of gloves, it absolutely sucks! xxxx

  12. Alice
    21/04/2017 / 10:11 pm

    I really agree with everything you have said here, I don’t really follow any ‘bigger bloggers (or Youtubers)’ anymore because they just aren’t relatable or anything like me! I much prefer smaller bloggers etc. who are more honest and likeable.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:46 am

      I totally agree Alice, it’s so important to have people who you can relate to! xxxxx

  13. 21/04/2017 / 10:30 pm

    I totally agree! Theirs some youtubers who I no longer watch as I’ve just lost interest not in them but in what they’re advertising.We’d all love to be able to spend hundreds of pounds on makeup but realistically we can’t 😦 x

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      28/04/2017 / 8:47 am

      I totally agree, it’s not realisitic and it would be lovely to be able to spend lots of money on make up or clothes but it’s not possible! xxx

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