Tuesday, May 15, 2018

26 Things You'll Only Understand If You Have A Blog | Things Only Bloggers Understand

If you ask someone what a blogger is or what a blogger does, you'd probably get a simple answer. Something along the lines of, "they're someone with a blog" or "they just write stuff and post it online" oh and let's not forget the people who assume bloggers just get sent free stuff from companies all the time.

It can be really frustrating sometimes because blogging really isn't that simple. There are certain things that come with blogging that only bloggers understand. 

I decided to make a list of some of the good and bad things that only bloggers really understand. (Don't worry, this list goes far beyond marble flatlays and coffee shop dates!)

How many of these things can you relate to? 

26 Things You'll Only Understand If You Have A Blog | Things Only Bloggers Understand

1. How exciting it is when your favorite brand likes or comments on your photo! 

2. Even better- when they ask if they can feature it on their account!

3. Buying things you may not really need, but using the blog as an excuse to buy it anyway.

4. Because nothing beats the excitement you feel when you can't wait to show off your latest haul!

4. Spending all of your free time working on your blog. Like, all of it. Day off work? Blogging. No school? Blogging. 

5. Knowing exactly when the sun will be setting every night and tracking it obsessively because you need that killer golden hour shot. 

6. Already owning 2341 notebooks for planning, but still feeling the need to buy another one, just because it's pretty.

7. All the spam! Spammy emails promising to help grow your account if you pay them a fee, DMs from the weirdest people asking if they could have you for a photo shoot, messages from people asking if you want to join their pyramid scheme, etc.

8. Becoming something of a social media strategist. You know the best times to post, what kind of photos are going to get the most engagement, the right captions, and the right questions to ask.

9. How about all of the stuff you've learned about the more tech side of blogging? Basic or even more advanced coding, SEO, DA and PA scores, etc. It's crazy how much you learn when you have to do it all on your own!

10. That follow/unfollow bullshit that we all have to deal with, plus the drama that always comes with it.

11. Speaking of drama, you might not say it out loud and you may not comment on it, but you're always paying attention to the latest "blogger drama". It's too hard not to watch!

12. Those times where you're lacking motivation. It happens to all of us. You just can't be bothered to blog sometimes.

13. It's okay though, because you also have those times where you're so filled with motivation that you sit down and bust 5 posts out in one night. It's called balance. 

14. Getting utterly frustrated with people who try to say blogging is easy. Try being a writer, a photographer, an editor, a business person who is managing social media accounts across 5+ platforms and you might not even be getting paid for it yet. Its far from easy.

15. Which brings me to my next one, having to explain to people exactly what it is that you do. 

16. When you get your first sponsored post. Whether it be getting paid in products to review or getting paid cold hard cash, it feels so amazing when a brand recognizes all the hard work you put in and decides you're worth it. 

17. Cringing at all of your old posts, photos, writing, etc. I can't tell ya'll how badly I want to go back and delete all of my old posts because of how bad they are and I know I'm not the only one!

18. The frustration you get when you see brands only giving recognition to the same people over and over again. It's not that they have to show, support, and recognize every one who uses their products or talks about them, but it would be nice to see more diversity or shout-outs to smaller bloggers/YouTubers/influencers.

19. Getting that perfect flatlay shot, not on the first try though of course. It took you about an hour and now your phone is filled with 346 photos that are similar but totally not right! 

Your phone probably looks something like this.

20. Going from loving your theme, blog, writing style, the way your photos look, to hating it constantly. 

21. All of the amazing blogger friends you've made along the way. You may or may not know them in person, but it doesn't change a damn thing. They're some of your biggest supporters and they're always there to help!

22. And if you haven't met them yet, you're constantly planning fun blogger activities to do with them. Just imagine the amazing photo shoots that would go down.

23. Let's not forget about the pure excitement you feel when one of your blogger friends gets the opportunity of a lifetime. Or when they reach all of their goals or milestones, or when they do something they've never done before. You really can't help but feel happy for them because you know how hard they've been working and how badly they've wanted it.

24. Feeling like you're doing everything wrong. You don't schedule your tweets, you don't post your photos at the exact same time every single day, you don't have a consistent posting schedule, you don't have a specific niche, and all you see are people telling you that you absolutely NEED those things to be a successful blogger.

25. But realizing you're doing it all right. Blogging isn't a one size fits all kind of thing. What works for some, may not work for others. Some people are working or going to school and blogging is something that comes second for them at the moment. Some people aren't as organized. But if you have a passion for writing and a platform to do it on, you're a blogger. End of discussion. 

26. How worth it all of the hard work is. You might blog for fun or you might blog as a job. Either way you make sacrifices throughout. You're always working hard because blogging is your passion and something you love doing. Those moments where your hard work is recognized, or when you reach a milestone, or you're completely happy with the work you put in, make everything you do worth it. 

Are you a blogger? How many of the things on this list can you relate to? 
Do you do something else and found this list super relatable?
Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Omg i related to this so so much! I get so much spam email, I always bought loads of notebooks, but now I buy even more notebooks! I have put myself on a notebook ban (yes, it's really that bad), and so hopefully I'll get through those notebooks eventually! Great post Ali! Super relateable xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

  2. "17. Cringing at all of your old posts, photos, writing, etc. I can't tell ya'll how badly I want to go back and delete all of my old posts because of how bad they are and I know I'm not the only one!"

    Or going back over old posts you wrote at 1 am and feeling the need to edit your grammar all over again :)

  3. Love this! I related to so many! Especially buying stuff and saying it’s for the blog lol


  4. Even though I haven't done a new post in eight months I can Identify with a lot of these. I love that some of the brands I've blogged about Follow me on Twitter. I hate that Follow/UnFollow stuff - it happens a lot on Twitter and just a little on my blog. Some of these positive things I do feel when I'm up and then face-plant on when I'm down. I don't blog for money, only for fun, but most of these things are super-relatable.