Three Difficult Lessons For Bloggers To Learn

difficult lessons for bloggers

As I type up this post, I am dosed up on cold and flu meds, wrapped in a blanket cardigan and there are loud fireworks outside. The shockingly bad photo above was quickly put together with the shreds of energy I have so…my bad.

I’ve been meaning to put this post together for a long time now, and it sat in my drafts as a blank post for at least a month – maybe even two. So what took me so long? Well I’ll have to share lesson one with you to answer that…

Lesson #1: Blogging won’t always come naturally to you

Perhaps one of the hardest lessons for bloggers is dealing with blogger’s block. It’s a real bitch. A lot of us will try and force it so that we have content going up on our blogs regularly. I know I have before. It doesn’t feel good to post something you’re not 100% happy with, but it does relieve some of the pressure that we put on ourselves to upload.

Sometimes the ideas just don’t come to you. You try desperately to find some inspiration from other blogs, but it just feels like copying. As much as we hate to admit it, we don’t want to wait until inspiration strikes again, because we’re afraid we might have a drop in readership, as people will stop coming back to a blog that isn’t consistent.

But y’know what? They will. I’ve found the key is to promote older content whilst you’re taking breaks. Share posts on your social media that people may not have read before. I still get comments on posts from month’s ago, even if I haven’t posted any new content for a few weeks.

Lesson #2: We’ll always compare

Comparison is the thief of joy, as they say. But to not compare your blog to other blogs is not an easy feat. In fact, I think it’s near enough impossible. Even if we are not in competition, of course we are going to look up to other bloggers and their content – and sometimes that sucks because we feel we can’t live up to it.

<Insert cheesy phrase about being a unique snowflake>. Whilst yes, our blog’s are unique to us, there is probably a recipe for success that makes bigger bloggers more successful. You just have to make that decision yourself as to whether you want to try and work that recipe out, or crack on as you are.

Instead of comparing ourselves negatively, we should be trying to find the similarities and to learn lessons from other bloggers. If we want our blogs to grow, then looking at bigger bloggers and how they do it is pretty much required reading.

Lesson #3: It isn’t always as it seems

You know when you see stunning blog photos and Instagram posts and you’re just full of envy? Sucks, right? But a lot of those well stylised photos are very meticulously put together in very strategic positions. Believe it or not, very few people’s homes look like a Pinterest wet dream. I know, right? Shocker!

Plus, what we sometimes forget is that some people have more time than others to make their pictures perfect and pristine. Not all bloggers are juggling a full time job with a hefty commute. Some are, and still manage and that’s great. But you are you, and I am me and we can’t force ourselves to try and find more time and energy for that perfect IG snap. We’ll burn out and no longer enjoy blogging as a hobby.

So you see – of course there are difficult lessons for bloggers to learn, but it shouldn’t put us off doing something we love.

We should just adapt to the inevitable feelings and frustrations that come with blogging in order to overcome them.

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12 Comments

  1. November 30, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I can definitely relate to all of these. I’ve started to skip days here and there, where I used to just force content, because a) forcing content that you’re not 100% happy with doesn’t feel good and b) I’ve realised people will come back, even if you take a week off. At the end of the day, I always want blogging to be fun for me, and if it isn’t then I’m doing something wrong!

    • Cat
      December 1, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Couldn’t agree more!

  2. December 1, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    All of this, it’s so hard not to compare yourself, but it’s definitely good to learn from others. I’m struggling on the blogging front, I can do youtube, but blogging is harder, slowly getting there though so that’s something. I hope you’re feeling better!

    Honestly Aine

    • Cat
      December 1, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      I am struggling on both fronts – especially Youtube! I find that takes a lot more time and energy but coming up with YT video ideas is easier for some reason than blog post ideas!

  3. January 7, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Great post! Sometimes after months of non-stop blogging and then getting a block I forget that it sometimes just isn’t natural to blog effortlessly and endlessly

    • Cat
      January 8, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it. Some bloggers make it look so easy but it really isn’t…sometimes you need that break to come back fighting!

    • Cat
      January 8, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks Victoria – glad you agree! x

  4. February 5, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Hi Cat, blogging is hard at times. I find I’ve either got loads of blog post ideas or none. Sometimes it can be difficult putting the words together even when we have a post idea. I rarely promote old posts. Which seems a little silly really.

    xx

    • Cat
      February 5, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      I basically have no blog post ideas about 99% of the time! It can be really hard (not to mention frustrating!) x

  5. February 21, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    this was such a good read, I totally agree with your 3rd point, sometimes i try and get my pictures looking proper pinterest like, but if you criticise yourself too much you lose the enjoyment! great post x

    • Cat
      February 21, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      thank you! yes, that’s so so true – it’s difficult not to feel pressure sometimes though x

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