Blogging is wonderful, and it has added tremendous value to my life. I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing in my free time if I hadn’t made the decision to start up Currently, Lately. I’m guessing it would be something super unproductive (like staring at the wall or bingeing Parks & Rec for the
millionth billionth time) but that’s beside the point.
Blogging has become a huge part of my daily life since I decided to give it a go last summer, and I haven’t looked back since. But I like to be completely transparent with you all. And as much as I love blogging, I have to confess there are some things about it that I don’t particularly care for.
I firmly believe there’s a good and bad in just about everything (except black licorice which is totally and completely disgusting), and I think that philosophy can very much be applied to blogging. And although the pros far outweigh the cons, they definitely do exist.
That being said, today I wanted to explore some of the positives and negatives that I’ve found in blogging. Obviously these are my own personal opinions, and they do not necessarily reflect the experiences of everyone. But I hope this can be somewhat helpful to any of you how have recently gotten into blogging, or relatable to those of you have been blogging for a while.
Pro #1: Having a place to talk about what’s on your mind
This is kind of an obvious one, but one of the many great things about blogging is that it allows you to speak about whatever you want whenever you want. If something you’re going through is really bothering you, you can write up a blog post about it. It’s a great way not only to channel your thoughts into words, but also to get feedback on them. Hearing from other people who have shared experiences can be one of the most exciting things about running a blog! I know I’m not the only one who gets excited when I see a comment notification.
Con #1: Always having something to do
While having a blog to keep me busy is usually a good thing, it can sometimes be a bad thing, too. Running a blog requires a lot of work, sometimes to the point where it feels overwhelming. Writing posts, taking photos, and promoting on social media can be a lot. And there are moments when it feels like a never-ending workload. This is especially the case if you have a set blogging schedule. Self-imposed or not, these deadlines can be challenging to meet.
Pro #2: Interacting with other bloggers
I know I’ve touched on this benefit various times before, but I truly believe one of the most wonderful parts about being a blogger is being able to connect with other people. This platform makes it so easy to find and communicate with people similar to yourself. I’ve interacted with so many amazing people since starting my blog, and it has really made the experience worthwhile.
Con #2: Blogging/inspiration ruts
We all go through those stretches when creativity is essentially impossible to come by. In blogging, that is no different. I’ve certainly experienced my share of blogging droughts, and they have posed as quite the challenge. It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself when you’re not feeling inspired or motivated, and even more so when you’re unable to meet blogging deadlines because of it.
Pro #3: Learning new skills
Another marvelous advantage to blogging is that you’re able to pick up a lot of new skills. Before I started my blog, I had no idea how to edit photos, or, quite frankly, take decent ones. (If you don’t believe me, scroll back to my blog posts from last November…) Since then, I’ve learned so much about what goes into taking a good picture.
Con #3: Pro #4: The good makes up for the bad
Rather than list another con, I’d just like to reiterate that the positive aspects of blogging far outweigh the negative aspects. Despite some mildly frustrating things here and there, blogging is wonderful. If you want a space where you can create whatever you want and connect with other people, blogging definitely fulfill that goal.
What do you consider the pros and cons of blogging to be?