I started my blog a year ago and it’s been a rollercoaster. Sounds cliché but it accurately represents my situation. I started off super excited, full of ideas and dedicated. After a few months into it, I completely lost my energy. I didn’t even log in for 2 months straight. I realized I began to realize that blogging is a lot of work and takes up a lot of time. Here are my top challenges I’ve faced that maybe we all can learn from …
5 – Comparing yourself to others
This is probably the hardest thing to not to do. Seeing the success of other bloggers can scare you to adjust your own work and try to replicate it. In my opinion it’s such a common mistake that all blogs start to look the same.
4 – Not keeping it constant
Dedicate a time of the day or even one day a week simply for working on your blog. It can be editing, writing or so on. I find Mondays work best for me because it’s a fresh start and I had the chance to brainstorm throughout the weekend. Remember that keeping a constant schedule will remind your readers to come back weekly.
3 – Lost the fun
Blogging takes up a lot of time. There’s the writing, the photos, the editing, the design, the promoting, comments … and so on. In the middle of that you forget that blogging was meant to be fun and a space of creativity.
2 – Forgetting to Organize Yourself
Without a schedule you forget to post, to comment, reply to messages and update your blog. You begin to slack off and loose focus. Next thing you know it’s been months since you’ve done anything remotely close to blogging.
1 – Loosing Yourself
Blogging opens you up to critique. With constant comments and sometimes negative feedback you begin to believe in the critiques and loose motivation. Slow traffic can also make you doubt yourself but it’s important to push forward and remember that you are blogging for yourself first.