If you have ever discussed blogging with a person who is unfamiliar with the concept, you probably know that some people have very distorted misconceptions of what it actually entails. Before I started blogging, I did not possess a clear idea of what blogging was either. It is strange to think how different my perspective was eight or nine months ago.
My understanding of the blogosphere has definitely changed, which I think has really helped me improve my blog. I thought I would share some common blogging misconceptions today not only to help newbies but to see if other bloggers have encountered similar misconceptions.
1. Blogging is easy
This misconception is the one that I hear the most frequently, especially from people who have little to no understanding of the blogging community. Although it may seem like a simple thing, blogging is a lot more than just writing a post and publishing it. Photography can be time consuming and social media constantly need to be updated. Plus, you have to account for designing your blog and learning about SEO. Blogging takes hard work. And if you’re not a full-time blogger, it’s like having a second job.
2. Every blogger gets paid
Setting up a blog doesn’t automatically make a person a paid blogger. It is a common misconception that all bloggers get paid or receive free samples from companies, however, it is actually quite the opposite. Most bloggers do not receive any sort of compensation for their blog. It is not something that immediately happens.
3. Blogging is all about writing
While writing is one of the primary aspects of blogging, it certainly is not the only aspect. Photography and social media are just as important to a blog’s success as the actual blog posts. A lot of my readers find my content through tweets or posts on Instagram or Pinterest. Neglecting these aspects will make it harder for your content to reach other people. Writing is important, but so are these other elements.
4. Beauty bloggers are unintelligent and superficial
In a couple of my earliest blog posts, I discussed my frustration with the preconceived notion that people interested in fashion and makeup are unintelligent. In contrast to this stereotype, these bloggers are quite savvy. Creating content and maintaining a social media presence requires hard work and intellect. Just like any blogger, beauty bloggers build their followings on their intelligence. Discrediting their worth because their topic of interest is both inaccurate and hurtful.
5. Success is instantaneous
Every once and a while, I have someone ask me for blogging advice. My biggest tip would be not to expect immediate success. While there are some people who develop a following overnight, most of us grow over an extended period of time. Cultivating readers is something that takes a lot of hard work. Most of the bloggers you see with large followings have been blogging for years.
What do you think are some of the biggest misconceptions about blogging?
P.S. I followed through on one of my goals for March by getting a new backdrop!