5 THINGS NO ONE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT BLOGGING

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So today I decided to not sugarcoat things but to write an article with things no one will tell you about blogging. For the biggest part, blogging is absolutely wonderful and amazing but of course, like with any job, there’s also a part people won’t tell you much about, so there’s me, giving you a little more insight!

1. Blogging takes time, a lot of time: I guess most bloggers are more than aware of this fact, but non blogger surely aren’t. As you all know I travel a lot, which is 99% for work and I can’t tell you how many times I get asked the question: ‘How was your holiday’ or ‘Are you going on a holiday again’? To run a successful blog you have to work your butt off. Truth, there’s always 1 % who get’s lucky and just growths out of the blue and has the gift to turn everything into gold they touch but the most of us have to continuously renew ourselves, develop new skills and be the best we could at our blogging job seven days a week.

2. There’s no security: As blogging is still a relatively new job there’s very little security. We don’t know what will happen in the future and if blogging will be a sustainable business yet we invest a lot of ourselves and time into it.

3. Growth is hard: In the saturated blogging market that we’re in it’s very unlikely your blog will grow right away. I have to be honest and say I got quite lucky with the growth of my blog but I realize this only happens to very few people. You have to work hard everyday to keep your growth going. I’m not just talking about traffic and

4. You are the team: Unless you’re one of the top 100 bloggers of the world it is very likely you run your blog by yourself which means you are:
– a stylist
– a writer
– a graphic designer
– a fashion editor
– an accountant
– a sales person
– a socialite
– a photographer
– a webdesigner

5. You’re not just writing for yourself: It’s always nice when people tell you, this is your blog, you only have to do things if you feel like it. I think that (especially) when this becomes your full time job you also have to keep in mind that you have a LOT of readers who are excited to read new articles every day.

This article isn’t meant to let you know that blogging is difficult but it is a reality check for some people as the current view on blogging is getting a little out of hand with everyone showing their perfect lives. So just letting you know that no matter what you think of it, it’s not as easy as it seems. It is however, as fun as it seems ;-).

  • Love it, thanks for being so truthful. Blogging does take a lot of time, I have a full time job and my when I get home and my two days off I dedicate almost solely on the blog. But I truly love it.

    ~~~Diana~~~
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

  • This is so completley true, I work part time and study full time, so finding the time to work on my blog is so difficult and then there’s the issue of who will take your pictures, it is difficult. But I guess if your passionate about it and willing to work then it will be worth it in the end

  • Never thought of number 4 like that but you’re spot on. Wow, no wonder I’m exhausted! πŸ™‚
    Great post xo

  • Great stuff! Very on point πŸ™‚

    It’s a lot of work, but persistence is key and above all the love of doing it (blogging)…

  • you forgot researcher & fact checker on #4 lol

  • a loooooooot of time !!! :)))

    franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  • Tia

    Number 4 :’) :’)
    It’s a hard work but it’s a lot of fun too πŸ˜€

  • this is all so true!
    xxxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • I love the honesty of this post. I find it hard to juggle completing a degree and keeping up with regular blog posts but I do it because I love it.

    josie-mayx.blogspot.co.uk

  • Oh my gosh, number 4 is so true! I love this post, it’s so interesting to read other blogger’s perspectives on the industry!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • These are so true, I totally recognize number 1 and 4!

  • Very well put, before I started blogging I always thought of it as easy but once you get into it, you realise just how hard it can be. Even though blogging is not my full time job, and I have to balance it with uni work, it’s a lot of hard work to keep regular content up.

  • I’m glad you addressed you were very lucky & your blog seemed to grow overnight. Perhaps write a seperate blog post about this?

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  • Haha, thanks Noor, you are totally right! X Susanne – http://bagatyou.com/

  • Great words… sadly true. Growth takes an insane amount of time and blogging is SO SO SO much work for zero security.
    So sad at the moment..

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

  • I have found it very hard, barely ever used a pc before, I have learnt a lot, and made some great friends. But I do sometimes wonder if its worth so much hard work! Anyway will keep plodding on, oh have to go, must do that post!………
    Laurie x

  • Prudence Yeo

    Blogging is indeed hard work and it is a dream come true if it does take off as a full-time career! Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, it really helps to set the right expectations!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

  • I totally agree! My blog isn’t that big (yet), but I already invest multiple hours a day in writing, editing, photographing, visiting other blogs and commenting, et cetera. Oh by the way, there’s a piece of text missing at the end of point 3 ‘growth is hard’ πŸ˜‰
    x Wilmke
    http://www.winwonderland.com

  • Savannah

    This is all so true! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • thank you for another great and honest post. I always enjoy your insights and your pure honesty. The number one thing is time, when you are trying to start your blog, get exposure and leads and traffic you will not have time for anything else. I am literally 14 hours plus in front of a computer. 8 hours for my “regular” job and the rest for my blog and I feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day for all things I have to do for my blog. But I don’t complain, this is something I really enjoy doing and I hope it will start showing results soon. πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of the week.

  • All very true! Blogging is hard, and I bet in only gets harder the more successful you get! We all love it though, so it’s worth all the time and effort! πŸ™‚

    thetraveloguer.com

  • Great post! It’s true blogging is really time consuming. It can also be an expensive hobby if you always want to write about something exciting and new.

    Totally worth it though because it’s so fun and rewarding.
    http://www.tamlovestea.com

  • Uli

    Well, I absolutely agree with you. It sounds very strange but I started my 4th blog and know about all the issues. However, I still think there is a huge passion for blogging in me and that’s why I try again, learning from all my mistakes in the past.

    http://www.foundsomepaper.com

  • Great post! I agree with you, #4 is the best part of it!

    Fabi | http://www.agirlandherstripes.com

  • This is all really true. I didn’t know how much work it would be, but it makes me happy and I enjoy doing it!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

  • Bee

    Spot on!!!

  • I love your blog. I hope you like mine
    http://www.welovefur.com

  • Je hebt over heel de lijn gelijk. Mijn blog staat nog in zijn kinder- of eerder babyschoentjes en ik merk al dat enorm veel werk vraagt! X

  • absolutely true! It is a lot of hard work but also true passion πŸ™‚

    http://www.uneprisedeluxe.com

    https://www.facebook.com/UnePriseDeLuxe

    http://instagram.com/une_prise_de_luxe/

  • I agree with this, I love blogging as a hobby but I have noticed growth and engagement is slow and you have to work very hard on your content in order to see any change in this. Also love number 4 haha! So many things to learn. Html coding completely overwhelms me! x

    http://www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

  • You’re so right, it’s something a lot of people don’t realise.
    My blog is really new but I’ve already experienced that everything costs a lot of time.
    X Samyra
    http://www.blogsamyras.blogspot.nl

  • Love this post, it’s so true. Blogging is not glamours, it’s tough work and involves a lot of hours. I have been trying to find time to juggle my Master’s studies and blogging at once, but it’s not easy. I love blogging though so it’s worth it in the end πŸ™‚

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • This is so true! The time thing is one of the biggest things that non-bloggers don’t get. We work hard!
    ~Sophia
    http://plaidismyfavouritecolour.blogspot.com/

  • Very true! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • Love the realism here! Especially about blogging taking a lot of time…it’s the most draining and exhausting part. But yes definitely worth it!

    Ali
    Pretty in Python
    xx

  • I agree with you totally I know how everyone thinks that we bloggers are doing nothing but in fact it is such a hard work and it takes so much time. You have to be on top of everything all the time. Most time I have problems catching up with all the emails and responding to them, I some times label some of them to reply lather but ones it goes to the read list I might totally forget about it. And I’m keeping also a to do list for that, but something more important comes up at the moment and I’m turning the page on my planner with new to-do’s and when I have time to get back to the old ones it is usually too late…
    I never learn, I need to reply once I open it.

    Great article
    xx

  • Emmajane

    Very true, people underestimate the time it takes!

    Harry styles inspired outfit post is live, if you’re interested! X

    hailandharmony.blogspot.ie
    // BLOGLOVIN

  • So true! πŸ™‚
    I feel like I’m blogging (and thinking about my blog) 24/7!

    x, Marky
    http://www.mypinkboudoir.eu

  • so true. We are our own team and it takes hard work and dedication πŸ™‚

    Giselle | Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  • It’s really nice to see someone tell it how it is! I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I started my blog and don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved it every step of the way but it was a lot more work than I expected. Thankfully the fun aspect has more than made up for all the work.

  • Zoe

    Totally get the time thing – I feel like I would rather stay in on nights so I can be up to date and ready to post on my blog! Would love to be able to make it a full time career though! xx

  • I LOVE this post!!!

    http://byus2you.blogspot.dk

  • nice article! cool that you’re so honest πŸ™‚

  • Aya

    Really interesting and truthful perspective on blogging. A great read, but I still love it!

    girlfromnorthlondon.blogspot.co.uk

  • This was very insightful thank you

    http://www.bubbasdoll.blogspot.co.uk

  • Wowza, I agree with these! You are a whole team in yourself and get to do everything by yourself! Which is either very fun or pretty hard xD I know that it is hard to grow, but it should happen eventually, and although it takes a lot of time, it is also a lot of fun!

  • Diana

    Hi Noor, thank you solo much for this post. It’s amazing insight. I just have one question which I have been searching for endlessly and tirelessly for. I’m in the process of creating my site and would love to add the instagram strip you have at the bottom of your page? What plug in or widget did you use? xox Keep up the great work hun xox

  • This is a great post for people who are just getting started blogging, really puts things into perspective.

  • Very true true advice x

    http://blvckbee.com

  • So true this post ! It really takes time and growth it’s so so hard haha

    http://instagram.com/bubblybeauty135/

  • Yup! You’re right about being a successful blogger. It’s definitely hard work and unless you’re the few big bloggers who’ve made it out there and able to afford a crew, you’re definitely on your own.

  • Great article and wonderful photos! I definitely agree that blogging is a wholeee lot of work. And that you are the whole team, and it can be a bit overwhelming at times!

    Ree // coffeewithree.com

  • JudgeBeauty

    Hi – Thank you for writing this piece. I found it very validating in terms of
    what
    I’ve been trying to do with my blog – what we are all trying to do.
    Yes, it’s a labor of love, but I have to put in 18-20 hours of work each
    day, wake up thinking about what I need to do and only sleep because my
    body collapses. I know it will get better once I get the hang of site
    design and using my camera, and I look forward to the day when I don’t
    have to sprint to the kitchen to get a cup of espresso and miss meals
    because I’m too busy to eat. I believe in what I’m doing and really
    appreciate you telling the truth about what blogging requires. Now, I’ve got to scurry back to work. I wish you
    continued success with your blog, which I really enjoy.

  • These are all very true. Blogging really does take so much time and effort and for most of us, there’s not a whole lot of return on that investment. Luckily I’m only in it for the connection and the writing outlet. If I was doing it for the money, I would have died of starvation long ago.