Posting ‘x’ times a week, having high quality content and being on social media for a certain amount of hours a day. We’ve even got to attend every event going.
The expectations of bloggers is unrealistic. Brands, readers and fellow bloggers forget we’re human. We all have lives outside of blogging. We have family we want to spend time with. We want down periods each day or week, so we can just chill.
Blogging is a lot harder than people think. It takes a lot of time to create a single blog post. We have to have the idea. We need to figure out how we’re going to bring the idea to life; photo location, type of photo, length of post etc. A lot has to happen for 500 words to come to the screen. A lot happens after it’s uploaded as well.
Do we need to post on social media ‘x’ times a day to get a single post out? Do we need to hit a certain amount of views on the post for it to be classed as ‘worthy’?
Why can’t we just blog? Why can’t we just blog and enjoy it for what it is? Why do we worry about algorithms? Why do we care? Numbers are just an expectation. An unnecessary one of that.
We don’t need to live up to the hype of what a stereotypical ‘blogger is’. We all have different journey’s. We’re individuals. We have different wants from our blog. We all create different content.
Some of us will have 100k followers, others will have 100. Some bloggers will have 1000 followers. Numbers are going to be different. We don’t need to hit 10k on Twitter to have quality content. Everyone can have quality content. ‘Quality’ will be mean something different to us all.
Photography is a skill some people have. Writing can be another skill. We all bring something different to the blogging world. We all bring different opinions. We all look at the blogging community differently.
We need to stop worrying about the stereotypes and the expectations of bloggers and to just get on with things. If you love your content, upload it. If you want to talk about a certain topic, blog about it. If you want to create a blog post entirely of photographs and no writing, do it! We don’t need to please others. Pleasing others is feeding into the expectation. We don’t need to do anything.
Don’t lose your identity! Don’t give into the expectation. Blogging events not for you? That’s fine. Because other bloggers are attending events, it doesn’t mean you have to. Noticed a product everyone is raving about and reviewing, but not your cup of tea? That’s also fine.
There’s so many expectations of bloggers, that it can become overwhelming. I’ve been overwhelmed at times. I learned to just sit back and remind myself of why I started this blog. Remembering why I started this blog pushes the expectations to one side.
I blog for me. I blog because I love sharing my life with others. I don’t attend events, because they’re not for me. I write reviews at times, because the product is relevant in my life at the time. I blog when I want. I post on social media when I want.
Why do you blog? Have you been overwhelmed with the expectations of being a blogger?