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Myths about blogging



Recently I've had lots of emails from new bloggers asking for advice on how to get started. It's really lovely to be able to inspire other young women (and men) in their writing ambitions and although I'm no expert I thought I would write this post about "Blogging Myths" to give people a better understanding of what blogging entails. Here are my top myths and why they are utter nonsense




You get loads of Free Stuff

Yes. You do occasionally receive complimentary items to review. However if "free stuff" is the only reason you are getting into blogging then you won't get very far. In fact it's incredibly insulting to trivialise all of the hard work and dedication blogging takes into the "I want free stuff" agenda. Similarly there is nothing more rude than contacting a blogger with the comment:

 "How do you get into blogging? I want to start blogging to get free stuff" 

Worryingly I've lost count of the amount of times I've been asked this. A decent blogger will be more than happy to offer advice to those of you starting out but respect is what is needed when seeking said advice. 


Blogging doesn't take much time





As a blogger you are pretty much a one man band. You are a journalist, reviewer, researcher, writer, editor, photographer, HTML coder, social media accounts manager and outreach worker. If you plan on putting well researched, concise articles out there, accompanied by clear and eye-catching photography and then actively promoting them then I'm sorry to break it to you but that is going to take up a helluva lot of time.

Bloggers love themselves

There is a difference between loving what you do and loving yourself. Most bloggers start blogging because of a genuine love of either the subject matter, the creative process or both. In fact most bloggers will actively write about their own personal struggles with themselves. Mental health, weight, medical issues, relationship trials... Bloggers are brave enough to put it all out there in the hope of helping others not because they "love themselves" but because they love their readers. So lets just stop with the internalized misogyny, Yes? #girlpower

You can only blog about one thing 

When I first started blogging I wrote predominantly about beauty products. This was due to the fact that I was pregnant at the time and therefore did not see "fashion" as an accessible subject. Since then I've come across some great pregnancy fashions accounts and wish I had challenged myself more to think outside of my limitations. Recently I've started to branch out more into fashion and lifestyle posts alongside beauty and this year plan to provide more interior design and wedding posts. The bottom line is that it is your blog and you can post what you like. Although a certain focus may work at first it might take some time to find your own particular niche so have fun with different types of posts in the meantime.

Blogging is easy

Sometimes it is easy. Sometimes when you latch onto a subject you're really passionate about the content can just flow. However, writers block is fairly indiscriminate. I say this whilst writing this post in the notes section of my iPhone at 4am, having struggled with the words for this article all week. The idea was there but the words failed to materialise until now. No one ever said that the creative process was easy - why do you think Da Vinci ended up with one ear? But don't be afraid to start small and build from there. Write down anything and everything at whatever time it pops into your head. Don't expect overnight success and most of all enjoy writing because if you aren't enjoying it then maybe blogging isn't for you. 



I would also like to take this opportunity to say hello to the lovely ladies at Topshop Plymouth for all thier kind comments about my blog today. It's the first time I've been recognised in the street as a blogger and was definitely a proud moment where hard work has paid off. And in my favourite shop too!






All Images are taken from: https://www.pinterest.com/Millydaydream/

2 comments:

  1. This is such a good post. I actually came into blogging thinking it was easy and it didn't take much time, boy was I wrong! But that seems to have made me more motivated, to kinda prove to myself and others that I can do it! - Also, I've been blogging for over a year and have never received anything "free"! It's not all about that!!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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  2. Blogging does take a lot of time and effort but I'm so glad I have stuck with my blog for almost three years now x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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