Some of you may think I’ve been in the blogging game for a while or you may think I am still a newbie. Either way this journey has been more difficult than I thought and I was already expecting it to be challenging. Of all the research I did, most people said it could take years before you see any real big growth. I went in expecting it to be a tough journey and yet I still feel like I didn’t quite register the level of difficulty required. I do feel like I have learned a lot, but I still feel like I have just touched the surface. Everyone’s experience is different. It’s hard to keep mental blindfolds when everyone “seems” to be further ahead or doing something exciting. We all have our own obstacles, so comparing ourselves to others is not fair– it will just keep us from maintaining a positive outlook about our growth.
For those who are curious about the realities of blogging I am going to share with you 5 obstacles that I have faced, and to be honest, I feel like I am still trying to conquer some of them. I am not trying to scare you out of the blogging game because if you really want to do it and feel like you have something you want to share, then go for it. No matter what there will be bumps along your journey but it will be fulfilling because you find meaning in what you are doing. I’m sharing these so that you know it is totally normal, you are not alone and you will be able to recognize when you reach these bumps in the road.
Numero 1! POSTING CONSISTENTLY: This obstacle is a big one that I feel I underestimated. Every other blogger will tell you to get a rhythm down. Whether you want to post once a month or every week, it is totally up to you. We all have busy lives with things to do so, adding blog work into your schedule is easier said than done. Something always seems to come up if you don’t prioritize your blog. As a side note, the more you post the more people will begin to recognize your work and they will also see that you post at certain days or time, which keeps people engaged in your work. Something I have yet to master. Sorry peeps! I promise to try harder at posting consistently.
Numero dos! The power of social media is a force you will need: Although annoying and very time consuming, bloggers cannot succeed without social media, especially if you want to gain a large following. I think this obstacle is my biggest to overcome right now. I have been dedicated to growing my IG and let me tell you it is no joke. I could probably write a whole other blog post just about the dark hole IG can become. The stresses and anxieties are overwhelming and no one really talks about it. We just “like” away at beautiful content not even second guessing what the person behind the screen is feeling. I took a much needed break on IG for 3 days and I felt like I gained so much of my time back, but at a cost. I’m new to instagram, my following is not as strong as other long-time bloggers, so not engaging for 3 days took a slight beating to my following. It is a constant battle, you are constantly asking questions like–what should I post? What time should I post? What should my caption be? What are other people posting? So many things to consider just for one photo. I know I have literally become attached to my phone that I’ve now needed to put a time blocker on it to keep me from going on it so much. I realize the imbalance in my life, where I work on social media for my blog and yet I still have my family who also need my undivided attention. Instagram and other social media platforms are great for marketing your work, but just like anything else you need to work at it.
Number 3! Telling people what you do: What do you do? What is your blog about? How do you get paid? Most people are surprised when you tell them you blog and then a whole bunch of questions erupt from there. It is totally up to you on how to answer them. As a new blogger it can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know all the answers yet. So, don’t fret. Be honest and answer with confidence. If you don’t feel like answering people’s questions, then let them know. People don’t need to know every detail of your blogging work, especially if you have just met them. So, don’t let yourself feel embarrassed about your new project. Keep on going despite what people say or how they react.
Number 4! Motivation: After hours of creating and coming up with ideas week after week, month after month, you begin to feel like maybe you are doing something wrong (which could be the case or maybe we just need to learn something new to spice up your work)! This self-doubt starts to slow you down, especially if you don’t see much coming from your work. All that effort and you don’t have much to show for it. Totally normal! If you were to ask me how long it lasts, well I have no clue because I feel like I go through waves of it. Whenever you feel like you need to take a break, then do it. Your mental and emotional health is more important than posting all the time. Motivation is one of those things that you really need to cultivate. It can be given to you in spurts but lasting motivation is created within. I used to feel guilty for feeling unmotivated but I learned it is all part of the process. Some days will be easier or harder– it is just up to you whether or not you want to continue. You need to have a long chat with yourself and see if your lack of motivation is temporary or if it is because you no longer see yourself heading in that direction. Just got to do some soul searching.
Numero Cinco! Lastly, stay positive and stop focusing on the numbers: These two can go hand-in-hand because if all you do is focus on the number of likes, comments, or viewers to keep your positivity high then you are not creating your own. Instead, you are relying on an outside, unreliable force.
We are so much more than the numbers and to let those greatly affect our mental state is saddening. In order for us to be happy and positive, keep pushing through. We need to push aside the numbers- let them be- because they will go up and down within time. We need to focus on being the best version of ourselves so that we may radiate confidence and share with people what we got!
Keep up the good work and don’t forget to be happy along the way!
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Until next time, with love,