Friday, April 1, 2016

Blogger 101: Things Nobody Told You About Blogging

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Blogger 101 is back with another interesting post that I'm sure a lot of bloggers can relate to. When people hear the word 'blogger', there are pre-conceived notions as to what being a blogger is about. Oftentimes, these are negative notions that put blogging in such a bad light. But that does not nearly define what blogging is about or what it entails. Don't be fooled by the top fashion bloggers out there - they might make it look so glam, but they're hustling behind the scenes, some working up to 12 hours a day or more!
To break the cloud of mystery surrounding fashion blogging, I'll break down four things that nobody told you about blogging:

You're more than just a blogger. Even though we got called as "blogger" there is more to blogging than meets the eye. We become photographers, photo editors, content editors, social media marketers, SEO analysts, marketers, and web designers, to name a few. In fact, a lot of bloggers invest a great deal of money on online courses that will help them acquire the skills needed to be all these. It's no joke! It isn't something that you decide to do one day and then wake up the next expecting to be successful. You have to put in the time and work.


Competition is stiff. As I've mentioned in my post about fashion blog opportunities, it can be tough to compete for opportunities as there are thousands of other fashion bloggers out there. And all of you are doing your best to make a break. It can be daunting when you realize exactly how much competition you have. But competition can be viewed both ways: you can either let it get you down, or you can use it as fuel to excel in what you do. Competition makes blogging more fun, but also means you have to work doubly hard.


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A post takes more than an hour to be ready. This is one of my biggest peeves about brands or potential collaborators. Some of them make ridiculous requests when sending out items for review, or posting about a product launch. Hence, I had to turn down some of them because I feel exploited. From the outside looking in, a blog post is just that, a blog post. You write down a few words and then hit publish. Easy, right? Unfortunately, writing a blog post takes more than hour. In between taking photos to writing the post and then sharing it all over social media or linkups, time can easily slip away.

You're human. In life, you have your highs and lows. There are instances wherein life gets in the way of blogging and it makes keeping up with your blog schedule a little tougher than usual. But some people are left to wonder when there are days wherein you just can't seem to update your posts as often as you normally do. You have to understand that we do have a life to live and attend to. Blogging is a priority for most of us, but the people in our lives always come first.

As a blogger yourself, what do you think is one aspect about your blogging journey that is often misunderstood?

20 comments:

  1. Spot on! I can totally relate to this post of yours and really hope that the concerned parties understand how hard bloggers work.

    Fatima | www.blogsbyfa.com

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  2. I post once a week on the same day. I like order and consistency in whatever I do.


    I agree that blogging is not as easy as it looks. The content must be checked,preferably not on the same day as drafting.

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  3. I couldn't agree more with everything!! Now following via GFC, girl, love your blog!!

    xo,
    Live. Laugh. Love & Make Up

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  4. Love that your brought this series back.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  5. I agree with everything! I definitely did not know how hard blogging is until I started my blog. So much respect for everyone keeping up with their blog and the success they've gained from it!

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  6. I especially like the part about all the different hats that we have to wear as bloggers. I've learned so much by being a blogger!

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  7. Always good points! Being a blogger is a multifaceted thing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  8. Great post and spot on points!

    xo,
    Allie @ LunaVida
    http://www.lunavidablog.com/

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  9. Great review sweetheart...thx for sharing!

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  10. These are good points! I think your last one is the best - blogging is just blogging, in the end real life will always come first and is the most important thing. It's important to have time away from computer screens! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  11. Yes!! Couldn't agree more!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  12. that was a really great post, I couldn't agree more. It takes more than enough time to write, edit , publish ,monetize and share a post that it might seems.
    www.kmeetsstyle.com

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  13. These were all such great points, particularly being more than simply a blogger; there's so many aspects to it, particularly with regard to photography - that's such a huge aspect of blogging! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  14. These are all SO accurate! When I started blogging, it was just to document my friends and I eating out in San Francisco. 3 years later, I see what an involved process and community blogging really is. Marketing and networking takes up SO much more time than the blog itself!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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  15. I love blogging so much. I try not to make it a chore, so when I feel that it's taking too much time or if I'm having a creativity slump, I take a break. All in all, though, blogging is my safe place to come back to at the end of the day. I've had my blog for 5 years now and it's been my go-to place all that time. I love seeing how much I've grown over the years through it. For me, I guess I do wish that I had more followers, just because of the amount of time I spend creating posts and the love I put into it. I don't blog for the amount of followers I have, I blog because it's fun for me. Sometimes I just wish that 5 years later, more people stopped by. :)

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  16. It's crazy on how accurate you are with this! Bloggin in itself is a complete job because no one, who's expecting a quality post, can shoot, edit, write up the post, proofread, post and share via social media w/in an hour! It can literally take hours! Thank you for publishing this!

    xx, Chanda

    Let's Make Today Fabulous link up feat. Overalls

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  17. Thanks for these helpful tips! I didn't know any of this when I first started blogging. There is so much more to it than just talking about your life and things that interest you. There are so many skills to build, connections to make, and experiences to have. It can definitely be stressful at times. But it's worth it!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    http://aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks for sharing these. Sometimes I need the reminders in blogging life.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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