It’s been about 3 years since I started this blog and before I started blogging there were some beliefs that I once thought were true which now I know aren’t at all true. To try to change this I thought I’d share some of the common misconceptions about blogging.
Sometimes I do refrain from talking about my blog to others as I do think I’ll be judged despite no of these being true.
Blogging isn’t a real job.
I’ve seen this said on social media and thankfully no one has said this directly to me because I’m not sure what I’d say back in the heat of the moment but I get why people would think blogging isn’t a ‘real’ job. When you explain exactly what you have to do to someone and they’re like “wow. You really do all that” it puts it into perspective that people really don’t have a clue what bloggers do on a day-to-day basis which is why most people don’t think it’s a real job. I could go on and on about what bloggers do all day but I’m going to link Maria’s blog post because she recently wrote a post ‘so, what does a fashion blogger do all week?’ and I think it explains everything.
Blogging is easy.
One of the BIGGEST misconceptions of blogging is that it’s easy. At no point I would say it’s easy. In fact, blogging requires a lot of hard work. Nothing you love is simple to keep going and there’s always a challenge to get it to the point that looks easy from an outsiders perspective.
I spend a lot of time on my blog, a minimum of 2 hours on every post and sometimes that can go up to 6-8 hours. In addition to writing the actual post, each one must be proof read and edited. Then there are images to take which can take days for me anyway, I’m very hard on myself and my images and they need to be perfect, there’s also the weather that plays a factor. Then there’s the SEO which can be time-consuming, but you also need to keep coming up with fresh and new content. Oh and not forgetting to promote and keep active on social media. It’s hard work.
It’s all about the money.
Not all bloggers make money, let alone want to do it for the money. I started my blog wanting to share my cancer experience and blogging turned into something I love so I am now self-employed and making some income from my blog but it’s not why I started. You really have to be passionate to see the money side of blogging even work. It’s also important to remember, not everyone wants to make money from their blog many people just enjoy writing.
“The side of blogging that most people don’t see involves deadlines, invoices, content curation, photographing, editing, replying to comments, remedying tech issues, expenses, negotiations, media kits, bookkeeping & emails.“
Blogging is dead and saturated.
Okay. There are a lot of blogs out in the world but you don’t realise how many until you are a blogger yourself. When I started I was so shocked at how many people there were in the blogosphere and as time went on I often started to think who’s going to actually read my blog. There’s been a few times I’ll find myself thinking would it just be easier to quit? If you’re thinking this as well, STOP. The top is never saturated. If you are willing to write and are passionate and put in the work, you will stand out eventually. Oh and there’s always someone who wants to hear your experiences.
Bloggers are lazy.
A lot of people think bloggers just stay in bed drinking coffee all day (which sometimes happens on my part) but most bloggers have a part or full-time job, even study alongside their blogs. I would love to just lazy around when I’m not at work but I’m always being productive. Obviously, I’ll have some down time as work really does take it out of me but most of my free time I’m working on my blog whether that’s replying to emails or creating content.