4 Ugly Truths about Blogging

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” ~ Michelangelo 
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Hey sweetie pies. With the world of technology constantly changing, more and more influencers are popping up everywhere with blogs, YouTube channels, podcasts and social media platforms alike. Digital content creators are the pioneers to a new (and in my opinion, underrated) career path. With the likes of Carli Bybel, Kandee Johnson, Logan Paul, and King Bach – all making successful careers from the likes of YouTube and blogging. Seeing the success that can come from the likes of these and even content creators on the smaller scales are now convincing everyone to join in on the action. Now is the best time to cash out and monetize your passions. With the never ending stream of content that floods our webs and social media platforms, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. Whether you are a blogger who creates content or a subscriber to mentioned content creator, it is helpful to know and respect all that comes with it. The work, the amount of time consumed, the efforts that are made daily to create good content to keep readers like yourselves tuning in. Because honestly, if it wasn’t for readers just like yourself, none of us “bloggers” would be successful. Today I am going to share 4 ugly truths about blogging.

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I did a Facebook live video titled “So you are thinking about starting a blog” or something like that. I shared some honest truths to blogging and said that I would go into further detail in a blog post…..well here we are! If that post brought you here….HEEEEYYYY!! 🙂

A lot of work
Please know and understand this about blogging if you don’t know anything else, it is a lot of work. Especially when starting out because more than likely you will not be able to afford to pay someone which means you live, eat, sleep and breathe your blog.  (Which you should be anyway.) You are in charge of creating content, editing that content, promoting that content and review and study analytics on said content. With that being said, it can take a lot of man hours creating content or coming up with new ways to diversify your income. It is literally one in the morning as I am typing this and I am afraid that I may need to tape my eyelids back. Now don’t get me wrong it is rewarding and it is great to push yourself to get things done – but it can be time consuming and not everyone has that willingness to commit. I always like to think that anyone can start a blog but not everyone can maintain a blog.

The money will not come overnight
Usually in most cases, the revenue takes some time to acquire. But there are other ways that you can try to make income from jump such as offering products or services through your blog. If you guys would like to see a post about that let me know. Generally to make money from ads, affiliate marketing or sponsored campaigns – you have to have good numbers from traffic and engagement on your platforms. Brands are willing to pay influencers big money when they see that the relationship that the influencer has with its readers is significant. Plus bloggers give the honest opinions that the general public usually agrees with. This is helpful to brands’ marketing teams because it gives them real reviews from real people and it helps them to directly relate and serve their customers better.

A lot of alone time
Being a full time blogger means a lot of your work is done behind a computer with minimal face to face interaction. Communication with fellow bloggers and brands are often limited to emails and phone calls. It can be a challenge to find people who understand the work that it takes to be a blogger which is why it is so important to be a part of a tribe. Whether that’s a FB group page or group text where you share your victories as well as your shortcomings – it is so essential for your mental well being as a blogger. Only other fellow content creators will be able to fully empathize and understand the struggles that we face daily. It is easy to assume that bloggers live a life as a fabulous extrovert but that is not always the case. It can get lonely and sometimes even boring which brings me to my next point.

Laziness as a habit
With all this newfound “free” time and the freedom to schedule your day – it can become easy to sleep in a day or two. But be careful because before you know it, you could not be getting out of bed until noon. I know sometimes I have been guilty of it. It is easy to cut yourself some slack every once in a while. It is more like a necessity but you have to discipline yourself, develop a routine and stick to it. Plus if you are blogging full time you have no reason to be sleeping in when you got work to do!

In the end, it is all about the choice you make. You have to commit and if you do, it can be so rewarding! I will be doing a follow up post on some beautiful things about blogging soon. I am kind of geeked about that! I would love to get some quotes to put in a blog post! What y’all think? If you would like to submit a quote, email me your name, your blog url, a little info about your blog with subject line “Beautiful Blogging” to stormiebjones@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

As always, XO and Stay FAB! ~ Stormie J

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