A lot has changed with Living for the Now since its birth in the summer of 2014. There were so many ideas and expectations, all of which are now a little different. Today I’m going to discuss how things have changed, including my perceptions of blogging (which I think many could relate to 🙂 ).
EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY
I’ll be honest… When we bloggers start up, we feel that there’s enough inspiration out there from other bloggers to help us become overnight successes. Oh, how wrong are we?! We hope that brands will want to throw samples and money at us. And it’s fine to use this mentality as a way of motivating you, but let’s get real. That’s not the case or the best motive for blogging (it helps though doesn’t it?)
The collaborations I have had are mainly built up from researching and finding opportunities. Yes, I’ve had a couple of companies contacting me BUT I have learnt that we as bloggers have to make the effort too.
A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS
I used to lay awake at night with lots of ideas for posts and blog designs, layouts etc. And I probably tried each and every one of them. I never do that now! When I have ideas, I write them down in a notebook and go back to the list later on and think, does that fit in with my blog and will it help people? If the answer is no, I scrap the idea, or I work on a way of making it so it will do both.
I spend much more time developing a post, making sure it fits my overall goals as opposed to just writing for the sake of it.
MY OUTLOOK ON BLOGGING
It was only in March 2015 that I thought I would never, ever want to do blogging full time. I came to this conclusion and I thought I would always think this way. I never thought I would have the opportunity or the talent to be able to. But that’s not what we as bloggers should do. It’s so important to believe in yourself. I can do it full time… It will be a lot of hard work but I know it’s possible.
Something else I know is a controversial topic: getting paid to blog. At first, I always thought blogging should be a hobby; a personal vent system of sharing advice, tips and experiences. However, since discovering how hard it is to blog and blog well there is a lot of work and effort that goes into it (especially paid posts). I am a big believer that bloggers should be rewarded for their hard work but at the same time enjoy blogging for more than just making money.
These are just SOME of the things I have learnt since I started blogging. Do you have any learnt lessons you want to share? Pop them into the comments, I’d love to read them.