The last 5+ years of blogging have been enjoyable. I’ve learned a lot about social media, blogging, running and, of course, myself. Through blogging, I’ve met incredible people and done amazing things.
If that isn’t the most cliché and kissass introduction, I don’t know what is.
Just thinking out loud, like every blogger, I started by blogging for myself. I never expected to blog five years later, and I never expected to enjoy it as much as I do.
Obviously, I’ve grown as a person since blogging. I started LOLZ blog as a 20-year-old junior in college. Like any college student, I was confused with life, school, sports and training. I began blogging as a way to document my personal journey.
As I continued to blog and connect with others, I even had a few readers. I was no longer blogging just for myself because I had an audience. Whether I knew each individual in real life or not, I had readers. My tone didn’t change, but it did make me think more about what I said on the internet. Whether you delete something or not, the internet never forgets.
With or without readers, I blog for myself, but I also blog to share my journey in hopes someone can learn from me (both my success and mistakes).
Would I blog as much if no one ever commented? I’m not sure, I could have a personal journal at that point.
I enjoy blogging, and it’s a fun hobby to have. Life is too short to do things you don’t like. Right now I like to blog and run…so I will make time for those hobbies.
There is a lot more to blogging than write a post and make it public.
It’s a lot of time, effort and commitment. I’m far less “active” in the blogging world these days, but even the simple task of writing a post takes time. Now there are so many platforms to promote and engage readers. Those platforms were small or didn’t even exist five years ago. Blogging has also become a huge advertising channel. Sure it’s great to make money from blogging, but many people seek blogging out as a full-time income versus starting a blog “because they want too”.
Do I think it would be awesome to make more money from LOLZ blog? Sure, but do I want to promote products every post or promote ANY product I don’t personally try or care for…no.
I don’t want to blog for giveaways, paid reviews and advertisements. They have their time and place, which is not every post.
Six Lessons I’ve Learned From Blogging:
Not everyone will like you, and that is fine
Many people won’t agree with your training, writing style or for whatever reason they just don’t like you. That’s fine! In a world where everyone is brought up winning a trophy and taught “you do no wrong”, it’s a harsh reality. Don’t mistake not agreeing with hating. Constructive criticism is something I value greatly. We don’t grow as humans if we are told we are always told we are perfect.
Don’t lie to promote something
Lying to promote yourself, your blog or product is just dumb. What’s the point? As people and bloggers, we are allowed to change our minds about issues, products and life but not every other blog post.
People (and bloggers) grow apart
I’ve grown apart from several blogs I followed. There are two blogs that were blogging when I began in 2010. People change and grow, it’s fact of life. There is no need to read every single blog in the “blogging world”. If a topic doesn’t interest you, then it doesn’t. I’m sure several readers could care less about diner reviews, and that is fine! Believe it or not, some locals only care about diners! I never blog with the expectation that people care about any and every post. Believing that only sets us up for failure. I don’t read every blog post by every blogger I follow either.
Blogging is not a profitable thing to do.
Unless you want to shill products you don’t care about or sell yourself out for trivial items, it’s not worth it. You aren’t going to become a millionaire from blogging. To be honest, if you want to be a full-time blogger, you will also have to insert multiple ads, products reviews, and trivial nonsense that you or your readers don’t care about. I’ve been contacted by several companies to promote things as adult diapers, maxi pads, vitamins that aren’t FDA regulated and even pet products. None of those products match my blog, so I don’t promote them. Sure I turned down money, but it’s not worth it to me.
I’m going to use my blog to shill out things that I could care less about. I’ll promote products I like and my readers could find useful. It’s a big reason I’ve chosen not to be a full-time blogger. I couldn’t take myself seriously if I turned my personal blog into a billboard for women’s hygiene products or other random junk. Yes, they are important but not relevant here.
Just because you can use Google, does not make you an expert
If I am looking for an expert medical advice, I will seek someone who is qualified. I read blogs because they are light hearted and fun. I don’t read because I expect the blogger to be a medical professional. Google does not make you as qualified as a nutritionist, dietitian or medical expert. In this blogging day and age, it seems most bloggers are either a coach, online nutritionist or some sort of life coach.
Every blogger has chosen to omit something from their personal space online
It’s smart. When reading a blog, you don’t see the full life picture. For instance, when my husband and I chose to live together a few years ago, it wasn’t as if I woke up and wrote a post titled “I’m moving” and shotgunned a move. We had discussed it for a while but I didn’t announce it until it was final.
Maybe a person is struggling because they ended a relationship, maybe they are having financial problems, or maybe someone just doesn’t feel like sharing a personal tidbit. Blogging is a fine line between sharing and oversharing.
I am a part of an important volunteer campaign that I’ve chosen to omit. Does that make it any less important? Absolutely not but it isn’t relevant to my blog.
Click to tweet: Don’t overshare. The Internet never forgets.
For better or worse blogging has come a long way since 2010. It’s far more commercialized, and people expect to be compensated for their “time” blogging. No one is forcing you to blog, and it should be something you actually enjoy. Don’t start a blog if you think you’re going to become rich, famous or an internet sensation.
In any case, I love to blog, and I’m not going anywhere.
Questions for you: How long have you been blogging? How has it changed?