It’s officially one year since howlindycsit.co.uk was first published. And of course a lot has changed in this time. It’s had many new looks (you may have noticed it’s changed again recently lol – let me know what you think!), many posts, and the audience has grown steadily. I’ve learnt new skills, experienced amazing opportunities from it and am forever glad I started. It’s my baby. My little space on the internet. And although I of course LOVE having a blog. There are many things I also hate about it. This love hate relationship is an absolute killer. So of course, to kick of the 2nd year of this blog I’m writing a list post – one of my fave kinds. All the things I hate about blogging. And maybe for the 3rd year I’ll do the things I love… if I’m still writing.
1. The pressure
Although this blog is a hobby, it’s something I often feel a huge amount of pressure over. I’m always wanting to tweak, improve and grow it – which is hard work. The pressure is sometimes so big, it’s a reason I don’t write as often as I want to. I then have more self pressure to produce more content and the cycle continues. There have been moments where I want to delete the whole thing, but the pressure also pushes me to keep going. So I guess it’s not all bad.
2. The self-doubt
Along with the pressure comes his cousin, self doubt. I feel having self doubt isn’t something I’ve hugely experienced before as usually I am quite confident in myself. However when it comes to the blog I constantly find myself picking faults in it, comparing it to others and wanting to change. I spend a loooong time working on each post before I post them and am forever asking for reassurance from my sister that they’re good enough. Lucky for me they usually are! (Or she’s just kind…)
3. The effort
Although blogging is something I do enjoy doing, it’s pretty hard work! Photography, writing, editing, responding to emails, deadlines, scheduling posts/tweets, promoting the posts on all social medias (lol) the list goes on. Some people do blogging as their full time job, which I admire hugely and feel more credit is due for. I have to say though, for people who think blogging is just about and for the free things, the effort that’s put into maintaining a good quality blog is worth way more than free products. But I feel this might be something only fellow bloggers will truly understand. I certainly didn’t until now.
4. I am not my blog
I often feel people think my blog is all there is to me. And yes my blog is me, but I am not my blog. There is waaay more to me than this (at least I like to think there is ha). Although it’s flattering when people ask me for advice, I’m still learning as I go along myself. So when people contact me out of the blue it can feel like that’s all they see me as and all I’m good for. And of course I am always happy to give advice, but it is weird. There are super detailed blog posts all about it out there and you should 100% read other blogs before starting your own. Google is your best friend.
5. To capture or not to capture
That is the question. I am always thinking, ‘is this blog worthy?’. Everything I do, anywhere I go, I’m conflicted with whether to capture the moments or to simply enjoy them. Hence the brunch photograph for this post. This was an occasion in which I had met up with my bffs and felt the need to take blog photos which didn’t actually make it to the blog oops. We could’ve all enjoyed our food hotter and fresher, if only I’d know hahah. Sorry guys! It is understandably frustrating for company, and recently it’s beginning to frustrate myself. This is a balance I haven’t quite mastered yet, but hopefully with post planning it will? Please!
Instagram now feels like hard work, it’s no longer as free and spontaneous as it used to be and it’s certainly not instant. I’m always trying to keep my feed cohesive and it’s sort of non-theme flowing. But often I’m not posting at all. This is something I really need to get back into the swing of, it’s just Instagram after all! P.S. who else is missing the chronological feed as much as I am?
7. Writers block
Writers block is my real enemy! Fueled by good ol’ pressure and self doubt many potential ideas are deleted as they’re not ‘good enough’. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a schedule on this blog or a goal of how many posts I want to post each week/month, but there has always been one in mind. Alas, this is majorly hindered by Mr Writer’s Block. Taking time off from the blog usually does the trick however, and I come back more motivated and fueled by more ideas than ever! For the time being at least.
8. The boring things
SEO, DA scores, follow/no follow links, google analytics – important things for growth and being an overall blogger #boss but it’s just SO beyond me. I will never understand these things.
It’s expensive! Now don’t get me wrong, blogging doesn’t need to be expensive. But with the pressure to constantly improve, the money adds up. Especially if you’re as spendy as I am. New blog themes, camera lenses, products to review, photography props etc. Yikes. My mum is forever nagging me about this, and I have actually started tracking it lol- check me out!
there are 9 things I hate about blogging! But don’t let that put you off if you’re considering starting one, just know you were warned haha. But in all seriousness I do love blogging and am so happy I’ve been doing it for a whole year now. Here’s to many more to come!
As always, thank you for reading and supporting me along the way,