• Jen Gibbs

Some BIG Challenges of Blogging

Updated: Mar 24

With a week until I hit my official ONE YEAR of blogging, I decided to do a little round-up of all the biggest challenges that have come with this new territory. I *quickly* found that the industry isn't as easy as I thought it'd be and properly executing blog posts is harder than I orginally thought, especially once I hit a stand-still in February. If you're looking to start a blog, DO IT! Just be aware of these complications that come up more than I'd like.

1.) Writer's Block

This happens to literally everyone who is into writing. Don't worry about it too much. Sometimes all it takes is a change in scenery or a time away to just breathe and think. Other times, it takes a bottle of wine, a notebook, and some sad music. Either way, keep pushing yourself-you'll get out of your funk if you just keep writing.

2.) Instagram

There's SO MUCH to this one word that is challenging. Dealing with spammy companies, MLM's, and creepy dudes on the regular may not be incredibly new to some, but it's definitely more than it was before I started blogging. Also, growing your Instagram can be incredibly difficult which becomes disheartening. Keep posting what YOU want. Your blog/business is an extension of you. Be transparent, do some research on the best ways to market yourself on Insta and TELL ME so I can follow you ;)

3.) Creating a Routine

When you don't blog full-time, it can be hard to push yourself to write, post, market yourself, update your website, create new content, design, take the "perfect" photos, explore, grow, and so much more. Creating a routine, where you FORCE yourself to do the necessary things to grow your work is essential for becoming successful. And if you're like me, it's also essential to be happy! Take the time for yourself, you won't regret it.

4.) Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

I HATE being that girl that asks others to take a photo (unless I'm touring a new city and need someone to take a photo of Mark and I but still, it makes me uncomfortable). I hate sounding "basic" or annoying people to stop what they're doing and pay attention to me (Contrary to popular belief, I cannot stand being the center of attention). However, I've had to get out of my comfort zone to create the right kinds of marketing materials. It's annoying but it pays off. This is where having people who believe in you and love that you're passionate about something come in handy.

5.) Loneliness

I don't know very many other bloggers in real life. It can be hard to describe to others what I truly love to do. They see the pictures and they read the posts but most times it goes beyond that. I love connecting with others and helping them through rough times. I love meeting new friends and traveling to new places. This whole idea is hard to explain to those who don't really understand WHY you're passionate about blogging.

6.) Getting Others Involved

Like I said before, social media is hard. Blogging is hard when you don't have an engaging audience. It makes you feel like people don't care about what you have to say. Or that you're not good enough compared to others who do what you do. Getting others involved with your work is important, but can be difficult if they don't really care about your work.

All six of these challenges are hard, but they're also what I love about blogging. They're obstacles I need to overcome to be successful and if you know me, I'm always looking for the next goal to crush. I also want to encourage anyone who has THOUGHT to start a blog, a YouTube channel, a business, a boutique, a garden, and anything else you're passionate about to just go for it. So many times, we hear about the difficulties, that we often forget to look at the passion and love people have for what they do. So whatever you're wanting to start, whatever you're wanting to achieve, do it. Do it with all your heart. The world needs you and your passion.

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