Blogging Wasn't What I Thought it Would Be...

April 30, 2014
When I started blogging about a year and a half ago, I was pretty naive about this whole blogging business.  I think that I went into blogging, as most do, with some pretty unrealistic expectations.  I learned a little as I went and have to say that a lot has really surprised me along the way!

I never thought that I would spend so much time reading other people's blogs.  I started blogging thinking that people would just eventually stumble across my blog, but at first I did not realize that most of my readers would also be other bloggers.  When other readers left me comments, I checked out their links and then get hooked into reading certain blogs.  Even though I never thought it would be this way, now I don't feel like I'm officially "caught up" on everything in life if I don't have time to read posts by my all my favorite bloggers.

It surprised me that so many cool people blog!  A misconception that I had about blogging is that many bloggers were either a bit "off" or else they were losers with no real life friends, but I don't find this to be true at all.  Yes, there will always be a few freaks thrown into the mix, but most of the bloggers I've been in contact with are "normal" and friendly.

I wouldn't have believed that I would put money into my blog, especially because I had heard that blogs were supposed to make people money.  A giveaway here, a sponsorship there, and new blog designs can all really add up.  I truly did not think that this would be a hobby that would cost me money.  I know it doesn't have to, but if I didn't enjoy spending money on this, then I just wouldn't--it just wasn't what I expected.

The town I live in isn't very big and I didn't think that I'd be able to find bloggers (especially ones I actually like) in my area to connect with, and I was wrong about that, too!  There are a lot of Ohio bloggers and a few of them live less than an hour away from me--hello, Rachael!

I didn't think that I would still have so many questions about blogging!  I thought that bloggers who had been regularly blogging for over a year would have everything down pat.  That is far from the truth, and I still have my fair share of questions!


I never thought I would put this much time into my blog.  I like to try to post three times a week, although sometimes this is feasible and sometimes it isn't.  From time to time, I'll blog more than three times a week, but I went into blogging thinking that I would maybe post maybe twice a week, tops.

I can't believe that sometimes I'm actually nervous to publish certain posts, but the fact is, I do feel that way.  Hahaha...I know this sounds dumb, but occasionally I worry about my Weekly Wrap Up posts and hope they aren't super lame since I work so much and don't have a lot of time to have a social life!

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would divulge personal information with people on the internet.  I mean, when I sign up for swaps, I readily give away my home address!!  It has always been totally fine, but giving out my phone number or address to strangers is something that I never saw myself doing.  Also, some of the posts I write are about what is on my mind.  I thought I was just going to be a beauty blogger and not get into anything opinionated or too personal--wrong again!

When I thought about starting a blog, I didn't think about the social media/promotion aspect of it.  At this time 2 years ago, I would have scoffed at the thought of having a Twitter account.  I started one just for my blog and still do not have a personal Twitter account.  If someone had told me 2 years ago that I would one day be making a Twitter page specifically for my blog, I would have thought they were insane.

I didn't think I would make friends blogging.  Nancy and I text each other almost every day. Rachael is the best and we've gotten to meet up a few times, yay!  Also, there are some bloggers that I have been following since practically the start of my blogging journey, like Erica.  After reading someone's blog for a year, you feel like you sort of know them, even if the two of you haven't met in real life.

I was a bit astounded at the fact that every blogger I follow is a woman and that an extremely high percentage of the blogs I come across are written by women.  Okay, so I do like to read about makeup and see outfit posts, so maybe maybe it's just the circle I'm in and that I'm 'girly', though this article confirms that women are more likely to blog than men.

I was amazed that people want you to stalk their blogs.  At first I avoided visiting blogs with the tracker on the side that records what city you're in because I thought, "This person is going figure out that the visitor from Mansfield is me and see that I looked at their blog like 20 times this week!!"  Now my views have changed and I'd be happy/flattered for someone to stop by my blog that much!

"Why do far fewer people post and read blogs over the weekend?" is what I wondered when I first started blogging.  It's funny because I thought this would be just the opposite since many people that blog also work traditional jobs and have the weekends off.  I do sometimes post on the weekends, but not as frequently.  That is due to the bulk of my movie theater hours being over the weekend and because I see that I get way less views on a weekend post.  I catch up blogging and reading other blogs on my days off, which are usually throughout the week, so I would think that others would like to do this over the weekend on their days off.  Again, I was surprised to learn that the weekends generated lower traffic compared to weekdays, but I can understand taking a break from blogging and working over the weekend to just relax and enjoy the moment (or maybe to write future posts for the upcoming week.)

What has floored you about blogging?
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Kaelene Spence said...

I thought the same thing about blogging on the weekends! Now though I enjoy taking the weekends off blogging and use the time to prepare my posts for the following week.

Anna Belle said...

I'm with you on personal information thing! I've considered getting a PO box for swaps and giveaways, but that's a little bit of money each month too... :) Great list and I agree so much! (Although I've been blogging near as long as you!)

The Rachael Way said...

Great post! Blogging is such a weird hobby, but sooo rewarding! I love it! :)

Rebecca B. Bird said...

I think the thing that surprised me most about blogging was how intertwined with social media it is these days. Back when I had my first blog 100 years ago, none of that stuff even existed yet, so I was totally unprepared for that aspect.

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

all of this. i esp didn't think i'd spend this much time blogging; in fact, i sort of treat it like my 2nd job except i don't get paid!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Natalie A said...

I totally feel you, on like all of this, hahah! Blogging is such a weird thing, when you really think about it - but we love it anyway! :)

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I agree with ALL of this. Especially how you "meet" people and can develop amazing relationships with them. I would've never pegged myself as doing that in a million years.

Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged said...

LOVE love lovvveee every single point you made in this post. I agree with you 100%! I feel so guilty when I am unable to write a post and keep up with it. Then I look at my bloglovin and I have like 12365422255522 posts from all the blogs I follow to catch up on!! I am sad I can't always keep up with it and slightly envious all my favorite bloggers (you!) can write quality posts and do it often! Thank you for sharing :)

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Areeba said...

Grrr, I never thought that I'd put my pictures/weird pictures/personal pictures on Internet and would want people to stalk me hahaha. Blogging is magical,isn't it?

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

It is definitely more time consuming than I thought. I was surprised by the community as well.

Kristen said...

i agree with all of these. it is definitely more time consuming than i thought, but i enjoy it more than i thought i would. and though everyone said it, i was honestly surprised to meet (online) so many amazing people and actually create friendships. it floors me, and i love it.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Getting less traffic on the weekend entices me to post more throughout the week for sure.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I know! It is kind of crazy that all of us gals that participate in swaps just hand out our addresses, but it has worked out just fine for me.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

It is so weird yet a lot of fun!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yes, I agree! It's crazy how having social media accounts can bring in more views. It has made a difference for me, and I'm not even that active on any of mine.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yes, and it frustrates me when I don't have time to post 3 times a week!! I mean, I didn't think I'd care about that so much.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I do love it--much more than I thought I ever would!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I know..back in the day "my online friend" just sounded so creepy!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I feel the same way when I open up my Bloglovin sometimes. I find it impossible to always be able to keep up, so I just try to focus on reading posts by my favorite bloggers first.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yeah, I never thought I would put pictures about what goes on in my life and now I host the Weekly Wrap Up and do it all the time.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Actually blogging isn't that bad, but when you add in social media, reading other people's blogs, and commenting, whew!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yes, some of the other bloggers I met are so supportive and are just the best people!!

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