Being a blogger, as I’ve mentioned many times here, is hard. It requires a solid work ethic and the mindset of a monk. You don’t just need to write blog posts – you need professional level photography skills, SEO skills, and very thick skin. You also need the patience of a saint (as I’m writing this, I’m surrounded by my nephews desperately badgering me to watch their badminton skills, and my boyfriend nattering in my ear, apologising, and proceeding to sing out of tune songs). And with the blogging community becoming more and more crowded, it’s easy to feel inadequate.
Recently, I’ve considered ending my blogging journey. After a great May, I’ve had zero opportunities. Zilch. Nada. As everyone and their mum seems to be speaking about their achievements, I’ve achieved nothing. I’m losing followers more quickly than I’m gaining them. My email inbox remains empty aside from the Blogosphere Network Newsletter and a few circulars I don’t remember signing up for. I haven’t appeared in someone else’s #FF for a while. And I seem to find myself spending a lot of time staring at an empty “New Post” page before closing my blog, sighing, and loading up The Sims…
All in all, I don’t know what it takes to be a “Good Blogger”. I can’t stick to a schedule. I hate writing emails. I don’t know what a linky is and I couldn’t care less about my DA. I’ve hovered on the same follower count for months. Does that make me bad at blogging?
When I finally publish a post, I do very little to promote it, but something seems to be working. I still get decent views. Not amazing numbers, but I do okay for such a small blogger. I know what I need to do to improve. And I have the time. I just really can’t be bothered. I know I need to treat blogging like a job, but then it becomes work. And it stops being exciting.
But what really makes a “Good Blogger”? Someone who has millions of followers, lots of Sponsored Posts, and blogs full time? Someone who runs a blogging Facebook group? How do you define a “Successful Blogger”? Someone getting ops?
Or is a good blogger just someone blogging consistently?
I always have to remind myself just what I am. An unemployed graduate, and a blogger. I have a blog, therefore I am a blogger. It’s that’s simple. And it’s not my full time job. If I wanted it to be, I could do it if I wanted to put the work in. And every time I think I’m done, I think of something else to write.
At the end of the day, blogging is hard. And I do it. I might not do it perfectly, and I might not do it for money. Perhaps it’s time to give myself a break, and stop worrying about being good.
Perhaps it’s time to just be me.
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