Here’s who I think you are:
- A blogger, wondering if anyone else is also feeling burned out and unmotivated (if you want some motivating writing quotes, this post is for YOU)
- Someone who aspires to blog
- A blogger who wants to see the life of another blogger
Even if you aren’t any of the above, this post will help you see the expectations and reality of blogging.
You write a post, and you post on social media about it, and boom you have readers swarming your website.
Your ads are performing well, you have brands reaching out to you. You have people following you daily, and more emails subscribers. People are buying your products, opening your emails, and telling their friends about your posts and products.
Your posts are being read and shared. People are engaging with you and want to know more, and read more. Your corner of the internet is being appreciated. And that’s great, that’s something I want for my blog. That’s something I want for you.
I want to impact my readers, and I want them to think of me as a dependable and helpful person.
But unfortunately, that’s not how blogging really is.
You finally get to writing, and when you started you probably researched and started getting post ideas. You had a schedule, and you know you need some form of social media.
All you have to do now is to write, publish and just mention it to your friends and followers. Sorry, to say this, but that’s not how it works.
It’ll take a while to organically get followers, and a lot longer to build a connection with other bloggers and readers. Establishing trust in your niche’s community is something every blogger needs to do.
You can’t be blogging about numerous niches and expect people to stay. Usually, people care about one thing, people who read about cars won’t necessarily read about gardening. I blog about productivity and tips that will help you become the best version of yourself. I have posts like workout reviews and time management, and I have some posts about blogging(like this one!).
I have to create pins and social media posts, and I have to schedule these as well. I comment and build relations with other bloggers and influencers in my niche. I also have to keep up with my email newsletter and write posts for my blog. There’s a lot of time that goes into blogging, that’s unseen by readers.
These apps help you manage and spend your time blogging much better!
Don’t let this scare you though! Start small, and use these tips below to help you.
I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half by now, and I’ve picked up a few tips
- Start making friends early on. The better relationship you have with fellow bloggers, the more fun and beneficial your blogging career will be. These bloggers will be the reason you write and promote on hard days. You can find new opportunities such as guest posts and free promos.
- Plan ahead! Make your content calendar right now. Even if it’s just a list of post ideas and their scheduled posting dates. Sometimes you might feel like writing a different post, and that’s okay. You can refer to your post ideas and write a better post. Use this post to help you plan your week and include your blogging duties.
- Schedule dates every few weeks so you can go back and interlink blog posts. The more posts you write, the bigger your content library.
- Only focus on two social media platforms. For me that’s Twitter and Pinterest, I use Linkedln In occasionally. I recently created an Instagram for my blog, and I’m following everyone back!
- Write. Write. Write. I wish someone told me to focus on writing first, because it may seem like that’s most of the work, but it’s not. Writing blog posts is 30% while promoting, connecting, email newsletters, creating pins/infographics, commenting, etc is the other 70%. In the beginning, schedule posts for at least 1-3 months, and then start creating social media posts.
I hope this helped clear your mind about any blogging doubts. I know it may seem tough but if you enjoy writing and talking about your niche, then you should certainly go for it. If you feel like investing in your blog is too big of a commitment try Medium for a few months to test the waters.
It’s free to write and publish there, and that’s where I started as well. You can check my profile right here: https://thelazygal.medium.com/
I’m trying to write more, so you might see another post next month instead of a 3 month dry spell. I’m planning on just writing, and focusing on social media after. I can’t believe it’s already April! My birthday’s next month and I’m so excited.
That’s it for this post, take care babe :))
I honestly thought I would just sit down and my thoughts would automatically just jump on my notes app and write themselves. And since I’ve started I’ve had to push through when writing. I currently have a blog that I was excited to write until I finished and now I don’t even think I want to publish it anymore. Sometimes it’s not what I expected it to be but I’m really still enjoying it and enjoying the learning stage of it all.
Really enjoyed this piece
You took the thoughts right out of my brain! I always feel so idea less, and now publishing is a dread.
I liked your thoughts on blogging and how you call attention to expectations vs reality. Blogging takes consistency and I think you have to love it otherwise it gets really complicated when there are downturns. Thanks for sharing your insights, I’m sure you will help many of us!
Thank you, Vanessa! I agree with loving it, or else you won’t continue blogging.
These are definitely some of the realities of blogging. I’m seven years (five of which have been full-time) and a total rebrand into my journey as a blogger and I’m still learning so much and changing the way I blog. It’s more work than I’ve ever done in my life and 100% worth it!
Yes! I learn every day about blogging
Great post! These are certainly some very useful tips for new bloggers. Thanks for sharing!
Glad to be of help!
Those blog expectations are the absolute dream. Some great tips here, and definitely a more realistic view of life as a blogger.
Tell me about it, what I would do to make it be true haha
How relatable a blog post can be? Well, very much so in this case! I feel like most times there is so much to do, I don’t even know where to start. And you are absolutely right, focus on content and 2 social platforms, because the more you do, the more likely you are to cause yourself burnout!
thank you! And I agree, burnout is so real in the blogging community. No one else gets it haha
These are such great tips for beginners starting to blog! Thanks for sharing this valuable info!
glad to be of help!
This is such a good post, thank you so much for sharing! It’s really relatable. I think people start blogging expecting to go viral straight away and that’s not usually the case. It’s takes years of hard work, burn outs and motivation to get somewhere with blogging and I wish more people understood that. I think this post will really help both the people who are wanting to start blogging and those who are already bloggers who just need something to relate to. Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
This is such a helpful resource! I don’t think I ever realised just how much work goes on behind the scenes before I started my blog, and it feels like I spend so much more time on social media than actually writing – but I wouldn’t change anything, I’m so grateful for all my readers! Thanks for sharing x
Lovely tips! I’ve been nodding my head whole time while reading it. 😀 Blogging is definitely a full time-job. Scheduling dates and writing posts beforehand has helped me massively as a blogger! Thank you so much for sharing. x Penny / http://www.whatdidshetype.com
Yes it totally is!