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The Cons of Blogging {Blogging As A Business}

August 13, 2014

Let’s start with the cons, shall we? Last week I announced that I am officially blogging full-time GAH! This is super exciting but also nerve-racking. Before I jump into the awesome things that come with being a full-time blogger, I thought I would give y’all a reality check on the stresses that I occasionally have to deal with. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job. But as with any job there are challenges and since I’ve always promised to be completely transparent with you, I’m sharing these today.

The Cons of Blogging-What you may not realize before starting your blog...helpful tips on things you should consider before becoming a full-time blogger! // thehealthymaven.com1. I have to watch what I say. By now you know that I lack a filter and often say whatever pops into my head. While I am certainly not being scrutinized for my every move (at least I hope not!) I do have to be conscious of my brand and aware of what and how much I share. You never know who is reading and what kind of impression you may leave on people.

2. I’ve had to learn to compromise. I have my own opinions about health and choices that I make in leading my own healthy lifestyle. I do share some of these and there are certain things I won’t budge on but I have come to learn that I can’t change people’s minds. I have had to learn to compromise and respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

3. A lot of control is out of my hands. While I do get a steady stream of daily visits, a lot of your success as a blogger depends on certain recipes or posts going viral. A recipe from 6 months ago may get picked up by a site like The Huffington Post and I am always dumbfounded when a recipe I forgot about goes viral on Pinterest or StumbleUpon. I never know when it’s coming and I’ve let go of trying to predict when it’ll happen. Mostly I’m just fortunate that these kind of features do happen, but it’s definitely anxiety provoking when you don’t know if they’ll happen and your monthly income depends on it.

StumbleUpon4. Managing money is a constant struggle. Speaking of monthly income, finances are definitely a concern. While I am able to support myself, I am certainly not bringing in the dough. Everyday I am thankful that I chose food blogging instead of fashion because a girl’s gotta eat so luckily I can kill two birds with one stone. But yes, I do have to budget and be conscious of my spending. I’d take this over a high-paying job that I hated any day.

5. It’s not about what I want anymore. Of course, I never post anything I don’t love, but much of my content is now determined by what you guys want to see. At the same time, it’s also difficult to find that fine line between what readers want to make and what will stand out in an already over-saturated market. As much as I might adore my peanut butter & dill pickle hummus, 99% of you probably won’t make it.

6. Vacations are different. Initially I wrote “vacations are hard”, but that is not entirely true. My schedule allows me to take vacations when I want to but when your job requires you to be connected, it isn’t always the easiest to step away from the computer and completely detach. I’ve learned ways to cope with this (thank goodness for scheduling!) but I do still feel guilty when I’m not immediately responsive to you guys.

Working in GTNP7. I have the responsibility of running a business. Perhaps running a business is fun for you, and on some days it is for me too. But a lot of responsibility comes with it. Managing taxes, invoices, contracts, dealing with hosts and emails and lawyers (by this I mean my Dad, hi Dad!) takes up A LOT of time. If you’re gonna run a serious business you would not believe the kind of work that comes with it.

8. I don’t have much time to read other blogs. What drew me to this community in the first place is that it is just that, a community. However there are days when I feel really left out from the community because I just don’t have time to read other blogs. Blogging FOMO is what I call it! It’s probably what I miss most from making the switch from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a business.

I’m told I make blogging look easy, which is the ultimate compliment for me. Certain things are easy to me but a lot of things happen behind the scenes which most people don’t know about. I’m thinking of doing a Day In The Life post so you can get some insight into what these things are and if blogging full-time is something you might want to embark on. Next week I’ll be talking about the pros of blogging (obvi there’s lots of them!!!) and then will be tackling the ever popular “how to make money blogging” post later in the month. I hope you’re enjoying this series!

Bloggers, do you find there’s any cons to blogging? Would you guys be interested in seeing a “day in the life” post from me?

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 13, 2014 at 5:26 am

    LOL. I can already envision your day in your life post. I must admit, you do make blogging look easy, but then again, when it’s something your passionate about, it’s obvious!

    Can we please discuss the beanie? You hated my pom pom one, I have no words for that one.
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    Lauren
    August 13, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Growing up with an entrepreneur Father and Grandfather, I have seen first hand the work that goes into being a business owner. My hat goes off to you girl. I like how real you were with these points. Like you said there are a million and one reasons why it is amazing to do what you do but there is also a reality check too – it is not just rainbows and unicorns, it is damn hard work. I think you have the balance down pretty darn well 🙂
    I am loving this series by the way, and would love to see a day in the life post!
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    Cat
    August 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

    A lot of these points relate to just generally being freelance – at least I’ve found it so! I guess one I might add is the incessant need to have my phone around before I eat something to snap it. But then, that’s something non-bloggers struggle with too these #instadays!

    I LOVE day in the life posts – the voyeur in me gets it’s kick 😉

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

    You do make blogging look easy! I blog as a hobby and I still feel like I never have enough time to write and read other blogs. I think people definitely underestimate how hard running a business is. My mom started a business when I was a kid so I grew up helping her and there really are no “days off.” It’s a constant struggle to balance time, I think. You can do it, though, because you’re a rock star!
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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    August 13, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Love this–girl you so real. I’d have to agree that one of the cons is that I honestly don’t find time to read blogs as often as I used to/I’d like to because my free time is usually spent in the kitchen/shooting photos/editing/etc. I try to catch up on days when I don’t post though.
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    Joanne
    August 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I don’t blog full time, but even blogging part time can be stressful! I give you a lot of credit for taking the full time plunge and I love the honesty of this post!
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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    You do make the process look easy! I have to admit, reading this does make me a little happy that I have no plans to turn blogging into a full-time venture – it does look challenging, for sure! I love reading day in the life posts – I say go for it 😉
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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    August 13, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I would love to read a day in the life type of post! And thanks for sharing a bit more about “the other side.” I think #1 is a constant struggle for both full-time and hobby bloggers – you never know who is reading!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I LOVE this post as I feel all the same ways about full time blogging. I wish vacations were easier. I took one last week and had very limited internet, and it was the worst. I also have to get up stupid early to read blogs which makes me tired haha. But, it’s usually very rewarding! It’s nice to know I am not alone!
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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    August 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love the honesty of this post! Building a business can be hard, but it looks like you have the determination to be successful! Best of luck with full time blogging!!
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    August 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I would LOVE to see a day in the life post! Maybe it’s nosy, but I’m so interested in what a full-time blogging day looks like. I would say the biggest con of blogging is that you live more of your life in the virtual world. You have to constantly remind yourself to maintain a balance so you are still living your life, not just posting about it. I found this was easier when I cut down on my posting frequency. Any other cons I think apply mainly to hobby blogging. In other news, people don’t like dealing with lawyers?!?! 🙂
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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    August 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    since i dont blog full time, i find myself nervous as to how the posts are going to be accepted and who is reading. Thanks for sharing the other side 🙂
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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    August 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    One pro I’ve noticed in my relatively short stint of blogging is the need to always feel connected. As you mentioned, it’s difficult to fully unplug, even on vacation. I’m learning that taking one day a week (usually saturday or sunday) for a ‘digital detox’ really helps keep me sane.
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    cait @pieceofcait
    August 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    would love to see day in the life! along with possibly when you realized you could do this full time! 🙂
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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    August 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I can definitely relate to some of this now since I’m only working outside of the ol’ apartment part-time now and trying to make money blogging and freelancing! I would also add to the list that since the BF knows I’m home more than him…for some reason he doesn’t get that blogging and writing are actual work so kind of treats me like a housewife. I really don’t think most people understand the work that goes into blogging or working for yourself!! Like if I don’t keep posting or writing articles…I won’t make money!

    Lee said you used to read and comment on 40 blogs a day! No wonder you don’t have time for that any more ha! Don’t stress though because most people aren’t able to keep up on every single post of even their favorite blogs! 🙂

    YES for day-in-the-life post!!
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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    August 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I definitely think that never really being able to unplug would be hard for me. In blogging, SO much of your success depends on being present. I think people understand when you say you need a vacation or you’re taking off some time, but choosing to do so still affects your income! Granted, everything I know about monetized blogging comes from Pinch of Yum, but still 😉
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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    August 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I^’d love to see a day in your life! Unflitered, please 🙂
    And I admire you, I would be SO terrified about my income – but that has mainly to do with my obsessive way to spend money. Spoiled brat I am.
    I love love LOVE that pic of you working on vacation. You are beautiful.
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    August 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    For me, I think the hardest part of blogging as a job has been learning how to force myself to unplug and stop working. There’s literally -always- something I could be doing, and when you won your own business, a lot of your success depends on how much time and work you put into it, so it’s hard to take breaks.
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    Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE
    August 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Love this. Obviously lol, these posts you do about blogging life is always incredibly relatable. Granted, I don’t blog full time technically sometimes it feels like I do. It is incredibly hard to disconnect especially when you’re on vacation! I really find it hard to put my phone down at the end of the day too. I need a cut off time…isn’t it you that doesn’t do anything past 9pm?! Or am I thinking of another blogger? I just always have “one more thing to do” and that turns into 10 things! BUT totally agree with you, if I made enough now to just survive off of, I would SO take it over a job I hate. Thanks for an AWESOME post Miss Davida 🙂 Have a lovely day blogger friend!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      That is me 🙂 No screens after 9:00! It’s been the best rule I’ve ever implemented but I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard! Thanks so much Kelly! Have a wonderful day too!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    August 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I so agree with #5 and #8. There are some posts that I think are going to do great and there barely even noticed and then others that I’m really not completely satisfied with that are sometimes the most popular… funny how that works. I’m also noticing that I can’t read all of my favorite blogs every single day… there just needs to be more time in the day.
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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    August 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    You really are a rockstar for making it look so easy. As an amateur {student} blogger, the hardest part for me is balancing blogging with schoolwork while getting a reasonable amount of sleep. I know things will be changing soon as I start college, but I hope to stay engaged as much as possible.
    Yay for a day in the life!
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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    August 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

    My girl, this is SO spot on. Like taking vacations…you can never REALLY disconnect unless you want to lose followers! Our job is to be connected, and that means being on my phone all the time. Not having time to read other blogs is another big con I deal with, especially not having time to make recipes from other blogs! We have to devote so much time to our own recipe development that I never get around to making all the yummies from other blogs (except yours, of course). Oh and having to filter what I say even when I really want to say it in order to protect my brand? You know #thestruggleisreal. Great roundup on why blogging isn’t easaaaaaay!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    August 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I spend to much time reading OTHER blogs and then my blog gets neglected. I need to learn who to balance it so I stay in the community, but also pay attention to taking care of my blog instead of just posting and forgetting.
    (I would so dig your PB dill pickle hummus!) Haha!

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    Ashley
    August 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Love this! This even applies to my dream of one day being a freelance graphic designer, because I would still be dealing with invoices and taxes and all the not fun stuff. I like having the luxury of not having to do that, and also leaving work at work after 5pm! (When I can focus on blogging) There was a time I considered blogging FT, but I think if I did that, it would no longer be enjoyable for me. So for now, it is just a hobby that will hopefully lead to a design job in the food industry!
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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    August 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    For me, I think one of the hardest parts of blogging is that it’s not an exact since. I study Math in school and I’ve done sciences for most of my life, so attempting to do something that doesn’t have a formula: Write this + Share that = success, is a little daunting at times.
    But on the other hand, I love the challenge. So it balances out I guess.
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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    August 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I really don’t know at this point if I’ll ever make any money blogging, but, this was a great and really informative post for someone like me just starting out. It’s really all overwhelming and I look forward to more posts from you on your experiences with it 🙂
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    Britt@MyOwnBalance
    August 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Yes! Day in the life, please! 🙂

    #6 and #8. I spent the entire time in Cape Cod stressing over not doing as much blog-related stuff as I “should”. I don’t even blog for a living! It’s pressure I just put on myself because I like my side gig a lot! And I do love getting opportunities to work with brands or attend events when they come up.

    #8- In a perfect world I would have plenty of time to read and comment on everyone’s blog but I just ain’t got that kind of time. I do however try to really invest in the ones I do read. I would love to widen my circle but I just don’t see how I can do it and still stay sane.
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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    August 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I worked from home for a year awhile back & I felt it was difficult for other to comprehend that I was truly working. My mother for instance would always assume that because I was home I was available to do things when in fact I had real work, conference calls & emails to attend to. I imagine if I were doing blogging full-time I would have the same problem.
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    Cassie
    August 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    These are all SO true… I would love to see a day in the life post but I’m probably going to be really jealous because my M-Fridays SUCK.
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    Heather @ FITaspire
    August 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats on making the leap & I loved reading your perspective on what the not-so-fun parts are!
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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    August 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I want to see a “day in the life” post to compare! One thing I’ve started doing over the past few weeks is take one day off! Ok maybe not completely as I will Instagram, but no new posts are allowed to be made. This allows me to make sure my friends see me, my husband sees me, I see the outside and get to see the sky! I’ve already noticed a increase in how this helps me both personally and my blog (a day to take it all in).
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    Shannon
    August 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I would love to see a day in the life post!
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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    August 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I can definitely see how blogging as a business can be tricky at times. I’d love to see a day in the life post! 🙂
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    Kim
    August 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I think that you do an excellent job of content and coming up with unique recipes that people truly do want to make!!!
    YES – I want to see a day in the life!!!!
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    Lauren
    August 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    So loved reading this! While I don’t blog full-time , I do work for myself & have had to learn SO much about running a business (money, finances, etc). I find it pretty interesting, but I don’t always have the time to leisurely read & comment on others blogs anymore. I do make it something I purposely do a few times a week, as well as answer comments because I love community!

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    Brittany
    August 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Turning a blog into a business seems SO daunting to me, so yes, you DO make it look easy! Way to go on that. These cons were thought provoking for sure, especially having to watch what you say!! This one is probably a good habit to have balance with regardless. I often find myself backspacing something I originally write, just because I know my family reads my blog. If we ever meet in person (I mean WHEN we meet in person) don’t expect any kind of filters from me….
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    Amanda
    August 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I can’t even imagine doing this full-time… you’re a rock star, girl! I get overwhelmed just doing it a couple times a week! haha

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    August 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I think you do make blogging look easy, which is a compliment. Your blog and your FB just seem to flow naturally. My advice, since you didn’t ask (obviously), would be to find a way to tackle the cons. For example, you should completely disconnect sometimes. I think people would be more understanding than you suspect. Perhaps you can set up an auto reply…Davs in on vacation and she will get back to your request when she returns. Yada, yada. If you never take a break from working, it will catch up to you eventually…at which point, you’ll seek out a therapist…not that I would know from experience or anything (cough, cough).

    For me, I started blogging for fun and as a hobby and didn’t fully realize the different hats I’d soon be wearing: writer, photographer, marketing guru, social media whore, recipe developer, food shopper, etc, etc. What was once a hobby suddenly turned into a part time job, and an unpaid one at that. I do still love it though, or else I wouldn’t be doing it.

    Blog on my friend! You’re an inspiration.

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    GiGi Eats
    August 14, 2014 at 12:06 am

    So this means… You can come over to my house whenever you want, and we can have WORK DATES 😉 Full Time Bloggers COMMENCE!
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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    August 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This post ROCKS. I couldn’t agree more on every single point. Especially the Blogging FOMO (it’s the worst. Like I didn’t even know until now that you are blogging full-time and I wish I would’ve known right away so I could have sent you a congrats snap about it… CONGRATS. Exciting!), the working on vacation (ugh, the worst), the whole running a business thing (my anxiety is through the roof), and the “OMG my post went viral this is amazing” versus the “wait there are no sites linking to my blog today how sad” up and down-ness. All in all… the pros outweigh the cons! Oh, and another con = while working from home is great, sometimes I do wish all of us bloggers had an office together where we could hang all day and be social, too!

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    hayley @healthyregards
    August 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    SO happy and excited for you. Despite the challenges that come from blogging full time I know you will totally rock this and make something amazing even more amazing. Looking forward to following your journey! xo
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    Luv What You Do
    August 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I love the day in the life idea!
    The biggest con of blogging for me is the time it takes and the desire to unplug. But it’s not a full time job for me so it’s easier to check out for a while…like I just did in Cali : )
    Good luck!
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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    August 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Um, so I agree with pretty much everything that you have on here. Vacations are no longer really a vacation for me anymore because I’m always checking my e-mail or social media. In fact, it’s difficult for me to not be looking at a computer screen 5 minutes before I go to bed. I need to break out of it. As for managing money, Excel spreadsheets have become my “friend.” I also really miss being able to enjoy reading other blogs and food magazines!! Yesterday night, I decided to just leave my computer alone and clip recipes out of my food mags, tape them into a notebook, and decorate pages with my fancy glitter markers. So much fun!

    I’m still happy for you that you decided to do food blogging full-time. Just don’t stress yourself out too much! Your readers will still love you even when you’re away! =)
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    Hollie
    August 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Something I have learned a lot is that you do have to filter what you say. You can’t just go and drop F bombs on your blog (even if you think that), it will look bad for both you and your company. It’s funny which posts go viral and which do not…I always think that certain posts will draw more hits than others…sometimes it happens, sometimes it does not.
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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Interesting post, Davida! One con to blogging for me is all of the techy and backend stuff… I absolutely hate dealing with all of that!
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    Casey @ Casey the College Celiac
    August 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Blogging is definitely a curse and a blessing. A blessing because all of the connections made, friends discovered, opportunities seized and opinions shared. A curse in the scrutiny and the self-doubt that always hits right before pressing the “publish.”
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    Em @ Love A Latte
    September 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I would LOVE to see your day in the life post! So interesting!!
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    Anna
    September 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I’d love to see a day in the life post! This series is great, by the way. Very useful!
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    Lucie
    August 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Although there are a few cons of the blogging, still it feels me with good feelings haha. But most of you wrote is right.

    Have a nice day xx
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