I have been blogging for a few years now and never had intentions of doing it more than just a hobby. The last six months or so I decided to really focus and gain a solid target audience to grow my blog. And it is hard.

Unless you are super popular or amazing so much time and effort goes into blogging! You have to come up with witty titles, make the body of your post appeal to different audiences, set up social media accounts, join blogging groups, advertise your blog, etc. etc. I had no idea so much work goes into building a small business. It’s honestly exhausting and at times frustrating.

I try really hard not to check how many views my post get or how many likes my Instagram photo gets but sometimes you can’t help it. A lot of times my posts do really well and I get a lot of confidence and motivation to do more. But sometimes it doesn’t do as well as I hoped. You put some much though and time into a post that when you get below your average views it is discouraging. So then you analyze what you could have done differently and grow from there.

I consider myself a lifestyle blogger because I don’t do fashion, makeup, religion, or mommy blogging. But I would probably actually label myself as a realist blogger. I just want to share my pictures and experiences with everyone and hope they enjoy it. Some major bloggers just need to post a couple photos with a small quote at the end and they get THOUSANDS of views/likes/comments! And I want that.

I want to be able to build my readers enough where I can do a simple post and I’ve done my duty for the week. But that’s not where I am at and that is okay. Putting so much work and effort into blogging reminds me that this is something I love doing and will continue to do. I need to remember that growing a business is a process and a learning experience and that I probably have more followers than I even realize.

I need to remind myself more that I blog to have a place to look back on and reminisce on all the amazing times I have had over the years. It’s not a popularity contest and I never intended it to be.

0 thoughts on “The blogger I Am vs. The Blogger I Want to Be”

  1. I really like “realist bloggers”, maybe you're starting a new genre of blogging. I think with anything it's about time management and making sure you have enough time throughout the week to get everything done, which is usually easier said than done. 🙂

  2. So much work goes into blogging and it really is difficult to manage! I love your writing style so definitely keep up the good work!

  3. I definitely know how you feel! I'm also at the point where I want to turn my blog from a hobby into something more. It's a lot of work and it's heartbreaking to pour your soul into a post and find that it doesn't get nearly as many page views as you'd like. Sometimes I feel like my blog is growing so fast, and sometimes I feel like it's completely stagnant and isn't growing at all!

    Very Erin – http://www.veryerin.com

  4. So, so true. I've only been blogging a few months, but I've already seen so many ways that having a blog is like building a business. It takes so much time and intentional effort, especially on the social media part (which I'm still trying to up my game on). I think the commitment to just do what you can and what you love is great!

  5. I like that you make the point that it isn't a popularity contest. We all get caught up in comparing blogs to others. We have goals and dreams for our blogs, but it will happen in time not automatically…I need to learn this.

  6. I think I might label myself as one from now on and see what I can get going haha. Time management and oraganization is huge and I'm still working on that area. Thanks for sharing 🙂