As I move into my fourth month of serious blogging, I thought it might be a good time to share what I’ve learned about life as a blogger so far. This post started out as one of those ridiculously long ones, so I’ve decided to break it down into bite sized chunks and turn it into a ‘mini series’ In the hope that it will actually be read and not just skimmed over! In the coming days I will also be talking about my thoughts on photography and my social media gripes. keep an eye out for the next instalment! Like any blog post it takes time to write, edit, add photos – edit them, so I’m hoping you will get something from these posts or at least be able to relate to some of it.
It’s a common misconception that the blogging life is one of glitz and glamour, an endless flow of products and makeup falling through our letter boxes. I’ve actually been lucky enough to have been sent some products to try already from a brand I love which was so lovely but it’s not a common occurrence by any means! We strive for that seemingly ‘perfect lifestyle’ or at least that is what we are trying to portray isn’t it? This could explain why there are currently over 60 million bloggers of all ages, shapes and sizes. Probably with one common goal. To be successful.
Apparently most new bloggers will fail within the first three months, this is because if there is no reward or ‘pay off’ for our actions or in this case the content we produce, we will lose interest pretty quickly. That’s our human nature. Therefore, it’s important to engage our followers, increase views, comments and likes to our posts. That becomes our reward and will be the drive for us to continue.
To quote a very established (and successful) blogger namely Zoe Sugg aka. Zoella “She designed The Life She Loved” this is true, we are wanting to design a perfect life for ourselves, Zoella clearly has. We want to be happy and secure financially with our solid marble desk laden with rose gold accessories and adorned with beautiful flowers in pinks and creams. If our lives seem perfect to onlookers surely they will warm to us and aspire to be like us, glamorous lifestyle and all… right?
I’m not so sure. Blogging for me is something I actually enjoy very much, I wouldn’t continue with it if this wasn’t the case. I’ve learned my fair share of what it actually entails. Firstly, there’s a lot more work going into it than I had imagined, I want my blog to be a success so I’m happy to put the work in. Important to keep a balance with family life though being a mummy and wife and finding time to do all the stuff we women need to do!
One thing I was keen to do from early on was to migrate my blog from WP.com over to WP.org self hosted so that I could install a more professional looking theme. I’m a very visual person so I wanted it look as pretty as I could make it. Although Phil (at Pipdig) did all the coding stuff for me and set it up. Figuring out all the other bits with regard to the colours, widgets, plugins, social media links to name a few was tasked to me and a laborious learning curve it was! Worth all the tears and tantrums though as I love my new look blog.
My aim is to gain a healthy following of like-minded people who are actually interested in my content, love my Images and enjoy the style in which I write. I strive constantly to build a whole stash of drafts so that I can slow down a little, have everything ready and waiting for me to press the ‘publish’ button early each morning from my bed, bleary eyed, phone in hand and struggling to focus. It’s a good feeling when the hard work is already done. Or better still, schedule my posts! That’s something I need to get into.
Ok, reality check…Yes there are lots of people out there whose daily role is stressful and involves actual ‘hard work’ mentally and/or physically. I take my hat off to you people. Writing posts and taking photos isn’t actually that hard. It’s Just VERY time-consuming!
I won’t be one of those failures. I’ve put too much time and effort into my blog for that. I love what I do. For me, increasing traffic to my blog and gaining followship is my main goal right now. If someone comes to my blog and likes what they see, hopefully they will stick around and wait for more. That is the idea anyway, let’s hope it becomes reality.