Whether we care to admit it or not, Blogging is an industry. There’s money involved, competition, sponsorship, statistics, events, awards, associations and in some cases even agency representation.
We enter this as a hobby, happy with our first five readers and a little bit blind to some of the things that go on in the industry. This past month or two, a number of things have taken that blindfold off for me.
First on the list, I passed 1200 comments last month, all lovely supportive readers, not one negative and then up popped a troll at 1203. I’d escaped it for so long but it seems as readers creep up, they appear. The thing I don’t understand is why stick around to read a blog you don’t like? The little cross on the tab is very simple to find.
This leads me on to this forum, Guru Gossip’s Abhorred Bloggers. That is such a strong word! Do we really need a place to be so venomous? As bloggers we put ourselves out there in a way that can feel vulnerable. We’re sharing parts of our life and thoughts with our readers and we trust them to be gentle with us, but that’s not always the case.
Nothing about it is easy. You have to learn to be your own photographer, editor, writer, web developer, marketer, PR. Just when you think you’ve got it all together, you’ll question skills, the way you do things and find room to feel you aren’t good enough.
In the past six months I’ve helped 4 people set up their blog and get started, not one is still blogging. It takes time that some people just can’t find and effort that not everyone can offer. If you’ve made it past the six month mark, well done to you – I bet it wasn’t as easy as you thought.
It’s hard, so why are we making it harder for each other?
If you comment on this post, can we make this a happy place? Share a link to a blog you love or a post you’ve enjoyed reading this week.
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