The Realities of Blogging.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and I must say it has been worth it. But when I first started a blog, I knew next to nothing about blogging. I had never even read any blogs before other than Zoe's blog (zoella.co.uk).

Now, it's been a year since I started my blog, so I thought I'd share my experience of what starting a blog was like with you guys. Maybe this might help if you're thinking about starting a blog or if you're just curious. (-:

This is basically just a small list of what some of my expectations were when I joined the blog-o-sphere compared to the reality of the situation. Let me know if you agree/disagree with any of them in the comments below!


1. Expectation: Starting a blog will be a piece of cake!
    Reality: IS THIS REAL LIFE?

Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but starting a blog isn't as easy as it seems. You have to figure out what you want your name to be, if that name is available, what type of blog you want to be, how often you will update, etc. Then you have to figure out how Blogger (or whatever blogging platform you choose) works: how you post, how you follow blogs, how other blogs can follow you, etc. THEN, you need to figure out how you want to design your blog: are you going to use a template or are you going to design it yourself?

I don't want to scare you away, but you can't make a blog overnight (unless you're already familiar with all this stuff, of course!). I kind of rushed into it and because of that I had to do even more work. I wasn't really sure what I wanted my blog name to be or what direction I wanted to take my blog. I just dived right in. I called my blog "A State of Dreaming" but then my website was "andbeyondxo.blogspot.com," which didn't relate at all to my website name. So after a month or so, I decided upon "Simply-M" and everything started falling into place. (:

I'm still learning new things everyday, about my blog and myself! But some helpful advice: try to figure out the details before you start your blog, it'll save you A LOT of time. (:


2. Expectation: Pshht...how hard could blogging be?
    Reality: WRITER'S BLOCK...UGH!

I've been suffering writer's block lately and it is absolutely the worst! I think everyone who writes, whether it be as a hobby or career, experiences the dreaded writer's block at least once, and let me tell you it's a terrible feeling. It's like you really want to write and get your thoughts out there but you don't really feel inspired to write or you don't know how to write what you're thinking. And even worse, there's no cure except for time.

My writer's block is starting to wear off slowly and it feels good. If you have writer's block, or if you have writer's block in the future (it seems inevitable), don't sweat it. Maybe it'd be a good thing to take a little break and re-evaluate what you want to do with your writing. Think of it as a mini-vacation so that when it does wear off you can come back feeling refreshed and focused. You can do it! ;D


3. Expectation: Oh my gosh I'm going to get so many comments                                          and followers!
    Reality: You have to GAIN readers.

With this whole technology era upon us I have found it difficult to be patient; I just expect everything to be instant. I don't know if it's because of how quick social media is or how I can basically search anything I want on Google and almost instantly get the answer, but something just took over my brain and gave me this wild idea that  I would instantly become internet famous because I wrote a blog.

Let's just say I haven't quite reached that popularity just yet, and may not ever, but honestly I don't really care. I admit that I kind of did care when I first started my blog, but after a couple of months I started focusing more on my writing than getting a lot of followers. Sure, some people do care about getting popular, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, just know it's not going to happen overnight (well it could...but you know what I mean.) It definitely feels good when I see that people are actually reading my blog and leaving a few comments here and there!

Just some advice: Readers don't just magically come upon your blog, you have to make the effort to market yourself and your blog. Social media has basically become mandatory to gain readership. Make a Facebook page, a Twitter, a Instagram...whatever works for you and your blog, and then show readers why they should be reading your blog. Commenting on other blogs and communicating with other bloggers is also nice; not only are you able to spread the word about your blog, but you can also make some friends along the way. (:


4. Expectation: I'm gonna get so much free stuff!
    Reality: Ehh....

Since I'm not really a beauty blogger I didn't really expect free stuff but I definitely thought it was a possibility. I just thought that companies would randomly want me to talk about their products....yeah....no. This kind of goes with #3 up there, you kind of have to gain that credibility and trust with the companies you are interested in. I don't really know much about how this stuff works so I'm just going to leave it at that. If you know more leave some advice in the comments below! c:


5. Expectation: I'm gonna make so much money off ads!
    Reality: Ads? What ads?

I honestly can't believe I thought that I was going to get rich off blogging. I mean I know some people are lucky enough to blog for a living, but I'm sure that didn't happen overnight. As far as ads go, again I don't know much because I don't have any on my blog, but I don't think you would get paid unless people actually click on them...and for that to happen you would need people on your blog....and for that to happen you would need some followers...and for that to happen you would have to have good content and be dedicated to your blog....do you get where I'm going with this?

Yeah...me neither. Just joking, I'm trying to say that for you to make a decent amount of money off of ads I think you need to have some readers that might click on those ads. Again, I don't know much about how ads work so if you could provide me with some insight in the comments below, that'd be lovely! (-:


I don't want to bore you too much so I'll just leave it at those five...maybe I'll do a second part to this? I don't know, let me know in the comments below if you'd want to hear some more of my weird expectations of blogging. Until next time!

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