Among my immediate circle (family and friends) there are no bloggers. In my immediate circle I don’t even have anyone that has their own business or website where they may have even a tiny idea of what blogging is all about.
This year as I’ve been working through some transitions and working through the EBA, I have been sharing with my people about my desire to blog full time and what I’m doing to get there. I have noticed that noone seems to “get it” and therefor they don’t seem to take what I’m trying to do seriously. Even my own husband tends to joke about what I’m doing instead of take it seriously.
While I don’t blame B or anyone else for their lack of understanding, it does leave me with a lot of self-doubt when it comes to working toward these new dreams. I guess to those that don’t understand, the idea of writing these regular posts and putting them on a website seems like a meaningless thing to do.
The month of August marks my 6th month of blogging here at Twig and White. It is also the longest I have stuck to a blog consistently, so while it may not seem like much to you, it’s a really big deal to me. I’m more sure than ever that I want to be here so I’m committed to making it work.
Over these six months, I have learned more than I have in years of trying blogs in the past. I still don’t feel like I have much to show for it but I refuse to give up. I have realized during this time that while there are some really great things about blogging, there are also some down sides that I find myself putting too much weight on sometimes. I realize that if I’m having these issues then maybe you are too, so I thought that I could share some of those with you today.
Pro: Blogging provides a place to share ideas or help others in some way.
I have always sought out jobs where I felt like I was working toward a greater good or doing something that had actual meaning for someone else. Blogging does that and for me, it also allows me to have that creative outlet that I crave. I get the best of both worlds in that I can help someone by providing my knowledge and experience in business or life. I can also inspire others out there with my story or projects.
Con: Blogging can be very lonely.
When your blog is new and you don’t have a lot of content and no followers, it can feel like you are completely alone and noone is listening. For most bloggers, blogging is a solo thing so working alone on everything from planning, to writing to all the promoting, can be a very lonely thing.
When you don’t have people in your life that understand what you are doing, trying to talk to others about what you are doing seems like a foreign language and can also feel very isolating and lonely.
Pro: Blogging allows for the creation and growth for an online community.
I just love and so admire reading blogs that have an active community. I’m honestly a bit envious too at how these blogger have actually built real, true friendships through their blogs. As someone who has not had many friends in my life, blogging seems like such a great way to build a community with like-minded people that actually care.
Con: Blogging Can be a lot of work and little to no reward.
I can say from experience that I spend hours and hours every week doing everything from planning, scheduling, writing, editing, shooting, shopping, and a million other things for a blog that has not one follower, one comment or made even a penny but I keep doing it because I know my people are out there. I know I have something valuable to share and maybe eventually I will know how to niche down and really reach those people that want what I have to say.
Pro: Blogging has the potential to provide a healthy income.
I am blown away daily by the success of some bloggers that make 10K to more than 100K in a month from their blogs! I can’t even wrap my mind around that fact. While I really don’t have any expectations of ever making that much profit from my blogging business, there are many bloggers out there that have made enough through their blogging business that they could leave their full time job or retire their spouse so that they could have a better life. The potential is there for a great business and to me that is encouraging. Making a living doing something you love is really the best thing I could imagine.
Con: Blogging can lead to a lot of comparison and self doubt.
I struggle with this more and more. I have watched fellow EBA classmates launch their blog and in one day have 1000+ email subscribers or after two months of blogging have 20K page views each month. Maybe I missed something and I feel like a failure when I think about my six months being six months in and nowhere near those numbers. Reminding myself that I am on my own journey unlike anyone else, is a daily thing. Some days are harder than others but my determination keeps me going.
Blogging isn’t for everyone and to be a blogger means you have to have lots of motivation and determination but doesn’t being good at anything require the same thing? Whether you are a full time blogger, just starting out or thinking of getting started, understanding that wins and losses are going to happen but with persistence and patience, you will find your own success too!