I often get asked about blogging, why I started and what inspires me to keep going. The truth is, blogging began as an outlet for my creativity and in turn ended up helping me cope during a difficult time in my life. There was a point when it became slightly borderline obsessive, now I am in a new stage of my life, blogging still plays a major part of day to day life however I have learnt a lot over the years and wanted to share it with you incase you were thinking of starting a blog yourself.
Have A Schedule
Having a blog schedule, be it loose or a full-blown spreadsheet of what you have coming up will help you keep on top what you want to share with your readers. I will admit, over the past few months my schedule has not been the best but it is something I am going to get back into.
People who do not blog may not understand it
Blogging takes up a lot of time, from taking pictures, writing the post, promoting it, answering emails and attending events. I remember it baffled my parents that I put so much effort into something which they didn’t see benefited me in anyway shape of form. In fact I am pretty sure they still think i am a bit crazy and it did hinder me a bit slightly but at the end of the day I am happy in this little space of the internet I have created and they now understand that.
Do not force it
Sometimes life gets in the way and you may not be in the mood to start writing or other things take precedence. For example in December I took some time off from creating videos and missed a couple of blogposts here and there for the first time in a while. I use to feel a lot of guilt when this happened but essentially I got over myself and realised it i ok to take the occasional break or miss blogpost here and there. Working full-time alongside blogging can be tiring so if you end up needing an evening off from the laptop, take it. You will come back rejuvenated.
If you are a content creator of any kind interacting with others either at events or online via social media is something you will occasionally delve into. How much or how little you do this is completely up to you. Em Sheldon has written a wonderful post about navigating social media in the world of blogging if you are looking for some handy tips. It is a fine line between dipping your toes in to it and letting overcome everything you do. My advice to stop it from getting overwhelming schedule what I call ‘social media time’ that way you do not end up loosing hours scrolling down your Instagram feed.
As you can tell, there is a lot more to the world of blogging than originally meets the eye so the main thing you need to make sure of is that you enjoy it. Even amongst some of the stress that blogging can bring, you should enjoy it.
Blogging is one f the best things I have done and I wouldn’t change it for the world.