WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT BLOGGING
Blogging is NO JOKE. I totally understand now when people say that it is a job. It’s a 24/7 hour job! Constantly creating content, taking pictures, editing, finding hashtags, making actual blog posts, responding to DMS, reaching out to brands, updating the blogsite, creating newsletters, creating aesthetically pleasing insta stories, and the list goes on. Let me just say… IT’S WORK! But, It’s something I’m extremely passionate about and I wish I could just quit everything and focus all my time and energy on it.
It’s so rewarding to be able to help and influence people to buy products that actually work and help maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love being able to motivate people to want to become better versions of themselves!
But apart from being able to impact people’s lives in a meaningful way, I wanted to share a bit about what I have learned about blogging since I’ve started.
What I didn’t know about being a Blogger
It’s a 24/7 hour job. Not technically 24 because you can sleep.. But as soon as I wake up, work starts.
It’s mentally exhausting. Constantly creating new content and editing and coming up with new ideas takes a toll and I found myself tired most of my day and at first I wasn’t sure why I was so exhausted, then I remembered, my mind can get exhausted too. So remembering to take a break every once in a while is a must.
It’s physically exhausting. Try changing clothes in the back of your car without people seeing you because you have to shoot 4-6 different outfit looks just to have some content to post during your busy week. Not all pictures come out good.. you get 1 maybe 3 pictures with one outfit after multiple shots while people are walking past you, looking at you. Have they never seen anyone take a picture? Like seriously… And then changing, picking a different location to shoot and trying not to do the same poses you just did, and yes, more people staring again.
Don’t get left behind. It’s your job now to know the trends, what products are coming up, what to try, where to travel. Bloggers need to, in a way, be ahead of the game, in my opinion. Or, know about the “now” products and be able to review them with SINCERITY, but that’s just me.
It’s a lot of work. I knew it was going to be a lot of work but I wasn’t really prepared for how much work it was going to be. I’m constantly on my phone responding to comments, editing, finishing a blog post, trying to find inspiration on pinterest, looking for places to shoot at, responding to dms, interacting with other bloggers, making stories. Etc. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance blogging in order for it not to take over my whole life.
Learning about the Do’s and Don’ts of posting and hashtags and what hashtags to use, when to post, when not to post, where to place your hashtags, planning your feed. It’s a learning process and you won’t be perfect at it of the bat but you’ll start getting the hang of it.
Instagram’s algorithm sucks. And like it isn’t hard enough to make all of your content, now you have to find a way for people to find it, engage with it, and start following you. You have to use all of instagrams features so instagram can flag you as a good user and place your post in your followers feed. Because also, even your own followers won’t see your post, unless you are an active engager in instagram. By active engager, I mean: using the story, highlights, live feature, liking, commenting in 4 words or more, replying back to comments and so much more. Let’s face it… I can keep doing this my whole life but if my numbers don’t go up, ill never make it in the blogger world.
Rude people. I haven’t come across any rude people or offensive comments, luckily. But I am aware that it’s something that comes with the job and there are going to be people that think they know better than you and will tell you you look fat, ugly, and get way to opinionated about your life… Like I see bloggers get bashed sometimes for wearing fur, being sassy, using plastic straws. The most insane things.. In my opinion, shouldn’t they just unfollow?
You have to put in WORK. If you want to be a successful blogger, it is what it is, you have to put it in the work.
Influencer is not blogger. There’s this new term now, “influencer” that means you don’t have a blog, you just have Instagram. Opposed to a blogger; someone who has their own blog site. I don’t have anything against influencers unless they say they’re bloggers... It’s not the same thing.
You meet amazing supportive people. This part is a bonus and I really had no idea I would meet so many incredible women and make new friendships through blogging.
The people closest to you might get annoyed. I look at it through Alfredo’s point of view and I understand how annoying it would be to have someone on the phone all the time telling me to wait before eating for a picture, to go to a coffee shop for a picture, to stop here for a picture. I EVEN GET ANNOYED OF MYSELF SOMETIMES. But you have to do what you have to do. (Alfredo is incredibly supportive of me and I love him so much for that).
So far, this is all I could think of that I had no idea about when I started my blog and learned along the way. Just some things I wanted to share with you guys if you’re thinking about starting a blog so you don’t go in completely blind.
I’m also thinking of working on a tips/suggestions blog post for girls who want to start blogging. If this is something you’re interested in, please leave a comment below and I’ll get right on that.