There’s new bloggers joining the scene every day and who can blame them?! Making new friends from all over the world, working with your favourite brands, having a platform to express your creativity and talk about things you’re truly passionate about. Why wouldn’t they? Blogging can seem like this magical, perfect world upon first impression but like every community, there will always be negatives in the blogging world some of which we simply can’t avoid. I’m sure most of us were a bit naïve and blindsided to the down sides of blogging when we first started (or even after years of doing it!) – I know I was. So for all the newer bloggers in da house, here’s a list of things you should be aware of when starting your blogging venture.
1. You won’t get along with everyone: you just won’t. It’s literally impossible. Did you get along with every singe person you went to school with? Every single person you’ve ever worked with? No, probably not. You’re not going to see eye-to-eye with everyone you meet in the blogging community and guess what? That’s fine! With so many people doing the same thing, personalities are bound to clash. So you do you, they can do them and you can both get on with it peacefully.
2. On the same subject, you’ll probably get caught up in Twitter drama once or twice: you’re going to say something someone else takes offence to. Someone else is going to say something you deeply don’t agree with. When people are so passionate about things, it’s easy for a discussion to escalate into an argument but if you get caught up in it, don’t worry. It will pass and a week from then, no one will even remember it.
3. You will experience creative and writing blocks: we all do. There will be weeks where you can’t think of a single idea for a blog post. There will be days where everything you write sounds stupid and ridiculous and there will be times where you cannot string a sentence together for the life of you. But again, these times will pass. If it happens, step back, take a break, don’t think about it and don’t force creativity.
4. You’ll get jealous of other bloggers: with so many amazing, talented bloggers out there, how can you not feel jealous from time to time? Jealousy is a very normal feeling and as long as the jealousy doesn’t turn into bitterness and you handle it in the right way, there’s nothing shameful about being jealous of other bloggers. But it will happen. It happens to the best of them, kid.
5. You will want to give up: blogging is bloody hard, don’t let anyone tell you differently and there will be times where the hard work just seems futile and you will want to close your blog down and pretend the whole thing never happened. Stats aren’t where you want them to be? Twitter followers aren’t increasing? You’re not getting opportunities like other people? Gurl, we’ve been there. Stick with it. Hard work pays off.
6. You’ll probably be approached by sleazy brands: this is where you need to know your worth. And don’t let people say any different. There are some incredible brands out there who work exceptionally well with bloggers. But… for every amazing brand, there’s a sleazy one right around the corner trying to take advantage of you. Research brand etiquette before agreeing to anything. If they want you to buy their products for a product review or their not willing to pay for a sponsored post, don’t do it!