The blogging world is one of those industries that you kind of have to figure out on your own…if you keep working hard and producing good quality content, more opportunities come up. There’s no manual with all the answers, no secret recipe for “blogging success.” For me, it has been a ton of trial and error, vulnerability, embarrassment at times, great days, horrible days, you name it – I’ve experienced it. However, there are a few things I really wish someone had given me a heads up about. But not to worry, I am happy to do that for you, here we go…
A support system is key: I think the biggest thing I had ZERO idea about when it came to blogging was just how important it will be to have a firm support system in place. Not just emotional support, but blog support, it’s not something anyone can do alone. Your friends/boyfriend/kids/husband/mom/dad, etc. will inevitably become your Instagram photographers at times. (…At least, they have for me!). Did they sign up for that? No, but it just happens!
A big piece of advice is not to expect people to drop what they’re doing just because you need blog content. Instead, find a balance work around their schedules and be upfront about what you need from the start. I always schedule times to shoot content and am upfront of the time involved as well as the location as sometimes getting there is required. It’ll save you the stress of creating content on the fly and you won’t put strain on your relationships due to unrealistic expectations.
On the subject of support systems, surrounding yourself with people who encourage, empower and uplift you when you’re feeling low. I would not have survived blogging without my family and close friends being my biggest cheerleaders – even when I had a mere 500 Instagram followers, these people continued to encourage me!
On your phone all the time: This one may seem like a no brainer, but SERIOUSLY, you will be attached to your phone. Given that our job is to be present online and through social media, bloggers are on their phones a LOT. I have to make a conscious effort to put down my phone and go walk outside, or put my phone on silent. Being on my phone so much can sometimes cause interruptions to normal life things – like going to dinner, per se. What I am saying is this: be prepared to stop everything you’re doing to use social media…because when social media is a major component to your job and producing content 24/7 is the norm. It’s just how it goes and the nature of the job, but something I was never aware of prior to starting a blog! Ps. I am in no way complaining, just sharing the reality of things.
Lots of hard work: The appeal of a blog is that it looks effortless, which is why we’re drawn to them in the first place…it all looks so simple and easy! I’ll be honest, when I first started blogging, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into! From the outside looking in, it looks quite simple and glamorous. But in reality, there is SO much more that goes into running a blog. I am not just a “blogger,” I am also a writer, photo editor, accountant, photographer, stylist, negotiator, marketer and a web developer. Being a blogger encompasses so many other roles that I had no idea were part of the job description. It’s amazing to be able to wear so many hats and juggle and time manage to get it all done, but holy, it is a LOT of hard work! Two years later, I am still navigating that whole time management thing and figuring out how to keep my load under control. I don’t think anyone could have prepared me for just how much goes into running a working blog!
I’m sure there are plenty of others to add to this list – so feel free to comment below! Hopefully this gives you some greater insight into the world of blogging and saves you a few days of grief if you’re on the track to starting a blog of your own!
What other questions do y’all have about blogging, life or style? Leave your questions below or send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be doing a post on blogging tips every week and will try to incorporate them into my future post.