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Today’s post is something that has been bothering me for a while. I would call this an extension of my #bloggerproblems post that I did a while back but on a more serious note. Being a blogger is fun however we do face frustrations that you start to wonder if being a blogger is actually worth it. I hope this gives an insight of what it’s like behind the computer screen sharing content to an online audience and encourages and enlightens bloggers that are in the same boat.
1. Writer’s Block
This has to be the number one frustration bloggers face when it comes to content. You sit at the computer ready to start a new post and your mind goes blank. You type a few sentences, delete, type another, hit backspace and get annoyed. The best thing to do is to not force a post but to take a break. Go for a walk, read you favourite blogs hang out with friends, go on Pinterest or We Heart it. You can even go celebrity stalking on Instagram. This will help you to generate ideas. Don’t forget your notebook! Editorial calenders are handy and help organize posts so that your content flows and doesn’t become repetitive. For more information on writer’s block check out this post.
2. Sea of Blogs
Let’s face it there are thousands of blogs and everyone is trying to be different and get noticed with their content, personal style and layout. I’ve read various articles and heard at conferences that the number one rule is to write fresh, engaging content that you’re passionate about. And of course an exceptional blog layout. The truth is, it’s extremely difficult to do this when everything has been done before and done to death. The best thing is to look at your favourite blogs and study them. Look for ones that have similar content to your blog. Think about how you can add your own twist to things.
3. Struggling to Gain Followers and Stats Issues
This is something that I’m personally struggling with myself working on at the moment. Is my personality not reflecting through my posts? Are people not interested in African fashion? Is it my writing? Is my blog too niche? Is my layout not easy to navigate? One thing that does make me feel down sometimes is I’ve been blogging for nearly three years now and I feel like I should have more followers than I do now and you get a few bloggers that start their blog the same time as you or have been blogging for a few months and have thousands of followers and you wonder how do they do that. What’s their secret? It’s frustrating at times especially when put so much work into your blog and you want to reap what you sow.
This ties in with number 3. Jealously exists in the blogging world. Bloggers may not talk about it but it’s out there. The blogging community has become a competition. Where is the love? It’s all about who can get the most followers, freebies and invites to events. Where is the community? It’s like high school where you’ve got “small bloggers vs big bloggers”. Blogging should be a happy place, not bitchy or full of cliques. Take each others success and use it as an inspiration to make yourself a better blogger.
5. Perfect Life
Lastly, no blogger has a perfect life. I’ve realised that once you’re a popular, full time blogger things are not as easy as it seems. You won’t be blogging as much as before, there’s lots of traveling meaning leaving friends and family behind, sorting out finances, sending out media kits, filling up advertising space, negotiation and so much more. It can get lonely even though you have all the success and there’s that pressure to keep your readers happy and to have content up. I know it can be frustrating when bloggers don’t reply your tweets and comments but imagine having 200+ comments a day plus all the other social media activities plus emails and calls. It’s not easy. Kavita and Becky recently opened up about this and goes to show that they’re human. The reason why it may look “perfect” is because bloggers only document the good parts of their lives. The stressful, worried and overwhelming days are hidden behind closed doors. So try not to give them too much of a hard time and hopefully you’ll be just as successful.
This was a lengthy one! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and let me know your thoughts on the blogging community. Do you feel the blogging community has changed over the years? What would you like to see improved? Do you still believe that there is a community? Could you see yourself as a full time blogger?