What Bloggers Wish You Knew About Blogging11.4.16
There are a few things only bloggers know about blogging yet wish more people understood. From creating content to working with brands ...
There are a few things only bloggers know about blogging yet wish more people understood. From creating content to working with brands and receiving "freebies," here are six things most people don't know about blogging but bloggers wish they did.
1 | We Work For That “Free” Stuff
If you have a half decent blog and you’re smart about promoting it you’ll start getting emails from PR agents and gifted items from brands pretty quickly; people will notice - friends, family, random people online - and they’ll have something to say about it. What they won’t understand is that “freebies” aren’t really free, there are almost always obligations tied to those free goods. Bloggers might receive gifted items but they often come with expectations whether that's a simple promotion on social media or a full blog write-up. It’s frustrating when people exclaim, “you’re always getting free stuff” because it fails to acknowledge the work that goes into building a blog - our blogs are valuable and we work for that “free” stuff.
2 | We Often Say It’s Hard But It’s Not
Blogging requires time, patience, and skill; blogging takes a lot of effort, it’s a time intensive hobby and for some a full time job. However, just because something is difficult or time consuming doesn’t make it “hard.” ‘Hard’ means done with a great deal of strength; difficult to bear or suffer; physically or emotionally challenging, and I just don’t think blogging is. That’s not to say blogging is easy - it involves a lot of work and skill - it’s just not the hardest job in the world and claiming it’s “hard work” is a bit of a stretch of the imagination.
3 | We Consider Everything To Be Potential Content
Literally everything we do is run through a checklist in our head to see whether it could be turned into content. We’re always looking for the opportunity to photograph and write about something we did and we’ll even do it just to get new content. We know we can be embarrassing when we take our camera out and start photographing inside a busy coffee shop or stop in the middle of the road to get the perfect angle but we don’t care. After a while bloggers become completely impervious to the things that would likely embarrass a non-blogger, if we need to climb on a chair to get a good shot we’ll do it.
4 | We Do Care About The Numbers
Bloggers really shy away from admitting they care how many people are reading their blogs. If you have a public blog and you’re publishing regular content of course you want people to be reading it. We find it hard to admit the amount of likes, shares, and new readers matter to us. It’s nice to know our content has been read, enjoyed, and been of some use and that’s a good thing. If we’re looking to monetise our blogs or collaborate with brands on new content increasing our readers helps and there is no shame in admitting that. We should stop pretending we don’t care about the numbers and be a little more open about our intentions.
5 | We Get Frustrated With The Lack Of Understanding
There is often a huge lack of understanding from all directions, which can be frustrating as a blogger. Our inboxes fill up on a daily basis with press releases and campaign pitches; PR agents often want us to work for free and if you know your worth they will try to undermine you. If we start monetising to recoup time lost via money earned, readers can begin to think our opinions are bias. The best way to reach a common understanding is to be honest and open about our blogging intentions with readers and be upfront with PR agents and brands about what we will and will not do.
6 | We Really Do Appreciate Your Support
Every single tweet, shout-out, favourite, like, share, and comment means the world to us. Your support matters and it makes a huge difference. Reading comments and getting to know regular readers is a really exciting part of blogging, for me especially. Whenever you take the time to leave a comment, retweet a post, link to our blog, or subscribe for new content, we want to send you a virtual high-five. Thank you.