Last Updated on May 31, 2021 by Shevy
Blogging As A Beginner
I started blogging in 2016 as a way to escape the corporate world and to fill the void of living alone. During that time I had just moved to a new country and was still adjusting. That is when I decided to adopt a new hobby which turned out to be blogging.
At first, I was skeptical about putting myself out there in front of a bunch of strangers. But as time went by I realized that a lot of people did this as a job/full-time job. It was a little uncomfortable at first but as my audience grew, I felt more “safe”.
Some of the things that can make you feel overwhelmed are:
- Wanting your blog to look a particular way
- Deciding on a profitable niche
- SEO, keyword research and finding relevant topics to write about
- Affiliate marketing and other monetisation strategies
It is normal to feel stressed from time to but but if you are constantly feeling overwhelmed, you may want to check out these success tips for managing your blog. Always remind yourself why you started in the first place.
The Most Annoying Things About Blogging
SEO and Keyword Research
Doing keyword research is another task by itself. After deciding on a blog topic, you’ve got to make sure to come up with a catchy heading. After all, there are so many people already blogging about the same thing. It is important to write on topics that not only solves a pain point or teaches, but you’ve got to make it click worthy.
This entire process has forced me to be creative and think about different ways to captivate my ideal audience. Sharing a personal stories can help someone to relate to you more and could be a great way to build trust. So something I like to do with my audience is to share past blogging mistakes and what they have taught me.
Generating Blog Traffic
It is pointless spending time putting out the best content on your blog then no one reads it. Some people don’t even know that I exist in this little space on the internet. Despite how great I think my posts were, it was almost completely a waste of time hoping someone would stumble across my page.
More time was definitely needed to be spent on promoting than writing. This also included creating accounts on almost every possible social media platform that exist, whether I liked it or not.
Free Sponsored Brand Work
Some Brands approach you to work for them with the expectation that you work for free. Although it is nice to receive free or discounted products, it would be much more appreciated to be paid on par with the quality of work produced.
Maybe they underestimate how much work goes into blogging.
So as much as I am new to blogging and would love to add to my portfolio, I know my worth.
Web Design And Personal Branding
This is an area in which I am struggling as I still do not have it settled in my mind how I want my blog to look. However, I really enjoy reading other Blogs and admiring how well put-together and colour-themed everything is. As I said earlier in this post, I didn’t take blogging too seriously until now finding out how important all of this stuff was.
For now, I am going to stick to a simple theme with menus so that my readers can easily navigate. The importance of having a theme across my blog and social media accounts is important but it adds to my annoyance. Especially trying to make all my Instagram pictures look aesthetically pleasing.
Having To Take Professional Photographs
As much as I enjoy taking photographs, ensuring that they are of a certain standard for my blog can be tiresome at times. Especially when it comes to editing them I usually have to set aside an entire day to do so. My iPhone 6s camera takes great photos but it was still not where I wanted them to be.
Therefore I had to invest in a DSLR camera.
Scheduling posts to my social media accounts seems like the hardest thing to do. Although it is recommended to post often to different platforms, I have not been able to keep up with this.
Reviewing Google Analytics
For the life of me, I just do not get analytics other than the basics such as the number of users visited, sessions, bounce rate, demographics, and gender. A lot of people say in order to improve your blog time should be spent reading, understanding and making adjustments according to the results.
Sometime in the near future, I do hope to overcome most of these challenges if not all and have everything figured out where my blog is concerned. But for now, I just wanted to air some of my pet peeves when it comes to blogging.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Are you a Blogger? What are some challenges you encounter?