From the outside blogging looks like it’s all fun and games. However there are multiple difficult things we face and I’m sure if you’re a blogger you can agree!
1. The time involved
One of the most difficult things I face is time. As I work usually a 40+ hour week, not including working abroad, my spare time is limited. So what you do in that spare time is really valuable. Trying to clean your house, do the washing, go the gym, see friends and family, spend time with your partner, the list is endless and sometimes it’s difficult to dedicate that time to blogging. I found it even more difficult over Christmas as I did take a break and spent lots of quality time with family and friends. Even though I had more time to myself, that time was taken up with other things. You can read my top tips of how to blog whilst working full time here!
2. Being consistent with blogging
Now this is something which hasn’t always been a problem for me, but being consistent recently has been tough. This really is key when blogging. I usually shoot content once or twice a month and spread the content evenly throughout that month. As I don’t really get chance to take many ‘in the moment’ shots day to day, it’s really important this happens. Going back to my first point. I tend to shoot on a weekend and winter weather or other commitments can sometimes interfere with that, making it difficult to get a week or 2 worth of content. I’m making a conscious effort this year to schedule a lot more whether it be tweets to promote a new blog post, push pins live on Pinterest or scheduling Facebook posts to help me be more consistent.
3. ‘Blogging is more than just taking a photo and posting it’
Being a blogger involves doing multiple roles. I’m forever trying to develop my skills whether it’s my photography skills, SEO understanding, writing, editing, styling; the list goes on. It takes more than just taking a photo and posting it on Instagram to become a blogger. This year I am going to constantly try to challenge and become better at all the different aspects of blogging. Whether that’s spending time doing more research or learning from others.
Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a post moaning about blogging, I absolutely love blogging and it has brought me so many opportunities. However I think sometime’s people do not understand the amount of time, effort and commitment it takes to run a blog. I also did a post last year about the financial part of blogging and how financially it can be more expensive than you first think. You can read it here. If you’re thinking of starting up a blog then my advice would be to GO FOR IT! When I started my blog I was quite naive regarding the commitment side of it but if you’re determined to make it work then you will reap the rewards. If you’re thinking of starting up a blog you can check out my newbie blogger tips here!
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