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The Pressures of Being a Blogger

The Pressures of Being a Blogger

For some reason, some people believe that being a blogger is a walk in the park. Often all they see is what we get; the days out, the ‘free’ stuff, easy money made from messing around on social media. If I’m being honest I get why people think this, it does appear to be an easy choice for those that want to make a few quid. I hate to disappoint those with such an opinion though, I’m afraid it’s much harder work that us bloggers are letting on!

What people don’t see is the stressful side of the job. They don’t see all of the hard work that goes into maintaining a blog, the technical side that sees one task take literally days to complete. They don’t see the day-to-day mundane side of blogging. The things we have to do each and every day, that’s right no days off, just to maintain a presence and keep things ticking over. They also don’t realise how hard it is to maintain multiple social channels. Suddenly the fun side of social media becomes a chore as we try to make our mark on the influencer world. If it was as easy as clicking publish, we’d all be millionaires.

The harsh reality of becoming a blogger –

In actual fact, blogging is not all sunshine and roses. It can be incredible stressful at times and can leave us full-timers wondering why we bothered starting up this ‘blogging thing‘ in the first place. Yes there are perks to the job, but as with every other job that has benefits, they have to be worked hard for. I know I’m not alone when I say I worked on my blog solidly for an entire year before I made a dime from it. Blogging is a labour of love and it’s not to be taken lightly. Doesn’t seem so glamorous now, hey?!

This summer I stepped away from my blog for a few weeks. I felt like I wanted to take stock and reevaluate my direction. As it turns out, I was just a little burnt out, all I needed was time away from the screen to get my spark back. You see, because blogging is such an all-consuming job we don’t get to take holidays where we can just switch off. You can guarantee that I lost money in those few weeks and as a blogger that was a conscious decision I had to make. Take time out for myself and my family and make less money, or carry on full speed ahead missing out on quality time with my girls but make a packet. Not an easy decision, but I’m confident I made the right one. Just another on of the pressures of being a blogger.

 

To highlight just how stressful this line of work can be, I got in touch with some of my fellow bloggers to find out what they find most difficult about the job;

Victoria from Lylia Rose: ‘The never ending amount of work to do and playing every role – copywriter, accountant, photographer, receptionist, website designer, applying for jobs daily, etc. It can be overwhelming sometimes and I feel like I need to clone myself!’

Mandi from Big Family Organised Chaos: ‘Uncertainty! Will you get enough paid work in this month to cover the bills, will the payments you are due be paid on time, will you end up doing a full working week with no money to show for it, and why are you still working at midnight because you HAVE to get that post written before the deadline but the children have needed you for everything all day!’

Nicola from Mummy to Dex: ‘Personally, I find it stressful when I have to negotiate fees. I always worry I’ve put people off with what I charge. I guess I suffer from imposter syndrome and doubt my capabilities as a blogger.’

Nickie from Typecast: ‘Comparing yourself with other bloggers. Seeing other bloggers work on a campaign you thought you pitched well for but didn’t get. Finding enough hours in the day to hit deadline.’

Emma from The Mini Mes and Me: ‘When clients don’t pay on time and you have to chase and chase and chase them for money owed. I think sometimes they forget that blogging is often the main income for many.’

Lisa from That British Betty: ‘I get frustrated that I can’t spend as much time as I’d like to on my blog – I KNOW I could make it a success if I had more time. I work 45 hours a week in PR so often come home tired and don’t feel like doing even more writing! I also miss out on cool brand events as I can’t drop everything and attend an event at 2pm on a Tuesday.’

Michaela from Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum: ‘When people assume that everything is an ad. People commenting on Instagram ‘aren’t you supposed to #ad this’ annoys me as, if it was an ad, I would mention it. And I don’t want to have to write ‘this is not an ad’ on every post I do! ‘

Natalie from Plutonium Sox: ‘The thing that annoys me the most is that people assume because I’m at home I’m not working. I had a deadline to meet for a post this morning, so had to get it written yesterday. Youngest is still on half days at school this week so I literally had a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening. So instead of being able to get my head down and work, I helped my dad with some land registry searches in the morning and helped my husband with building a bed in the evening. When we move I’m putting a home office at the far end of the garden and a ‘sod off’ sign on the front door.’

 

Thankyou to all who made this post possible!

 

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29 Replies to “The Pressures of Being a Blogger”

  1. I’ve had my share of blogger burnout, and yes, it can be quite frustrating to not be able to write anything or have the motivation to write.

  2. This is so true! Sometimes I don’t want to have to remember to document my travels. I just want to enjoy them! But I blog so that I can travel more. I guess you win some and you lose some!

  3. When you work for yourself you never really feel like you can not be working. Sometimes you’ve got to be your own boss and give yourself some annual leave.

  4. Such a very candid post on the challenges of blogging. So many truths in here and so glad that you show the negative realities and not just the positives. Taking a break is an important part of self-care, so hopefully you didn’t feel bad about doing so. Balance is a must!

  5. I agree to all! Just because I am on social media submitting my latest post does not mean I am actually socializing! I wish others would understand the work involved and the patience it takes to be a blogger!

  6. I wish it was as easy as creating content! The “business” side of blogging can be tedious. And there are no paid holidays. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in my occasional frustrations.

  7. It can be hard to come up with great content ideas sometimes, and then there are times when you create great content and it gets very little traffic.

  8. You have shed some light into the pressures of being a blogger, I have to say that I agree with all of what you have written. Sometimes I find it so hard to share with others, that I am a blogger out of fear of all the questions and judgements that follow.

  9. For me the challenge is blogging in addition to a day job. Blogging (done well) is a full-time job, maybe even more!

  10. I am not a full time blogger but I know and I understand what bloggers feels about this matter. I know how hard their job is and I know that there was a days of darkness and sunshine when writing an article.

  11. For me, the toughest part has to be the technical aspect of it. I’m a creative person & the numbers & data just don’t speak to me. But, being a solopreneur that’s not an option. The positive side of this is that your knowledge database increases whether you like it or not 🙂
    – Nandita

  12. The main thing is, we all need to remember, why we started this. If this is a hobby, you can take a break whenever you want. Do not feel guilty about it. If you do it full time, you possibly love it enough to write daily. I would love to do it full time one day. 🙂

  13. I just started blogging and started feeling the pressure for new content with how much I have on my plate. It can be super overwhelming.

  14. Maintenance and persistence is the key and how most of the time, the lack of monetary rewards (and more of freebies) made many bloggers give up and many audience belittle bloggers’ effort~

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