bloggers don’t give themselves enough credit. it’s just a fact.
there are MANY things about blogging that are actually hard, but we just kind of carry on, plodding on from post to post.
if you’re new here, or forgot, I’m a sucky blogger. I take unannounced 6000 year hiatuses, and then return for about 3 seconds then off I go again. So, if there’s anyone that you should trust on this, it’s me.
a quick list to get us started:
- Getting started!
- reading and commenting on others post / building connections with other bloggers
- maintaining it even when there aren’t results!
- keeping yourself motivated / coming up with fresh content every time!!
- juggling blogging with everything else in their lives (clearly I suck at this) and all the other bloody things, like a twitter account for example!
- THE HOURS it can take to plan / write / refine just ONE post.
THIS IS AWFUL. this is hard. this is daunting. this is the worst thing ever and takes so long.
you have no clue what you’re doing. you know absolutely no-one, you’re just. eh-ing along, hoping for the best and trying not to sob under your duvet with confusion and fear.
it’s an all-round 0/10 from me.
it’s simply awful.
I think what makes this truly horrific is the fact that you don’t know anyone? because not only are you totally, utterly, alone, but there’s no-one there telling you how to do things! there’s no one you can ask a quick question to, or bounce ideas off of. you’re. just. alone.
and it sucks.
READING + COMMENTING ON OTHER POSTS / CONNECTING W/ BLOGGERS
you know why this is sucky? because we have no idea where to start. we’re like Bambi trying to walk. shaky trepidation trying not t get our heads bitten off by these other troll-gremlins on the internet.
oh did that sound too pathetic? ohh should I not have said that? did I use too many explanation marks????!!?!!?!? did I sound like a robot? was I too formal? was I too informal?
all these stupid things.
quite frankly, I’m over it. 187% DONE.
If I’m being honest, becoming friends with other bloggers can be EASY. but the thing is, most of the time, you’re both awful to some degree of actually communicating with each other frequently because the internet is a big place??? with many citizens?? so the best approach to blogging: be laid back!!! boy, if I knew that at the start…
CARRYING ON W/ OUT RESULTS!
yes, stats mean nothing blahhh bla blah you shouldn’t look at them blahhhhhhh.
Well, Susan, when you’re new at blogging YEAH ITS HARD TO IGNORE THEM!! When you’re trying to pursue something and these stats are glaring you in the face like you just stole their hash brown and orange juice, like some breakfast-thief, yeah it makes you feel a little bad!!!
it’s demotivating! its gross! it makes you feel like you’re bad and have no internet people that like you!
but also, when you’ve been blogging for a while, and a post that you spent so long on gets like 1 view? 0.5 likes? yeah that equally sucks sometimes because we all want to do well at things.
that’s human. shocking, I know, we’re not all actually troll-gremlins with 0.5 emotions.
STAYING MOTIVATED / MAKING FRESH CONTENT
urgh, being ‘unique’…
Let’s tackle motivation first because I just cannot with this ‘uniqueness’ thing right now.
staying motivated is like trying to set something alight with water. I mean yeah, some elements will do that and make pretty blue flames, but we’re not elements, people. we’re troll-gremlins and it’s hard!! we can’t just spontaneously combust with motivation.
yet? we keep plodding along, take breaks when we need (or in my case for 8 months of the year) and then come back to it, fresh as a (dead) daisy and ready to blog again!
like yes, we’re all deflated on the inside, but we carry!! on!!
okay, this unique thing. totally overrated, imo.
sometimes you just scroll through that ‘reader’ thing and see all these posts that you never thought of doing before and think ‘I suck’ and yeah, you know what, we all suck at blogging at some point of another. don’t even contest this. we all get those moments where it’s the last thing we want to do, owe have no ideas of what to do, or we think of writing a post and we want to break our laptop screens. totally normal. (ish.)
but equally! we keep trying to make our posts better and better, sprinkle in our personality and 250g of flour, and 75g of butter. bush bash bosh put it in the oven and people love it. and then you have to do it again and again and againnnn. and you know what? being unique is hard work! I totally recommend just being a carcass of a human being like me, it conserves wayyyy more energy.
JUGGLING BLOGGING WITH EVERYTHING ELSE (clearly I suck at this)
I’m talking school, uni, work, family, friends, hobbies, you know, life things. I don’t have much of a life and I still struggle??? Like i really don’t do a lot? yet i still struggle?
I got a job and blogging just got chucked out of the window, really. well, I was doing 60 hour weeks, so I think I’m excused! but I don’t know how people do it???? I couldn’t manage blogging and a-levels???
but the thing is, it’s not EASY to do that. so everyone that can???? I take my hat off to you, mate. give yourself a pat on that back from you to you because literally, oh my.
THE HOURS IT CAN TAKE TO PLAN, WRITE & REFINE JUST ONE POST.
this post for example, is taking me AGES to write! I haven’t even finished yet and it had taken me hourrrrrrs. ARRRRGJJKKKKKK.
And as i said before, this can be really tough when you start out and you spend soooo long on a post and it doesn’t get the attention/recognition/likes/comments that you thought it would. it makes starting to blog really hard! but hey ho its all part of it i guess. some posts do well, and some just don’t and that’s hard to understand at the start!!
there’s a good side to this though: it keeps us BUSY. It gives us something to DO. Hence, why i started blogging again because I have the time (but not necessarily the motivation) to write super long, rambling posts!
did i miss anything? what do you guys find REALLY hard about blogging?