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My Shameful Blogging Confessions

It’s time to ‘fess up, folks.

I mean, blogging is one of my favourite things in the world, and there are days when I still have to pinch myself when I remember that I actually get to do this for a living. There’s no denying, though, that, as careers – or even hobbies – go, it can be a pretty weird one to have sometimes, so here are just a few of my shameful blogging confessions: and if you’re a blogger, I encourage you to ‘fess up to some of your own dirty little secrets in the comments section – if only to make me feel a little less alone…

my shameful blogging confessions


When I’m taking ‘hand’ shots for Instagram, I sometimes only paint the nails on one hand – or even one finger, if that’s all that’s going to be in shot – rather than having to do a full manicure, just to grab a “quick” Insta photo.

(I also got nail polish on my white sheets while taking this one: whoops!)


I once applied fake tan to just my feet and ankles, because I didn’t have time to do my full legs, and those were the only bits that were going to be exposed in the outfit photos anyway. I looked like I was wearing brown ankle socks for the rest of the week.

(And I didn’t even use the resulting photos!)


I have a “special” lipstick that I never, ever use, because it has to remain in perfect condition for blog photos.

Well, a little worn-down nub of colour isn’t exactly Instagrammable, is it?


I sometimes have to wear flats to get to a photo location, and then change into my “real” shoes once I get there.

So many shots have been ruined by the presence of a pair of beat-up old flats in the foreground, I can’t even tell you. Thank God for Photoshop, hey?


I bought the magazine pictured in this post purely so I could use it as a blog prop.

Actually, I don’t even particularly LIKE fashion magazines: give me a good a blog, any day. But also give me the magazine, because it makes a hella useful backdrop, thx.


Once when we were taking outfit photos, someone called the police and reported my husband for “stalking” me.

Because I smile and pose for ALL my stalkers, sure.

the strange things bloggers do07.

Speaking of stalkers, I actually DO/did have someone I consider to be a “blog stalker”, although it wasn’t my husband – it was another blogger who started copying everything I did, right down to dying her hair red and copying and pasting my social media bios (and occasionally chunks of my blog posts). Awkward.

(Er, that’s not actually MY shameful confession, is it?)


Back to the outfit post stories, though! Another time, we were taking photos on what we thought was a public footpath, when a very angry man emerged from a nearby house and started yelling at us to gerrof his (neighbour’s) land. It turned out that what we’d thought we’d thought was the entrance to a park was actually the driveway of a very large house: we apologised profusely, but he kept on yelling, and we ended up running back to the car, desperately hoping he didn’t have a shotgun…

(Yes, I was mortified. Mortified.)


The coffee is often way too cold to drink by the time I’ve stopped taking photos of it.

The one in this photo is actually decaf tea. I HATE tea. In my defence, I have been trying to drink it lately, but it’s a poor substitute for coffee really, isn’t it?


I can never seem to come up with a nice round number for a list post, so please feel free to fill in some confessions of your own here. I promise not to judge…

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  • Myra


    Hahaha my fav secret is the brown ankle socks

    September 17, 2017
  • Love your confessions. I am still fairly new to the whole blogging thing, having started mine just two months ago.
    But can already relate to the coffee in number 9… not only was my espresso stone cold by the time I finished shooting, the lovely chocolate truffles accompanying it went back in the cupboard (as thanks to a diet I am not allowed chocolate at the moment) 😉

    September 17, 2017
  • Maria


    I would have kindly told the obnoxious neighbour that it wasn’t his house either, so he could kindly go throw himself in a lake, for being so incredibly rude and hysterical, when a ‘That’s private property, better get off yhis lawn or the owners might get angry!”… But this is just me, I hate when people start yelling in an irrational way, without giving the other person time to actually ->explain<- their reasons.

    September 17, 2017
  • Haha. These are not confessions these are good tips to use! I have a stalker who is copying everything I do and it’s infuriating! How did you get around that Amber?

    September 17, 2017
  • Ha, I have definitely had to stage outfit photos before because I didn’t manage to get them at the time I wore the outfit! My neighbours must think I’m a bit mental, twirling around the garden in a fancy frock and heels at 2 in the afternoon! Has to be done though, because most of my interesting outfits are worn in the evening and I don’t have anywhere nice and light to take them indoors! Life as a British blogger in Winter!

    September 17, 2017
  • Kim C


    I have to agree with you about tea being a very poor substitute for coffee!

    September 17, 2017
  • This is spot on! Im definitely guilty of #1,4 and 9.

    September 17, 2017
  • Omg, thanks again for sharing things like this, ha, I love it! Does your husband ever tease you about any of it or is it all just so normalized to him now? I feel like he should do a post something like behind the scenes as a blogger husband.

    Sometimes I will buy a food item for the main reason that I think it would look cute as an Instagram photo… I mean, the second part has to be that I will eat it, but if I’m torn between two items, I will choose the more Instagram-worthy one

    And sometimes on vacation, my husband will see me taking photos of “random” things and question me on it, and I tell him it’s B-Roll for my blog. Which he finds hilarious that I use the term “B-Roll”

    September 17, 2017
  • Ana


    Your comment about tea was funny that it made me come out of lurkdom. Coffee is Queen in my household. Tea comes by occasionally to pay court.

    September 17, 2017
  • I’m sure I read recently that odd numbers are better for SEO… or something…

    September 17, 2017
  • oooo….stalker? tell me who! haha who who!

    Andrew James –

    September 17, 2017
  • That stalker sounds super creepy! I’m not a big fan of tea either. I didn’t know Brits were allowed to hate tea, lol!

    September 18, 2017
  • Sophie


    Brilliant post! Definitely brought a smile to my face at work on a Monday! Can you do a list of some of your favourite blogs? I’m quite new to reading blogs and would love some guidance on more content!

    September 18, 2017
  • Great post! I read it yesterday before we set out on our family trip to the pumpkin farm. During our 20-minutes drive, it was slightly raining and cloudy. And I was upset. But not because of the fact, that the children´s outdoor activities would be spoilt by the bad weather but that I wouldn´t be able to take nice sunny pictures for my blog post I wanted to write about this place! :O I hope you understand…. 😉
    PS: Call me a child of fortune, but it had stopped raining one minute before we arrived at the farm and I have taken beautiful pictures of my children running in pumpkin labyrinths in the warm autumn sun.

    September 18, 2017
  • these are great – any chance of a pic of your brown ankle socks hahaha

    September 18, 2017
  • Awesome post, Amber! Such fun confessions! I’ve been guilty of the -“just tanning what will be seen” trick! Love it!

    As for my blogging confessions… Well, first of I love Fashion, Beauty, etc… but, I blog about Movies, TV movies (mostly Hallmark!) to be exact! Sometimes I squeeze in some fashion elements – just for fun! People really do want to know, from time to time, what so&so is wearing in a particular movie. Right?

    Thanks for another fun post!!! Still thinking about those horrible magnetic lashes the other day!!! 🙂

    You are the best for sharing, Amber!!! Blessings to you, Net

    September 18, 2017
  • I do put my heels on for my (mirror) photos then if they are too high for driving in I’l take them off for flats and put them on when I get to the office. That’s about as staged as it gets really as I tend to take my pictures before I leave for work. And that is why it’s just a hobby and I’m rubbish at it 🙂

    September 18, 2017
      • Oh yes I’d be the same, suede shoes in the rain? Nope. Fields? Nope! The nicer you treat things the longer they last after all, I’d be in wellies picking me way though a field, ha ha! x

        September 19, 2017
  • Selina


    When I was blogging I often wondered what my neighbours thought when they saw me roaming around the backyard with my camera in one hand, the other hand raised in the air clutching a bottle of nail polish, trying to find the best light to photograph my nails!

    September 19, 2017
  • Sarah


    Thank you so much for this!!! Perfection isn’t perfect, but it can be a lot of fun trying to get there.

    September 19, 2017
  • D. Johnson


    Living in a very photogenic area, I hope neighbors, locals, have become used to my photo safaris. The lobster buoys are obvious, but photographing objects in an old, closed store window from different angles (to superimpose just the right reflection) and Christmas decorations may have perplexed/concerned some. (Sorry!) Guilty of the twirl, holding objects aloft, laying flat on the beach in front of a pile of rocks- – especially interesting when one is old & creaky like me and the resulting struggle to get to one’s feet is long, awkward, and painful to watch. But… there she goes again! What price blogging!

    September 20, 2017
  • I rarely take outfit pictures in the moment. I usually recreate them on the weekend during scheduled blog photo time. That way I don’t feel rushed and can control everything a bit more.

    September 20, 2017
  • I sometimes post old holiday pictures, or old photos of me because they fit in nicely on the grid – then mum will call me asking when I bleached my hair (she hates when I dye my hair!), or saying I never told her I was on holiday and how can I afford it!! I’ve always told her Instagram is not real-time a lot of the time!! But she never remembers!! Haha!

    August 17, 2018