What No One Tells You About Blogging

When it comes to blogging, everyone seems like they know it all. They know how to get traffic, they know how to get sponsors, and they totally know the struggles you are facing. After four years of consistent blogging, I can assure you that they may not know as much as they think. Here are a few things that no one tells you about blogging from a realistic perspective!

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Blogging and being an Instagram Blogger is not the same

It took me years to figure out how to set up a blog to my liking. Honestly, I still don’t know if I am there. Having read TONS of info over the years about how to be a better blogger or something of the sort, I can’t count the number of articles I have read that said you should be a microblogger on Instagram. Although this may not be the most popular opinion, I am a firm believer that there is much more that goes into blogging than posting a photo and a caption. As far as I’m concerned…isn’t that just using Instagram the way it was intended? Please, tell me if I’m wrong.

Nothing happens overnight, nothing.

A few months back I received an email asking how to become a successful blogger. To which I responded, I have no idea! They then asked how long it took me to get to a certain number of views, followers, and when they should start reaching out to brands. I asked to see their blog and was told that there was not a blog. They were looking to get into the industry quickly and wanted to make some money. In the blogging world, nothing happens overnight. It took me over two years of blogging consistently until I saw any sort of ROI. This probably should have been number one on my list of what no one tells you about blogging, but here we are.

Social media is not everything, again.

I feel like I just said this recently in a post, but it is important to say again. If you are really wanting to blog, then you should focus on creating YOUR blog. Social media is great and fun to play with, but you don’t own social media. I have a post talking about what the Instagram blackout should have taught you that covers this in more detail. To put it simply, you don’t own any account on a social platform. You may put tons of work into Instagram only for the entire platform to be erased the next day. If you’re looking to make content that will last and is protected, focus on your blog.

Most bloggers are nice and actually want you to succeed!

When I started, I was so afraid that no one would even consider talking to me. I was afraid to ask questions for fear of someone telling me that I was stupid and to go somewhere else. Luckily, that never happened. After four years of creating content, I have made some great friends that I still am in contact with today. I also am able to meet new creators all the time, and it is just a full circle of support. I think this is often overlooked with what no one tells you about blogging lists! If you ever have a question or just want to be friends, I’m always on my computer, so say hi!

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22 Comments

  1. January 6, 2020 / 11:52 am

    I agree with these points! I have been blogging for past 5 years and its not an easy journey! It requires a lots of efforts and noting happens overnight! Nice post.

    Have a great day!

    Allurerage

    Rampdiary

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:34 am

      It really is! Thanks so much!

  2. January 6, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    Yes times four! You are so on point, Ashlee. I completely agree with you about blogging and Instagram blogging not being the same thing. I’m still trying to find my way in the social media world, but I’m really trying to put most of my energy into creating great content and making my blog a place people want to visit.

    Blogging is HARD. I think it’s like most things, people like easy and want to get super successful as quickly as possible. What people don’t realize who haven’t been there is that it takes bloggers tons and tons of time, hard work, and persistence to make their blogs “successful.” Plus, the meaning of successful is totally up to what your specific goals are. I think people just starting out associate it with being popular.

    I’ve come in contact with so many amazing bloggers that have inspired me and supported me and my blog, and it’s such a wonderful thing. You are definitely one of them and I appreciate all of your support! 🙂

    https://www.makelifemarvelous.com/

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:40 am

      Thanks so much Ashley, that’s so sweet! I’m doing the same thing with my energy, right now creating for my blog is better than anything else I could be doing!

      Ashlee | https://www.maybeafterbrunch.com

  3. January 6, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    SO inspired by your words! What a lovely post! I really like this realistic perspective. Even after 4 years of blogging I have the feeling that I don’t know it all AT ALL! Also things change so quickly in the blogging sphere. I love the last point you mentioned. Meeting other bloggers, become friends and see them succeed is so much fun. This is what makes it so social.

    lots of love, Miri | MeetMiri

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:41 am

      Thank you, Thank you! Connecting with other bloggers has seriously been so great, and it has been a great resource for my growth as well as theirs!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:42 am

      Thank you so much Kelsey! Thanks for reading!

  4. January 8, 2020 / 1:56 am

    This is so on point, and I couldn’t agree more, especially on wanting other people to succeed! Indeed, the pie is big enough for everybody.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:43 am

      Thanks so much Jessica! It truly is, everyone has a different voice that is worth sharing!

  5. January 8, 2020 / 6:33 am

    Excellent post. You speak the truth. It doesn’t come easy. And I agree about spending your time working on your blog.

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:44 am

      Thanks Cheryl! Thanks so much for reading!

  6. January 8, 2020 / 10:49 am

    Totally agree with everything here! I remember when I first started and how slowly the numbers went up, but as you say nothing happens over night, and you need a lot of patience, determination and creativity to succeed xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 8, 2020 / 11:44 am

      Same girl, it was a slow growth! Being consistent and choosing to work even when no one was paying attention really helped!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 11, 2020 / 10:34 am

      Honestly, that is the best mantra you can have! You just have to get out there!

  7. January 8, 2020 / 7:34 pm

    A constant struggle for sure. But thank you for writing out what many of us have been thinking. Great post

    XX Angelica
    https://eraenvogue.com

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 11, 2020 / 10:37 am

      You’re so welcome Angelica!

  8. January 10, 2020 / 12:02 am

    Even though this was a post about what no one tells you about blogging and maybe the more realistic downsides or I guess just hard hurdles you have to deal with, this post was actually very encouraging! I’ve just had my blog for a month now and even though I know its going to take lots of hard work, I’m excited about the challenge!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 11, 2020 / 10:25 am

      Thanks so much Amanda, that makes me so happy to hear! Hopefully, some of these help you along your blogging journey, and good luck!

  9. January 17, 2020 / 2:54 am

    I completely agree with you. You have added some very important things about blogging.
    Allurerage
    Rampdiary

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks so much!

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