6.10.2015

The Pros & Cons of Blogging

Sage the Blog: Blogging Pros & Cons

I love blogging, I really do. However, just because I love blogging doesn't mean it doesn't have ups and downs. I have been thinking a lot about why I enjoy blogging lately and something that always helps me to clear my head and organize my thoughts are pros and cons lists. So today, I'm thinking out loud.


PROS:

1. COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY. I love being able to connect with women in all different seasons of life. The blogging community is so supportive.

2. CONNECTING WITH BRANDS. I really do love working with brands that I believe in. I really enjoy learning about the hearts behind the brand and sharing an honest review with you all.

3. COLLABORATION. I find that some of my best content has been produced while working with other bloggers. I love fresh perspectives and new ideas.

CONS:

1. NEGATIVITY. Phew. As I said above, I love that the blog world is mostly positive. However, I feel like it can be hard to face the negativity when it does arise, and it can definitely be hard to stay encouraged.

2. EXPECTATIONS. Some of my expectations are those placed on myself and some are those that I feel have been placed on me by others. There are so many expectations that you will have great and original content that is useful to others, a pinnable image, and a ton of time left over in your day to draw inspiration from other outlets.

3. PRESSURE. There is immense pressure in the blog world to do certain things a certain way. Pressure can be discouraging and can lead to writers block, frustration, and a lack of authenticity.

What are your blogging PROS and CONS?

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36 comments :

  1. And all of those cons you listed are reasons why I haven't posted in weeks. I just can't even muster the energy to write because it's just not fun anymore. For now, I'm taking a hiatus - possibly permanently. My biggest reason is the baby, I don't want her on the blog but I know that I can't not blog about one of the biggest aspects of my life. So for now, I just choose not to blog period and being away from it has been so much easier and peaceful than I thought it would be.

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  2. You are so right about community being a pro - most of the time. But it also brings along with it all the negativity and pressure. It's that community that we compare ourselves to most of the time. That's why it's so important to surround ourselves with supportive blogger...I always unfollow the negative ones!

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  3. I agree with you completely on all levels! I've found that I love blogging and sharing various things but I'm not allowing it to control my life. When I realized I was letting it control my life, my content, etc. I had to nip that quickly. Once I nipped it, all was so easy and enjoyable :)

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  4. Yes, I think you make a great point!

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  5. A huge pro for me is doing something I love that's pretty much free. Blogging is my hobby and I have found so much happiness in doing it. The community is the biggest bonus, but the pressure is a con that I always seem to feel.

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  6. Yes, I think it's important to build positive and supportive community! I also unfollow negative accounts but sadly that doesn't eliminate people making negative comments directed at you

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  7. I SO understand that, Ash. I also don't want my kids on my blog but it becomes such a big part, it's so hard to find the right balance! I'm feeling the weight of the cons lately too.

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  8. Yes, I agree with you!!! Free hobbies are always a win!

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  9. Phew. I agree.


    I recently had my first negative run in (someone violated my copyright) and I was so frustrated. Blogging definitely has ups and downs. Some people are just... mean. But most are so incredibly wonderful.

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  10. Pros are definitely community! I have met so many amazing people through the blog world! I agree with your cons - I definitely think there is an expectation. Especially with taking 'perfect' picture etc! And, I think being a faith based blogger it's just hard to connect in the infertility world because a lot of people don't get it ;)


    xoxo

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  11. The more you put out there, the more there is for people to react to in a negative way, and unfortunately, they usually react to our more heart felt, personal posts which makes it even harder to deal with. It has made me think twice about opening up about certain things, but I've decided my blog is MY space, and if someone doesn't like it, they don't have to read it. And as hard as they may be to take, differing views can offer a new perspective that I'd never considered before.

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  12. I've been thinking a lot about this lately, mainly because my blog fell to the backburner for a little bit. Now that I'm back in the swing of things, I feel like I have a semi-fresh perspective from unintentionally stepping back. I realized that I love writing and sharing and collaborating and the community, but I also realized that to get the most out of it (particularly collaborating and the community) I need to put in more effort (read: time) than I have recently, lol. Plus, I learned that most of the pressure I've felt in the past (stats, sponsored content, etc) was something I was placing on myself. So, now I'm focusing on the words and the community. The rest will follow in its own time :)

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  13. Thankfully, I haven't had to deal with a ton of negativity, but I know it's out there, and it sucks. I really don't feel pressure with blogging, but I know a lot of people do, and that is a huge con too! But community aspect outweighs all the cons, I think :)

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  14. Yes! I think what's been both wonderful and challenging is that blogging changes so often, so quickly. Social media is not what it was even two years ago, platforms are constantly being updated, and trends come and go. It can be exciting and also really exhausting to keep up!

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  15. Oooh, I love this post. I love blogging so much but sometimes I feel that I put too much pressure on myself. Like you said making sure you have a pinnable image is sometimes hard enough haha. Community has been by far the best thing about blogging. I love it because it's something I can do anywhere at anytime.

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  16. Girl. In september I have some stufffffffff to tell you ;)

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  17. Ah, couldn't have been more relevant, Cassie. All things mentioned were on-point.

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  18. I'm glad you agreed with these!

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  19. I totally get the self imposed pressure. I love the last point you make, it's definitely a very accessible and mostly free (at least it can be) hobby!

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  20. You make a great point. It's definitely an ever changing hobby! I have a love/hate relationship with that aspect of it!

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  21. I agree with you! At least where I'm at right now with blogging, community trumps all.

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  22. Sometimes stepping back is just what the doctor ordered! I hope you experience less of the cons now that you have this new perspective!

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  23. You're absolutely right! I enjoy healthy conversations and disagreements as long as they're healthy :)

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  24. Ugh in sorry! It's so discouraging when that happens. And yes, you're right about the last part.

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  25. I never considered that as a challenge, that's so interesting. I find your perspective on infertility so encouraging so it's sad you don't always feel like others get it :(

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  26. I got my first real taste of the negativity recently. I think it was because of my tweet to Tess Holliday that she put on her Instagram, but someone hiding behind a private account (of course) went through all my Instagram pics and made nasty comments on a good amount of them. It was kind of frustrating at first glance (They said my tattoos were ugly/I was fat/etc) but it comes with the territory. People are mean! But the friends I've made through blogging and the amount of fun I have with it makes it worth it.

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  27. UGH I HATE THAT. I had a similar anonymous comment series on my blog posts and I just can't stand people hiding behind anonymity- it's almost like they're out to hurt you

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  28. Yessss to all of this. A year ago I never imagined connecting with so many amazing people and growing my online (and real life) community. Knock on wood I have yet to experience any negative comments. Does that make me a real blogger? Lol totally kidding!!!

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  29. Hahaha I used that same joke when it happened to me. I think you're a real blogger if/when you end up on GOMI ;)

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  30. I agree with all of this! Especially the community part. I've met so many great people through blogging and I'm always blown away by our support circle. So wonderful!

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  31. Definitely one of the best parts about blogging!

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  32. I love this. There have been so many times when I have had to let go of the pressure and expectations so I could blog the way that is right for me.

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  33. I'm working on doing that myself lately!

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  34. Oh yes...these are great. The expectations out there are just terrible. I mean, just because I have been blogging for a long time doesn't mean I have to sell myself out for sponsored content. My blog isn't my job, so that seems silly to me. Oh and the negativity...ugh. I hate that we even have to mention that part of it.

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