The other night I went off on a tangent on Twitter, talking about how much hard work blogging really is and also how rewarding it can be. I decided to expand upon these thoughts.
I began my tweets off by saying, “I don’t think people realize how much hard work goes into blogging.” Which is true, I don’t think people do. Unless you’ve been blogging for a while, and you’ve actually stuck to it, it doesn’t become apparent how much work you’re putting in until you sit back and have a good think about it.
I realized how many hours I was putting into blogging when I was joking about blogging being my real job and my 8am-5pm job being my job on the side. This opened a can of worms and we actually worked out that I really am putting in more hours into blogging than my job! I was shocked at first but then it sort of made sense, I blog on my days off and I blog all night long making sure that I’m hitting my deadlines and I blog even when I’m out and about.
Blogging is like being your own personal boss.
You make the deadlines, and you’ve got to stick to them, you’re essentially your own boss. When I first got into blogging, I thought it’d be easy to just post every day. After doing this for a while I realized how very wrong I was, so I decided to use the handy diary that came in my computer and used that to work out dates and times for posts, and how much preparation I wanted in them.
I talk about my Grimes lookbook all the time, but this took so much preparation that it’d be a crime for me to not be proud of it, but I’ve never had to prepare so much for something at my office job. The months spent preparing for it were worth it and very rewarding, and I loved every second of it, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a challenge.
The truth is, the first year of blogging was rough. My statistics weren’t the best and I didn’t even have one thousand followers on Instagram yet, but thanks to Twitter my statistics steadily rose as did my Instagram following. I still don’t have an amazing amount of followers and my statistics aren’t mind blowing, but the steady rise of this space on the internet has filled me with joy, pride and satisfaction. This blog is essentially the reason I wake up every day.
I began blogging because I was bored
Truth be told, my reason for starting a blog isn’t great. I was studying fashion in college, and I was juggling the idea around in my mind for a while, I didn’t have a camera and I didn’t have a fancy Macbook like every other blogger, but I took the plunge just before Christmas in 2014 and started writing drafts, it wasn’t until January 2015 when I submitted my first post for real.
The idea only came to me because I was feeling bored, I didn’t feel motivated about anything and I just frankly did not care about anything. I didn’t realize how big of a deal the blog would be to me only a couple of months later. When I started reading other blogs, I noticed that the content of my blog wasn’t up to par, literally everyone was leaps and bounds above me. So I took a break, and came back armed with a Nikon, Macbook and a new layout. This feels like forever ago but it was only August last year, and in that time I’ve upgraded this blog for a second time and switched my camera in arms.
I think about my blog more than anything on Earth
It’s true, I feel like a mother with her baby when it comes to my blog, I just cannot stop thinking about it. I love setting myself targets, and having x amount of posts written and ready before a certain time, I love challenging myself and I just can’t get enough of this blog. The truth is that it is hard, but it’s so gratifying and it’s so rewarding.
I would tell anyone to blog, but you need to have the self discipline to keep it up, set yourself targets and actually meet them, and you need the patience to grow an organic audience.
Considering I only started this blog for something to do, it’s given me a whole lease on life that I never knew existed. This blog definitely gives me reason to wake up everyday.