7 things nobody tells you about blogging

June 23, 2016 Blogging 42


It’s not a secret but I think there are 7 things nobody tells you about blogging. I wish I had known these before I started blogging as I would have been more prepared for the negatives and more excited about the positives. But I’m going to tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about blogging.

 

7 things nobody tells you about blogging

 

7 things nobody tells you about blogging

The good

  • It makes you feel proud. See this beautiful space just here on the world wide web, well it’s mine, all mine! Do you like my header and what I’ve done with my social media links, or how about that post with all the comments. It’s not big-headed to be proud, it’s your home and you’ve grafted to make it what it is.
  • You learn new skills everyday. I can write basic code, make a graphic, I’ve upped my photography skills. OK, I busted a gut and fried some brain cells in the process but I learnt all kinds of new tricks. Not bad for an old dog.
  • You bond with people you’ve never met. You find your people and you’ve got each other’s backs. Ain’t nobody allowed to trash talk any of you anywhere or you’ll rise as one.

 

The bad

  • How long blogging takes. I think every beginner blogger under estimates that. Basically it expands to fill all available time (and beyond). Basic rule of thumb, estimate how long a post will take, then triple it. Then allow time for meltdowns for when things just refuse to work (like spacing, why is it so hard sometimes, it’s my nemesis).
  • Constant Guilt over not doing it all. I always feel like I should be doing more. More social media. More creative posts. More commenting. Blogger guilt is real and you have to learn to squash it or it will squash you.
  • Numbers shouldn’t matter but they do. You always notice when blog posts don’t get the comments you hoped for or if some previously diehard followers just drop away. You need to blogger up and not take it personally.

 

And the Inspiring

  • The bad isn’t that bad, you learn ways around them. The good can be great. And I can count my highs in great books I’ve received, blogging events and book launches I’ve attended, bloggers I’ve connected with and met in real life, blog posts that I’m proud of as I know they resonated with people. And all the bookish chats. I no longer have to bore the pants of people around me who have zero interest in books, instead I have an outlet. So nowadays, I’m judging my success not by follower numbers or page hits but by friendships made, book loving chats and my satisfaction levels. And that makes all the difference.

 

So if you’re thinking of blogging, I’d suggest you dive in. The water may be shockingly icy but you’ll acclimatise, you will get addicted to the highs and ride out the lows. And soon you’ll be having conversations about blogging slumps and googling how to balance everything but despite that loving it all.

 

Talk to Trish : What has been your biggest surprise about blogging?

 

 

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42 Responses to “7 things nobody tells you about blogging”

  1. Go Book Yourself

    I agree with all your points. Sometimes when you spend so much time on a blog post and it gets no comments you can’t help but feel a little defeated.

    • trish

      I know! A lot of people do just like to read and go though 🙂 And I know if I read on my phone, I never leave a comment as it’s too hard to struggle with all the various commenting systems.

  2. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Great post! I do think the good outweighs the bad. It does make me feel kind of proud looking at my blog, this little thing I made where I talk about things that matter to me and a few people actually care about what I have to say! It does take more time than I thought it would though. But the community, the awesome people I’ve connected with, have been the most surprising and amazing part and do make it worth it!
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian Book 1) by T. Strange

    • trish

      It’s great to have a place to voice your opinions and to encourage debate isn’t it Kristen. And even 3 years later, I’m still blown away by the bookish community and how much so many have come to mean to me.

  3. Tanya Patrice

    Yup – ditto to the time it takes! And the fact that sometimes, you’ll be tempted to start to take it too seriously, and will need a reminder to relax and have fun!

  4. Ali

    Yes definitely! The length of time is SO TRUE. I just started blogging in April and I never expected to be a couple of months into it and STILL be using almost all of my available time to blog. My goodness! That being said, I love it, so what can you do? (:

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great post! What I love are those connections…and I am also inspired by how much better my blog(s) are now than when I started. When I feel I haven’t learned that much, I just have to look at my early blog posts…lol.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      The connections are the best part for me too. I always bemoaned my lack of bookish friends, not anymore though! 😀

  6. Lark

    I couldn’t have said it better, Trish. I totally agree with your goods, and your bads. One of my best surprises was that I was able to meet so many other bookish bloggers from other countries…like England, Australia, The Netherlands…and Ireland! 🙂 It’s nice to know I’m not the only bookish girl out there. Great post…as always.
    Lark recently posted…Bookish Wishes…

    • trish

      I never realised how many international friends I’m make each. All of us bonding over books, it’s lovely.

  7. Lola

    So true! When I just started blogging I basically only thought it was a place to share my reviews and that’s all I wanted it for at first. But it’s become so much more, a place to be myself, to connect with others and an important part of my life. And I never expected it would take so much time or that my blog would become so important to me. And yes to the inspiring, the bad isn’t too bad at all, just something you have to work with.
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Ramblings: How Do you Come up with Discussion Post Topics?

    • trish

      I was exactly the same Lola, I just wanted to review books and wanted a platform outside of Goodreads. I had no idea I’d stick with it for long or that it would be such a huge and fulfilling part of my life.
      And doesn’t everything have a bad side, like you said it’s just something to work on so it doesn’t get to you too much.

  8. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    All of these! It definitely takes more time than I expected and there’s still so much that I’m not doing or that I want to figure out how to do or that I need to catch up on. But it’s so worth it. It’s given me more confidence which is something I never expected would come from this! Plus just having so many amazing readers to connect with has been the best thing ever!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Beyond the Books – Funny Family Traditions

    • trish

      I’m constantly learning new things Katherine but I enjoy that about blogging too. It keeps my brain ticking over and challenges me. That’s so true about the confidence too, in so many ways, but especially about my writing and my ‘voice’. I no longer feel that what I’m saying is irrelevant, instead I love voicing my opinions.

  9. Greg

    I think you’re spot on, this is a great post. Agree with all these, the highs and lows- yes blogging takes SO much free time (all of it?) but it’s so rewarding too. And blogger friendships are great. Friendships, chats and personal satisfaction- that is in the end what it’s about for most of us. Well said Trish!
    Greg recently posted…Exile for Dreamers

    • trish

      I think we’ve all forgotten what free time actually is! But yes the friendships and the connections are fab and I never knew that blogging would lead to that.

  10. Jessica

    “OK, I busted a gut and fried some brain cells in the process but I learnt all kinds of new tricks.”

    THIS. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve left my desk feeling like my brain was leaking from my ears! Lol. But you’re so right. Blogging is hard work, but it’s worth it.

    • trish

      Half the time, I start something and end up cursing myself for trying something so out of the box (like setting up my email freebie, that nearly killed me!). So I know exactly what you mean about leaking brains, all too well! 😀

    • trish

      I know Terri and if we didn’t love it and get a lot back, then we’d be gone long ago! It is a fun hobby 🙂

  11. Anne Rita Taylor

    My biggest surprise about blogging has been happily connecting with people who I did not know before; on the flip side – people I DO know who have NOT subscribed – even my two sisters! And yes it is time-consuming, but I so enjoy it!
    Anne Rita Taylor recently posted…Designing Uncial Lettering

  12. Catherine Gallagher

    I could relate to everything you said here! I think one of my biggest surprises was people that I know in real life, telling me that they read and even enjoy reading my blog and wait for new posts to come around! I remember when this happened the first couple of times I was completely thrown because I was so crippled with paranoia that I would be laughed at or misunderstood. Which is silly, really.

    Now I’m finished with school (wahoo) and I feel more free to post whatever I want. But I wish someone would have told me that I had no reason to worry in the beginning! Hindsight is a fine thing 🙂

  13. Karen Blue

    You hit on some really accurate things. I especially like the guilt. There is so much guilt in blogging. I do love blogging, but I feel the commitment is almost too much some times. That’s when I know I am trying to do too much. So what if I never reach “twitter goddess” status, or schedule ahead. I am enjoying the now of blogging, and that is all I can ask for.
    Karen Blue recently posted…Weekly Wrap Up #92

  14. Shaina

    These are such wonderful points, Trish! I’ve been struggling to maintain my blogging mojo this month and have been focusing more on commenting and reconnecting with blogs that I haven’t visited as much lately, but you’re so right that I’m addicted to the high of writing a post that people love and share and being a part of this wonderful community. I know the writing bug will bite me again. 🙂

  15. blodeuedd

    Great post 🙂 So true too!
    Though I wish I was better at that coding business, arghh, so many brain cells dying while I am trying to figure things out

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