The Truth About Blogging..
From the outside, blogging might seem like the perfect job/hobby to have; however, just like with everything else, blogging too has it’s struggles. I would like to mention that I am not here to be negative or to complain about how hard it is being a blogger- it isn’t, I simply want to share with you all some struggles that I and many other bloggers face especially ones who are trying to make a career out of it or those who are just starting out. So, here are some of my main struggles and a little bit on how I try to combat them!
I am starting of with this one as I feel it is the most common struggle many of us face as bloggers. Due to the blogging industry being so saturated and growing at such a fast pace, I feel like competition is inevitable; however negative competition can really hinder our growth as bloggers. I have days where I sit there comparing my ‘mediocre’ blog phots to those perfectly edited photos of other blogger or days where I wonder why I am not getting the same amazing opportunities as some other bloggers when I seem to be putting in the same if not more time and effort. These types of thoughts can quickly take away my motivation and leave me feeling not ‘good enough’.
Some ways that help me deal with this is to acknowledge the fact that there will always be someone better than me and comparing myself to others will not get me anywhere as it is a never ending vicious cycle. Also, looking back at the progress I have made since I first started blogging really helps me evaluate how far I have come and how far I still have to go. My tip for any of you struggling with this is to remember to only compare yourself to one person and that is YOU.
If you are someone who thinks that in order to become a successful blogger, you simply sit in front of a computer screen, write up a post and hit the publish button, then you are completely wrong. Coming up with blogpost ideas, writing the blogpost, proofreading it, taking blog photos, editing those photos, publishing the post, promoting it through various social medias such as Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter and connecting with your audience by replying to comments/reading their content are just some of the activities we bloggers have to undertake. As I am not lucky enough to have this as my full time job, I sometimes struggle to understand whether all this time I am investing in this blog is really worth something. Should I cut down on the time and effort I put on my blog and use that energy elsewhere? At the end of the day, I am doing this because I truly love and enjoy it and that is why you often hear people say that if you are blogging for the free stuff, just don’t because this is something that requires time, effort and patience.
The way I like to combat this is to acknowledge the fact that I would rather be doing something I love than have a job that pays me tons of money but gives me no pleasure what so ever. I feel like we are a generation that wants things to come to us exactly when we want them to and the power of patience is often overlooked by us and so in these times I have to learn to be patient and tell myself that my passion and belief is enough to get me where want to!
EXCESSIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Keeping up to date with your social medias is imperative to being a blogger. I currently use Instagram and Twitter the most to promote my blog and occasionally Pinterest. What I have noticed is that the amount of time I used to spent on social media before blogging and the amount of time I now spent has doubled. I struggle to keep a balance on when I am using social media for blog work and when I am using it for leisure and that is something I definitely work on.
What are some blogging struggles you have faced? How do you overcome them?
I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!
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