I love Blogging but I don’t like…..

I have been blogging for over 2 years now and like many of you reading this you will relate to how all consuming it can be. It does become a bit of an addiction and a big part of yours and your family’s life.

I didn’t have a clue what blogging really involved when I got started. I had no idea about the community, the chance you may get sponsored posts or reviews. Not the foggiest. I just wanted to start writing and I did. I have never looked back.

You have to love blogging to keep going. If it became a chore, there wouldn’t be much point really. I know for me it will always be a hobby, that I earn some money from and get some nifty things to review.

It’s not all roses though. For me, social media is my biggest bugbear about blogging. Don’t get me wrong I love my Facebook and particular Instagram BUT it’s the time it takes. I am consciously making an effort to be more present with my girls and leaving my phone upstairs, in another room or in my bag. If I’m playing with my gremlin, I want it to be just us. I still have a billion notifications when I go back to it but hey.

I decided to get some more bloggers involved with this post. If you are newbie reading this, we are keeping it real. We all love blogging but we really don’t like….

“When people say “do you get loads of freebies” or assume that there is no work involved.”  Laura from Mama, Eden and Me.

“The pressure it can put on family time ie you HAVE to take pictures for a review.” Kimberly from Odd Hogg.

“The never ending feeling of needing to photograph every experience or special moment to share it. Realistically I know I *don’t* need to share it, but I find it so hard to switch off from ‘blogger mode.” Lauren from Belle du Brighton.

“The boohoo lets all get outraged about something every week culture.” Jon from The Money Shed Blog.

“All the emails from people wanting to share “high quality content” with follow links on your blog for nothing in return. Half the time they can’t even write a high-quality email so the chances of the content being worth posting seems slim! Genuine opportunities and sponsored posts are great though.” Louise from Little Hearts Big Loves.

“All the technical bits and not having an IT help desk to phone for help!” Laura from Dear Bear and Beany.

“How it seems to consume every waking minute of the day! Even when taking photos of my family I’m thinking “can I use this on instagram? I need to get a grip!” Erica from The Incidental Parent.

“When people think I’m only playing on my computer. Working from home doesn’t mean I do nothing or play games all day.” Bek from Dillydrops.

“Being paid 4-6 months after I finish a job!” Danielle from Someone’s Mum.

“The FOMO! Sometimes I feel like I *have* to attend / join in a campaign for the fear of missing out something. In reality it’s impossible but it plays on my mind way too much!” Beth from Twinderelmo.

“How it consumes every moment of your day. I constantly have ideas buzzing and even when switching off watching tele I think … “ooo I can review this and talk about that”.” Lianne from Mrs Mummy Harris.

“How easily it is undermined. People who think you can just start blogging and instantly earn a good salary are being washed away by the apparent ease by which some of the more famous bloggers do their job. It’s not easy, it’s a lifestyle as much as a job and certainly not an easy way to make a living.” Alice from Living with a Jude.

“Forever comparing myself to others. It’s easy to do in a normal job, but in blogging it’s amplified. The opportunities you were passed up for are plastered across your feed, the follower numbers there in black and white, the image quality and post engagement clear as day. It’s easy to become all consumed with who’s doing what and who’s better than who.” Kirsty from Life with Boys.

“Other bloggers criticising how people choose to run their own blogs.” Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids.

” the numbers game – people who follow/unfollow and buy ‘likes’. I also find it frustrating when I have so many good ideas yet cannot find the time to actually write the posts!” Lisa at That British Betty.

“Self promotion!! I’m terrible at it.” Natalie from Diary of an Unexpectant Mother.

“How I get so caught up in it and think ‘I should write that’ or panic I haven’t written for a few days. Everyone needs time out and those drafts sometimes need to wait! Oh and sometimes I think hubby might kill me when I get so consumed by blogging, writing, photos, social media, making self set deadlines and everything else. I’m supposed to be a SAHM!  I also hate that my phone is full of ‘anonymous angled’ blog/Instagram photos and not just photos of my toddler and hubby smiling and laughing, that I might miss those shots.” Lynette from New Mummy Blog.

“The regular feeling of not being good enough.” Kate from LesBeMums

“Spending an excessive amount of time scheduling tweets!” Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy.

“People!! – sounds crazy I know but I’m a complete introvert, the self promo and talking to other bloggers is my biggest struggle but here I am giving it a go!” Clare from Neon Rainbow Blog.

“Not having a ready made platform. I worked for years as a journalist in national press and on tv. If the content was good thousands or even millions would see it without question. Now I think some of my content is even better but I have to promote endlessly and I still don’t get the huge audience I want.” Sophie from Mama Mei.

“Getting the SEO and readability lights to turn green! Getting all the SEO stuff right takes ages for me and feels painfully dull!” Laura from Edinburgh Life with Kids.

“Comparing myself to others.. I’m always doing it and I know I should’t!” Laura from Oh So Mummy.

“Getting recognised when I’m out!” Alina from We Made This Life.

“The pressure for perfection and the pressure to post to keep your blog relevant and in your readers minds. Sometimes it all gets a bit too much! There are only so many hours a day and blogging can take so much with little tangible benefits.” Irina from Wave to Mummy.

“Getting emails asking you to promote something for free. Or you approach a company offering posts/social media in return for an item, only for them to refer to it as a freebie, because our time clearly isn’t worth anything. That really annoys/frustrates/upsets me.” Tracey from Pack the PJs.

“When I feel like I need to prove myself via social media stats to be taken seriously.” Kirsty from Kirsty Dee.

A massive thanks to all the bloggers that took part. It was so interesting to read the bugbears of so many of us!.

I have found blogging immensely rewarding, made loads of friends and had some fabulous opportunities. However, there is so much I haven’t done and wish I had time to do. Sometimes family and my evenings have to come first.

If you are reading this and thinking about starting a blog don’t be put off! It’s a fabulous hobby or even way to earn a living but like everything it takes time and lots off effort. It’s not all freebies and easy money. It’s hard work and like any job, there will always be those bits you don’t enjoy quite as much!

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  1. March 30, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Great post Sarah. There are so many bugbears with blogging. You are right, you HAVE to love it. I’ve been blogging six months and sometimes find it incredible I’ve lasted this long. I must really love it!!!

  2. March 30, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Great post… Funny though as you know I’m always up and down about whether to continue blogging and this reminds me of all the reasons I feel like stopping haha. I’m still going though because I do enjoy it! Xx
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  3. March 30, 2017 / 9:28 am

    The Money Shed, and Coffee, Cake, Kids, have hit the nail on the head!!!! Those are the two things I’m finding particularly (read: absolutely doing my nut!!) annoying about blogging at the moment!! Xx
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  4. March 30, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    This is a great compilation, I’ve felt a few of them. I HATE the follow for follow thing. I’d much rather only follow those I’m interested in and have those interested in me follow, it’s just a massive time waste all round otherwise. I also have to remind myself a LOT that my blog is my blog, I shouldn’t try to measure it’s success on what and how others are doing! #coolmumclub

  5. March 30, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    This is so true. I love blogging, but dislike social media, the endless amount of weird email offers from people who’ve obviously never read your blog and the endless pressure to Be Bigger, play the numbers game and the assumptions that it’s super easy. All you need is a website and the money just comes flooding it. It’s taken the really big pro-bloggers years and endless amounts of work (and some luck) to get where they are. Love this 🙂
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  6. March 30, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    yes, yes, yes! Love that you’re keeping it real here. I have to be honest – I LOVE blogging but there really is so much that I don’t love. Certain social media is most definitely my weakness, it’s just so time consuming! I also hate the endless trash I get in my inbox on a daily basis and the ongoing pressure to constantly post…and that people totally underestimate how much hard work goes into it. #coolmumclub xx

  7. March 30, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    What an epic post – I love New Mummy Blogs comment about having hundreds of rubbish photos on your phone. Yep. Guilty as charged!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub
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  8. March 30, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    There’s good and bad in everything, isn’t there?! I love Instagram, but I dislike Facebook and don’t really ‘get’ twitter (am I old now?!) so I find the social media side of things tough! #coolmumclub

  9. March 30, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Loving the honesty – this is a great new perspective. So many people seem to have the same worry of not being good enough or comparing themselves to others, it’s eye-opening! #coolmumclub
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  10. March 30, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I love blogging, posting just once a week, but I wouldn’t like it if I was posting more frequently than that. And I figure nobody has time to read my blog every day anyway!
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  11. March 31, 2017 / 7:00 am

    So glad I’m not alone in all these feelings. I had no idea when I started out just how time consuming it would all be or that the actual writing would take up such a small percentage of the actual work. It’s definitely something you need to love in order to keep going x
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  12. March 31, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Yes one hundred times to self-promotion! #coolmumclub

  13. March 31, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I’m a new blogger so this was really interesting to read! I’m already finding lots of time on social media (too much) and feeling pressure to succeed as a blogger.

  14. March 31, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    There are certainly a lot of ‘challenges’ the come with blogging. I really don’t self-promote much because I can’t be bothered. I always wish I had more readers but I don’t like the work required to get them. So I guess fair is fair! #BlogCrush
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  15. April 1, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Oh my word so many things on here that had me shouting “Yes that! Hate that!!” The “high quality content” emails – Gah! The fact that my entire photo feed is of the back of my kids head and I have none of their faces? Oops! The elation when that fudging SEO light finally turns green!! Like you though I am having to try and ration myself to just checking my social media accounts a couple of times a day as I’m sure that I could literally spend every waking minute responding to things otherwise. Brilliant post Sarah. Love it. #blogcrush x

  16. April 1, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Thanks for quoting me! I found nodding my head along to so many of these snippets – so many of my other pet peeves shared here too 🙂

  17. April 2, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Thank you for including me. It’s definitely not all roses, but thankfully it is most of the time and that is why we all love it. I think you quickly learn that you need to take a step back and get the balance right x
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  18. April 5, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Oh yes I can completely relate to all of this. I just cant keep up with social media, I seem to not have enough hours in a week to do everything I would like to do. It can be frustrating at times x #coolmumclub
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  19. April 5, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    love this post – so true xx

  20. April 6, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I agree with so many of these points. The thing I dislike the most about blogging is definitely all the post promotion, I just can’t be bothered with it..I would love for people to just magically find my blog and read all my posts haha. Really interesting to read what others don’t like about blogging xx #BlogCrush
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  21. April 7, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Some great points here. I have recently decided to step back with the social media and self promotion. I wasn’t enjoying it and was making blogging feel like a chore. I love blogging and don’t ever want it to feel like something I have to do as opposed to what I want to do #blogcrush
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