Blogging about blogging is weird for me. I’ve done it once before and here I am again soooo I must be out of food pictures, huh?
Anyway, I know that a lot of you are not bloggers, but some of you are, and I thought it would be fun to share these 7 truths I’ve learned will happen to any blogger if you spend 5 years blogging, (which somehow I have)…
1. You will write something you regret. You didn’t really think I’d link to those posts, did you? I’d like to say in these instances things were always taken out of context or blah blah blah, but the truth is, we all say stupid things sometimes. When you write so often over so many years in an honest way, you’re bound to say something dumb or offensive, even if you didn’t mean to. I’m no exception.
Also, 5 years is a long time. Who I was at 26 is surely different than who I am today at 31. I think that’s a good thing! Surely you’ve grown in the past 5 years too, but maybe you don’t have an internet trail to prove it- haha.
2. You will write something you love that no one else does. Maybe it’s a recipe that’s phenomenal but your pictures sucked so no one dared to try it (guilty). Maybe it’s a heartfelt soul cleansing post that got 2 comments… one being from your mom. Or maybe it’s a tutorial, a cool trip or something you were just really excited to share that totally fell flat on its face. I’ve learned to laugh it off because it totally happens!
3. You will want to quit at least once. Maybe it’s a busy week, a malicious comment or just writers block, but you’ll wonder why you are even doing this. It will feel like a lonely place because no one in your real life really understands why you are typing your feelings and your dinner on the internet anyway. You’ll draft up the official goodbye post in your head, pick a last date to post… then think of something really fun to share and completely come running back with arms wide open.
4. A reader will become a real life friend. Or in my case, this may happen more than once. There is a reason we all choose to read the blogs we read- common interest, similar life outlook, shared love for freaking delicious food? Whatever it is, there is a bond and it’s really cool to see it translate into the non-virtual world. I now have friends that live all over and few nearby that I’ve become close with. It’s always a little bizarre at first because I wonder if I come across the same as I do online… friends? Do I?
5. You’ll feel really tech-stupid. Whether its figuring out hosting, how to re-size an image, how to insert a no-follow link, setting the white balance, how to optimize SEO, what your RSS feed is (in case you are wondering, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty), some technical aspect of blogging will make you cry or rip your hair out with frustration. Most of the blogs I read don’t do it because they’re coding experts, but because they want to share something with the world. Because of this, all the realities of the behind the scenes mumbo jumbo can get really overwhelming and sometimes result in #3 on this list. Thank goodness for amazing tech guys (and gals) to help us sort it all out.
6. You’ll awkwardly try to explain blogging to someone who doesn’t read blogs. Sooo…. people care about what you ordered for dinner? No, people don’t really care about my dinner, but I just, well, it’s part of my weekend. So you write about your weekend? Well, kind of. My groceries… Your groceries? Yes, I realize the sound of this never makes you want to visit my site. Ever.
7. You’ll spend an embarrassing amount of time on picmonkey trying to generate the perfect image (ok, just any image) because you can’t fathom the thought of an entire post without some kind of picture to break up the text. Like this.
And a bonus…
You’ll sit and stare at your computer screen trying to come up with three more ‘things’ so you can complete a list at a nice even 10 instead of awkwardly ending at 7.
Then you’ll give up and push publish anyway.
Bloggers, do any of these ring true to you?
Any to add?