BLOG TIPS: 8 TRUTHS ABOUT BLOGGING REVEAL

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One of the things I’ve experienced that’s quite difficult about blogging is the vagueness of this job, or hobby. If you’re a blogger or someone who reads blogs all the time I’m sure you’ve heard many questions from family members or friends asking you about the details of blogging. Because there are so many things that are quite unknown in this field I thought about it and came up with 8 truths about blogging and I’ll tell you what to learn from them.

1. Most people won’t believe you’re actually busy because your run a blog: I can’t recall the amount of times friends called me during a workday and I had this exact conversation. Me: ‘let me call you back, I’m super busy’ –Β  Friend: with what? – Me: I have to finish so many things for my blog – Friend: how can you be busy with blogging? You just have to upload a picture of yourself? Sounds familiar? Well guys, blogging takes so much time and there’s a lot that goes into it. Shooting, editing, writing articles, replying to e-mails (I get over a 100 e-mails each day), planning, going to events (which takes easily up to 3 hours) brainstorming about new ideas, going to showrooms, traveling, the list is endless.

2. Planning is the hardest thing to do as a blogger: as a blogger there are many variables that make it hard to plan. As for us Dutchies it’s super hard to plan on when to shoot because the weather is always very bipolar and it rains all the time. As stated in the first truth we’re very busy so often when I plan to shoot two looks in one day I just can’t make it. Also a lot of collaborations come in last minute which seems to shake up things quite frequently.

3. You and you’re readers are mostly not on the same page: this is one of the blogging truths I really dislike. I always talk about this with my blogger friends and literally every blogger I talked to about this agrees with me. When I think a post is awesome you guys don’t give it as much attention to other posts where I’m not sure about whether I like them. I don’t know what it is, but it’s true.

4. The wrong perception: I can’t tell you how many times people asked me if I was auditioning to be a model. No, I don’t want to be a model and yes, I just like posting my outfit pictures online:

5. People lie about their analytics: I’m a little naive to some things but I really found out that a lot of bloggers lie about their analytics. I do understand that if you want to get into a show or want a cool job you get very tempted to exaggerate a little but I think it’s sad people do this. Hey, I didn’t say every truth was going to be exciting ;-).

6. Not everyone is going to like you: especially when I first started out with blogging I thought every blogger was going to be my friend because we had the same interest and the same goes regarding everyone who workes in this industry. Unfortunately this isn’t true and in fact, bloggers get very competitive with each other and of course there’s a lot of gossip. I would strongly advise everyone to not get into this and to focus on your own thing, most importantly creating your own original content. I do have to say though that I made a couple of amazing friends which I’m sure I will hang out with for a long time.

7. Instagram is as important as your blog: it’s crazy how every agency and PR company I meet up with points this out. Just like you give a lot of attention to the content you put on your blog, spend a little extra time on your Instagram as it’s one of the first impressions people get from your brand.

8. Blogging shouldn’t be taking over your life: when I focus on blogging and gaining a lot of followers to much I always seem to lack inspiration so I’ve definitely learned to not only do other things than blogging but also to keep surrounding myself with people who work in a completely different field as I find that this is the best to keep your head in the right place and the inspiration flowing.

It would be very fun to read your truths about blogging and I wonder if you agree with mine! Look forward to reading them. And don’t Big kiss, N.

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  • Awesome tips, love how you shed more light on the truth about blogging

    https://yvespink.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/tweed-me/

  • Number 3. Seriously, so true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown up a post I expect my readers to love and it’s turned out to be one of my worst received. Actually, the post I have up right now, about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, is one I was feverishly excited for that’s doing like the worst ever, lol!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  • great tips πŸ™‚
    xxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • I totally agree with the Instagram one. And social media in general, I feel creating a brand for you is just has important.

    Nik x

    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • So true – thanks Noor! xx

    Love, Sarah | M&B

    mollyandbeans.com

  • Great advice! I know what you mean about your friends not thinking you’re bust because your blog!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Haha 3! Unfortunately.

  • Macy

    These are all SO true and recognizable! Thanks for sharing this, I always learn so much from you <3!

  • Hahahaha, yes, nr. 3! I love this post, very sincere πŸ˜€

  • Your blogging truths are always so helpful, I love reading them!

    Strawberry Shortcakes | Style Blog

  • So true! Haha
    Mooi artikel heb je geschreven en ik kan mij zeker vinden in de punten. Ik werd afgelopen week ook geattendeerd op mijn Instagram account, die moet ik dus duidelijk niet alleen voor de leuk gebruiken πŸ™‚

  • It’s so true, like this post very much. Analytics are important for the bureau’s, not for the readers.My opinion? Be honest, that’s the best!

  • What a great post, Noortje. I completely agree with you :-). Number 1 is true not only about blogging but about any profession you do from home. People quickly assume, that I have time, because I’m home and not “at work” πŸ˜‰ so I’m not busy and should always have time for them. Gossip, jealousy and lack of understanding that some things need time to grow and florish… Still I love blogging, photography and web design and I am really grateful that I can plan my workday myself :-).

  • Zoe
  • Thank you for sharing this on the Facebook group! They are all so true, especially the analytics bit! It just makes other bloggers feel rubbish!
    average adventures

  • Jen

    I’d agree with all of these points – especially that last one! It’s so easy to get so focussed on blogging that you forget to truly live in those moments that you’re instagramming!
    Jen x
    http://englishrosefrommanchester.com/

  • Great tips, thank you so much! X

  • Leuk artikel! Ik vergeet mijn blog vaak te linken aan mijn Instagram account. Moet ik echt doen!

  • Great article and thoughts!
    Inspiration Point by Paula Fleur

  • Love the post Noor, thanks for sharing. I can totally relate to no.1 although I just started blogging. I really need to make time for it. So I can’t imagine how you are able to get all this done with only 24 hours a day. Respect!
    daarboven.com

  • So true! Especially point 3. I hate to say, because that’s one of the facts I really don’t like. Sometimes i’m super excited to share something and when I look at the comments and views it’s like I posted nothing special. πŸ™

  • Leuk om te lezen! En ik heb ook zΓ³ vaak dat ik ergens van denk “Nou, ik weet het niet” en dan krijg ik superveel reacties en dan een andere keer ben ik ergens echt trots op en wordt het amper gelezen. Heel vreemd vind ik dat altijd, haha!

  • Sharing is always so good, and to be honest you don’t get that too much if you’re in the blogging business…as you stated it’s quite competitive. So thanks for sharing, and thanks for your honesty. xx

  • These are great tips and truths. I just started blogging and I’ve been glued to my computer getting everything set up!
    http://prettyshort.blogspot.com/

  • A great blog read, I need all the help and info on blogging I can get!

  • A great blog read I need all the help I can get!

  • Savannah

    Instagram is definitely one I should work on more! Thanks for the tips x
    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

  • Really liked this post. The actual practice of blogging isn’t spoken about enough. <3
    Reinventing Neesha

    • V

      Totally agree with you Neesha! If I had a dollar for every time someone gave me a strange, confused look when I tell them I’m a blogger, I’d be rich!

      V
      Life+1

  • Salma van der Ven

    Totally agree with the comments above. If you work from home people always assume you have all the time in the world when in fact usually it’s the opposite.. great post girl! x

  • Suzy

    Totally agree with no 8!

  • pia

    Wow great post, I agree with you!
    Fashion latte with vanilla

  • The first one is so true!

  • This is so true!

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • Number 1 is the most frustrating of all for me personally! Grr! Haha.

    Fab post πŸ™‚

    Jemma xx

  • Can totally relate to number 8! Great post. x

    http://www.rougeuse.com

  • some of these I knew and some of these I didn’t, and I’m so grateful for the head’s up! thanks so much!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • “As for us Dutchies it’s super hard to plan on when to shoot because the weather is always very bipolar and it rains all the time” – wow bipolar weather is a good find!

    • V

      Your comment made me laugh…’bipolar weather’. Phrase of the day!

      V
      Life+1

  • Enjoyed this post! Blogging takes lots of time- gotta love it!:)
    xo

    http://www.leopardcouture.blogspot.ca

  • Abi

    Lovely post! Really agree that readers don’t always like the posts that I love haha it’s so strange! Abi πŸ™‚

  • Je hebt het echt perfect omschreven. Punt 3 is helaas waar haha!

  • Great post I complete agree about there being lots of competition between bloggers, it’s not nice something
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  • I really enjoyed this article, nice to see a slice of truth on the internet!

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • LOL! Yes to “No, I don’t want to be a model and yes, I just like posting my outfit pictures online” I get this all the time, as well as “are you going on a date” because no one understands that I just like to dress up πŸ™‚

  • So true article! Crazy actually if you see a site like this to expect that it doesn’t really cost time. Thanks for sharing this!

    Love, Felicia

  • V

    Whoa, you really hit the nail on the head with this one!

    Especially the bit about your readers not necessarily being on the same page as you. My highest read posts are a recipe for Quiche and a recipe for a Vitamin E night mask for your face. Random. Neither post I was expecting to be popular.

    V
    Life+1

  • As a blogger I can tell you that this post is spot on. Especially planning posts and hoping people will enjoy them as much as you do. Craziness!

  • I agree with all of your truths!!!
    At work people don’t get when I tell them how much time blogging takes up and how I wake up half an hour earlier when I expect a sunny morning to be able to take photos. And yes, The Netherlands are tough place! hihi I am considering photography lighting to be honest..
    xo
    Alice

  • As always you are providing some great tips and awesome insights. I always enjoy reading your tips. I know I have been blogging for just a short period of time, but I have noticed that #3 is so true when I get excited and promote a certain post I feel like people are ignoring me and sometimes I share a post that I don’t think is all that great and it gets all kinds of views.
    I am also saddened about #6, we are all in one way or another in it together. Let’s help each other instead of making it harder. I appreciate your honesty and you sharing these with us. Have a great day!

    Love,
    Dagmara @ GlamistaHome

  • Fijne tips geef je weer! Ik heb het inderdaad ook Γ³ntdekt’ dat veel mensen liegen over statistieken, zo zonde! Ook voor anderen.
    En bedankt voor de tip over instagram ik wist echt niet dat dit zo belangrijk was! Doe er zelf niet zo veel mee..

  • I love your blog but this post has a few typos! Your should be you and you’re should be your. Xoxo

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Thanks for noticing babe! I always love to hear this as I’m not always sure about my spelling! xx

  • So many truths! Blogging is so much more complicated and so much more work than I ever realized. It’s rewarding and an awesome outlet for me, but a lot of my friends and even my husband don’t understand how I feel about it all.

  • Number 3! So so so true…

  • All these are so true, omg! πŸ™‚ I really like articles like this, great job! Xoxo

    http://www.fashionpartyblog.com/

  • I totally agree with you, specially on point three πŸ™‚

    http://thepink-lipstick.blogspot.pt/

  • Pam

    I cannot thank you enough for posting about this! I agree with you 100% on every single point. Seriously, thank you for sharing. Now I know I’m not the only one with the same thoughts. πŸ™‚

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  • Great post! I actually just connected my Instagram and my blog page. I used to keep my Instagram purely as a private thing, but I realized I was probably holding myself back by doing that.

  • This was so helpful! I totally agree with number 8!

    Fashion Blogger
    http://www.holliehobin.co.uk

  • I really appreciate these kinds of articles. Being a total beginner it’s very helpful to see how things work in the blogging world and what to take into consideration.
    thnks.
    Camille from Ultimate Dresscode

  • Awesome post and very inspiring to someone like me who just started blogging six months ago! Love you blog and Insta feed! <3

  • Great post! I completely agree with all of these. Really eye opening when someone puts it all out there. At present I’m working on improving #8.

    http://www.lagirlfancies.com

  • I agree with your last point. I used to be so consumed in the idea of getting posts out there that some lacked creativity.

    XOXO