Confessions Of A Newbie Blogger
Time for some real talk, peeps.
I’ve been making ‘websites’ since I was in middle school, and by that I mean writing out a list of my interests on a GeoCities page and sprinkling it with sparkly gifs and sassy quotes. I wish I had some sort of screenshot as evidence because I’m sure my pages were beyond embarrassing.
The fact of the matter is that I’ve been wanting to start a blog for years, and though I’ve created multiple sites with cringe-worthy titles, I’ve never fully committed myself to the whole blog thing.
I used to focus so much on aesthetics that I wouldn’t put any effort into producing worthwhile content. Turns out, you do actually have to write once in a while if you have a blog. And on top of that, there seem to be so many ‘rules’ to blogging, which is pretty overwhelming for someone getting started in this industry.
I thought I would share with you some of my confessions as a new blogger, things I am probably not ‘supposed’ to do, but that I think are okay and you should be okay with too. It’s just one big learning process right now.
Five Confessions of a Newbie Blogger
1. I go back and edit posts.
I’m a perfectionist and I change my mind all the time – a lethal combination. I feel like I’m never truly done with a post because I have the option of editing it. There’s no such thing as perfect, so I am just going to let things be.
2. I spend way too long looking for images.
Since I am not handy with a camera, I spend ages looking for images in the creative commons section of flickr. It’s enjoyable because I love looking at pictures, but it’s also a huge time suck.
3. I’m never not thinking about blogging.
I have so many ideas floating around in my head which means I’m always trying to decide which one to focus on for my blog. Now that I have an outlet, I feel like I need to actually get these ideas onto paper, and sometimes it’s just so freakin’ overwhelming.
4. I don’t know what my niche is.
My interests change on a daily basis, so sometimes I’m really into fitness and the next all I want to talk about is beauty products. It’s something that I know will evolve over time, so I’m just going to write about what feels good at the time.
5. I get embarrassed that people I know in real life are reading this.
It’s weird when your stepdad retweets a link to your blog post and you’re like, oh shit he knows I have a blog. Basically, I’m worried what others will think about my ideas, but I’m trying to get over it. I’ve realized that if they’re interested, they’ll read, but if they’re not, they’ll just ignore. It’s scary putting your ideas out into the world, but it’s also incredibly liberating.
I hope some of you can relate to my experience as a blogger so far, and I would love to know what your confessions are or if you have any advice for us newbies!
Photo: Gabrielle Assaf