First Year Of Blogging- Things You’ll Face

first year of blogging

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?

 

  • KRIZZZ

    That's how you make the blog
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  • Thank you so much for your kind words <3 I know we tend to think: 'I can do better' or we feel intimidated by the other, more 'professional' blogs… but as long as blogging is what you truly love I'm sure it will make you overcome all the doubts. Each day I ask myself a question: 'Should I really keep doing this?' and each day the answer is: 'Hell, yeas!!!' 🙂 So don't give up, we're all in the same shoes. And you should be proud of the blog, by all means!!! Would you mind leaving the link so that I can stop by? SEO is a mean thing, I managed to go though a very few basic things… and to be honest, what I care more about is the content. I don't want to write what Google likes if it's not what I really relate to (and, hopefully, what my readers could relate to as well). I guess finding a healthy balance is the most reasonable thing- not always easy though 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend, looking forward to visiting your blog x

  • Hahahah, that is so true 🙂

  • Sanne – www.curvyway.com

    Spot on! Same experiences as you in my short blogging career!

  • Fiona Hogan

    Great post. I've four months to go before I celebrate my first year, most of the time I'm floundering in self doubt but loving the feedback and the writing and I'm proud of my little blog (21followers ☺ haven't mastered SEO yet)

  • Thank you, Sanne! It's good to know I'm not the only one who sees the things this way 🙂

  • Fiona Hogan

    Thanks for the lovely reply ☺ I'm at http://www.fionacookehogan.com

  • Dear Melissa, you have no idea how much your words mean to me, I'd never expect such lovely feedback… it still feels so surreal to me that someone actually reads my posts and finds some of them valuable. You truly made my day <3 And I absolutely agree with what you say about the crazy social media world, it's changing sooo quickly, I often struggle to catch up with everything going on there. It stresses me a lot, sometimes I don't feel like posting anything on FB or Instagram for a week as it's not where I belong, but then the pressure of losing followers (losing followers=losing audience) is overwhelming. It's just a non-stop work so as not to ruin what you've worked so hard for and constantly develop. I'd call social media a sort of 'side effect' to what I truly love doing. Your story is so interesting, why did you start/stop blogging at first place? Will definitely visit your blog later on 🙂 All the best,

    Mal x

  • Melissa @ Little Pink Kayak

    Thank you for this! I'm only a few weeks in but hooo boy, social media is much more tricky than I realized. I wrote a blog for nearly 10 years…nearly 10 years ago…and it's very different now. I knew this going in and I'm really excited about the future of my little project, but it's really wonderful to hear your experiences here.

  • Excellent post! I can totally relate to this! To make a great blog u have to go through each and every points u mentioned! I totally believe that being constantly active on social media is important and u have to be engaging with what u r doing! It's a full time work where u have to edit photos, write great content, do a lot of work! I also believe your point quality over quantity!
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  • Thank you for being so sweet! I absolutely agree that blogging is a full-time job, 24/7 including weekends, Christmas and bank holidays 😉 It is hard, it tends to be stressfull and challenging… but it's also very fulfilling and as long as you're passionate about it, as long as it's what makes you happy, the rest doesn't matter. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about 🙂

  • 🙂 yes it's stressful and fun at the same time!

  • Tonya

    Mal congratulations on your first year! I think the biggest struggle for me is staying consistent when life happens! There's always so much to do and so little time! There are also so many tools out there and trying to muddle your way through that can be a tough challenge in the first year. I have 2 blogs now one is in it's 2nd almost 3rd year and the other I just started. Thanks again for a great article see ya in year 5! ;-D

  • Thanks so much, Tonya! I couldn't agree more! Staying consistent is sooo challenging while we have to face everyday life (that's why I'm only able to get back to you now, btw). There's no way I could imagine having two blogs, how on earth do you handle it?! I think I've just met a Superhuman! 😉 Congratulations on those, looks like someone wants to show me what it really means to be busy! Would you mind sharing links here? It would be fun to check out what activates your superpowers 😉 Have a beautiful day and thank you for such a kind and inspirational comment <3

    Mal x