Today I thought I would write a post that is a little bit different for me. It’s a post about the things that I have found unexpectedly difficult since becoming a blogger. I use the term ‘blogger’ very loosely too, because to be a blogger you kinda have to blog, and thats something I haven’t been doing for a couple of months. Given that this blog is reasonably new to me I thought I would be so excited to write my little heart out and I would be churning out more posts than a newspaper can publish a daily edition. I am rather disappointed in myself on that front to be honest, and it’s only now that I sit down and once again try to create a blog post that I’m actually thinking of the reasons why I keep stalling when I hit that ‘new post’ button.
I would like to think that I’m not the first and only person to have ever experienced this so I would love to hear from you even if it is just to have a nice little bitch about it and a good laugh. Who doesn’t love a good bitch and a laugh?!! So anyway here it is:
7 things that make blogging unexpectedly hard.
Since when does being a blogger mean being a photographer?!
Since always apparently!!! It all makes sense of course- you write something and then you put up some nice pictures to go with it. But what happens if you’re crap at photography? I like taking pictures (I have thousands of my dog- he has his own Instagram account @houseofschnauz), but I assure you that you will never see perfectly posed pictures of me. I wouldn’t know the first thing about editing my photos either.. and a flat lay? How the hell do I do one of those without getting shadows in it?
Unfortunately for me I don’t have a keen eye for photography. I can appreciate the hell out of a nice picture and get severe jealousy over a ‘this is just me casually dancing in a sunflower field’, but chances are I’ll never be able to take my own version. That’s also because I can’t dance either. Such a shame.
Don’t get this platform, get that platform… get the paid WordPress not the free one.
Ok so I did that. The only problem is that I don’t know how to use the extra stuff that it gives me. I’m no IT expert, I’m just a girl who wants to write some stuff and then tell people about it. In their defence (the people on Google) they’re probably right, but I feel like I need an online course called ‘HTML code for dummies’.. actually now that I think of it, I wonder if it exists? In 20 years when I figure it out I’m totally going to come back to that idea.
SEO, RSS feeds, and why won’t my feature image show up on Bloglovin’
OMG!!! I’ve just made a sensational feature image and it looks rocking’ on my blog and then it adds itself to Bloglovin’ (because I spent years learning how to make it do that cos HTML and stuff) only to find that it’s taken a completely different picture and now my Bloglovin’ feed looks shit! I get it, I get it, It’s got to be the first picture in my RSS feed, but why is it that sometimes it does use my feature image and sometimes it doesn’t?!
SEO. What can I say about SEO. Well turns out it’s really important for getting page views which I guess we all want to get at some point. I have no idea if mine is working or if the stats are from some kind of random spam website (which they shouldn’t be because I have a plugin for that), but on day one when I started a blog I had no idea that I would have to learn about this kind of stuff.
How do I get page views when my blog is virtually a secret?
Anyone else out there get really disheartened when you post what you think is the best work you’ve ever done only to find the only person to read that post is your Mum? Yup!! I’ve been there. It writers blocked me so much that I had to start an entirely new blog and not tell my Mum about it. That wasn’t the only reason why, but when you sit down to write something and the vision in your head is that you’re writing to your mother, it really doesn’t help.
Why am I not rich yet?
Ok, so this one is a little bit dramatic and it’s not why I’m blogging. I legit enjoy sitting here in my new grandma chair that I have positioned next to the sunny window typing away on my laptop. But the problem is that I’m a little too happy sitting here blogging away. I’m starting to realise that all of those people that say ‘it’s easy to start a blog just jump online and start one up and get typing’ clearly don’t have the undying need to quit their day jobs and become full time bloggers ASAP.
The good thing about blogging is that it seems to be a more collaborative environment rather than a competitive one, but seeing someone’s Twitter post going ‘oh my gosh, I’ve only been blogging for a month and I’ve already got 10k page views’ really makes me want to have a 2 year old tantrum.
It’s scary being me!
Sharing posts that I’ve written as me is difficult. Not that I pretend to be someone else, but I’m an introvert and a rather private person. The writing isn’t an issue it’s the sharing that is the problem. Letting someone see what goes on inside my head makes me feel very vulnerable. Luckily I’ve read some really good self help books recently (The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight.. anyone read it? It’s the best!!)
Well there you have it. A longer list than I anticipated but once I got started I just couldn’t stop. I would love to hear your thoughts. Did you experience the same thing when you started blogging?