I have been blogging for about 10 months now. The majority of the time I have loved doing it but there have been a few times I felt a little down about my blog and blogging in general. Since I have been sharing a lot with you, I thought I would tell you about my ups and downs of blogging too.
1. The moment when someone tells you they love your blog
The moment a stranger contacts you via email or social media just to tell you how great your blog is, is absolutely one of the best feelings in the world. It still surprises me that strangers, people from all over the world, visit my blog. When I started blogging I never imagined that even a 100 people would enjoy reading what I had to say. I am so thankful and humbled by your support. Thank you!
2. Improving your blog and photography skills
There is a learning process to blogging. Even though I have been blogging for almost 10 months I learn something new every day. And that is a great plus to me. I learn from you, my readers. I learn from other bloggers. And I learn from myself, I get to know my own strengths and weaknesses. For example, I had to buy a DSLR for university but never really got enough lessons to actually be great at it. Blogging has improved my photography skills so much!
3. The support of other bloggers
When I started blogging, I could have never imagined that so many bloggers would be there to support me. They are there to cheer me up when I am feeling down about blogging or to help me out when I have a blogging-related question. Most bloggers are super supportive and I cannot thank them enough. I hope that I will be able to meet more bloggers in real life soon!
4. The challenge of blogging in another language
You probably know English is not my first language. I am from Belgium and speak Dutch/Flemish. Blogging in another language is a big challenge and I love it. Even though my English is pretty good, there is always room for improvement. Blogging is a great way to improve your English. Are you thinking of starting a blog but are you a bit put off because your English is not perfect? Just take a chance and do it. Start a blog! It will not be as easy as blogging in your own language but it is worth it.
5. Getting to know people from all over the world
Blogging is not bound to one country. People from countries all over the world read blogs or are bloggers themselves. Blogging often brings different cultures together. We live miles apart but can still talk to each other and feel connected. When I look at my blog stats I see that people from countries such as China, Pakistan and Brazil visit my blog. It is such a humbling feeling that people from all over the world read my little Belgian blog. Again, a big thank you!
1. The technical issues you just cannot solve on your own
Technical problems can put a huge damper on blogging. When I have been working on something for days (sometimes even weeks) and it suddenly gets erased, I get really disappointed. Most of the times the problem is out of my own hands. You just have to wait and hope it gets fixed in a few hours. And when it doesn’t, I sometimes wonder if blogging is really worth it. Especially when I think about all the effort I put into it.
2. Money issues
Blogging comes, jut like most other hobbies, with a price tag. That tag can differ from blog to blog but most of us will need to give at least a certain amount of money to it. When you have to buy your own domain name and hosting for example. And because your blog means so much to you, you want it to be the best it can be. There will be times you just cannot afford to fix that blog problem or get that design you have had your eye on. And you feel like you are letting your readers (and yourself) down.
3. Comparing your blog to other blogs
I try not to compare my blog to other blogs that much. But there have been times in the past that I did. And again, I felt like my blog was not good enough. That I let you guys down again. And I know I should not feel this way because it probably is not true. But being insecure about my blog is something I need to work on. I am a perfectionist and I always want to be the best that I can be.
I always want to improve and a lot of times that is a good thing. However, sometimes you just need to be happy with what you have created. And that is hard for me. Maybe one day I can say ‘I am genuinely happy with this post that I have created’. One day, maybe.
I hope this post paints a more realistic picture of what blogging really is like. I am being very honest here because I do not want people to think that blogging is all cupcakes and rainbows. That said, I still love blogging and am not thinking of stopping. The ups are definitely the best part of this journey.
I love you guys,