I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now and it is no secret that I am addicted to blogging. What started off as a safe space for me to vent during the first lockdown has now become a passion that I can’t imagine ever giving up. I’ve met some wonderful bloggers from around the globe who’ve aided in making my blogging journey that much more fruitful. While blogging is a hobby for me, it still gets stressful sometimes and there are some aspects of blogging that I don’t enjoy. So here is what I love and hate about blogging –
What I Love About Blogging:
My blogging family
– I’ve been blessed to have connected with the most amazing people from across the globe. As an introverted adult with social anxiety – I could never imagine making so many friends. These are people who give me sound advice, hype me up when I doubt myself, and cheer me up when I’m sad. I have often found it easier to share my thoughts and feelings on my blog than in real life and a huge part of making me that comfortable is my blogging family. I have connected offline with so many of my favourite bloggers and love having them in my life. If you are a new blogger, my best advice to you would be to find like-minded bloggers who will keep you motivated to keep blogging.
Safe space to share my thoughts
– Over the last 3-4 years, I’ve become someone who finds it difficult to share my thoughts and feelings with those around me. Vulnerability scares me a lot. Since only a handful of close people from my real world know about my blog, it has become that safe space for me to be me and share all my innermost thoughts.
Potential to earn money
– I honestly haven’t earned a lot from my blog and the earnings have been very sporadic but it still is a thrill every time a brand pays me to work with them.
Working with brands from across the globe
– Free or paid work, either way, I love working with brands from across the globe. I learn about things I didn’t know about before and enjoy the experience of working with brands.
Discovering new books, travel destinations, movies, shows, and music
– I love how many good recommendations you can find in the blogosphere. I discovered my current favourite author (Madeline Miller) because a fellow blogger recommended her books to me. It has also gotten super easy to plan a trip thanks to the detailed travel blogs available.
Leaving a legacy
– I fully intend to read my blog posts to my grandchildren (if I ever have them) even if they find me totally uncool and old school.
Helped me promote my brand
– I started my brand (of sustainable products) last year and it pleasantly surprised me that so many blogger friends promoted my brand via their blogs, social media and even bought products from my brand.
What I Hate About Blogging:
It can be unrewarding sometimes
– There have been times when I’ve put in a lot of effort and thought into a post only for it to flop big time (stats-wise) – which can be extremely frustrating.
– Most non-bloggers do not understand the kind of time that gets invested in blogging. It is a hobby that requires a lot of dedicated time.
Bloggers I love disappearing
– Over the past 2 years, so many of my favourite bloggers have just disappeared. With my favourite bloggers, I get very invested in their content and I hate not knowing what happened that made them just vanish overnight.
Technical aspects of blogging
– When I started blogging SEO, DA, etc. were just random words for me. Learning what they mean, how to work on them, and why they are important – has been quite a task. A lot of bloggers including Pooja often do posts about these technical aspects which is super useful.
– I am an MBA who hated marketing while pursuing my degree. I still hate it and cannot bring myself to actively market my blog via social media and other means. It is a ME problem but marketing is just not for me.
– Blogging is hard enough without the platform adding to my woes. WordPress conveniently doesn’t auto-post scheduled posts, doesn’t show me blog posts from my favourite bloggers on my reader, doesn’t allow deleting comments, sends regular comments to the spam folder, etc – leaving me even more frustrated.
– This is wholly a ‘me’ problem. I am a very competitive person – with others as well as myself. Seeing someone else’s post performing better than mine as well as my own posts not doing well in comparison to some other post of mine – just drives me crazy. I have learnt to slowly ignore my stats but it still gets to me sometimes.
Hasn’t made me a millionaire yet
– Seriously, why hasn’t it happened yet!?!!
Overall the love I have for blogging and the blogosphere outweighs the things that bug me. I am really glad to have a platform to share my thoughts/ feelings and feel like I’m understood. What about you? What do you like about blogging and what makes you go ‘arghhh’?
About me: Hi, I am Happy Panda. I share my personal experiences on my blog and write about my life, dealing with anxiety, dating, my small business, blogging and share reviews for books and TV shows.
So, I want to thank Pooja for this opportunity to write this guest post for her blog. I have been in awe of the space Pooja has created. She is an inspirational blogger and my main source for learning more about blogging. I am so impressed by how she manages to not only write so frequently but also visit so many bloggers and encourage them with her kind comments.
This weeks first guest post comes from the amazing, Happy Panda! I’m sure you know her because I’ve mentioned her on Lifesfinewhine before. Also she’s an incredible blogger so you may already be following her. But in case you aren’t, do take a minute to check out her blog by clicking here. She’s one of my favourite bloggers and I am sure you’ll enjoy her content as much as I do!
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