What Being a Blogger Has Taught Me

There are those moments when you look at blogging and you are sort of amazed at yourself for surviving it for so long. It’s crazy how something you love doesn’t feel like a lot of work when you love it. Today’s post I wanted to talk about how blogging can be such an educational hobby. Looking back to when I first started, verse now – I have come a long long way. So I thought, why not write a post about it. I polled it on Instagram and you guys were keen beans. So here it is!

Let’s dive right in shall we?!

Just how much work goes into being a content creator …. No seriously it’s a lot of work.

Anyone who thinks blogging is just whipping up a few paragraphs of writing and sticking a photo with it can go SUCK A LEMON. When it comes to blogging, I feel like the list is never ending! Even on productive days there are always things I don’t get to. Between taking photos (in bulk) and writing posts (in bulk … when I can), there is reading blog posts, editing photos, editing posts, brainstorming ideas, planning my Instagram feed, planning my Instagram captions, scheduling tweets, working on my blog schedule, being active on all my social media accounts and about a million other things I can’t currently thing of. Even if you’re are a full time blogger which means you are able to dedicate more time to blogging – it’s still a shit ton of work. So imagine when you have work/uni and also trying to have a shred of a social life? I know during the uni semester I’d literally not be able to write one post so I’d dip into my pre written content. Even then I posted once a week and really struggled to read blog posts (which dramatically decreased traffic/engagement to my blog). I mean after a day of studying the last thing you’re in the mood for is to write posts or read anything. But I have found a system and the love for blogging truly amazes me every day – even the stressful parts I don’t mind because of how much I love blogging.

How you can happily spend all the hours on something when it’s something you love

To outsiders it can seem like a bit of a puzzle – how we spend all our time (free time), tapping away at a lap top, or using the sunshine outside to spend the day inside snapping photos or editing them or all of the other things. I find it incredible how none of that stuff bothers me, like I’d gladly spend a day at home doing all things blogging, or taking photos or editing them. I often enjoy watching a movie/tv show while doing blog stuff as a sort of background noise. But I never find it a burden at any stage and I feel guilty if I haven’t spent enough time on blogging. That’s definitely a sign that you are in love with blogging.

Time management and organisation

These two form the foundation of blogging and basically keep us bloggers from pulling our hair out! Of course it’s not always smooth sailing, sometimes organisation can unravel, we can fail at time management and procrastinate but any form of structure is good! I know that pre writing posts and taking photos in bulk was an absolute game changer for me. Before then I’d get so overwhelmed with all I had to do, feel guilty I was procrastinating and not know just what post I should write first (thanks to the magic of planning a blog schedule). As I mentioned above thanks to my love of blogging it has made me step up my organisation like crazy! I do have many organisation themed posts in the works, so keep your eyes peeled about that.

People (who don’t know a thing about blogging) will be making all sorts of comments regarding the matter

People can be stinky at times. Especially when putting their two cents about blogging. They can down play it, make it appear superficial, a waste of time, a silly hobby …. Blah blah blah. Those people suck and their opinions are not worth a grain of salt! So ignore them you have this fantastic little gig going (whether yours is a pure hobby and you currently (or don’t plan to) make any money from it/seek out work opportunities with brands) or you do a little somethin’ somethin’ with it. Also to those sucky people who think you are blogging to “score free stuff” or want you to give them free stuff – you can politely tell them where to go.

You will be stalking weather reports like crazy

I never use to check the weather unless it was a beach day. Now I am checking it multiple times a day in hopes a photo day will be on the horizon. I never knew how much I’d be so adamant on sunny days even though I prefer cooler weather – I happily suffer through hot days just knowing I can take lots of photos (and they actually turn out good!)

You will feel insecure, jealous at times and just burnt out

In the beginning of my blogging days I was plagued by insecurities and constantly doubting myself and my content. I even felt jealous on other people’s content and rapid growth. I essentially convinced myself that because I didn’t have a fancy camera (and at one stage a white surface to take photos on) – my photos and content weren’t good and that I’d never be able to grow my blogs. I spent a massive chunk of my year’s blogging using my Ipad to take my photos. In fact up until late November 2016 I was using my ipad. Now I currently use my Oppo phone and while the camera is 100% better, I grew so much in my quality just by using my iPad. I learnt different editing techniques, when to use lighting, I learnt so much and if you see one of my first Instagram photos, compared to my last Instagram photo that was taken by my IPad you’d be amazed by the difference. In addition to this, even when using my new phone to take blog photos, the game changer in my photo was when I began to use Photoshop express to edit my photos – that bumped up the quality by an enormous amount!

You will feel super guilty when you haven’t been consistent

Nothing made me feel more terrible then when I let uni take over and limit my blogging drastically. When it comes to Instagram blogging I’ve never struggled at being consistent (touch wood). With my main blog that was entirely a different story! Basically I only started to be consistent (i.e an average of one post a week from January 2016). Before then I’d go months at a time without posting since my time management and organisation skills sucked. I’d feel so guilty and once again doubt I’d ever be able to grow my blog.

Being productive will bring you the best feeling!

on the other hand, when you are super productive and get lots of blogging things done – whether you took a lot of photos, wrote a bunch of posts or any of the other never ending tasks – it feels so good and it always gets me on a roll where I keep on dishing out the content and it feels amazing!

The IT/technology side of blogging can drive you nuts

When it comes to technology – I am a total noob! There is just so much complicated stuff out there and it takes me twice as long to figure out a software or how to do something with the blog. I literally google to my fingers go numb and it can take a few attempts before I semi figure it out. There are some things I am still struggling with. It’s the not so fun, frustrating side to blogging let me tell you – but google is your friend.

The blogging community can be both a positive and negative place

I have met so many incredible people in the blogging community! I think we all tend to bond with one another for our not so common love of blogging – which in our day to day lives isn’t so common to find. Of course with the good can come not so good – not everyone in the blogging community is going to be a peach. Some will be competitive, nasty, I’m sure some of you bloggers have experience theft or copying of content. With all the lovely people I’ve met I’d happily deal with the negative nancys!

There will be times where you feel burnt out and not in the mood to blog

And you know what? It’s completely okay. It’s not realistic to expect to be blogging or thinking of things in relation to blogging 24-7. Everyone regardless or their work/hobby needs a break from it. Too much of anything is never good and it will lead you to feel burnt out. I find that by bulk photo taking and pre writing posts. I’m able to maximize my productivity and content produced when I am at maximum motivation/creativity. Then when I don’t feel like doing much with blogging, I can easily take a break guilt free and the content reservoir is filled and I can still post up lots of stuff without my audience getting less stuff from me even if I am not in the mood to make content.

 

We have finally made it to the end of the post! Hooray! If you guys stuck around to the end of the post, you guys are awesome! I hope you guys found this post interesting to read, even if you guys aren’t bloggers. For all you bloggers out there – what have you learnt from being a blogger? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you all in the next post.

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  1. Cortney

    February 6, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    This was such an amazing post! Everything you wrote is 100% true!
    I can’t even think of something different I’ve learnt from blogging…

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      You definitely learn so many things it’s insane and I’m sure in a few months to a years time there will be even more things I will learn. x

  2. Noelle

    February 7, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Girl you are too right about stalking the weather! Checked it 3 times today! But you gotta do it for the blog lol! 🙂
    Noelle
    http://elle-no.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 7, 2018 at 12:47 am

      Oh the joys of photo day and I simultaneously feel guilt that I’m not writing blog posts but its hard to do both when you want to maximize the amount of photos you take. Hahaha

  3. Coco

    February 7, 2018 at 12:55 am

    It was really nice to read your point of view. It just felt so well done!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 7, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Thank you. x

  4. Sophie

    February 7, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I can relate to this post so much! Especially when people are negative. But there are so many great things about blogging too such as the community, which is why I enjoy it! (P.s thank you for the comment on my post. I feel like the comment is in regards to my latest post ‘Fitness and Lifestyle Favourites’ however it is showing up on my ‘Maybelline Fit Me Foundation’ post. I’m just trying to figure out if there’s something mucking up on my blog comments or if it was accidentally posted on that post. Hopefully that makes sense!)

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

      I know amongst all the never ending duties I love blogging to death. It’s worth all the exhaustion. As far as I know I was reading your ‘Fitness and lifesyle favourites post’ When posting that comment, I didn’t click on the Maybelline post so I don’t know maybe a glitch is occuring.

  5. Abbey

    February 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I relate to this post so much especially with the how hard it is and how much effort goes into creating content for the blog, it’s not just as simple as people seem to think it is!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 12:40 am

      I know the most ignorant dismiss it as a silly, easy hobby. If they knew how much work was involved they’d be in disbelief.

  6. Serene

    February 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    haha I agree with all of the statements you’ve made about bloggers! I work endlessly when I haven’t blogged in a while as well!

    THE GUILT LOOOL! Lovely post hun!!! <3

    Serene xoxox

    http://www.iamserenel.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 12:41 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Yes the guilt that is experienced when life gets to busy to blog is crazy but I do all i can to make sure I am decently consistent.

  7. Danielle Alexa

    February 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I agree with literally every single thing in this post. For me it is just the volume of work, I literally had no idea before I started!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 12:42 am

      I know right. Naive us thought a quick snap of a photo and a few paragraphs and that would be it. Little did we know but it’s all worth it in the end.

  8. Samantha

    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    So true… I’ve fallen back in love with blogging recently, and I am so happy just working on it every evening. For months I was super inconsistent, and I felt so guilty, but now I am feeling sort of addicted to being productive and blogging!

    Samantha Series

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 12:43 am

      I know the guilt is serious when life gets to busy to blog. I’d especially get this way during a uni semester when I had literally no time to blog for months. Blogging is definitely addictive I gladly spend all my free time working on it and trying to be as productive as possible and take photos in bulk and pre-write so i can continue to post up content even if I don’t have time to actively make any in the moments I am busy.

  9. Jessica

    February 8, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Yaasss to everything in this post! I’ve been a bit discouraged lately since having a baby in October and not being able to be as consistent was I want (and I’ve encountered some of the nasty people in blogging lately lol) and even though it sucks it’s nice to hear other bloggers talk about how they’ve dealt with the same things!

    ~Jessica
    https://linnstyle.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 8:37 am

      We all go through those phases where we feel a bit meh towards blogging but it’s nice to touch back to why we love it so much.

  10. Shireen L. Platt

    February 8, 2018 at 5:40 am

    You got me nodding as I am reading through this post and you are so right, no one knows how much work goes into blogging! It irks me when someone says, you get free stuff and just take picture and write a few words! Like seriously, non-bloggers are so clueless.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Tell me about it! Like the stress that comes along with said “free stuff” like scheduling sponsored posts so they aren’t too close together or trialing products and trying to be as detailed about them as possible. Not to mention trying to take the best photos possible so the brand wants to work with you again. Non-bloggers wouldn’t survive one day doing what we do.

  11. Amt

    February 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I loved this post! It’s so true. People have all the wrong misconceptions about what blogging actually is and how much effort it takes!

    Amy – http://ambeautyedit.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      It definitely involves so much work but I love it so much that it’s all worth it.

  12. Bash Harry

    February 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been blogging for about 4 years and I’m still confused about the IT side. Being a blogger is a lot of work, which I don’t think people realise. Hence why the constant burnouts. But I think going through it and finding a balance is always worth it <3

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 8, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Yes IT stuff is so confusing, all the googling in the world still doesn’t clarify things quickly. I’ve definitely been trying to find a balance and pace myself to prevent burnouts. It’s easy to go full force with blogging because we want to maximize our productivity but it can go sour very quickly

  13. Caroline

    February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I relate so much to this post! I feel so unmotivated sometimes and especially can feel a bit intimidated and jealous of other bloggers which is not the right mind set at all! I definitely am guilty of stalking weather reports, already looking at this weekends to see if it’s going to be ok for photos! xx

    http://www.iridescentplaces.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Jealousy is a natural part of it. It’s human nature I think. I mean of course we don’t know what’s going on behind the blogging scene but I definitely get jealous grow their blog (and instagram) fast. I’m definitely patient with it but it’s so normal and you just how to look back at ourselves and how far we’ve come. Tell me about it! I’m looking at a whole week of cloudy weather – which is a wildcard when it comes to taking photos – you never know how it’s going to go down haha.

  14. Mariya

    February 9, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I love reading posts like this! I couldn’t relate anymore! People think that being a blogger is not a job but it is! It takes a lot of time – from writing to editing photos, etc… It’s a 24/7 job!

    Mariya
    http://www.brunetteondemand.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Exactly girl! It’s definitely a 24/7 job that has an endless to-do list and that we fit in with our busy lives. Of course us as bloggers love it but people who don’t get it should really stay quiet.

  15. Mary Maria

    February 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Beautiful, I love it!

    Kisses, Mary.
    ❤ Mary María Style ❤

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you. x

  16. Leigh

    February 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I love this post, I found myself agreeing with everything! I think its amazing how collective the blogging experience is, even though we do it all individually! x

    – Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      I know right, at time it can be such an isolating thing. We’re in our own little blogging bubble yet there are all those bloggers out there experiencing and relating to everything you do. It’s so awesome. x

  17. Ellie

    February 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    LOVE this post! I think blogging teaches you so much and really does change you as a person (as cheesy as that sounds)

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      It definitely does change you. It gives you a taste of what it’s like to do something you truly love just because you love it. Of course any opportunities recieved comes after all that hard work has first occured.

  18. Bethany

    February 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Oh my god yesss girl! I loved this post. Every single word I was nodding my head agreeing. Especially your last point, not long ago I felt a little like – whats the point would anyone notice if I stopped blogging? Luckily it was just a little wobble and I’m back now. Great post!

    http://www.polishedcouture.com xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Yes we all go through that phase. It’s good to pace ourselves when blogging and also give ourselves breaks. I love to read blog posts and look at pretty photos on Instagram, it always inspires me to make my own content. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. x

  19. Katie

    February 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve experienced so many of these! Especially the insecurities, but it’s amazing how good blogging can make you feel 🙂

    http://www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      I know right! Nothing feels as good as when you are productive with blogging or are loving the content you are creating. It’s amazing how happy doing something you love can make up.

  20. Kathryn

    February 9, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Yep, definitely found myself going “Yes, so true!” throughout this post. Blogging has been a constant reminder to me about authenticity, both in how I blog and how I interact with other bloggers. It’s important to stay genuine throughout the process! Thanks for sharing!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 9, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Exactly! You don’t want to look back one day and feel like you’ve lost yourself and who you are to the blogging world and being caught up with numbers and working with brands. We owe it to our audience to remain the same person we were when they decided to follow us.

  21. Sneha

    February 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Aw, I really enjoyed reading this. 🙂 I’ve dipped my tow in and out of blogging over the last few years, because every time I started I felt I couldn’t keep up with it alongside work and everything else. But now that I’m back doing it, I want to stick to it, because it is so much fun and like you said – it doesn’t feel like work at all! Jury’s out on whether I ever want it to be my permanent job, but not having that pressure allows me to enjoy it more, I think. 🙂

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      I was the same way. I started in late 2014 blogging but I wasn’t consistent with it till the beginning of 2016 so I don’t count the prior years. It’s definitely not easy balancing it with life. I know during uni I struggled to write any posts so I’d only post once a week and when I was off uni I’d pre-write posts like a mad woman! I agree, I wouldn’t want blogging as my permanent job because it does put pressure on it. I’m happy balancing it part time and when I find a job I’ll have to readjust how I balance the two.

  22. Shann Eileen

    February 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve only been blogging a short while, but can tell you that I relate to all of this! It’s crazy how much you learn about yourself in the process as well as all the things you listed. I just hope I continue to grow and learn as a blogger and just keep getting better and better.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 14, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      You definitely learn so much and a lot of it you learn the hard way through just trial and error and you teach yourself so many things. It’s quite crazy, especially when you look back to when you first started. It can be mind blowing.

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