As my Behind the Scenes of Blogging series is proving to be pretty darn popular I thought it was time to provide a perspective (or five) different from my own so I asked a few of my fellow bloggers from around the globe to share their thoughts about blogging:
Let’s see what they had to say…
°For me, it’s definitely the creating and sharing. I have a million ideas in my head and notebooks filled with project ideas so, of course, the actual creating part is what I love but my very favorite part is what comes after I hit publish. The feedback from people is what keeps me going. Sharing and connecting is the true essence of blogging for me. I thrive on seeing that I’ve inspired someone to be more creative, because I truly believe that creativity is so vital in our lives. Sadly, a lot of us have lost contact with it, so I’m more than happy if I re-spark someones creative fire.
°Expressing and sharing my passion in a creative writing context. Blogging is a creative act for me. I love it. I am not interested in advertising and making money from it.
°We love the planning of a project almost as much as we love the execution. Brain-storming, planning the project’s purpose & thinking about each step of creation in a user-friendly manner are all aspects that we get really excited about.
°Sharing the massive insides of my brain with real live humans who randomly come across the blog and friends who I don’t see often.
°Hmmm. This is a tough one. I would have to say marketing. I blog as a business, so it’s vital for me to find new audiences and grow my numbers and, although I love the results, I don’t like the process. There’s definitely a lot of pressure to be on top of your social media game all the time. Sometimes, I just don’t have that much to post about. Constantly scanning the web for possible advertising opportunities can get exhausting. If I could, I would hire a marketing/advertising manager ASAP!
°Nothing really. When I first started out I was a bit slow but you do get faster and more succinct over time. Although come to think of it the blog format drives me mad sometimes.
°As the photographer & stylist of our blog my least favorite aspect of blogging is any part of the writing process. I’m a visual person & much prefer capturing the project’s process with images over text.
°I’m the writer & project creator of our blog & the least appealing part of blogging for me is the social media promotion aspect. Part of blogging is not only creating good content, but also getting your work out there & getting it out there often. Having to constantly stay connected on Twitter & Instagram can be time-consuming, but it’s a necessary part of being an active internet presence.
°The logistics of sharing the blog. Promoting! Definitely.
°This might be surprising but I actually wish my readers would understand how much their feedback really matters, not only in a personal sense but also business-wise. A “like” & “share” on Facebook, a comment on my blog, a save on Bloglovin’ – these don’t take that much time, but are invaluable for a blogger. It’s the only way for us to know if our readers enjoy and appreciate what we publish. I think my readers do appreciate all the time and effort I put into my posts and I don’t think they have to understand all of the ins and outs of my job I certainly don’t understand theirs, but blogging is such a solitary act most of the time and I think every blogger needs that reciprocity from their readers. To know they are there, and that they actually do care.
°If anything we want our readers to have an understanding of our limitations, both time-wise & monetarily. Ideally each tutorial would have an unlimited budget, but sometimes we have to sub out materials for things we have on hand. If the blog continues to grow, our budget & schedule can expand & we can work towards that ideal, but in the meantime our readers have to be understanding of our limits.
°It’s not so much what my blog readers would understand, it’s those people in my circles who do not blog and look at me strangely when I try to explain what I do. I would love to know what they are really thinking of my blogging and lifestyle. At the moment I just make assumptions from the looks on their faces = mostly bland and no more questions after I tell them I have a blog.
°It comes naturally to me since I write about things I feel passionately about but it is a skill. The only thing that I would like to see happening around my blog is more engagement. I get some lovely comments from time to time, but for the most part, I don’t purposely end articles with a question to encourage engagement because it doesn’t always feel natural.
°Just that it is great to have a network of people like yourself who are so passionate about what they do. Who are generous and share. It makes social media a special place to be when you do not have a lot of people in real life who ‘get you’ and/or inspire you.
°Working on the blog has been a great experience & such a positive activity in our lives. It’s not always a walk in the park, but it has become a major factor in our lives & we couldn’t imagine having it any other way.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts gals!
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