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!
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!