When I started blogging, I definitely had some misconceptions. Blogging is one of those things that looks easier from the outside but actually has so much more that goes into it. I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now, and I’ve come to learn what my strengths and struggles are. I would still consider myself a “new” blogger (there’s people that have been doing this for a decade!), so I hope a lot of these will become easier over time. For now, I’m going to share what I struggle with, in hopes that there is someone who can relate. Here’s a few things I struggle with as a blogger.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have seen the amount of changes it has gone through. I never knew how indecisive I was until I started blogging. The amount of themes, layouts, fonts, logos, and photography styles, that I have tried and tested is sad. I seriously need someone to take the WordPress customizer away from me. The other day I was thinking about at some point, wanting to invest in a custom theme for my blog. In one hand I think it would be good because it would be “me” and it would be exactly what I want. But on the other hand, what if I get sick of it so quickly (they aren’t cheap!)?
This struggle itself deserves it’s whole blog post because there are so many different parts to it. Confidence has been my biggest struggle since starting to blog, and I still feel like finding it is so far away. I finally put words to it when I saw someone on Twitter talking about “Imposter Syndrome”. It’s basically the feeling of not being good enough for what you’re doing. Yeah, thats me. I still have not shared my blog with everyone in my life because of this. What if they think that I’m not a good writer, or that I’m just overall not good at blogging? I’ve even found that I question myself when writing posts. I’ve tried my best to break this habit because I know if I don’t have confidence in myself, then why would my readers have confidence in me?
While I know what a good balance looks like, it’s hard to make yourself follow it. There are time where all I will do is blog all day and all night. I’m my harshest critic and usually don’t give myself any breaks. I know it’s super important, but when I’m in a work mindset, I keep working until everything is done. Eventually I get burnout and will not open my computer for days. I’ve started to try and stick to a regular “work” schedule and allow myself breaks. When I get a routine down, I’ll definitely report back.
When I first started blogging and reading blogs, it seemed like everyone was always talking about the latest things that they bought. I thought that if I wanted to fit in, I needed to constantly be buying things in order to have something to write about. While it is about the money, it’s more about having so much stuff that I did not need. I’ve read a lot about other bloggers struggling with the same thing, and that its a bad habit that needs to be broke fast. I’m happy to say that I have broke this habit, and I did do it fairly quick. I consider myself a minimalist and hate having too many things because it feels like clutter. Don’t waste money on things you don’t need, trust me.
What do you struggle with as a blogger? I’m sure we can all relate to each other somehow, so I would love to know!