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.