An Ordinary Blogger.

A black and white portrait of Elizabeth from Margot & Barbara blog

The United Nations projects that the global population will reach 7.325 billion people next month.

7.325 billion people. Out of that number, there’s a large number for whom the key needs for life – food, safety, shelter, family – are met. And once they are, we start to look for other things to worry about. Social media tells us that we’re unique. We’re amazing. We’re led to believe that we deserve to follow our dreams. And in many cases, that relates to blogging.

I’ve been pondering this idea of being unique, of having something to offer as a blogger (especially as I plan to do more travel posts) that sets me apart from everyone else. And of course, to a certain extent, our uniqueness is true; we’re a bundle of DNA, experiences, skills, beliefs and values that sets us apart from each other. But, back to that 7.325 billion, and our uniqueness becomes rather ordinary.

This is definitely true when it comes to blogging. I don’t know what it’s like to travel to some of the more extreme places on Earth and so I can’t tell you how to do that. I don’t know what it’s like to make thousands every month from blogging. So, I can’t tell you how to do that either. I definitely don’t know what it’s like to sit on the FROW at any global Fashion Week, create recipes that will get you a cook-book deal or make the world’s best kids craft from some loo rolls and sticky-back plastic. My photography is average. And I barely know how to upload to YouTube so don’t even ask about Vlogging.

But what I do know is what it’s like to be an ordinary person. 

The kind who juggles a 9-5 job and parenting AND blogging. Who tries very hard not to compare herself unfavourably with other people on social media. Or track blog numbers. Someone who wants to travel as much as she can whilst not getting into trouble with school term dates. Someone who wants to live a big life, but has to do so on a small budget. Who wants a dog but can’t even get to the allotment often enough! Someone with dreams that may not all be realised. Passions that come and go. Hobbies that make time pass in the blink of an eye. A wish list of clothes and household updates that I can’t always afford. A collection of wonderful friend with whom I need to spend more time. No idea what to have for dinner and a car that’s due its MOT this week…

I’m average.

Being average means that I’m just like you. Despite a few more unusual things (being a homeworker for my 9-5 and co-parenting with my ex-husband) I’m living the kind of life you live.

I might not be able to share my story of travel to the end of the world. But I can tell you where to get great pizza in Copenhagen. It’s here. You’re welcome.

I might not be able to tell you how to make a fortune blogging, but I can tell you about some great places I’ve been and some great books that I’ve read. And if you’re following me on Instagram, I could even post one of them to you for free!

I can share my allotment highs and lows, give up updates on my skincare project, my adventures into minimalism and all the other messy, average stuff that comes with an ordinary life. Being average isn’t a bad thing. Being ordinary means that when you write, other people can relate. People like to feel as though they belong. The ‘ME TOO’ moment when people read your writing is a powerful thing; it builds relationships and creates community.

And as far as blogging goes, being relatable is good. I mean, if I was giving travel tips for going to the end of the Antarctica (one of my Bucket List places), how many of you are going to use them? Really? Not many. But ways to save money on a trip to Copenhagen? Now, that’s something that you might already be planning – and therefore it’s useful. So come back here later this week and you can read that post…

Ordinary is helpful. One of the things that I remember saying to a blogging friend about something she was worried about is ‘you don’t need to know everything, just more than your audience’ – and that’s true. It’s where I can help. By sharing my own life experiences – see here for a list – I can be of service to other people.

Being ordinary is my new blogging super-power. And I’m going to be proud of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Responses to An Ordinary Blogger.

  1. Lisa says:

    That sounds absolutely perfect to me. I love a bit of gardening, haven’t been travelling in years since I had kids, love growing veggies in my garden but too busy and I spend way too much time looking longingly at the dogs on the rescue centre website. You are my kind of girl. And to be honest, when I read the blogs with their perfectly styled houses, their pinterest worthy suppers and beautifully accessorised wardrobes, I feel a little bit rubbish. Keep doing what you do!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello!
      What a lovely comment to read. thank you so much. It’s so great to feel as though I’m not alone. It sounds like we have so much in common – I spend far too long on the Dogs Trust website these days too…

  2. Cerys says:

    Yes, yes and YES!!
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  3. Annie says:

    This this this! *passes superhero cape of glory*
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  4. Harper says:

    It’s so easy to get caught up with being the “best” – best mother, best blogger, best at everything. You’ve reminded us that we just need to be ourselves!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Absolutely – and being yourself is great; it’s authentic and that helps people connect in a meaningful way, I think.

  5. bushra says:

    I had quite a few ME TOO moments reading this, what a great post. I’ll remember this when I fall into the abyss that is comparing myself to others 🙂
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello lovely Bushra! Thank you so much for reading – and I hope it helps when you’re in danger of falling into the abyss! (you’ll probably find me there alongside you, I struggle with it so much too 🙂 )

  6. Charlotte says:

    Love this! I have been thinking of some very similar things recently. Ever since I came back from Blogtacular, with lots of people saying things like ‘find your niche’, I’ve realised that all I write about is the ordinary things and that’s ok, because my best writing and blogs come from when I have written about the ordinary things and not when I have tried to be something I am not. Ordinary is good, people can relate to that and brings them together and forms a community.
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I think that when you’re writing about things that are genuine to you, that honesty shines out of your writing too and people connect with it. I’ll be going to read your blog too now!

  7. Mummy Plum says:

    Everyone’s ordinary is different and that’s what makes it interesting. I love reading blogs along the ‘ordinary’ ilk. Yours included. x

  8. Sam says:

    Just found your blog-ordinary living is good and cause to write about. I do much the same, but it is more a self accountability to try and stop complicating life. Simplicity, minimalism, going through the day with joy kind of posts. I look forward to back reading posts and new.
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello! Thank you for your lovely comment. I think that self-accountability is an excellent reason for blogging-it’s definitely one of my reasons too. I will have to go and read your blog, it sounds exactly the kind of thing I like!

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