I have been running this blog for about 3 years now—sometimes enthusiastically, other times not so much. In that time I learned a few important things when it comes to staying motivated to post regularly and to also fulfil any creative endeavours you might have with a hobby that is fairly simplistic. Below are five of the hardest things I’ve dealt with while running a blog and how they’ve made me lose interest in the hobby in the past.
Finding The Time
Whether you work full-time, go to school, or dabble in a little bit of everything, finding the time to blog and maintaining a regular blogging schedule is hard. You either have to resort to writing and photographing on the weekends or doing a bit of both slowly throughout the week. This is primarily why I fell out of blogging as often as I did—I found it hard to manage my work, social life and personal life alongside preparing posts I actual wanted to put out. As of now, I am trying to just write and photograph as many posts as I can think of so that when I don’t have much time I’ll still have a few already lined up and ready to be posted.
Coming Up With Ideas
There are days when blog post ideas are flowing out of me and there are days when I can’t come up with a single topic that would be interesting to discuss and photograph. I can only imagine what this must feel like for someone who has been blogging for years, but I know from my own experience that it can really deter you from wanting to put out any content at all. My strategy at the moment is to jot down as many ideas that come to me, even if I’m not dead set on them at the moment, and then look them over once I’m ready to actually start writing. This way I’ll have a guide of some sort, but I can always tweak the ideas if I’m not completely sure about them.
Most of the fun that comes from blogging is being able to be as creative as you want to be because the space is all yours to do what you want with. However, I find that this can also make running a blog that much more difficult because I often feel like there are so many things I can do and directions I can take my blog that I often hit a standstill and lose motivation altogether. I catch myself thinking that I should be putting out content that I think others will like rather than what I would like to read and that causes a huge issue when it comes time to think up new ideas. It’s important to figure out what drives your creativity and stick with it in order to really get ahold of what makes you and your blog unique.
It has always been fairly difficult for me to promote my own work, as though it’s somehow shameful to be proud of what you create or to even create anything at all that you might think is worth sharing. When you start running a blog, half of the work—after you write and photograph—is getting others to see what you’ve created. Considering how many blogs there are out there, it’s hard to bring yours up to the surface, so self-promotion is necessary, especially when first starting out. I’ve failed to do this many times and it has really impacted the level of engagement and views I get on my posts. Right now I am doing my best to promote my work, but it still feels a bit narcissistic to do so even though every brand, big or small, needs to in order to grow.
I’ve loved photography every since taking a film photography class in grade 10. Capturing a scene with perfect lines and great exposure is such a satisfying feeling. With that being said, photography is also the most difficult part for me when it comes to blogging. Firstly, it makes a mess, especially if you photograph flatlays with multiple products. It’s such a pain to take everything out, set it up, get that perfect shot (which sometimes takes hours) and then put it all away again once you’re done. Secondly, it doesn’t just stop at taking the picture; you have to then also edit them so that they all align with your blog’s aesthetic. Needless to say, photography always takes the longest for me and it’s one of the main reasons why I have the bad habit of not posting regularly. If I don’t have a few good pictures for the post then I don’t want to put anything up at all.