I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now – although admittedly I’ve been a bit sporadic in my approach. It’s not always easy to keep up the momentum but I feel like I’m finally finding my flow. There is so much to love about blogging but it’s not without its challenges. Alongside all the joys and triumphs, there are also many frustrations and struggles. I’m sure that I can’t be alone in these challenges so I thought I’d do what any blogger would do and share them!
I like to provide at least a bit of usefulness in my posts, so rather than just ranting about these challenges, I’m also going to share some advice on how to overcome them. Or where I don’t have a solution, I’ll just rant a bit more because really that’s what I do best.
Where did all the time go
One of the biggest problems I face is time. Aside from the few who are lucky enough to treat blogging as their full-time job, the vast majority of us mere mortals have to work and probably do a ton of other stuff outside of work too. For me, it’s freelance weekend work, keeping up my love of singing and acting, plus an attempt at a half decent social life. We all have commitments and as much as I love blogging, when I get in from a long day at work where I’ve spent a huge chunk of my day writing, the last thing I want to do is, well, write more.
None of us can magic up more time but we can make better use of it with a small change of mindset. There’s a lot more to blogging than just writing, so I save that for the weekends and crack on with the other more creative bits in the week. We all wish we had more time and yes I could sacrifice some sleep to free up more hours in the day but frankly, I don’t want to do that. Sleep is good.
When you’re pushed for time it can be all too easy to see your blog as a chore – when you’re tired and overworked, why are you creating more work for yourself? It’s just important to remember that blogging is something we all do for fun (I hope). Remind yourself of all the reasons why you do it and it’ll be easier to spend an hour blogging than Netflix binging. Maybe.
Seeing others be more successful
Jealousy is an ugly word but I think we’d all be lying if we said we didn’t feel a flicker of envy at the success of others. Wanting to achieve what other people have is not a bad ambition and ultimately we’re only human. It’s in our natures to want what other people have. It can be super deflating when you feel like you’re putting in all the effort you can muster and yet you seem to be standing still whilst others are flying towards their goals.
Here it is about how you deal with those feelings. Instead of giving up, use these feelings to fuel the fire and drive your ambition. It was never going to be easy and blogging takes serious commitment and determination. Stop comparing yourself to others; instead, listen and learn. Take any blogger who appears to be doing better than you; rather than sulking that they appear to have ‘made it’ (whatever that means), instead consider why they have done so well. What can you learn from them? What are they doing that you’re not? How can you adapt these learnings and apply them to your own personal strategy?
Dishonesty is frustrating
You know when someone follows you and then unfollows you a day later (whether you followed them back or not)? Or when you get one of those irritating generic comments on one of your Instagram pics (‘Great’, ‘Nice one!’, etc.)? These people aren’t genuinely taking time out of their day to be annoying – they’re paying these bots to do it for them on a huge scale.
I know you wouldn’t dream of doing this because you’re an honest blogger who cares about building a genuine and loyal following. But if you even feel a flicker of temptation, please, don’t do it. Having thousands of followers is all very well, but it really only matters if these followers care and aren’t just made up of those spammy accounts. Plus, you risk getting your account suspended. I don’t have a solution to this problem so we’re just going to have to stick together on this one and not be fooled by those pesky bots.
I could go on (I will)
These are certainly not the only challenges faced by bloggers but I feel like I’ve rambled on for long enough. I know you’re busy and need to get back to conquering the world so maybe I’ll save the rest for a Part Two. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on these struggles and how you overcome them. One thing the blogging community is really good at is supporting each other and sharing experiences. It’s what makes those struggles just a little bit more worth it.