After having been part of the blogging community for roughly a year and a half now, I have loved almost every minute of it. Creating my blog was potentially one of the best things I have ever done, however it’s not all rainbows and unicorns like some may think. There are quite a few disadvantages to having a blog which some may not realise. I decided to create this post as I wish I’d had something like this to read before beginning mine.
Running and maintaining a blog over a long period of time is a lot more work than you may originally suspect, especially if you’re going at it alone. Come up with ideas for posts. Write the posts. Delete the posts because they aren’t good enough. Re-write the posts. Proof read the posts. Take the photos. Edit the photos. Upload the photos. Put the post all together. Edit the post. Read over the post. Upload the post. It’s all ‘go go go’ from stage one, especially when you want to make it the best you possibly can. If you’re in it for the long run and because it’s something you really enjoy, spending hours, occasionally days, on end doing all of those things will all be worth it but if you aren’t prepared to put a lot of time and effort in, running a blog can easily become a chore rather than a hobby.
Writers block had always sounded like a myth to me before I began blogging but now I can completely relate. There will be occasions when I think of so many blog post ideas all at once and want to write them all at the same time, however there are other times when I cannot think of any ideas whatsoever and when I eventually do, I can’t put the post into words. So many ideas go rejected and incomplete due to being unable to put the ideas into action.
With there being an uncountable amount of bloggers around these days it is so easy to compare yourself to someone way more experienced and way more “well known” than yourself. It’s a difficult thing to avoid doing, especially when you see people achieving high things and wonder, “why not me?” and it really isn’t a great feeling either.
Since blogging is a fairly “modern” concept, there are a hell of a lot of people who just don’t get it. Obviously, it’s impossible to educate everyone on the subject, however you can get some people who will judge you for ‘writing about yourself and posting it online’ without really knowing anything about it. Unfortunately, this can lead to people taking the mick, to put it politely. You have no idea how many times people have said “careful, she’ll blog about you”, “Emily, can I be on your blog?” and “can I make a blog?”. Although they aren’t necessarily hurtful comments, it gets to the point when you really don’t know who is actually interested in what you write and therefore you find it difficult to actually take a compliment about your work.
Although this may come across as a bit of a rant, I feel like it is essential for someone thinking of beginning a blog to read something like this before committing to it as it definitely isn’t as simple and straightforward as it looks.