Thursday, 15 June 2017

Blogging it's hard work



I've been blogging now for approx 5 years and over the years I have had experience of people who just don't get it. From "Oh you get free stuff then" to looking at me as if they have no clue what I am talking about. 

I also get asked a lot by people about how to make money from blogging and I find most of the time people want to set up a blog and make money straight away and often don't realise how much time and effort has to go into it. It took me about 6 months of blogging before I started getting review items and and approx a year before I got my first sponsored post. 

It's not a case of just signing up to wordpress or blogspot it takes time. For starters you have to have the right equipment/resources, you need to start writing posts and gaining followers and just writing a post isn't good enough. I spend time taking and editing photos, finding free stock images (such as the one above)  if I need to, writing multiple posts and then scheduling them in advance, as well as getting my posts out there and read by sharing on social media. 

What you may not also realise is that costs too. For starters I pay for the equipment I use, to have my URL, my logo and blog design, and for facebook ads. There are many other costs too which at the moment I don't pay out for but plan on doing so in the future for buisness cards, courses,  E-books, photo editing tools ( I currently use free version of picmonkey which is very limited) social sharing applications and scheduling tools.

Monetising my blog is hard I don't have side board ads like some bloggers do as I found that that kind of thing wasn't working for me. I do sell advertising though in the form of sponsored/guest posts and for social media as well. Making money from my blog also means that I have to do my own invoices which I sometimes do via paypal or I have my own draft one which I edit for individual work that I do. Then I have to wait to be paid some companies pay instantly others have a 30 and even 60 day wait.

Sometimes you have short deadlines too and I have fit my work in around looking after Blake and keeping the household clean ish and organised. The work can be all over the place too as I don't have a fixed income and some weeks/months can be really quiet too. 

It works well for me at the moment though and I love what I do. I've gained some fab opportunities through blogging and I get to also look back some of the memories/ photos I share of Blake as not all of my posts are paid ones. 

39 comments:

  1. I don't think a lot of people get how much hard work goes into blogging, it isn't just what you see it is all behind the scenes as well.

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  2. No one truly gets it until they blog themselves. It is fun though. Work should never be too easy even if others don't realise it. The 30 days to pay drives me nuts

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  3. A lot of people do not get what blogging is all about and the hard work that goes into it.Personally I blog because I enjoy it and ignore cynical comments.

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  4. I totally agree blogging is hard, takes commitment and dedication. It annoys me when people say bloggers get stuff for free...they do not, as alot of work goes into the images, writing the article etc :) x

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  5. I completely related to this post, I've been blogging for nearly 8 years and now do it full time. It's bloody hard work! xo

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  6. I think people don't realise all the other stuff that goes into blogging, like social media, pictures, research etc. It is a lot harder than people think!

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  7. I think some people believe that blogging is really easy and quick. I put hours in most days and earn nothing. You do the job of several teams - you're the social media team, the photographer, the copywriter, accounts exec, etc. There's so much to do to run a blog. Especially now. I don't remember it being this much work a decade ago!

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  8. blogging and earning money does take a lot of work. It is not an easy process and takes so much effort. I don't like side bar ads and reply on sponsored posts. I do have to invest as well in a lot of costs like pic monkey and social media tools.

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  9. I completely agree with your post, blogging really is a pandora's box, you really don't know how much goes into a good blog until you start your own.

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  10. I agree, it's not just a case of writing and the offers comes flooding in! Blogging is like a full time job if you really want to be sucessful at it. I have been blogging since 2008, stopping and starting in between because I also have a business to run. Sometimes, I feel like packing it because of the amount of time I need to dedicated to keep posting. But I never do, because personally, I love blogging and sharing my experiences and thoughts. I think firstly you have to have the passion for it before thinking about the money and opportunities! Great post btw! :D

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  11. The first paragraph LOL sums it all up - then once you explain - "Oh so you get a lot of money from it then". They think because you're based at home majority of the time it's easy but they don't see all that goes into it. Yeah good luck on those thoughts.

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  12. Blogging takes so much time out of my day and I'm still getting the grip of things so I'm sure there is so much more that can be done. I'm trying to monetise it at the moment but really don't know what to do!

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  13. Totally know where you are coming from! It get on my nerve when people say that blogging is really easy - it really isn't!!

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  14. It is definitely not easy work, sometimes it is so time consuming x

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  15. Yeah I have to say I'm still shocked by the people who expect blogging 'perks' straight away. People never understand what goes into maintaining a website.

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  16. I totally agree. It's not that easy. You need time, a good content, followers and the rest that you mentioned. I hope people will soon understand though.

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  17. It really is a case of people not being able to understand the process until they have tried it for themselves. They only see the end product and cannot grasp how much work goes into producing a post.

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  18. I don't think people understand how much work goes in to blogging or how hard it is at times. It's such a great job / hobby though and the experiences we get in exchange for the work definitely make it worth while.

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  19. Blogging is my full time job and I love it but it can be very time consuming. I hate it when people say to me 'Wow free stuff, I should start blogging' I have been doing this almost 6 years and I can tell you, it's not easy

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  20. Its a good job that blogging is addictive and the hard work is enjoyable otherwise we would all go crazy! I've been going 9 years and still love my blogs x

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  21. I'm a blogger as well and your post rings true. Others (and myself when I was just getting started) have no idea the effort it takes to run a successful blog. Like you, I also don't have ads in the sidebar, or anywhere for that matter. I'd prefer to bring in money other ways. Great post!

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  22. I agree, many people don't realise the hard work and dedication that goes into blogging. There's so much more to it than people think!

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  23. Blogging is very hard work. Non bloggers don't understand how hard it is

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  24. Blogging can be very hard I agree, it can take up so much time without even realising

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  25. It is a LOT of work it really is!!! Good article, resonates very much for me x

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  26. So many people don't understand it do they. They think it is so easy. So much effort and hard work is needed to run a successful vlog x

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  27. It's SO much work. People don't realise till they try it for themselves. So fulfilling though.

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  28. I have been blogging for over three years and it is my full time job! More, in fact, as I am always checking emails, social media etc. Kaz

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  29. My parents and sister don't take my blogging seriously and that upsets me quite a bit. My partner is completely supportive, phew! I would love more time to spend on my blog but that isn't possible at the moment due to my other family and work commitments

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  30. It is hard work but can be fun. My mummy does it as a hobby around her full time work. She often gets asked how to make money from blogging but it's not about the money for her x

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  31. I guess some people just don't know how hard it is when you are a blogger. They just thought of attending events and receiving perks. Though some really earns a lot on blogging. Hard work is necessary and it is not just an instant money thing.

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  32. I agree, people who are not bloggers often do not understand how hard blogging is. Just for one post, you have to write, edit content, edit photos, make sure it has good SEO, create ALT tags, think about affiliates and create coding plus choose a featured post. I wouldn't change it though, I love blogging x

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  33. On one hand I would like to make money off my blog one day but even the actual collecting of the money after you've earned it is so hard as you've touched on above. Plus all the tax stuff. It almost seems more hassle than its worth at times.

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  34. I can relate with everything you said. People really don't get what a hard work blogging is. But I still love it :)

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  35. Not many people get blogging, my family are finally getting the idea of it and that it is super hard work!!

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  36. Great post - I think most people don't realise how much work goes on behind the scenes to make a blog work. It's not just writing and hitting the publish button. You have to work hard for what you want.

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  37. Blogging can be such a slog at times, but I absolutely love it. I love the opportunities that it brings, the new friends and not forgetting, it helps pay the bills!

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  38. I love blogging and people always look at me blankly when I try to explain how much hard work goes into it

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  39. Blogging is hard work. Non bloggers have no clue.

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