So you’ve decided to take the leap and become a blogger? I’ve been right where you are. I have stood on that cliff, ready to take the plunge into the blogosphere. It wasn’t that long ago, not even a year to be exact, that I dove in head first. I was just a girl with a dream of having a voice. While I have never regretted any part of my journey to becoming a blogger, there are some things I wish I had known BEFORE the plunge. So hold up, I have some info for you before you take that blog leap! Let’s talk about 5 things you can expect as a new blogger.
Expect a steep learning curve
I’m starting with this one because I feel like it’s most important. Before I started blogging, I just expected to merely sit down and type out some words, design some images, and BAM be ready for publication. I didn’t consider the amount of technical work that goes into an actual website. All those fancy headers, images, and links well they all take time. Lots of it in the beginning. I wasn’t exactly technically illiterate, but I wasn’t a techno genius either. For me, there was a steep learning curve to blogging. Sometimes I would lose an entire day to some small technical problem. In the beginning, it can be frustrating to say the least. However, things do get easier. If you love the challenge of learning something new then blogging is for you!
Expect to spend money
Now I would imagine that you could be a hobby blogger with no monetary contribution. However, that’s not really the case if you plan to become a professional blogger. While the expenses are not overwhelming they do exist just the same. Owning domain names costs money, as do email providers, and classes to perfect your craft. In the beginning, the expenses can outweigh the income. Don’t fret though, it won’t be by much, and eventually things will swing in your favor. Just expect to go in the hole a bit at first, but don’t become discouraged. Most importantly, whatever you do, don’t give up!
Expect to talk to the wind for a while
I think in our heads we all believe there’s going to be that one post that is going viral. I mean you obviously love what you have to say so why won’t everyone else? And that may be ENTIRELY true. Maybe your post is terrific. The problem is it takes a lot of time and effort to get it out there. The internet is a vast and huge place, but there’s also a lot of people competing for that space. It takes time to build an audience of real followers that not only want to hear what you have to say but are also excited about it. So talk to the wind if you have to, the main thing is just to keep talking.
Expect to be pushed outside your comfort zone
For me, the hardest part of blogging is promoting my posts and products. The problem is if I don’t promote them then no one will ever see what I’ve written, and what’s the point in that? Self-confidence has been a significant hurdle for me. It’s hard for me to accept the fact that people love my stuff and actually want to read it. Another area where I’ve moved out of my comfort zone is social media. Before blogging, I was afraid to update my Facebook status. I now have a constant social media presence and even occasionally tackle a live video. Moving out of my comfort zone has been, well uncomfortable, but also totally worth it!
Expect to fall in love
Somewhere along the way, I fell in love. Not only with my blog, but also with my readers, and other bloggers. I love to connect with my readers, both on social media and email. Nothing makes my day more than knowing that something I said has encouraged another homeschool mom. I have also found great friends and encouragers in other bloggers. They are my cheerleaders, and I am theirs. My blog itself is a labor of love. Sure it cost me a little money, and a lot of hard work, but I have fallen in love with this way of life. Every day I log on, intent on putting my voice into the world, and little by little I’m doing just that.
So now that you know what to expect, take that leap! Sure there will be some unexpected hiccups along the way, but you also might just find a career that you love!