Blogging back in time

UK lifestyle blogger

In an era where everyone seems to have an online presence, what I miss the most is blogging back in time, the good old blogging days of 2010 where bloggers would freely express their opinion and show their real, non-curated life. Back in these days there was an abundance of posts highlighting the less-than-glossy moments of life, the embarrassing and goofy ones, the moments that were small but worth remembering because they were funny and awesome. People would talk about their “Eureka” moments and they would type about feelings that gave them goosebumps!

There was no fear of the consequences of a bad review because the hotel / restaurant / spa might be dissatisfied with your opinion and never invite you again. Opinions were honest and sometimes far too strong which is not a bad thing when you are about to splash money for a spa treatment or accommodation in an island on the other side of the planet.  Bloggers would dive into the world of blogging and wouldn’t take themselves too seriously, blogging was simply a hobby and a creative outlet, full-stop. Blogging back in time

And it just strike me the other day that I do miss these days of blogging! I miss reading about people’s lives, the real ones not the ones that are artfully staged ‘for the blog‘, and I am guilty of this too judging myself before you do it. I started Natbee’s as an escapism from my boring work and because I loved writing and documenting my life in a way that would make my friends and family know about my day-to-day adventures. And even though my writing wasn’t brilliant and my camera was old, I still felt proud of Natbee’s and the joy it gave me everytime I would log in blogger. com. Blogging back in time

Since then the blogging landscape has changed massively, which is nice but bad too. I, of course, love it when I receive invitations to press trips that I wouldn’t afford otherwise, but I also detest that nowadays the majority of the reviews out there are positive since every blogger tries to get as many freebies as possible. The world has become so materialistic that makes it rare to find an authentic voice that you can trust, just as you’d do with an older sister. Blogging back in time

Sharing your life with others can be tough- you will be judged and people will funnily think that they know you, so I do get it when people want to share the prettiest part of their lives and only (even though there is nothing wrong with a bit of spontaneity, right?). However back in the old days of blogging this wasn’t the case.  People would read your blog and be happy for your new job/boyfriend/pair of shoes and would also be genuinely interested in your life and choices without judging your photography, writing, outfits, boyfriend, family etc.

Natbee's Aberdeen blogger

Last night I came to a decision…I decided to go back to my old tactics and get my writing voice back. I want to share my trials and tribulations with you and have an even more open and meaningful voice. Feel free to love me or hate me. I will of course keep using my 45 mm lens camera because photography is one of the biggest parts of my job and something I love doing, but the writing might change a bit…

…so welcome to the new Natbee’s, an insightful, real, raw and full of flaws kind of outlook! I hope you enjoy it 🙂


*picture taken during my commute to work early this morning with my phone, as raw as it can get!


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  • perla
    February 6, 2017

    Yes! Omg!!! This way tooo crazy! I am actually replying to a comment that you left on my blog back in 2012. Lol. This world of bloggers is so different now 🙁 I feel that personal touch is gone and there is a huge focus on numbers and not dialogue. I was a little disappointed until I read this post. It’s nice to see that I am not the only one that feels this way. I have started up my blog for personal reasons and yes, I want to document my outfits and my experiences. However, I really value being in a space where I can express myself freely and see others do the same. It’s nice to be back and come across this post. I don’t feel as discouraged anymore 🙂

  • Tania
    February 17, 2017

    YES!! Amen to that sista! Can’t wait to read some more xx

    • Anastasia
      February 22, 2017

      Aw, thanks so much Tania! Let’s take blogging back on our hands, enough with the lies, photoshop tricks and curated lives!
      P.S: I might have done a happy feet dance under my desk that you visited and commented on my blog!