When I first started blogging, I’m not sure what I was really expecting to get out of it.
I think I just wanted an outlet to express myself. Something that I was in control over and something that I could write how I wanted to. My own thing.
What I have found is that blogging has become so much more than just *MY* space. LOL. MySpace. #NeverForget
Okay, but it all seriousness, I never knew just how large the community was. Yes, it is very saturated. So many girls (and guys) are hustling and hoping this is their big break.
There are the passionate writers who just want to put their two-cents in (that’s me!). There are the fashion bloggers and mommy bloggers, craft bloggers and foodie bloggers. The list can go on and on.
There is even a niche for Disney bloggers where people just get paid to go to Disney World and blog about their days there, the new things they tried, etc. Uhhh, can you say goals?
The people I have met since starting my blog has made it worth it on its own. There are people I would have NEVER met if I didn’t force myself to go out of my comfort zone and connect with others.
My advice to beginners
If I had to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to start a blog, I would say don’t start one just to make an income or get free things from sponsored posts. In fact, that rarely comes, especially not in the beginning.
As I said, blogging is a very saturated market right now.
In this day and age, people are starting a blog left and right. ANYONE can start a blog. You don’t even have to learn how to code anything anymore. It has become incredibly easy.
And after seeing all these bloggers post articles like “I quit my CORPORATE job to start blogging full-time and now make six figures a year,” well, they make it sound so easy, a caveman could do it.
But that is FAR from easy.
People think they can start a blog, become an instant hit and start raking in the money. But they don’t understand how HARD it is to actually get your name out there, get views on your site, etc etc etc.
I can tell you right now, you most likely will NOT become an instant hit. And if you don’t muster up the courage to start promoting your blog to your friends and family, well, your viewings will be pretty low. You can’t just hope someone comes along and shares your blog post and you become an instant success. It’s just not going to happen.
And, if you are thinking about blogging to get free things, you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons. In result, your content will suck, you won’t gain readers and you will get burnt out very fast because it’s not coming as fast as you had hoped. Womp, womp.
To blog, you have to WANT to blog. Not WANT money, to get paid vacations or become famous.
IF you want to become a successful blogger, and perhaps quit your day job and work for yourself and be a boss (NOT a girl boss, I cringe), I would say consistency is the key.
Also, build your brand and your platform, figure out what YOU are all about (seriously, stop mimicking the successful bloggers and be yourself).
Figure out a schedule and stick with that, if it will help you be more accountable. This is actually what I am about to start doing. Sometimes life gets in the way. I forget about my blog or I say “I’m too busy” when I am really watching Netflix and chillin’ on the couch.
If I have nothing that I think is worthwhile in telling, I don’t blog because I don’t want filler posts. I don’t want my posts to be boring. And I don’t want to make them seem like a job that I dislike having and I’m only doing it because I HAVE to.
And to end this off with how I started … blogging is so much more than just my site where I am able to freely speak about whatever. It’s community and trust. It’s coming together to support one another. And seriously, the support and friendships I have built (even in just the few months that I have been live) has been immense and completely worth it on its own.
Ultimately, yes, blogging has become so easy. Anyone can start one … but can anyone keep it up? In my opinion, I am going to have to say it’s a HARD no. People think it’s easy to create content. It’s easy to write. It’s easy to get your name out there… and it’s not easy. Not at all. Honestly, it’s like I another full time job that I am not getting paid for.
So, are you up for the challenge?