Hey all! I wanna take this Sunday to just relax and talk about running a blog. What it’s like, how I got started, the trials and tribulations, and the fun stuff! This is more of an insight type of post. I’ve been doing this for almost 3 years and I believe I have a pretty solid grasp on how this stuff works. If you’re interested in being a blogger, then maybe this is something you want to read 🙂
First things first, let me tell you that blogging ain’t easy. Let me repeat, this sh*t ain’t easy. All these fabulous bloggers will thousands and millions of subbies, didn’t get them overnight. Just like all the vloggers you see on YouTube didn’t become well known overnight. You have to invest a good amount of time and even money to get to that level, otherwise you’ll remain stagnant.
When I started blogging, I did it just for fun. I enjoyed talking about makeup, fashion, and pop culture. I wasn’t trying to get paid. I wasn’t trying to become famous. I just love writing and I enjoyed sharing my thoughts. It wasn’t until a few months ago, that I became serious about branding my blog so it can become something even bigger than me. With that goal in mind, I was reminded that blogging isn’t easy, especially when you have to do other stuff with your time. A good amount of my time is taken up by brainstorming, researching, writing, editing, scheduling, and taking photos. The hardest is brainstorming because you need to come up with QUALITY CONTENT. It doesn’t matter if you’re posting every day because you can be posting daily and no one cares to read what you’re throwing out there. You want to make sure you’re writing about something that people actually want to read and something that’s not redundant or too unoriginal. Writing and editing is self explanatory. The photography aspect of it can be aggravating! In the beginning, I was rarely using my own photos. Google and Tumblr were my besties. However, I realized that all these huge bloggers were using their own photos. So, I decided to pull out my handy dandy iPhone because I was a broke ass college student who didn’t have hundreds to put on a professional camera. Luckily, my momma bought me a camera for Christmas and I’ve been able to take my own photos :). Still, the camera can be a little tricky because of lighting and numerous other settings.
Now that you know what blogging generally consists of, let’s talk about getting followers. Now, I’m no pro blogger. Let me say this, I still need to work and hustle. This isn’t a full time job for me. Blogging can’t possibly be a full time job unless you’re getting tons and tons of traffic consistently. When you’re getting noticed consistently, that’s when sponsorships and offers start rolling in. How do you get noticed? You guessed it, SOCIAL MEDIA. This is the age that we live in. Every thing that’s news worthy is on social media. So you have to promote, promote, promote. Most importantly, be PATIENT. ProFreshStyle, The Blonde Salad, Cupcakes and Cashmere, MelRod Style, Vanilla Extract, etc didn’t get the amount of followers they have in a day, month, not even in a year. It takes work and patience! If you not about that life, then blogging may just be a hobby for you. However, if you’re interested in your blog becoming bigger than you then keep at it. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Analyze your stats and see what people want to read. Once again, it’s also about quality content.
Moving on to the fun side of blogging, getting feedback. I love when people comment saying that one of my posts helped them. I love when a company sees a review I wrote on their product and shares it on their social media. I love being offered free products too! I mean who doesn’t? It may not happen all the time, but it shows me that people actually enjoy reading what I have to say and to me there’s nothing really better than that. Who doesn’t like feeling that their being heard? *crickets* Exactly because that feeling is amazing! I can honestly say while this blogging journey has had it’s rough moments, I can’t see myself ever stopping.
I hope this post gave you some insight on what it’s like being a blogger and how you got to go hard if it’s something you’re passionate about! If you have any questions, feel free to comment 🙂