At the beginning of my blogging journey I had some misconceptions about blogging and bloggers. There's definitely a "feeling" a non-blogger gets when the blogging subject comes up. I thought I would share some of those thoughts and feelings today, which have since changed now that I can officially call myself ...ohmygosh: "a blogger." What are some of your first impressions and did they changed with time?
- Bloggers had too much time on their hands (blogging false). As it turned out, many bloggers I know have very good reasons to blog, and they are mostly writers like Judy @ Seeds 4 Thoughts, business owners, or photographers like Squirrel Queen @ Through Squirrel Eyes.
- Blogging is a fun activity and it is easy (blogging true or false). Reality is, blogging is easy if you don't care what your blog looks like, or if anyone visits, or you are famous. Otherwise, it is much harder than meets the eye. It requires a lot of time and there are all kinds of background work involved. Technical difficulties, or other unforeseen issues come up from time to time, and Betchai @ The Joys of Simple Life can attest to waking up one morning to find something she didn't expect on her site.
- I thought that I can quit blogging anytime (blogging false). No, blogging is addictive and it is an on going demanding master. If you are creative and like to create, there are always things to do. Some very talented people have more than just one niche to share for example Anne @ A Blogger's Book, who owns four sites, and still manages to write, post and work on social media networking sites.
- I thought blogging is just a another social networking tool (blogging false). No, many bloggers are blogging for different reasons and for the most part, blogging is a "marketing tool", which is another way to advertise on the internet. If you've written books such as Joanne @ Poetic Shutterbug. She has linked her books to Amazon from her site, and you can just click on the badges to buy them.
- Blogging for income is a joke. (blogging true or false) This is not true for some cases as many bloggers have made comfortable money blogging full time, and built very successful websites. Some were even invited to TV shows because of their blog posts - in my eyes these people are very successful. While some of us have made enough freelance money to satisfy our extravagant stuff, like a cup of Java Chip Frappucino with whip cream.
- I thought that I will be tire of blogging in three months and ready to move on! (blogging false) No, my sister IcyBC @ Reach Beyond Limits had to introduce Windows Live Writer, another application and here I was hooked on exploring the possibilities again.
- I thought bloggers are tough, and invincible, given the nature of the type of interaction. (blogging false) Wrong, wrong, bloggers are very sensitive, and once they are not happy with someone, it's hard to convince otherwise. I like when people are honest but courteous, as such I read a lot of Mumsy's life journal. We all have our own opinions, but it's good to learn of others' too. As big as the internet is, it is actually very small in many ways.
- I thought I knew enough to keep me going for a while (blogging false). Truth is, the endless planet called internet keeps growing. As technology advances so will the possibilities. I look forward to the when Blogger introduces the read more and reply to comments on every template and automated. I installed them for my site, but had to dig around a lot, experimented a lot to be able to make it work with my own template.
- Blogging is a lonely activity (blogging true or false). I would say it is an activity you do alone, between you and the computer, but, it isn't lonely once you have made friends and created visitors. Blogging actually could become a companion and a peaceful way to download your thoughts. Believe me, I have had to download my thoughts many nights. More on how blogging has helped me stayed sane: "Ten Reasons Why i Blog."
- Blogging is for old people (blogging false). In 2006 blogging was more popular among the younger crowds than now. And of course, the young people are always first to try and use most techie stuff. Since Facebook came about, young people have opted for short friendly blurbs rather than writing a paragraph or two. It is obvious, to blog is to write, or type to be exact. So to me, true blogging is for people who truly enjoys writing.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Updated 10/25/13- Bloggers did incorporate the read more and comment reply. Yes!