I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and oh my gosh, so much has changed. I’ve had so many ups and downs with this little blog of mine, from deciding where it’s going to having thoughts on quitting. Like many of my hobbies, it’s not really been a smooth process. But damn, it’s been a great ride.
Not only that but my personal life has had so many ups and downs. I’ve switched jobs, started and ended relationships, made new friends, moved house and so much more. Alongside a lot of change in my personal life, there’s been a lot of change here. I’ve written many times about what it means to be a small blogger and the victories we should all celebrate, but here are some of the growing pains we can all go through.
And let’s be honest a lot of bloggers experience this as well. So here we go, here are the 5 growing stages all bloggers go through.
Let’s face it, blogs have become super professional these day. It’s almost intimidating, but don’t let that put you off setting up your own blog.
When you first set up a blog, you don’t realise how much work goes into actually getting the blog where you want it to be. But maybe that’s just me, comparison rids joy in blogging so try not to.
Whether that’s the more technical side of things (e.g. hosting through wordpress and setting up your domain) or actually writing and creating content, blogging takes a lot of effort. This depends on your level of commitment – it’s perfectly fine to not be that committed to your blog. But still, damn, what can start as simple can quickly become a lot more complicated.
This is the ‘omg I have so many ideas’ stage. Most of us have been there at least one and it’s a fantastic stage.You’re buzzing with ideas and just want to type away.
You take part in all the blogger chats, comment on others blogs and just generally become enthralled with it all. (FYI I would recommend you write down any ideas you have in this stage as it’ll help when you don’t have many!)
The growth stage – When you see your followers and page views grow!
It’s rewarding, regardless if you think numbers are important or not, to see your lil blog grow. It’s a wonderful feeling and it’s one of the reasons why blogging as a hobby is so rewarding. Reaching more people with your voice is a great feeling, whether it’s writing about beauty products or more deeper topics. For myself, growth depends on how much effort I can out into it.
Most of us have full-time jobs or a full-time occupation, alongside our blogs. And with that, comes frustration.
We can’t always put 110% into our blogs and it can be frustrating. Also, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want blogging to be my sole purpose. I have a social life, boyfriend, full-time job and hobbies alongside it. And quite simply you can get blogging burnout as a result. Sometimes your followers plateau, your passion for it dwindles, but it’s hanging on to the thought that you’ll come right back and you do love it.
And then we come full circle. All the way back to the beginning, or at least I do. Blogging, like any hobby, has its ups and downs for most of us. It is after all what you make of it.
Blogging for me has been a huge rewarding experience. Yes, I can have a love/hate relationship with it, but that’s because I’m a perfectionist, prone to frustration. I’ve now found the way that I want to blog and it’s great.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.