The thing about blogging is that we’re led to believe that bloggers are perfect. Before I started my own blog, I would read blogs and think the blogger had an incredible life by always wearing the nicest outfits and going to interesting places. Now I know that’s not true. We only show the best parts of our lives or even stage things to make a picture look better and more presentable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown everything off my desk to snap a quick picture and then dumped it all in a pile on the floor. The pile doesn’t make it into the Instagram photo, but the mess is still there. Bloggers make it look easy and effortless, but in reality, that’s not true. There’s a whole part of blogging that usually isn’t shown on the blog and today I want to share that. This is what it’s actually like being a blogger.
As a blogger, you have to be willing to put in quite a bit of time. That means making trade-offs. Instead of going out with my friends, I sometimes decline and decide to stay in so I can get my post up on time. It means I have to mass produce posts when I’m going away or have a busy week ahead. For example, this week I have commitments that will keep me busy from 7am to 8pm every day. The time flies by and I end up being lost in all the things I need to do, so I have to schedule posts ahead of time if I don’t want the blog to go dark.
That brings me to my next point: being a blogger also means you have to prioritize. Schoolwork always comes first for me, but then when you bring your social life, family, free time, extracurriculars, and blogging into the mix, you have to figure out what is most important to you. I think this is probably one of the most important things about being a blogger– you have to stay balanced. Have you ever seen those triangles where one point says sleep, another says school, and the last one says social life, and it tells you that you can only pick two? It’s like that, but in reality, there’s more than three things you have to juggle in your life, even if you’re not a blogger. You have to figure out what your priorities are in order to get anything done.
Being active on social media is a big part of blogging. Yes, we’re all shameless self-promoters, but hey– what works, works. Although the social media activity of a blogger consists of raving over red Starbucks cups, cute stationery, and a ton of blog promo, there’s a community of its own among the to-do lists and sale excitement. The blogging community is something absolutely incredible. I’ve met so many amazing bloggers that just get it. They’re people I can relate with and connect with. Being a blogger may mean you’re obsessive with your social media and promoting your posts, but along with that is also meeting new people and branching out.
There’s also a huge learning curve for being a blogger. I find I’m always learning new things. Maybe it’s about SEOs or Google Analytics or MailChimp, but I’m finding out new things to help me grow my brand. Lately I’ve been watching webinars and looking into mini-courses for creating a successful blog. I’m looking for new information that can help me reach my fullest potential.
Explaining to someone what you do and why you do it can sometimes be awkward and nerve-wracking. It took me over a year to tell my friends about my blog. I used to block people that go to my school on my blog’s social media so they wouldn’t find it. But over time, I realized I shouldn’t care. When I told my friends about it, they told me it was something really cool and not something to be ashamed of. One friend told me she wasn’t that surprised because she felt like I was the kind of person who would have a blog. And eventually, I realized it shouldn’t matter if people I know find my blog. This is something I should be proud of and unapologetic about. Being a blogger means having the confidence to put yourself out there.
Although being a blogger can be stressful at times, it’s worth it. Yes, it may be totally tedious to run back and forth from behind the camera to in front of it perfecting a shot, or spending way too much time trying to get a great backdrop. But it brings a whole new type of joy when someone comments on a post telling you they enjoyed it, because it means you’re creating content that people love. (Bonus: you love it, too!) You’re blogging because you love it, even though it’s sometimes hard. And you know what they say: nothing worth having comes easy. So you do it. You snap a million pictures of your latte art and make everyone groan when you say, “Wait, one more picture!” Being a blogger means you do what you love, no matter how difficult it is or what anyone thinks about it, because it’s worth it in the end.
Rebecca blogs at Sunny Rebecca and is a member of The Blogger Collective.