Happy Birthday, IntoTheCity! Exactly a year ago with a hundred doubts in my head I published my very first post. Was it worth it? By all means! I can’t express how happy I am I did it! Since then I’ve come quite a long way as a blogger and, most importantly, as a person. In this post I’d like to share my little experience with you regarding the things to face while blogging. I wonder if you have similar thoughts or is it just me?
Things to face as a blogger:
- You will meet a whole bunch of wonderful people and make friends while blogging.
- At least a half of these people will try to use you for their personal purposes, the other half will see you as a competition and try to discourage you every possible way- you’ll grow strong!
- If you’re super lucky there will still be some percentage left for those honest and personable guys to genuinely support you and make you move forward every time you have doubts.
- You will realise how being popular changes the others. I managed to get in touch with a couple of popular bloggers when I noticed some errors on their web (from tiny typos, through pictures not being displayed, to the brand name spelled wrong 5 times in a sponsor post). I wanted to let them know the particular thing is not working so that they can fix it before the post reaches greater audience. Some of the girls were really sweet about it, taking their time to say thanks, writing short messages or longer emails or even checking my blog (which is more than expected). The others have never replied, although the thing was changed immediately after I had contacted them. I understand we are all busy and not always able to reply to all the emails and messages straight away, but I think ignoring people is the worst thing you can do, really- you certainly don’t like to be treated this way so don’t behave like that towards the others. Plus you never know who you’ll end up with, life gets really ironic at times. Whether it comes to work environment or personal life, ignoring people just because you are more experienced is simply rude and condescending. We all work hard to be where we are, is it too much to be friendly to one another??? Saying ‘thank you!’ takes about 2 seconds and it’s enough to show your audience that you care.
- Blogging takes more work than you have ever imagined and probably nobody, despite other bloggers (and people living with them) will ever understand what it really means. Looking for inspiration, writing content, editing photos, taking care of social media, interacting with your audience and other bloggers… Calling it a ‘full time job’ would be understatement. What seems simple and effortless actually requires hours of constructive work and a lot of sacrifices. Still, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me and I love every minute of it!
- You will spend as much time working on social media profiles as on the blog content itself. Not once and not twice you’ll find it overwhelming- I constantly do. I only joined social media half a year ago for the first time in my life and I can’t say I’ve mastered it. There’s still a lot of pressure, stress and frustration involved but I certainly see it’s worth every effort so I carry on.
- You will be dependent on various external factors like the weather (it will rain on your only day off when you can do a photoshoot) and lightning or people appearing out of nowhere exactly at the moment when you want to take a photo. Lot of patience, creativity, thinking ahead and backup planning required!
- Not being harsh on yourself is difficult. Mainly because we keep comparing ourselves to the others, who have better content, bigger audience and incredible social media interaction… or maybe more money, more free time, more possibilities and a better PR agency?
- Being consistent and posting regularly is important! At least that’s what they say- I always struggle on that front. There are people who are perfectly organized, who can prepare posts and schedule them for the next two weeks and I completely admire them. It never works for me, no matter how hard I try, being scatter-brained with a lot of additional responsibilities I just can’t imagine preparing it all in advance. How on earth are you able to do it?!
- Quality over quantity is a simple rule. At the moment I have two jobs and I struggle to find time for anything which obviously influences my blog. I can’t blog as often as I would like to, however, when I publish a post I always make sure it’s done to the best of my ability at that particular moment.
- You will invest a lot- your time, energy and money. From buying a good camera (which, by the way, I’ve never done) through getting your domain to paying for countless apps, editing tools, or media campaigns. Or products you want to write about. Or the meals in the places you want to review. Or any other thing I can’t think of at the moment. The key is to do your research and choose wisely, there’s still plenty of free stuff out there.
What about your experience? Do you feel the same way about things?