My blogging Birthday has just passed! I can’t believe it really. One whole year (with a few breaks) of writing, taking tonnes of pictures, some days doing up to 3 linkies and getting involved in a whole new community.
I did think about writing a bit of a round up post but I have written so many times about the best bits of blogging, the stresses of going self hosted, choosing a theme and getting that perfect logo design!
Many have written versions of the real truth about blogging and I thought I would do one of my own. What have I learnt since blogging. What is it really like to blog?
- It becomes an obsession. All consuming. Every scenario can be a blog post. Every situation needs ten billion photos and it is vital to post daily! This has waned for me, definitely since going self-hosted and Christmas. Blogging to me will always be a hobby and I have cut down my posting from everyday to 4-5 times a week.
- It eats up a lot of time. Gone are the days when I used to sit in front of the TV or sit and scrapbook. Most evenings I do something (although less now). Therefore, it is a commitment. I don’t blog during the day as I am with the gremlin and she has cut out her nap, so my evenings do go fast.
- Stats are so important at first and then you don’t give a hoot. I was always checking my stats when I started on Blogger. Then I moved self hosted and started using Google Analytics only (as they are the most accurate – my WordPress and Blogger stats were waaaaaay more). I find I do check daily but that’s it – not 10 times!!
- Getting money or free stuff is not a guarantee. I have had a few reviews and sponsored posts since starting out which is fab but no where near as many as others. You have to work for it. I don’t chase PRs or anything and to be honest reviews are my least read posts. I prefer to write about my daughter or my passions; well this was why I started!
- Going Pro looks like a LOT of hard work! I don’t know anyone that does it personally but I have seen the amount of posts (more than once a day), scheduling, tonnes of social media presence, linkies, tutorials and much much more! I salute all those who have done it – you have done ace 🙂 But with working almost 4 days a week, a gremlin, a fitness addiction and a husband who will murder me if I’m online anymore – a hobby blogging will stay.
- Social media addictions intensify. I have always loved my phone but blogging has meant this is worse. I love Instagram and love taking pictures and looking at others. Facebook has always been my favourite but when you end up getting friendly with other bloggers and spending so much time on Facebook chat, the time just goes.
- Starting a linky is not easy! Yes it brings you more blog traffic, a brilliant community of bloggers and it is fun! However, tweet scheduling is a bitch, you have a lot of prep each week and a lot of reading of some brill posts. Thanks Helen for being a fab co-host.
- Your other half will get narked as you are not listening to them. I’m lucky not to have had too many snipes withe the hubby over blogging but he does get annoyed if I’m in cloud cuckoo land and chatting and ignoring him. It happens!
- You will have varying opinions from others on being a blogger. I have been very lucky and most people I speak to tell me they love my blog, I write like I talk, my gremlin is so cute…However, I know others who haven’t been so lucky and have had some nasty and mocking comments. I’m sure there are people out there who think I overshare or I’m a sad act but I’ve never heard it.
Some of these points make it sound a bit negative don’t they? This is not the case at all; more of the truths! Some of the best bits:
- A sense of community. The blogging community is lovely. I’m not one who chats much on the Facebook groups or asks for help but when I wanted some advice with my non-potty using daughter some of the girls and guys On Twitter were fabulous and I felt loads better. Also Brit Mums was ace!
- Friends! I would have never gone to Edinburgh and had a brilliant start to to 2016 without blogging and to have people at the end of a quick message when I’m stressed or sad is awesome.
- A lovely diary of memories. It is lovely to go back and read my posts as the gremlin gets older. I hope she agrees in 10 years time!
- Blogging (if not pressured) can be relaxing. I put my music on and chill and write my posts! Ohmmmmmm!
I’ve had a great time and a great year blogging. I’m definitely less pressured, feel more relaxed and going to keep on going with Run Jump Scrap.
I hope you will keep reading!