you may or may not know, but july is my blogiversary month. that’s why i decided to focus this month on everything related to blogging, and end it with my blogiversary post (july 31st).
when i started my blog, i never imagined that it would be…this. i was faced so many surprising things, and let me tell you, i was pretty surprised.
so without further ado, here are seven things i wish i knew before starting a blog.
one: blogging takes a lot of your time. A LOT.
i thought before starting that i’d only need a little time every week to write a blog post (or two, i was overly optimistic). and man, how wrong i was. blogging took EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF TIME AND ENERGY I HAD. during the school year i barely have time to brush my hair. coming up with post ideas + drafting + revising ended up taking much more time than i had imagined.
there also was a time last year when i could post new content every three days? how was i even able to do that? i probably posted some pretty short unedited garbage content lol. now i can barely manage one great post per month (i’m working on that, promise).
two: it takes a long time to build a follower base for your blog
did i think people will come to my blog like a flood, that i’d start getting so many notifications that my phone/computer will stop working properly, as soon as i hit the “publish” button for my first post?
i’ve seen many youtubers/bloggers/internet people say that it took time for them to have that many followers, but i never really realized how true that was until i started my own blog. it takes effort and perseveration and TIMETIMETIME to get followers and feedback. you can’t avoid the feeling of uselessness, like you’re talking to a wall. there will be very little, if not zero interaction on your blog during the first weeks. this isn’t to tear newbie bloggers down, no. it’s just to tell them to keep going, and to keep on keeping in on*.
*this is from the song KEEP ON KEEPING ON, by travie mccoy featuring brendon urie.
three: you’ll eventually have to tell your parent(s)/tutor(s) (and family)
i know people who never told or asked their parent or tutor about their blog, and the sad truth is that, unless they’re super good at keeping their secrets, they’ll have to, eventually. i know you’re shy, and there’s a chance that they won’t approve, but at least give it a try. it’s really important to have your parent/tutor’s support. it helps so much.
(i’m not forcing you, by the way. it’s always your choice.)
i mean it’ll be a little suspicious anyway, like, why are you typing on your keyboard so much?
four: i constantly have to cope with my parents fangirling every time a known person/artist (it has to be authors for me) reach out to me for a review copy of their work.
and it’s an amazingly embarassing moment. my mom LITERALLY fangirls every time i tell her someone will be sending me a a review copy of a book. she also tells everyone to check out my blog, and while it’s awkward, i really like it.
five: blogging is actually HARD.
i mean, it’s not always a piece of cake. and i wish it was. i used to think that i’ll sit in front of the computer, write for one hour straight, the words just coming at me from heaven and me always knowing what to say next. reality hit me like a truck. it actually takes me at least three sittings to draft a post, revise it, and make all the graphics.
i really don’t know how some bloggers can post every other day. where is the time? where do the ideas come from? how are you this fast? don’t you procrastinate? i feel so productive when i post once a week or once every two weeks.
six: hiatus, blogging slumps are crutial parts of the blogger’s life
you can’t just start blogging and never take a break. there will be times where you won’t feel like blogging, and it’ll be totally okay. breaks are actually really good to think about yourself, do other things, and find the will to come back. and if you’ve been blogging for more than a year and have never experienced the blogging slump…you’re some supernatural being, man.
seven: i’ll eventually have to stop
i know deep down that i still refuse to accept it, but i’m also 100% sure that i’ll have to stop blogging someday. maybe it’ll be because i wouldn’t have time, or i wouldn’t be interested anymore, but unless i start making money from this later in life, this blog will eventually come to its end. let’s hope it’s not soon though.
so yeah, these were the things i wish i knew before i began blogging. reality is completely different from what i imagined, blogging-wise. but while i wish i knew these things before, i learned many things thanks to these expectations, does that make sense?