When I started blogging in early November of 2016, the main reason was to fill the void of living alone. Sometimes I felt lonely, depressed, bored and a lot of other mixed emotions. In order to curb the situation I decided to adopt a new hobby that turned out to be blogging.
At first I was skeptical about putting myself out there in front of a bunch of people that I did not know. But as time went by I realized there were far more people in the world who Blog as a career. Realising that I wasn’t going to be alone on this new journey, it gave me a sense of hope.
Four months later, I began feeling overwhelmed about a lot of things, for instance:
- having my blog look a particular way
- selecting a niche
- coming up with relevant topics that would interest readers and
- finding ways of monetising my blog etc
There came a time when I had hit an all time low and took a break from it all. Re-prioritized my life and came up with the best tips for managing a blog part time. Every now and again I have to revisit this list to remind myself why I started blogging in the first place.
Here are some of the challenges I have faced over the past four months as a Blogger:
The Most Annoying Things About Blogging
Coming up with and choosing a topic
After deciding on a topic the next step is having to come up with a catchy heading. Knowing fully well that regardless of the topic I chose, there are millions of people who have already written about it. Figuring out other ways of imparting the same information that is already on the internet is a tough job.
This forced me to be creative and think outside the box. Sharing a personal experience can help someone to relate or learn from my mistakes and I believe this personal touch is what helps me stand out from the crowd.
Writing a bomb-ass post and having no one to read or comment
It is pointless spending time putting out the best content on your blog then no one reads it. Some people don’t even know that I exist in this little space on the internet. Despite of how great I think my posts were, it was almost completely a waste of time hoping someone would stumble across my page.
More time was definitely needed to be spent on promoting than writing. This also included creating accounts on almost every possible social media platform that exist, whether I liked it or not.
Being asked by Brands to do sponsored work in exchange for free or discounted products
Some Brands approach you to work for them with the expectation that you work for free. Although it is nice to receive free or discounted products, it would be much more appreciated to be paid on par with the quality of work produced.
Maybe they underestimate how much work goes into blogging.
So as much as I am new to blogging and would love to add to my portfolio, I know my worth.
Branding my content and blog
This is an area in which I am struggling as I still do not have it settled in my mind how I want my blog to look. However, I really enjoy reading other Blogs and admiring how well put-together and colour-themed everything is. As I said earlier in this post, I didn’t take blogging too seriously until now finding out how important all of these stuff were.
For now, I am going to stick to a simple theme with menus so that my readers can easily navigate. The importance of having a theme across my blog and social media accounts is important but it adds to my annoyance. Especially trying to make all my Instagram pictures look uniformed.
Having to take professional photographs
As much as I enjoy taking photographs, ensuring that they are of a certain standard for my blog can be tiresome at times. Especially when it comes to editing them I usually have to set aside an entire day to do so. My iphone 6s camera takes great photos but it was still not where I wanted them to be.
Therefore I had to invest in a DSLR camera.
Scheduling posts to my social media accounts seems like the hardest thing to do. Although it is recommend to post often to different platforms, I have not been able to keep up with this.
Reviewing Google Analytics
For the life of me I just do not get analytics other than the basics such as number of users visited, sessions, bounce rate, demographics and gender. A lot of people say in order to improve your blog time should be spent reading, understanding and making adjustments according to the results.
Sometime in the near future I do hope to overcome most of these challenges if not all, and have everything figured out where my blog is concerned. But for now I just wanted to air some of my pet peeves when it comes to blogging.
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Are you a Blogger? What are some challenges you encounter?