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
- 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.
- 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?