Monday, 2 April 2018

The Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Blog

When I first started a blog I didn't really have a clue what I was doing. I was just kind of winging it therefore there were a lot of things I really didn't realise would happen over time. I thought I'd list a few of the things that nobody ever told me, but have kind of shaped my blog to become what it is today.
The Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Blog...

You'll Spend Money On It

When I first set up my blog I had no idea that one day I'd need to start putting money into it to really get anywhere with it. It took me a long time to finally get myself a domain because I just had no idea what that meant before and why I needed it but the more I started working with brands, the more important I realised it was. Having your own domain is essential for building your DA, therefore increasing your chance of working with more brands so it's really important you invest in it if you can. I think I pay about £16 every two years for mine so it really isn't much and it's totally worth it. After a few years I also finally took the plunge and spent about £30 on a new blog template and then around £15 on a new header. I couldn't really make something of the one I had so I just had to spend that money. There are lots of affordable ones out there on places like Etsy so you don't have to spend much, but yeah I had no idea that things like this cost money when I first started.

It's Hard Work

I know blogging isn't exactly the most testing of jobs or hobbies but it really does require a lot of hard work, time and effort, so much more than I ever realised. I spend hours and hours each week working on new posts, taking photographs, promoting posts, interacting with others and it builds up. If you want to get anywhere in any job or if you just want your blog to take off a little bit, you need to put the work in. As I said in a recent post, when I started blogging I just expected people to find my blog out of nowhere, it's only now I realise how much work goes into it and what really happens behind the scenes.

People Will Try To Take Advantage Of You

Whether you've been blogging for 1 day or 1 year, you deserve to be treated fairly by brands and PRs but unfortunately at the start it's hard to realise when you're being taken advantage of. When you first talk to brands and get emails, it can be so exciting but the majority of people want something for nothing. I remember the first year or so I did a few posts that now I would instantly know not to take. There was a post about my first home, of course there was no budget to pay me but little old me thought OMG a brand wants to work me, so I didn't even think of payment, I didn't think I was worthy yet. There was also sponsored posts that were of no relevance to my blog that I got paid about £25 for, again at the time that amount was amazing because someone wanted to pay me, I had no idea that actually that amount was far too small regardless of the fact I was a new blogger. It's personal preference what you choose to accept for sponsored content but I so wish I knew now not to take such low amounts, because more often than not, these brands do have more to give!

Your Home Will Be Full Of Fake Flowers and Candles

The amount of artificial flowers I have in this flat now is kind of bordering on a joke. I'm always picking up fake roses in IKEA or looking for fake bunches of peonies on EBAY because they make good props, but seriously I never thought I'd need things like this! Also I've always loved candles but now I have far more than I actually need. I buy them because they'll look good on Instagram or will be a good prop and it seems no matter how many I have, I just always need more!

People Won't Understand

Luckily as far as I'm aware the people I surround myself with are supportive of my blog, and I like to think a little bit proud but I have no doubt that there will be others who just don't understand. I think unless you're a blogger yourself it can be hard to know what the point of a blog is and why you spend hours taking photos of nail polish but that's just how it is. I myself probably wouldn't get it properly if I'd never started.

You Always Want To Spend

The majority of the time now when I go on Instagram or read other blogs, I find something I want. I find myself wanting to spend all the time - the latest beauty craze, the skincare product everyone is talking about, the prettiest candle that of course will match the living room perfectly even though no more are needed, and so many other things. Fellow blogger Samantha summed it up really well in a post not too long ago, blogging has made us 'wanty'. I find myself now wanting to buy things I'd have never considered before, just because other bloggers have it.

It Takes Time To Grow

Growing your blog and social media really does take time and it's true that it doesn't happen overnight. I've been blogging for nearly 4 years now and lots of people have overtaken me in followers but that's okay. It's just important to interact with other bloggers when you can, promote your posts and just keep having fun with it. The followers will come in time.

Can you relate to any of these things? I hope I'm not the only one that didn't really have a clue what was going on when they first started and didn't really know any of these things!


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