If you’re a blogger, you probably came across this New York Times article peering into the world of design/DIY blogging. It includes interviews from several prominent bloggers and their experiences with burnout. Yes burnout. Like every other career in the universe, bloggers experience the feeling of just being fed up with work. It’s not all pretty pictures and happy times like social media would have you believe. It has moments of excitement brought on by new opportunities or posts gone viral, but that is short lived and only a very small portion of the experience. Not to mention this only happens for a select few.
Which brings me to the title of the post, “Someone Please Explain Blogging to Me”. I believe there is a huge misunderstanding floating out in the world about blogging. Blogging is definitely one of those industries that can only truly be understood if you’re in it. The outside world sees what it is allowed to see or what slips out accidentally. There are a lot of late nights, sacrificed weekends and expensive investments. Other ugly components to blogging? Unwanted comparison to peers, jealousy, self-doubt rejection and disappointment. You can learn all the skills in the world, create amazing stuff and still have no one read your blog. Making it big, so to speak, is just as tough as becoming a celebrity. To get the readership brands and other employers/contractors will pay attention to, you have to constantly churn out great content then win a series of popularity contests over social media. I think this would make anyone feel burned out after a while. I know I have. Read More