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Don’t you just love a good old rant? I mean it is good for the soul, letting out all your frustration and it makes you feel better.
This post is not a ‘pity party’, but a chance to rant a little, share my frustrations about the ugly downside to blogging for other bloggers to relate to.
Don’t get me wrong. Blogging can bring you new and amazing opportunities that you wouldn’t normally get, you learn a lot about yourself as well as teaching you a range of skills. You will see the internet is littered with positive reasons why you should blog – I have even written a post about exactly that. However, you do not see as many posts sharing the bad side, the frustration and anonymous bloggers can come up against.
I am sharing a list of my top 8 things that I see as the bad and ugly side to blogging. Can you relate to any of these?
1. The Expectation To Work For Free
Blogging is one of the only jobs where brands/PRs expect you to work for nothing. Unfortunately, as a blogger, you will get inundated with ‘opportunities’ that require you to work for free or for a ‘product’ that does not equate to the amount of work you would have to out in.
If you are a new blogger, it can be really tempting to take on these opportunities because it is a brand, but it is important that you know your worth. Getting those emails or requests can be so frustrating especially when you want to make a career out of your blog.
2. Takes A Lot Of Time
Blogging entails so many different tasks and you have to learn to balance the different platforms as well to be a successful blogger. If you are not writing blog posts, you have to market your posts, engage with your audience, research for posts as well as keeping up with your social media posts. In order to grow an engaged audience, you have to stay really present online, which even with scheduling apps can take up so much time.
Say goodbye to much of your free time! Whenever you are not busy, you will be working on your blog. If you love blogging, it may not seem like a problem that your free time is gone. I can find it difficult to keep all the plates spinning sometimes!
3. Do Not Believe Everything You Read
Unfortunately, there are plenty of bloggers and content creators who will be dishonest about things like how much money they make, which could lure you into buying their products. Others could deceive you about the products they use because they are working with a brand, or it is a paid sponsorship.
4. You Can Have Too Many Products
When you are working with brands or being gifted PR products, they can easily build up. A lot of brands like to pay in products, so you can end up with a lot more products that you actually need.
This has happened to me and I do not feel very eco-friendly. However, I have been gifting products to loved ones, so that they do not go to waste.
5. Not Every E-Book Is Worth The Money
E-books have become a popular way for bloggers and other content creators to make money online. The most popular I have seen are e-books about blogging tis and ‘how to become a successful blogger’ and you need to be aware of who you are buying from and what you are actually purchasing.
Unfortunately, there are ‘bloggers’ out there that have only got 5 minutes of experience and are pumping out e-book after e-book about blogging tips, but it is all a scam and not worth the money at all. It is important that if you want to purchase an e-book or an e-course, you do your research first.
I have wanted to write and share an e-book not based on blogging for over a year now, but I am a bit nervous to do it, so let’s hope that 2022 is the year that I share it.
6. Never Ending To-Do List
As I have said before, blogging can be hugely time consuming because of all the tasks that need to be completed. The to-do- list can literally feel like it is never ending. It is super easy in the blogging industry to burn out because it can be stressful trying to juggle all the tasks. Even when you have one aspect planned and you are ahead of schedule, there are always more things you can be doing. It is vital that you have a healthy balance, so that it doesn’t become overwhelming – something I need to remember more of!
7. Not Every Blogger Is Kind And Supportive
Let’s face it, it’s life and you are not going to get on with everyone. In addition, not everyone is kind and supportive.
Luckily, I haven’t been on the end of any unkind comments, but I have seen disagreements online, other bloggers copying and pasting others content. It can be an unhealthy environment at times with the ‘comparing’ mindset or when you are part of a disagreement. The best way to be is honest and you will find the right people to follow. I have made some lovely online friends through blogging. You just need to be aware when sharing online.
8. The Changes In Algorithms
The algorithms for social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and even Google change continuously – they are a pain! You think that your marketing strategy is working and then suddenly, your statistics are tanking because the platform has ‘made some adjustments’. This downside is one of my pet hates in the blogging world.
Do not get me wrong, just because I am listing some of the ugly sides to blogging doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it because I do love it. Blogging has taught me so much about perseverance and patience. I have gained so many new skills from blogging that I can transfer them to other employment. But every now and then, it is necessary to have a good old rant!