My Blogging Fuck Budget


Sarah Knight's book, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, has taken the world by storm. It promises to teach you how to stop spending time you don't have doing things you don't want to do with people you don't like, WITHOUT becoming an arsehole in the process. Sounds great, right? Well, lots of people seem to adore this method! In case you haven't read the book, Sarah recommends writing a 'Fuck Budget', where you decide which aspects of your life are worth devoting your time and energy to, and which you should just stop giving a fuck about! Sarah applies this budgeting to work, family, friends and more in her book, but I thought it might be fun to create a Fuck Budget all about blogging as well! So, without further ado, here are the things that I really give a fuck about when it comes to blogging, and a few others where I really couldn't give a damn...

✅ I give a fuck about GENUINE COMMENTS

These make me so so happy! When somebody reads one of my posts and really engages with it, and leaves a well thought out response in the comment section, it genuinely makes my day! The comments on a post are what I use to judge its quality - I consider the post a successful one if it attracts some really genuine responses. This helps me to know what to write more of in future!

⛔️ I don't give a fuck about DOMAIN AUTHORITY

DA & SEO are the bane of pretty much every blogger out there! Mine was stuck on the same old figure for yonks, and despite reading countless blog posts and other articles on how to increase it,  it just didn't seem to be happening for me, even though I was supposedly doing everything right. *sigh*. However, one day something obviously changed because it suddenly underwent a massive increase! I hadn't started doing anything differently, so I was pretty perplexed! Although DA is very useful, especially if you want to work with brands, it's not the be-all and end-all of blogging. If I was fixated on just improving this little number, I would certainly fall out of love with blogging, so I have decided that I'm just not going to give a fuck about it any more! If it goes up, hooray! If it never improves past its current level of 32, no biggie.


✅ I give a fuck about HOW MY INSTA FEED LOOKS

I definitely don't have an Instagram theme, unless "bright colourful stuff that I see when I'm out and about" counts as a theme? However, it makes me really happy when my feed is looking aesthetically appealing, more for personal enjoyment than because I know it will help me grow my following, which brings me on to the next point...

⛔️ I don't give a fuck about my INSTAGRAM FOLLOW COUNT

Instagram is so fickle that there's really no point worrying about your followers over there. A person can follow you, like all your recent pics, and leave comments about how much they love your feed, and then unfollow you the next day in the hope that you'll continue following them, so really I just don't see an Insta following as something worth obsessing over. If they sorted out their algorithm and stopped shadow banning genuine people, it might be a different story!

✅ I give a fuck about QUALITY and ⛔️ I don't give a fuck about QUANTITY

I mentioned this all the way back in December of last year, in my post about choosing not to do Blogmas. For me, quality is king, and I would rather publish a really kick-arse post once a week, rather than force out a load of mediocre posts just because I feel like I ought to publish three times a week. This is why you won't see me attempting any challenges such as Blogmas or Blogtober. Soz.


✅ I give a fuck about WHAT PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT THINK OF MY BLOG

I have a wonderful group of friends who regularly read and comment on my blog, and I appreciate them all an incredible amount (you know who you are!). I value their opinions immensely and often ask for their advice. If they thought my content was a bit crap or had gone downhill, I know I would have to have a serious rethink and up my game!


⛔️ I don't give a fuck about WHAT STRANGERS THINK OF MY BLOG

On the other hand, if someone I'd never met or interacted with before clicked onto my blog and left me a comment telling me that they thought it was total crap, I probably wouldn't bat an eyelid. I'd send that comment straight to the 'deleted' section and carry on with my day. I've always thought it strange how I'm much more comfortable being judged by strangers on the Internet than by people who I know well, but hey, maybe you feel the same too?


⛔️ I don't give a fuck about HAVING A NICHE

The piece of advice that I was given most frequently before I started blogging was to work out what my niche was going to be, and then sticking to it. But very quickly, I realised that I didn't want to cover just one genre. If I blogged only about books, I'd really miss my travel posts. If I shared only fashion, I'd perhaps miss the opportunity to talk about university, recipes, or mental health. I don't like to pigeon-hole myself - I'm interested in so many things and have made this blog a success (or so I'd like to think!) despite the fact that I cover 101 different topics with equal enthusiasm!


⛔️ I don't give a fuck about WHAT I "SHOULD" BE BLOGGING ABOUT

If blogging about outfits, days out, and what I eat for breakfast is branded "unimportant" and "pointless" by some arsewipes other members of the blogging community, so be it. Let those people be petty and spew out hate whilst you're having a lovely time snapping your flatlays and swatching your latest makeup purchases BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT. Do what makes you happy and don't let anyone tell you that's not important!

⛔️ I don't give a fuck about WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT BLOGGER PODS

Pods - whether they're for Instagram or blog comments, everyone seems to have an opinion. Some view them as fake interaction, others swear by them. I find Instagram pods a bit too intense and hard to keep up with, but I'm a huge fan of blogger comment pods - they enable me to keep up with my favourite bloggers and introduce me to blogs I wouldn't necessarily have otherwise come across, all whilst increasing engagement with my own site, so it's a win win in my book! If you hate them, I really couldn't care less.

What do you give a fuck about when it comes to blogging? Do we have anything in common? Let me know in the comments, I'd be intrigued to hear your perspective!

Until next time,

A x

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