5 Frustrations of a Blogger

I know I’m not alone in my frustration when others don’t understand what I do or what I’m trying to create for myself. I made a poll on my Twitter asking if anyone would be interested in a post like this and 20 people voted yes and so here I am. This was honestly very therapeutic to write because it was like airing out all my frustrations in my journal, but instead of my journal it’s to the internet full of strangers…it’s like the same thing, right?

Here are 5 of my frustrations about being a blogger:

Blogging is More Than Posting To Instagram

Yes, social media is important and plays a huge part in marketing yourself and your blog. But I’m noticing the Instagram blogger hashtags being taken up by people who just want more likes on their pictures rather than trying to connect with other bloggers or being actual bloggers. Especially as a small blogger it’s really annoying when I find someone using it and they actually don’t blog and I’m kinda just like oh okay :/

Which then leads to my next point…

Blogging is Fun Work, But Hard Work

Blogging isn’t just posting a 300-word post or an Instagram picture and calling it a day. It’s photographing, writing, rewriting, editing, scraping it all, doing it again, maintaining a website and social media, learning SEO, coding, and so much more. And it’s literally the best thing in the world, but when someone belittles it to something that seems so trivial and unimportant it’s a really deflating feeling.

I remember sitting in one of my communication classes last semester and my professor, who I actually really liked, was talking about blogging and stopped her lecture to give her two-cents and said something along the lines of, “wouldn’t it be nice to just post a picture to Instagram and get paid and call it a day”. And everyone laughed and I was sitting there annoyed because that’s literally not how it works. Even people as big as Sarah Belle Elizabeth and Aspyn Ovard who literally do get paid to post on Instagram work really hard for it and have put in SO much work to get to where they are now to have this opportunity. And it’s just infuriating to hear things like that.

Making Money is Possible, But Not Instant

Yes, blogging is a job. Yes, you can make money from it. No, it might not happen instantly. You have to put in the work and keep going consistently. I would love to reiterate the common phrase people use in the blogging world that it’s not about the numbers and you should be doing it because you love it, but if blogging is your job or you want to make it your job the numbers do matter.

My advice is to keep going despite what your numbers are and despite if you haven’t made any money yet. If you really love what you do and what you’re creating then the money will follow, as cliche as that sounds.

People In Your Real Life Just Don’t Get It

I’ve been seeing tweets from other bloggers circulating a lot lately about how they get more support from strangers and Internet friends more than their friends and family. And I don’t think I’ve ever related more to a tweet than that one. Isn’t it so weird that we’re so quick to uplift strangers or people we don’t know in real life, but when someone in your family or a close friend says that they’re going to start their own business we’re so quick to think/say that it’ll never work and they’ll fall flat. I just don’t understand that.

Especially the older generation doesn’t understand it because being creative on the Internet and making a sustainable living from it is new to them. These jobs weren’t even a thing when they first entered the job field. And when you try to explain what it is it just circles back to all these other frustrations that I’ve talked about.

I love supporting amazing bloggers, YouTubers, and any other kind of creative person because I know how it feels to not receive the love and support from the people closest to you.

It Gets Lonely

I would say I’m as introverted as it gets and 100% an INFJ, but it would also be really nice if I had a couple blogger girlfriends near me. I’m at home, by myself, 5 out of 7 days a week and I love it for the most part when I’m getting things done but other times when I start to slow down I notice just how much time I spend by myself. Even if alone time is something I highly value, too much of a good thing is just as bad.

For me, this also circles back to the fact that my family and most of my real life friends just don’t get it so that just makes it that much more lonely. Working from home is my ultimate goal in life for many personal reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I want to be isolated and alone 24/7. I hope that makes some sort of sense and you understand what I’m trying to say here.

Even though these are some major frustrations for me, and I’m sure other bloggers, I still love what I do more than anything and I wouldn’t trade it for any other career path. The satisfaction and joy that I get out of blogging by far outweigh the frustrations that I face and the misconception of the whole community.

If you’re a blogger, what are some of your frustrations about being a blogger? If you’re not a blogger, do you have any questions about the community that you don’t understand?

20 Replies to “5 Frustrations of a Blogger”

  1. Carina Mazur says: Reply

    Oh my goodness it’s like you literally read my mind! All day today I was walking around my house feeling lonely, because even with doing projects like blog posts and videos and photos, I realize that I’m by myself most of the time. Which I love being, but not all the time like you said😂 You hit it spot on when you said older generations don’t get how being creative can earn a living, that’s my parents right there. For them it seems more logical for me to choose ‘the safer’ options. Which to me sounds actually insane. You’re so right about how much hard work comes into it, and people like Aspyn worked for years and years to be so successful. I think it’s one of those things that people don’t understand because they’re jealous. Ahh this entire world is run on numbers. It might be years and years for me to ever get paid for my creativity, but the most important thing is to do what you’re proud of, because then it’ll never be a waste no matter what it ends up becoming. It’s frustrating, it’s hard, it’s raw, but that’s why it’s not for everyone, just like anything really. Loved your points girl and loved your writing, just so real😍💕💕

    1. Since I’ve been off of school for like two months now I have been by myself so much and it’s been great and horrible at the same time haha. It’s definitely my parents too and they want me to take the "safer" route which sounds really unfulfilling to me and not what I want for my life at all. But I just keep telling myself the harder I work at this it’ll show them it’s just as respectable to do this as it is to do like a news anchor (which is what they want me to do, but like that’s totally not me haha). You’re so right as to why this isn’t for everyone! Thank you so much, girl!!! Love you!!

  2. Megan Shea Campbell says: Reply

    Yes girl! Blogging is a lot of fun but it’s also a lot, a lot of work! I think that the worst part for me is that people in my personal life just don’t understand currently, but I suppose that maybe that will come with time!

    1. Thank you so much for reading, I really appericate it!! 🙂 And you’re right, I’m sure people will come around and hopefully understand it more!

  3. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ says: Reply

    YES. So true, especially about people in our real life don’t get it. My family and (some) of my friends are supportive but pretty much have NO idea all of the work that goes into it, lol!

    1. You’re so right! Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

  4. Sierra Brown-Rodrigues says: Reply

    A few of these reasons are why I quit blogging so many years ago, but I’m glad I’ve recently gotten back into it. I’m hoping to stick with it and be able to make some money off it.

    1. Aw, I’m so glad you got back into blogging too despite the frustrations! I really appreciate you reading! 🙂

  5. Kate Andrews says: Reply

    You are spot on with this post. I have felt everything you are describing here. Another thing is sometimes I just want to keep things to myself, even the "instagrammable stuff." That could be my anxiety talking!

    1. I totally agree with you on that, but it also might be my anxiety talking too haha. Thank you for reading!! 🙂

  6. Nkem Chukwumerije says: Reply

    These were really relatable! I can share and feel some of your frustrations. Thanks for sharing because it lets a lot of us know that we are not alone in this!

    1. Part of my feels sad that other people have to deal with this, but another part is glad to know that I’m not alone in these feelings! Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  7. haley czarnik says: Reply

    Ugh this is so relatable! I get frustrated very easily, but I enjoy the creative outlet.

    1. I do, too! It’s so fun, but I guess just like everything else in life there are always some cons! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  8. I agree with EVERYTHING you said! I love what you said about how the numbers do matter, but to keep going even if your numbers are low or you’re not making much money yet. It can feel defeating to lose followers or not be growing as quickly as you’d like, so it’s important to just keep going and work on the numbers but not let them affect your motivation or self-worth! And I completely agree about the loneliness thing, as well! I love being along, but I wish I had good blogger friends (like you) around so we could go sit at a little coffee shop and do work together and motivate each other in person! I get lonely from time to time even though I’m an introvert. Everything you said in here was spot on with all of my frustrations!

    1. Omg thank you so much, this means so much to me!! It’s such an underrated career that most people don’t understand and the people that do understand aren’t always close by to give you that in-person support that you crave sometimes. I love/hate that so many people relate to this because I love that I’m not alone in these feelings, but also I know how lousy it is to feel like this that it makes me sad that other people are feeling this, too. It’s so complicated haha.

  9. Brooke Butler says: Reply

    I couldn’t agree more! I feel like my parents don’t really understand all the work I put into my blog, Instagram, and YouTube… I feel like they just think I have a shopping addiction and spend too much time on my laptop. I also relate to the loneliness thing… I really wish I had some blogging friends near me so we could go on photoshoots and talk about blogging struggles :/

    xo, brooke
    http://www.blissfullybrooke.com

    1. My parents totally don’t either and it’s actually really hard haha. I’m sorry you struggle with these things, too, but I’m also glad that I’m not alone in my feelings! It’ll all be worth it in the end though because we’re doing the things that we love and are passionate about! 🙂 Thank you for reading!!

  10. I recently started blogging and explaining how all of this works to my friends and family has been frustrating. This post was definitely a relatable one and I enjoyed reading!

    1. I’ve personally stopped explaining because I was getting so annoyed haha. But thank you so much for reading!

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