There’s something a lot of professional bloggers might not be telling you. With all the images of jet-setting, gifts, delicious food and busy lifestyles it can be easy to assume bloggers have the ideal lifestyle- little do you know there’s another less attractive side to the whole thing! Don’t get me wrong, if you can make it to a professional level there is so much to love about blogging full-time; creativity, freedom, owning your own business and being able to do what you love are all brilliant upsides. However the day to day realities of full time blogging probably aren’t talked about enough.
Can you relate to any of the following?
You Can End Up Spending a Lot of Time Alone
I don’t know about you, but I am rubbish at being on my own. I find it really hard to motivate myself and find myself procrastinating within minutes of sitting down! Luckily, the Bloggers’ Lounge is based in an office in Soho so we have plenty of people around us to keep us motivated- but if you go professional with your personal blog this will not be the case. There is a mountain of work that goes into maintaining a blog full time- and you’ll be doing it all, at least at the start! If you have close friends in the blogging world that can really help, as you can support each other. But the fact is, the majority of your work will be done sitting at your work space at home…..alone!
You Spend the Majority of Your Time Looking at a Computer Screen
An obvious one….or is it? Plenty of people first get attracted to blogging when they see other bloggers doing fun things like going on trips, attending events and finding fun locations to shoot outfit posts. What isn’t shown on their blogs, are the hours spent sat at a computer after the photo-shoot. All those photos need to be edited, text needs to be written and things have to be scheduled. The experience behind a blog post, be it shopping, going out to eat or going abroad, is just the tip of the iceberg. The real time is spent sitting in-front of a laptop working, and making that experience into something digestible for your readers.
You Never Really Stop Working
This is true of everyone who’s self-employed. You can try to allocate yourself working hours, but the truth is your blog will become so personal to you it’ll be very hard to stick to these. I can promise you you’ll find yourself checking your emails at 10pm to see if that PR has got back to you, or having a look at Google Analytics before bed to see how your traffic is coming along. When you’re so invested in your work, this is just something you’re going to have to come to terms with; the working day never stops!
So there you have it, just a few of the unglamorous sides to running a blog professionally. But despite it all, we’ve never met a blogger that doesn’t love what they do!!
How do you cope with the less exciting side of blogging? Let us know in the comments below!