Blogging is easy. I mean you just sit there, type words, and hit publish. See super easy and what a load of crap. Blogging is so very much harder than that. Like imagine cutting off your own arm, kind of hard. I know other bloggers, professional bloggers, really know how to make it look east, like it’s as simple as spending too much at Target.
Perhaps it really is easy for them. They are always so full of advice and ‘helpful’ tips. But there always seems to be a slew of things that they never really tell you.
So I’m going to do it. I’m going to tell you everything that other bloggers never seem to get into. Well, everything I’ve learned so far.
Imagine me as you blogging genie, only instead of wishes I can just tell you a list of things I’ve learned. Yeah, I know I suck as a genie, wishes are better than wisdom.
So here is a list of things bloggers rarely will, if ever, tell you.
BLOGGING IS HARD
Yes, yes, I know many of them mention how difficult blogging is. But if you are like me you don’t quite know that ‘hard’ means. I thought difficulty was relative and bloggers will rarely, if ever, tell you about how hard blogging is. They may mention it in passing, but they don’t elaborate on it. What is hard? What did they struggle with while getting started?
When I say blogging is hard, I mean, it’s like trying to eat a taco without any hands. You will become frustrated, discouraged, and wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea.
YOUR EYES WILL HURT
You never notice how much you need to blink until you’re so focused on writing that you forget to do it. Blogging and staring at a computer screen will do that to you. You eyes will become sore and tired. Then they will feel burny. I mean they will feel like hot sauce in your eyeballs kind of burning. Learn to keep blinking, it’s necessary for a healthy brain and happy eyes. Also, not blinking will wear your brain out faster and your ideas will not flourish as well.
YOU WILL BE PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTED
Blogging is exhausting. Seriously, you feel like you ran a marathon. Every. Single. Day. I’ve had muscles hurt that I didn’t even know existed. This is a weird phenomenon when your job it writing. I was like ‘WTF, how is this even possible. I didn’t even move to have lunch today’.
So when you blog you will need to get up and do some exercises. Just for a couple of minutes. It helps clear your head and your eyes will also thank you with a few moments away from a screen.
FINDING YOUR VOICE
It’s the hardest thing in the world. Isn’t it? Bloggers like to say ‘find your voice’. What the actual f*** does that even mean? What am I supposed to do? Does it mean decide the voice you need to speak in while you type? By the way, I decided on a Kermit voice.
In all honesty, it means the way you write. What makes you, YOU? That special way you write and see things that no one else can mimic. Your writing ‘tell’. Currently, I am having the hardest time finding said ‘voice’. I write posts and people either love then or hate them, but at the same time I’m feeling empty. Each post has something missing. A piece of it that I’ve yet to find. The piece known as……..me. Where is my voice? What do I have to say?
YOU WILL BE BLOCKED
By blocked I mean writer’s block. You will write so many things that eventually the ideas stop. Every corner and crevice of your brain will be used up. You will want to throw your laptop against the wall and decide to become a hermit that lives in cave. Because let’s be honest that would be sooo f****** easier.
I was a cocky little bitch when I first started blogging. I didn’t think I could be blocked. Like somehow I was f****** special. You are not special here! You will get blocked and it will suck! Write through it anyway. That is truly the only way to get through a writer’s block.
YOUR WILL CHANGE COURSE/REBRAND
Bloggers like to say ‘find a niche’. It’s scary thinking you need to find one area and write about that. Isn’t it? Well, here is some good news; you don’t have to have a niche. But you do need a purpose. A fantastic blogger once told me ‘decide what your blogs purpose is’.
Early on you will think you found the perfect thing and then one day you will decide it isn’t cutting it. You may want to rebrand. That’s okay. You will just want to ease your readers into the NEW brand. In fact, I am currently in the process of rebranding a bit. I think I know what I need to do and I’m taking the necessary steps to find my voice, and that includes rebranding.
PEOPLE WON’T TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY
When you first start blogging you will be excited and you will want to tell people. Oh, just me? Okay. Anyway, when you first start blogging your friends and family will humor you and they may even read your posts. Then the day will come that you tell a stranger what you do and they will basically mock you. Maybe not directly but you can tell they think you are super lazy. Being a millennial makes it even more awkward because these people will automatically act like you are just a lazy kid who doesn’t want to get a real job and be responsible.
In the end who really gives a crap what these people think about you. You do you. It is just nice to be warned before hand that this is not a conventional life course. People don’t like those who are non conventional.
YOU WON’T MAKE MONEY
I know, I know, you started a blog because you saw something where bloggers make bags and bags of money. To be truthful there are a few who do. And there are bloggers who like to talk about how much money they made in just a few short months from starting a blog. Don’t get me wrong I’m not hating on them or calling them fake or anything. They are definitely hard workers.
But when you blog you need to be halfway realistic and realize that making a bunch of money is probably not going to happen, at least not very quickly. You just got to stay persistent and keep working at your brand. Become indispensable and work hard and try to build something great. Maybe you will make money, but don’t stress. Even if you never make money it doesn’t make you less of a blogger.
Now that you know the dirty little secrets of bloggers go forth and blog your heart out. Because if these don’t scare you, then you’re cut out for this.
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