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My first six months blogging: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Blogging has been a huge part of my life for the past six months. From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed I am working on making my blog a success and making it my career. Blogging isn’t easy. Each day there is something new to learn and improve on.

The good:

I love blogging. There has been so many good things that has happened to me since the first of May. I have become a part of an amazing community and have made some amazing friends that I know will be there for me when I need them.,

The blogging community is an amazing community to be a part of. I am never alone. They understand the hardships of blogging. I am so proud to be a part of it all.  

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So many opportunities have come my way since beginning my blog.

 For example sponsored posts, brand work, starting my own business and becoming an intern for a growing blog! without my blog these opportunities would have never crossed my mind. Before blogging I never saw myself as an entrepreneur but here I am.

Blogging is a learning curve.

Each and every day I learn something new whether it’s to do with google ranking, SEO, social media marketing, etc. I love learning it all. Although some of it does make me want to rip my hair out. Which leads me too..

The bad: 

A lot of people who don’t run a blog may think all we do is write and post. That’s is definitely not the case. We have to brainstorm, create content, write, edit, make sure our posts will rank in google, create graphic, take pictures,etc. That’s just the blog side of things we still have marketing jobs, social media engagement and interacting, reading other blogs and commenting, working on our email list and so much more.

All of this can be overwhelming and can cause a lot of stress to us bloggers.

Like any job it can become too much sometimes. I have had a few moments of this, feeling like I have so much to do in such a short amount of time. Having a schedule helps a whole lot, It took me awhile to get into a proper schedule and routine in regards my blog and I am a lot less stressed now.

I know what I’m doing on my blog isn’t what you call a traditional job.

A lot of people don’t understand how having a blog can earn you an income. Due to this I have received some backlash but it’s nothing. I have learned to ignore it and work my ass off to prove each and every one of those people that this blog will successful.

I don’t want to be under someone’s authority or get told what to do each and every day. Fuck that. I am going to become my own boss. Work on my terms, work the hours I want and have days off when I want.

As  mentioned above I’ve had a few moments of almost making myself bald while trying to change something up on my blog.

In the past six months I have had a few “ oh shit “ moments. This is all because I have tried to change something on my site and then completely mess it up! Those are some scary moments. I am not a techy person at all so if I really do mess up my website I will have no idea how to fix it.

The ugly:

My first six months of blogging has been a roller coaster of emotions.

The ugly side of these six months has nothing to do with my blog but to do with my mental health. Throughout these six months I have doubted, second guessed and almost quit many times. This is all because of my depression and anxiety.

Trying to get through this mindset has been tough and it usually does take me a few days and many hours of conversations with my boyfriend to make me feel better about my blog and believing in myself.

That’s what mental health does. It tries to cripple you. From now on I will do my hardest to not let my mental health affect how I feel about my blog.

There you have it. My first six months blogging: the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s been amazing and I can’t wait to write my next post which will be celebrating my blogs first birthday. Here’s to another six months of hard work!

Do you have a blog? If yes, how long have you had it for? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Anne xx

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26 thoughts on “My first six months blogging: the good, the bad and the ugly.

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I just started blogging 2 months ago and I understand everything you’re saying.

    I, however, have a few questions and I wonder if you can answer them? My blog rides on a free plan and not self hosted. Is there a way I can start an email list?

  2. Congratulations on your bloggerversary. I have been blogging for 15 years for fun at my family blog. At the beginning of this year I started a money making blog. Haven’t made much money yet, but enjoying the journey and the amazing blogging community.

  3. I started my blog the first of June. I’ve been trying to concentrate on content, I’m terrible with the technical side but keep muddling through, and want to start pitching for sponsored posts but just think I need to build up my following more.. but how?

  4. Theres’ always down sides to blogging, but remember that the stress is coming from nobody but you. I am the same at times, but I try to remind myself that I’m no use if I’m feeling rubbish and take a break. I’d rather produce better content less often, than loads of rubbish content! You’ve made such fantastic progress for six months! xx

  5. This is a really interesting post and I love how honest you are! I relate to a lot of these points and although blogging is amazing and so many wonderful opportunities come from it, it can be super stressful too, especially when you’re your own worst critic!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  6. Congratulations on six months of blogging! My own blog is just over six months old and it’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride at times. Blogging is a wonderful thing to do, but like anything else, it has its ups and downs. I think you have captured that perfectly in this post.

  7. It’s SUCH a journey, right? I think one of the harder things about blogging is the misunderstanding that people have about what blogging is. Eps those closest to us… I know they really question how I’m spending all of my time, and for what purpose? But what matters is the satisfaction and determination I have for my blogging passion and small business efforts.

    <3 We got this. It feels good to follow my dreams alongside people like you Anne

  8. Anne I am in awe of how good you are at blogging, your posts read lovely and you can tell how much effort you have put in the the things you do. I’m glad you are getting the success you deserve, the more work you put in the more you get out! XXX

  9. I found your blog through Twitter and I’m so glad I did. This post keeps me going. I’m new to blogging and while I love it, the anxiety is coming full force. A lot of it comes with ranking and wanting to be heard and constantly looking at numbers, or lack thereof. But it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that is or has gone through this.
    Keep up the great work with your success!

    1. You will get there! It does take time but if you’re passionate and love what you’re doing you will get there! Thanks so much for reading! If you ever need to talk feel free to talk to me at any time! Xx ❤️

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