Blogging is Hard!
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I think I’ve talked about this subject many times… Blogging in general, my experience with blogging, when I don’t feel that good when it comes to blogging. But, I think I never addressed this! 😀
I love blogging! I really do, it’s one of those things I can see myself doing forever! That’s why I’m trying to go pro. However, Blogging is not easy! Like, not at all! XD So, I though to myself, why not write a post about this? And here we are! Take in mind though, some of the things I’ll address may make more sense to people who also are trying to go pro versus people who just do it as a hobby.
Nevertheless, you can see this post as a “you are not alone in this struggle!”. Don’t wait for an answer to solve them all at the end though, I’m also trying to find the answer to some of them ahah So, let’s start!
– Blogging is Way Much More than Writing –
Some people start blogging and think that you just need to write good and interesting posts. Well, that’s a start, but if you really want to have a community and live out from your blog you will need to know way more than that!
You start with writing, then you realise that you will also need to do some social media to get more viewers, then it’s Search Engine Optimization, but… Wait! Since there are more people coming to our blog we need to have a LIT design! So, here we go, learning how to properly do some kind of design, what works and what not! However, knowing how to do cool designs is not enough! Since this is a website, before we notice, here we are learning about HTML and CSS.
However, that is still not enough! It will take a time you will need to do some community management and you also need to talk with other creators, read their stuff, put some likes, write some comments and all that.
Oh, and let’s not forget that if you really want to go pro you will need some business strategy in there! Target your audience, know in which nich you will be writing for, learn that nich and think in ways to monetize your blog that makes sense to that niche….
So, from writing you went to Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Image/Video Design, Programming, Web Design, Community Manager and Public Relations! I mean, have you ever seen something in a CV a job that needs you to make so many different things?
So, no! Blogging in fact is like 30% writing? Maybe 50%? But, most of the time you will be doing a lot of stuff that is not writing related. However, for me it’s really not a problem! I love to learn new things! I love managent/marketing, I also love design, so it’s not really something I hate! Nonetheless, it’s something that will take a lot of your time! Specially if you are working a full-time job at the same time you are blogging.
– It’s Never Good Enough –
So, you start your blog and you are dying to get some views. After some time, those views are not enough, you want some followers now. Then the likes, but wait! You really want people to comment and engage with your posts! So, now it’s the comments!
Ok… You are ok with the numbers you are getting for all of these, now it’s about people clicking in the links you provide in your blog, or getting more Google visitors, or from Social Media. Then we pass to our social media accounts with the want to get more followers.
Well, in fact, if you are like me you will never be completely satisfied! The World is not perfect which includes your blog! I mean, your blog does make part of this World!… Right?
However, take in mind that you should be very thankful for what you have at this moment. Being them 1, 100, or 1000! Don’t see it like numbers, see it like people! Even if it is only one person, it’s one person that is seated in her computer reading your stuff … With interest! I know that for someone who wants to go pro you need a huge follower base so your monetization does give any kind of profit. BUT, until then, enjoy the ride!
It’s completely ok for you to want more! I think that’s the best way for you to push yourself further and do more stuff, come up with nice and creative ideas! But, again… Remember your roots! Remember when you had 0 followers and 0 viewers! Everyone was in there one day, so be grateful and continue to push forward.
– It Takes a LOT of Time –
Depending on your Niche, your follower base will have difference growth rates. If you are an Anime Blogger or a Gaming blogger as me, then it probably is not as quick as mental health, travel or other kind of blogs.
It does take a lot of time! I’ve been blogging for 8 months (+-) and I have around 350 followers at the moment. Which IS a good number! But, for example, when it comes to Email followers I only have 4 xD
So, yeah! Sometimes is a bit frustrating and demotivating seeing your stats growing so slow. Sometimes you even think to yourself if you are going to be able to go pro at all! Well, there is no answer for that! Blogging takes time, anything that means you getting your content out there without anyone knowing you takes time! In fact, normally people take like 2 years (or even more) to be able to go fully pro with their own content.
So, my advice is to continuing pushing forward and if you feel desmotivated talk with a fellow creator! They will be there to help you ^.^
– Comparing Yourself With Others –
X has more comments than me! Y started blogging after me and already have more followers! Z posted a post the same time as me and already has the double of likes I have…
Comparing yourself with others will never, but never bring a good outcome! You have to mentally train yourself to not do that! Yes, we all have different growths. Yes, sometimes your post will go unnoticed and unappreciated. That’s life my friends!
The only way to work that out is to think to yourself what can you do and continuously improve yourself. There’s no problem in taking more time than others to achieve something! 🙂 Maybe, because of that, you will end with way more perseverance than others, making you shine when it comes to a slower pace at Anime blogging in general.
Then there are also the comparisons of content: My god, X writes so better than me, Y is so funny, why I can’t be like that? And Z.. God, Z is able to comment everyone! I wished I could do that!
First of all, when it comes to writing everyone has their own style. People who are following you is because they like your writing style, personality and etc. This way there is no better or worse in content creating! Unless you feel inspired and try to improve yourself, stop comparing yourself to others.
Second, the amount of work people put into their blogs is also not comparable. When you see someone putting more content, or commenting more than you in other blogs there is only one answer. These people are putting more of their time in blogging than you 🙂 So, feeling bad for that is not really productive.
You can do two things, take the conscious decision that you just can’t give more of your life to blogging and be ok with others being able to do more than you, or stop procrastinating and work harder in your blog 🙂
– Creating Content –
Creating content is not always easy! Especially if you do it in a regular basis. I, for example, put content out everyday. It’s not easy… At all! You will need to be always thinking in new things to write and to discuss.
Well, anyone has their own way to do it! 🙂 Irina for example takes advantage of her creative days to write the most she can and just schedule it to go out later. Myself use creative music to make me get inspired to write. Others probably will have their own way. So, find your own way to do things! 🙂 It also takes time and only by trial and error you will be able to learn your own pace! 🙂
One tip I can give you is to find some kind of a series that you can write in a regular basis but with some kind of direction. 30 Day Challenges are a great help for example 🙂
– Conclusion –
Blogging is hard. There is no other way to put it! But it is also fun and awesome! There are a lot of awesome people you will meet, a lot of different assets and tools you will learn. To be honest, if you want to go pro then you really need to love blogging! It’s one of those jobs that you need to input a lot before you get any return out of it. So, unless you are ready to do this just for love during a lot of time, probably blogging is not going to be for you :/
What about you? What do you think about blogging? Is it hard for you sometimes? Do you feel unmotivated from time to time? Tell me in the comments 😛
See You Soon! 😀