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Blogging is like therapy and many of us who update our blogs on a regular basis enjoy it because if we hated it, we would find another outlet. When I started my blog about five years ago, I did it because I was at home all day and needed something to occupy my time with. I love blogging, but it’s not what it’s cracked up to be, and like most jobs, there is more to it than people think. You don’t love everything about it, but sometimes you just have to do things because it’s part of the job. People often start a blog because they think all bloggers do all day to build a brand is write blog posts, and that certainly is part of it but it doesn’t end there. Bloggers need to write to build a brand, but that is only one job, and not the only thing you worry about as a blogger. In this post, I am going to talk about some realities of blogging that are often overlooked and that all bloggers think about because it’s part of the job.
There will be days you won’t want to blog– I love blogging and look forward to creating new posts and sometimes it can be assumed that creators who love what they do want to do it all the time. There will be some days when you have all kinds of motivation and can’t wait to create new content but there will be other days when you literally have to force yourself to work because you’d rather be napping. . There is nothing wrong with taking an occasional day off and I think all bloggers should make time for themselves because if you don’t practice self-care you can’t show up for your readers and it often leads to burnout but when you should save your days off for when you are not in a position to write or are not feeling well. The hardest part of blogging sometimes is showing up on days you really don’t want to because even the most experienced bloggers who can write one-thousand words in an hour don’t always want to work. The process of creating a blog post can be a long lengthy process that takes hours and sometimes you are just not going to want to do it.
Trolls will get to you sometimes– I wish I could say that I have never been impacted by a hate comments from a troll but the truth is we all have at some point . The more experience you have as a blogger the less trolls affect you but until you learn not to take comments from trolls personally it mess with your emotions and affects your mental health. I am not affected by trolls now because I have been online a few years and have learned to move past it but when I was a new blogger I had a really hard time coping when people unnecessarily criticized a post and until I learned to not takes these comments personally some people even made me cry. As a blogger sometimes you will get rude comments that you’d know are ridiculous and ignore them but sometimes it does affect you because no one wants to hear how much you didn’t like a post. I try really hard to make content that I think my readers will enjoy but that doesn’t always happen and sometimes trolls can really get the best of you.
Most people do not become overnight successes– If you have ever browsed Pinterest and searched blogging you would find tons of articles that are titled how to make six figures in your first three months. It is possible to make thousands of dollars off your blog but is extremely rare and these types of articles should not even be on the Internet because it’s very misleading and make some people think that you can make thousands of dollars off a blog for doing nothing. If you want to make a livable income off your blog you have to spend hours every single day putting out great content because you don’t make money off a blog by sitting back and watching it grow. The people you see making money off their blogs usually are creating courses and are not solely dependent on their blog posts getting thousands of views. Blogs don’t generally blow up in the first months and for most people, it takes years of consistency before you see any significant growth.
Some blog posts will be complete duds– As a blogger, I wish that I could say every single post I have created got thousands of views but the truth is that is not a reality and some posts are complete duds. My most popular post has gotten well over one-thousand views but not all posts do that well and I have had my fair share of posts that get barely ten and I end up deleting them later on because posts that don’t get views hurt websites. Some posts will be very successful but others that you thought would do great don’t do as well as you hoped they would and that is okay because not every post will be your best one. In my experience, it’s the posts that you thought weren’t going to do so hot that do the best and posts that you thought would be overnight successes that do the worst. It’s an unrealistic expectation to think that all posts will get thousands of views because the reality is sometimes readers won’t like what you created.
Hosting companies sometimes take forever to resolve technical problems.- When you get on someone’s blog you see the beautiful layout but a lot of people don’t see is all the technical problems you have deal with to get it to look that good. Blogs need to be working 24/7 because when our website is down people can’t view our posts which causes you to lose readers but the reality is it does go down like all websites do. I am glad that I have not had a lot of technical issues I couldn’t resolve myself but a lot of bloggers have reported technical problems with their blogs which is frustrating because hosting companies often will take their sweet time to fix it and sometimes it’s weeks before the problem is resolved. Hosting companies should make it a priority to fix technical errors as soon as possible because when bloggers have to wait too long they move to a host but that is not always the case and sometimes you have to keep bugging customer service to fix your problem because not all bloggers are tech-savvy and are able to write some code to fix technical problems.
You will be the biggest critic– People will love and hate your blog but the biggest critics of a blog post aren’t the readers who stumbled across it but it’s the person who created it because bloggers tend to be perfectionists. I am proud of the content I have created but I am the biggest critic of my own work and if I relied on creating the perfect blog post I’d never publish anything because I am always thinking about how to improve posts and periodically will update older posts to make them better. You will be the biggest critic of your own work and people probably think your posts are better than you are telling yourself they are. If you enjoyed someone’s post it is always good to tell people that because bloggers are not mind readers and unless you tell people that they will not know you enjoyed it. Bloggers tend to be harder on themselves and sometimes need an outside source that is not critiquing every sentence to encourage them to keep going.
Your stats become your worth- Stats are important for bloggers because it tell us how many people viewed are post and how well it did. There is nothing wrong with checking your stats and should from time to time but some people become obsessed with it and check it every ten minutes. The more experience I have as a blogger the less I feel I need to check my stats but I have totally been guilty of being obsessed with my stats and if you see me doing something on my phone I am probably checking my stats for the third time in the last ten minutes. People always say not to be obsessed with stats but sometimes it’s hard to not care because you naturally want to see your blog posts do well.
You will always be thinking about blogging- A big struggle I personally have as a blogger is I can’t stop thinking about my blog because when I make a post I have to think about my next topic and there is no way to turn it off. If you are considering starting be warned that you may always be thinking about your blog because your work is never completely done and when you finish one thing you are thinking about something else.
Blogging can be fun but it’s not what it’s cracked up to be and do have to do a lot of work to build a successful because content creation is not for lazy people who want to make tons of money but don’t want to put in the work. Blogging is not one of the most difficult jobs you will ever do but sometimes will feel frustrated with your blog because so many things can go wrong that you don’t know how to fix. In my opinion, the first year or two of blogging is the most difficult because that is when you have the biggest learning curve and are trying to find your voice. Some blogs were overnight successes but for a vast majority of people, it took years of consistency to get to where they want to be so don’t get discouraged if you don’t have thousands of views your first month. Blogging is about writing but it’s not only about that and I think the most frustrating thing about blogging is website maintenance. What realities of blogging do you wish people understood better?
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