Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What It's Actually Like Being a Blogger

Being a blogger means that you're willing to stand outside in the freezing cold winter or wear fall sweaters and boots when it's sweltering out, all for the tiniest hope of a decent picture. It means that you force your friends and family to wait before indulging in a meal so that you can instagram it for the foodies of the world. Being a blogger is something that has definitely given me joy and if I'm completely honest, more of a life purpose.
The thing about blogs is that we're led to believe that bloggers are perfect. Before I started my blog, I would read blogs and think that that person has an incredible life by always wearing the nicest outfits and going to interesting places. Now I know that it's not true. The thing about bloggers is that we show only the best parts of our lives or even stage things to make a picture look better and more presentable. I can't tell you how many times I've thrown everything off my desk to snap a quick picture and then dumped it all in a pile on the floor. Bloggers make it look easy and effortless, but in reality, that's not true. There's a whole part of blogging that usually isn't shown on the blog and today I want to share that. This is what it's actually like being a blogger.

The thing about being a blogger is that you have to be willing to put in quite a bit of time. That might mean making trade-offs. Instead of going out with my friends, I sometimes decline and decide to stay in so that I can get my post up on time. It means that I have to mass produce posts when I'm going away or have a busy week ahead. For example, this week I have prior commitments that will keep me busy from 7am to 8pm every day. The time flies by and I end up being lost in all the things I need to do.

And that brings me to my next point. Being a blogger also means that you have to prioritize. Schoolwork always comes first, but then when you bring your social life, family, free time, extracurriculars, and blogging into the mix, you have to figure out what is most important to you. I think that this is probably one of the most important things about being a blogger, which is staying balanced. Ever seen those triangles where one point says sleep, another says school, and the last one says social life, and it tells you that you can only pick two? It's like that, but in reality, there's so much more than three things that you have to juggle in your life, even if you're not a blogger. You have to figure out what your priorities are in order to get anything done.

Being active on social media is a big part of blogging. Yes, we're all shameless self promoters, but hey, what works, works. Although the social media of a blogger consists of raving over Starbucks red cups, cute stationery, and a ton of blog promo, there's a community of it's own among the to do lists and sale excitement. The blogging community is something that is absolutely incredible. I've met so many amazing people out on there that just get it. They're people that I can relate with and connect with. Being a blogger may mean that you're obsessive with your social media and promoting your posts, but along with that is also meeting new people and branching out.

There's also a huge learning curve for being a blogger. I find that I'm always learning new things. Maybe it's about SEOs or Google Analytics or MailChimp, but I'm finding out new things that can help me grow my brand. Lately I've been watching webinars and looking into mini-courses for creating a successful blog. I'm looking for new information that can help me reach my fullest potential.

Explaining to someone what you do and why you do it can sometimes be awkward and nerve wracking. It took me over a year to tell my friends about my blog. I used to block people that go to my school on my blog's social media so that they wouldn't find it. But over time, I realized that I shouldn't care. When I told my friends about it, they told me that it was something that was really cool and not something to be ashamed of. One friend told me that she wasn't that surprised because she felt like I was the kind of person that would have a blog. And eventually, I realized that it shouldn't matter if people I know find my blog. This is something that I should be proud of and unapologetic about. Being a blogger means having the confidence to put yourself out there.

Although being a blogger can be stressful at times, it's something that's worth it. Yes, it may be totally tedious run back and forth from behind the camera to in front of it or spend way too long for a great backdrop. But it brings a whole new type of joy when someone comments on a post telling you that they enjoyed it or follows your blog, because it means that you're creating content that people, including yourself, love. Being a blogger doesn't mean that you're promoting products or advertising for income, although that is sometimes part of it, but it means that you're doing it for you. You're doing it because you love it, even though it's sometimes hard. And you know what they say, nothing worth having comes easy. So you do it. You snap a million pictures of your latte art and make everyone groan when you say, "wait, one more picture!" Being a blogger means that you do what you love, no matter how difficult it is or what anyone thinks about it, because it's worth it in the end.

4 comments:

  1. I loved this post, it definitely highlights all the things that people don't realize about blogging! I'm am definitely afraid of telling friends and family about my blog, but this post made me realize that I love blogging and I'm proud of it!
    xo, Syd
    www.anchoredinthesouth.com

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    1. Yes! It's definitely not easy telling friends and family because you feel like they'll judge you. You shouldn't worry about what other people think about you!
      Rebecca x

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  2. Ugh, I agree with all of this! I am super proud about my blogging self! xx, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

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    1. Glad that you're proud of your blogging self!
      Rebecca x

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