As of today, I have been blogging for a whole week (yay for me!). I know that’s not a long period of time, but I already feel like I’ve learnt a few important lessons. I’m interested to see what I’ll learn in the months to come. For now, these are my top 3 from the past seven days.
1. Blogging is harder than it looks.
It’s a testament to the blogging community that they make it look so easy. Having attempted blogging before, I had some understanding that it’s not as easy as it appears, but that was only the writing side of things. I would struggle for inspiration, feel like nobody cared or just feel embarrassed by my writing, so I wouldn’t stick it out. This time, I’ve gone all in and have been trying to follow all the tips and tricks I’ve seen from others. Boy, there’s a lot to do!
I am enjoying the challenge, but it definitely feels like you’re doing ten different jobs in one. When you actually stop to think about it, that’s because you are. Other bloggers have mentioned how you are responsible for your writing, your marketing, your photography – every single aspect of it falls to you and it’s a lot to take on. Megan from MeganSays breaks it down in her post which you can read here.
If you’ve found this and you’re just starting out: don’t let it put you off. It’s worth the time, energy and effort you put into it. It can be a shock to the system when you are trying to take all of the information on board, but I’ve found the overall experience very rewarding so far.
2. Most bloggers question themselves.
A couple of weeks ago, when I started seriously contemplating blogging, I did a little bit of research. It seemed like everybody else was really confident and comfortable in their own skin. As I mentioned in this post, I’ve always been plagued by the fear that my writing just isn’t good enough, and that nobody wants to read what I have to say. The idea of putting myself out there terrified me. Everyone else was making it look effortless. I felt like I had a mountain to climb.
If I’d delved a little deeper, I would have learnt that I’m not alone in that. Since connecting with other bloggers, I’ve found that they’re dealing with the same worries as I am. Whether they’re questioning their place in the blogging community or worrying about their content, pretty much everyone is going through the same struggles. Even those who seem to have it all figured out are experiencing the same emotions. I’ve found a great deal of comfort in that over the past seven days!
3. The community is amazing.
As an outsider looking in, I always found the blogging community quite intimidating. I thought you had to have certain interests or be a certain way to fit in. It seemed like every blogger I came across was writing about hair and makeup. I was questioning if the things I wanted to write about were suitable and had serious doubts that I would find my place. I needn’t have worried quite so much.
It’s early days and I’m still finding my way, but everyone has been so welcoming. This has had such a positive impact on my mood and my confidence. The community is full of people who are ready and waiting to motivate, support and encourage you. I’d definitely recommend jumping in and interacting with as many other bloggers as you can. Twitter has been the best place for doing this for me. Bloggerkind have been brilliantly supportive and taking part in GRLPOWR‘s chat was highly rewarding. You can find information on different Twitter chats throughout the week here. Twitter chats are a great way to talk to other bloggers and put yourself out there, so I strongly recommend giving them a try when you can.
What were some things you learnt during your first week of blogging?