Do you work from your sofa, couch, balcony or kitchen? You must be a blogger!
Being a full-time blogger is seen to be a relaxing job. They say bloggers don’t have to follow routines set by others, bloggers are free to work from anywhere, bloggers are lazy people. But, let me tell you in clear words that blogging is a normal job and it requires, even more, dedication than a normal day job. The only difference is that you do this job on your own will.
Being a full-time blogger myself, and of course, a woman, I know how it has to be and how it actually turns out. I’m not married yet, so I don’t have major responsibilities at home to address by the end of the day. But, I know a lot of women bloggers who are doing this along with taking care of their family and all the house chores. They really have a hard time doing it and, at the same time, are doing it well.
I’m not going to say that the biggest struggle a blogger goes through is “What should I write?” I won’t say that because you’ve already guessed it. And, you’re right, totally!
If you are struggling with how to open the first paragraph of your next blog article, you should go through this article first.
Here are some points where almost everyone struggles being a blogger.
1. Bloggers can’t escape the strict ROUTINE
Bloggers have to follow a routine that specifies what should be the theme of their next article and when it should be published. They just cannot break the routine because it’s their uncle’s birthday.
Yes, bloggers mostly have this liberty of making their own schedule, but here comes the difficult part. They make their own schedules so tight-packed that it becomes suffocating sometimes and finally they have to include breathing as one of the tasks for the day. Now you’ll say, “a good blogger sets achievable goals.” But, my dear, in the first place, while penning down the schedule, she thinks about everything important to her blog. It seems possible as well. But she really has to strive hard to follow her own set routine.
2. Bloggers can’t go on long VACATIONS
They cannot afford to be on long holidays. The ones who do, have got an alternative to their presence to manage the situation.
Long vacation means she may or may not get good internet at all the times. She might not be able to get away from the family around and friends outside, just to attend to her blog. Nah, blogging is just not the thing for long vacations.
But, yeah, travel bloggers and photobloggers can do it because their blog is all about vacations. They can still publish their photographs by the end of the day, sometimes.
In all other cases, bloggers can’t just break their routine because of silly vacation. Therefore, only short vacations are allowed.
3. Bloggers can’t keep track of TIME
And this one’s a fact. If you’re a blogger, you’ll understand! She’ll make a list of to-do’s from morning to night keeping, for example, 3 hours to write a post. When she finally sits at it, the mere blog posts becomes about researching, reading, writing, editing, formatting, searching images, editing images, drafting, publishing and sharing on social media. And this stuff takes time, she knows, still, this happens every time every day with her.
Keeping track of time when you’re a blogger is a real struggle. You, not only have to write and publish and other tasks mentioned above, but also have to respond to emails, work with certain clients, if you have any.
4. Bloggers deal with a lot of STRESS
Blogging is a load of work. It’s not only about writing something in a post and publishing as mentioned before, but also so many other tasks. Most of the time things aren’t completed on time and this leads to frustration. It starts feeling like a burden you cannot carry.
Hey, I don’t want to demotivate you on blogging. I’m telling what actually happens, and not to ignore that this stress catches everyone who has a job of any kind.
5. Bloggers have to keep up with the CHANGE
Blogging industry has trends that keep changing. If you read something today about the things that matter in the blogging world, they might not be completely true after some months from now. As a blogger, you have to keep yourself updated inch by inch.
Bloggers have readers whose interests keep shifting. You have to keep pace with the kind of content that is liked and disliked by your readers.
6. Bloggers have to keep reading ALWAYS
When not writing or planning, bloggers have to read. It’s like water for bloggers. You have to have a lot of information about everything. Whatever you read might not usually convert to a blog post but it has to be done to fill the gap that develops between you and the trends.
You can have a mom blog but read about politics and sports. Your posts will get affected positively in the long run. Reading ultimately becomes a habit she can’t come out of. If nothing, you’ll find her hooked to a novel. Sometimes she will also fight with herself to work on the blog and read.
7. Bloggers have to work ALONE
Now, most of the times bloggers don’t have a team. Even if they have, they actually do their work in a secluded region of their house. It’s lonely. No one around. Keeping the mouth shut the whole day, she goes crazy and starts finding her passion for signing just to listen to her voice. Ouch! Just kiddin’.
8. Bloggers have to explain their jobs REPEATEDLY
I just hate this. You meet your friends, parents or anybody and just wait till they ask you “What do you do?” I mean, it’s next to torture. They’ll never understand and accept that you’re actually blogging.
You’ll be forced to say something else also to satisfy them. I don’t, but they make you feel like that. Visit someone and try to avoid this discussion, because next time again you’ll have to explain what you do.
9. Bloggers never feel SATISFIED
It’s never enough for a blogger. Sometimes her article will boom and other times only a housefly will visit her article. Even if she gives her 20 hours to work on that article, she will never feel it’s enough.
Blogging industry is quite uncertain sometimes and she makes it more complicated with her thoughts. She’ll try to match the top bloggers in her niche and always remain in the process of motivating herself to do better.
10. Bloggers are always worried about MONETIZATION
This is quite a big concern for bloggers. Money is something bloggers can’t tell just one source for. They have so many ways from where they can expect money flow but again that is not consistent. It’s a matter of concern sometimes for the beginners. Even they themselves don’t know from where and how much will they get in their pockets by the month end. So, just think about the hard time they have to go through when dealing with their parents telling that they’ll manage the money. Although, they have no idea how!
Struggles have been there, and will always be there. But, I don’t think any of these should stop you. These are challenges and we’ll have to fight and just keep going.
Because… Blogging is cool.
Cheers to all the bloggers! \m/