What I Find Hard About Blogging – Day 18

Happy Sunday everybody!

I have really enjoyed blogging, and the personal development that has come with it. But, as with anything, there’s always a downside to something we enjoy (it’s usually what keeps us motivated to keep trying to be better) and that’s what today’s blog challenge is looking at. The challenge is:

What I Find Hard About Blogging & Why

When I started my blog, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just knew that I had to find a release for all these feelings and words I’ve been dying to get out of my system for a really long time. I knew of friends who had unsuccessfully tried blogging and thought I would probably get nowhere after a week or two and give it up. But, to my genuine shock, surprise (and slight confusion) – it has taken off, and I’ve been welcomed into this beautiful community with open arms.

Now that I’ve been at it for a month, I’ve seen the highs and lows – and as much as there are very little lows, I will share what these have been in my experience:

Juggling Life & Blogging

I really love being able to spend a lazy day focusing on blogging, engaging with people and putting some love and time into my content. I love finding new blogs, seeing what my blogging friends have been up to and just spreading some love on their behalf.

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But, as I work full-time, these opportunities are few and far between. I try to put up a blog post everyday, which is why this challenge came about, and it’s been really hard firing them out on time. I understand now why people start to minimise how often they post content as posting good content is better than posting any content.

I’m quite lucky in the sense that my job is really flexible, so I can take the odd day off to work from home here and there and that gives me a really good opportunity to put some time in on an evening, as I won’t be waking up early the next morning – and spend some of the day dipping in and out of the blog and Twitter. But it is really hard to juggle and keep on top of content.

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I realise now that a lot of keeping relevant is re-sharing content already posted. Just because it’s old(er), doesn’t mean it isn’t still current or applicable. So, I’m trying to share more of my old stuff whilst also promoting the new, just to keep up my presence on social media and keep engaging with people. Which leads me on to…

 

Engaging is a full time role

I love meeting new bloggers and followers – it’s so important to me as a newbie on the block to feel I am making good connections and keeping up to date with what is out there. The community is beautiful, positive and uplifting. I prefer my blog Twitter to any of my personal social media platforms – simply because I don’t feel like it’s a chore to open. I enjoy reading what my fellow bloggers and readers are up to and what amazing content comes up everyday.

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But as well as that, I’ve come to realise that engagement is as much a part of it as is writing the content. It’s a full-time job in itself. For me, at the moment, in order to get a good number of content views, I’ve got to have been at Twitter pretty much all day pushing content, reading others’ content and engaging with them, following other blogs and bloggers, sharing my content as well as others’ blogs I am passionate about. And I really do love it – and those people do the exact same for me. It really is a team spirit and that’s what keeps me coming back. I don’t feel like I’m in a dead-end job working my ass off, I feel like it’s a job I enjoy and I’m passionate about – but it is a job in itself and it is hard when you’re starting out and learning how to make those connections and how to engage effectively.

 

Finding my niche

For those bloggers who want to fully submerse themselves into the community and the blogging world, it’s important to think about your market and where your blog is going. I haven’t yet figured this out entirely; I know what I like to write about and what I find passionate writing about. But, blogging is like any other industry. There are markets and you have to find your niche and where you fit in that market. Are you a beauty blogger, a parenting advice blogger, a travel blogger, lifestyle blogger, food blogger… etc.

For me right now, I blog about my life and experiences. I blog about what has happened and how I process that. I love writing about my life lessons, and enjoy passing these on to people in the hope people avoid the mistakes I made. But again, that is it’s own market and I’m still figuring out where I fit in to that. So, it’s been hard thinking about that and trying to work it out, but that’s all part of the process and it’s cool.

Trusting my brand

As explained above, blogging is a world of it’s own. As well as finding the market you fit into, you’ve got to create a brand that represents you and your blog. I really loved creating my brand, I fully support what I have created and I’m still working on developing it. But part of putting yourself and your brand out there is about having trust in your brand and not being swayed by what you see around you. I’ve found quite a few blogs have the same layout, the logos look similar and you can tell which blog is for which market etc. But seeing that has sometimes caused me to stop and think about if my brand is as strong as others, and why mine looks different.

A big part of blogging is trusting in your brand and backing it 100%. I knew straight away what the name of my blog was going to be, which has turned out to be quite popular for bloggers in my market area – twenties lifestyle blogging. But, I’ve developed my own brand along the way. I created my own headers and logo, I’m still deciding on the theme of the blog as I keep swaying one way or another. But my brand – I fully support what I have created. It has been hard seeing it through this far, but because of how far the blog has come already, I’ve been able to love it even more than I did with no followers and I’m going to remain faithful to what I believe is unique to my blog, my content and my brand.

 

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Ian says:

    You have learned so much in the short time you have been blogging but you do seem to know what you want and how you will go forward which is good. Engagement is a biggie. I had a sports site a couple of years ago and I spent more time pushing the articles than writing them and it took up my whole weekend. It was worth it but eventually it did my head in as that doesn’t come easy for me. I quietly go about my business. In an ideal world I wanted to do the writing & have someone social media savvy to do the engagement but sadly it was just me. This time I still engage but I am more relaxed about it and happy for my blog to grow slower over time and not to rush it. Keep going you are clearly doing the right things.

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  2. Maria | www.myselfwise.com says:

    I completely relate to your struggles as a newbie blogger working full-time.I wish my job was as flexible as yours but sadly I can’t devote any time for engaging on social media during the week as I am so tired. I imagine my blog will take a lot of time to take off and it’s so frustrating that I create the best newsletter mails only to be seen by a handful of people.But I won’t give up that easily!

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    1. francescawho says:

      You will get there! Your content is fantastic and deserves an audience xx

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  3. CherishingFLo says:

    Engaging and networking is a full time job in itself if you’re dedicated to it, but I love how much you’ve learned and grown in such a short time! This is a great post hon!

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    1. francescawho says:

      Thak you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! It really is but it’s all part of the process!

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  4. Hi! I recently started blogging within the last few months and would love it if you checked my blog out! Yours is super cute and I can totally relate to this post now that I’m blogging more!

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    1. francescawho says:

      Heyy! Welcome and thanks for checking out the blog! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Will check out your content and have followed. Good luck! Let me know if you need any help! X

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  5. tornpagesandroses says:

    I agree about how much of a full time job it is! I unfortunately don’t have a flexible job (retail) but I’m more worried about this upcoming Fall because I plan on going to Uni whilst working part time but I guess it all ends up to prioritizing and planning stuff. It’s hard but fun haha

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  6. gervais6 says:

    I have to say it looks like you’ve been around for a while. You do this blogging life so well. I love the blogging community too and love the support everyone gives and being so new I feel like I’m on Twitter all the time. You are right, it’s like a full time job.

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    1. francescawho says:

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. Yes, I’ve barely been on my personal facebook and considering deleting my other twitter. I much prefer my blog community!

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  7. Finding my niche was so hard – took me a year to get there.
    Also something else that is tough is writers block – if I’m having a creative spur I always write ideas down in my notes so if I’m stuck for ideas I always have something to write about ☺️
    ♥️ Your blog by the way x
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    1. francescawho says:

      Thank you very much Jessie much appreciated! Yes definitely, takes a long time to figure out where you fit amongst such an array of blogs and personalities! But I’m getting there 😊😊 xx

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  8. Totally agree. Nice to know someone else is there. Also that husky floating is Hilarious! Perfect choice.

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    1. francescawho says:

      Thank you! Yes the husky was the winner of this post, I must agree! Haha welcome 🙂 followed and thanks for checking out my content! Xx

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  9. Balancing Life and Blogging is definitely the hardest thing for me. I think about making a schedule but with two children and an ever-changing work schedule, my schedule goes out the window. Great post!

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    1. francescawho says:

      Yeah I can’t stick to schedules either! But we do our best 🙂 thank you for the read and taking the time to comment! Much appreciated!

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  10. Ronald Roen says:

    Yes! I totally agree. I have totally burnt out trying to niche (I jumped from topics to topics..I have decided that for now, I will just write about whatever is in my head at the time), to engage, and ultimately to life while blogging. I became lazy (my last 3 post where deplorable, like instagram-repost bad).
    I read your blog, you are doing so well, it seemed like you are a blogger by profession despite having a job elsewhere.

    Anyway, great job! This post has helped me to relate what I feel towards my blogging. I should plan on where I want my blog to go from now.

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    1. francescawho says:

      Hey Ronald, thank you very much for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences. It is a tough business to start off in but I think the blogs that are relatable rather than topical are most welcomed. Thats what I enjoy about writing – not trying to fit it! Good luck with your direction x

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  11. What impressed me here was your ability to include social media with blogging. That’s the hardest part for me, so whenever I hear of someone succeeding at it, it astounds me lol. Regardless, from what I’ve seen, you’re doing an excellent job of committing to your goals and I applaud you for that!

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  12. lily B blogs says:

    I just came across your blog page and this is the very first post of your i’m reading, and i’m very much impressed i think you have agreat thing going on here and i do encourage you to continue. As a new blogger i’ve struggled as well due to mostly time, i find it hard to write everyday, so for now i try to post weekly which honestly i truly wish i could do more often. i’m making baby steps and enjoying the journey. do check out my page as you may find some intriguing post as i also write about life experiences.

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