Blogging is one of those things that every other person is doing right now. It’s an inexpensive and creative hobby that can be really rewarding if you’re consistent and do it with passion. Before I started this blog, I read a lot of posts explaining how to buy a domain name, how to choose a theme, how to promote posts once you press publish, and other technicalities. While this information was helpful, I wish there were more posts out there talking about things a person should think about when deciding whether blogging is actually for them.
Do you like to write?
One thing I believe most new bloggers overlook is the actual writing aspect of blogging. I was one of these people. It sounds really dumb, but when I envisioned my blog in my head, I thought of the part where I took pictures and told all my friends that I had a new post up. Not the part where I actually had to sit down, think of a topic that I enjoyed enough to write about, and then spending hours pouring over every word and making sure everything made sense grammatically.
I got over this pretty quickly because I’ve always enjoyed writing, but if you aren’t the same, I’d suggest thinking twice. Writing is the backbone of blogging and although pictures are important too, if you don’t like to write, blogging can get stale pretty quickly.
Do you like to read other blogs?
As I already kind of touched on, blogging is a very saturated industry. The only way you can get other people to read your stuff is if you read their stuff, too. Unless you’re a celebrity, nobody really cares about what you have to say and that’s the harsh truth. If you genuinely enjoy other blogs, comment on posts, and interact with other bloggers, blogging is so much more enjoyable. The promotion aspect of blogging also gets much easier!
Do you mind being on social media for hours on end?
If you want to grow in the blogosphere, social media is a must. Instagram is currently king and gaining engaging followers on there equals to more readers on your blog. Twitter is also great for promoting posts, as is Pinterest.
You don’t realize it, but if you want your blog to be seen, you have to spend hours and hours at the beginning supporting other content creators. I have a friend who’s quite a famous influencer now (humble brag, NBD), and she tells me that when she first started, she spent at least eight hours a day on Instagram, just liking and commenting on other people’s pictures.
This step can be skipped, of course. If you don’t care about your blog being read, you don’t have to spend time promoting it on your socials. I mean, I don’t most of the time. But it doesn’t feel very nice when I spend so much time and effort working hard to create the best content I can, just to have nobody see it.
Does it matter to you if no one ever sees your stuff?
Continuing on from the previous point, sometimes you promote the crap out of a post on social platforms and such, but don’t have many readers. This is something you just have to be okay with. Maybe what you write about is really niche, or maybe it’s really overdone. In both scenarios, you might not get much traction, but that’s something you have to accept.
There are ways to beat this, such as changing the things you talk about, but if you’re not truly passionate about it, what’s the point?
Is it okay with you if you suck at blogging?
Let me start off by saying, nobody sucks at blogging. I was just trying to reiterate a point.
But, it is entirely possible that you might not like your content, or you can’t stick to a posting schedule, or you just don’t want to blog for weeks on end. This is normal. As I mentioned in my last post, this was the hardest thing that I overcame when I began blogging. I’m an impatient perfectionist, which means I want to create a masterpiece in my first try. This doesn’t happen, and it was a hard pill for me to swallow. If you can accept it and not be too hard on yourself, blogging will be a whole lot easier.