Hey party people I am here to wish you a very happy Monday! Another start to another week, I am SO excited for this week because Rob and I will be heading to Boston on Wednesday! We’re going to see a Sox game but other than that we are just going to kind of wing it… hopefully the city has some awesome things in store for us!
I woke up this morning to the glorious sounds of my neighbors cutting down trees with chainsaws (duh it’s 2016 what else would you be cutting a tree down with?) :-‘) … BUT being the super positive, awesome, person that I am, I figured I would use this unannounced morning wake up call as a positive rather than a negative and wrote this blog post instead of trying to go back to sleep.
Let’s get started…
I started consistently blogging a while ago. When I first started my blog I really had no idea what I was doing and it wasn’t until about a year or so later that I actually began to schedule out my posts, and really do some research on maintaining a successful blog. One of the biggest things that I have learned is that writing posts isn’t the only thing that comes along with having a blog. Answering emails, connecting with the community, creating graphics, working with sponsorships, and a bunch of other things also come along with blogging. That is why I am here on this beautiful Monday, sippin’ on some black coffee (feeling like a badass), and uploading my idea of the pros and cons that come along with having a blog. I feel like I could make this list (or the pros part of it at least) go on forever. I am going to try my best to keep things short and sweet.
Pros Of Blogging:
I guess the biggest pro that comes along with blogging is that you are able to express yourself on your own time, with your own voice. If we are being realistic, I could write about anything I wanted and post it on this blog and it would reach at least a few people. Having your very own blog is like having a little space of your own, where you ultimately get to decide to do whatever you want with it. A blog is a creative outlet where you can share your thoughts, opinions, and whatever else you are feeling. It’s really great to have a place where you can unleash your creativity.
Another awesome thing about blogging is the community of people behind it. When I first started my blog I really had NO idea how many other people out there had blogs as well. It’s crazy to think about the amount of new “blogging friends” I have made just because I started a blog. The best part about this is that fellow bloggers are always willing to give a helping hand when you need opinions, have questions, or just want to chat. There is so much to learn about blogging and fellow bloggers are usually always willing to share their knowledge with you.
Sponsorship opportunities are also great. It’s awesome to know that your hard work is valued and that business owners/companies actually want you to work with them to promote their products! It’s really a great feeling when you open up your email and realize that a company is interested in what you have to offer. Being compensated for your hard work isn’t too bad either ;).
I feel like having your very own blog is almost like an asset to who you are– not to mention that it probably looks great on resumes! But really, it’s a very cool feeling to be able to tell people that you are a “blogger” because it is something that is pretty unique… and awesome. I love talking to people about my blog and I love that it is something that separates me from most people.
This list could really go on forever and ever and ever, there are so many amazing things that blogging has brought to me and there are so many amazing things that I know are in store for me
if as I continue to blog. As far as cons of blogging go, there aren’t really that many! Buuuuuuut I definitely can think of a few….
Cons Of Blogging:
I guess one of the biggest cons of blogging is all the work that goes into it. Sometimes it is very frustrating to work really hard on a post and then not get as many page views as you were hoping for. It gets stressful to keep up with posts sometimes and nothing is worse than being underprepared on a day that you usually post. At the same time I guess that all of the hard work usually or eventually pays off… so I guess this could almost be considered a half pro half con…is that allowed on pros and cons lists?
Another downfall of blogging is the social media upkeep that comes along with it. I get a lot of beef from my friends about how I post on Instagram a ton and about how I try and maintain a theme on Instagram. What most people don’t understand is that by doing this I am ultimately creating a brand for myself and promoting my blog. Keeping up with social media is kind of a must have if I want to promote myself. It’s tough to constantly know in the back of your mind that you have to make a tweet about your latest post, or post on facebook, or Pinterest, or really any social media platform for that matter. The sucky thing is that social media really is one of the biggest ways to connect with other bloggers and to promote your content.
I can’t really think of any other cons that come along with maintaining a blog- I guess that’s a good thing though, right? Can you think of any pros or cons that come along with blogging? I would love to here your thoughts in the comments below!