People who have recently started to blog tend to say that they had no idea how much goes into blogging, and I would definitely have to agree with that. For those of you who are starting a blog, though, there’s something else that you should be aware of: blog culture.
When I say “blog culture,” I mean the world of bloggers. It has its own subcultures – lifestyle bloggers, fashion bloggers, mommy/daddy bloggers, etc. – but many of these things apply to many of them.
I’ve always been that person who chooses to start with the bad news to get it over with, so let’s start with the cons of blog culture.
Blogging Culture: Cons
- Cliques – When groups of bloggers are friends, it can lead to some feeling excluded and like they aren’t a part of the community. But don’t let that stop you from doing you!
- Comparison – We as humans tend to compare ourselves to others, and this is true with bloggers. So-and-so started blogging after you did and they have a more “successful” blog than you do. You’re upset about this. Try not to be! After all, comparison is the thief of joy. (And you might become more successful in the months/years to come – your blog is not the same as theirs!)
- Running out of material – With so many different blogs out there, sometimes it can feel like you don’t have anything to say that someone hasn’t said yet.
- Originality – Along those same lines, you may struggle to make sure that you’re not “just another blogger” and that you stand out.
- Negative comments – As a part of becoming a bloggers, you need to accept that you will probably get negative feedback at some point. This could be in the form of comments on your blog, comments on forums designed just to talk negatively about bloggers, in passive aggressive tweets/mentions in others’ blog posts/etc., emails … basically in any format whatsoever. They might be legitimate concerns – like about something that you really do need to change because it’s offensive, or it’s designed to help you be a better blogger – or just negative comments because the commenter is bored and doesn’t have anything better to do with their time. Sometimes this really sucks. But you just need to be aware that it happens and how you deal with it shows the kind of person you are.
None of these should necessarily be dealbreakers when it comes to blogging, but you should probably be aware of them.
Now onto the positive side!
Blogging Culture: Pros
- Friendships – You really can make awesome friendships through blogging, and with people who you never would have met if it weren’t for blogging. These people will cheerlead you and you will cheerlead them and it’s wonderful.
- Bloggers helping bloggers – Bloggers really do help each other, and it’s both in the format of one-on-one advice as well as promoting each other.
- Individual growth from reading – A part of blogging includes reading other blogs. This helps you grow as a blogger and a person. I know this sounds kind of stupid, but hear me out. You are expanding your horizons, seeing how people live in other parts of the country and world, and understanding different people’s perspectives on situations, which can really help you grow as a person.
- Individual growth from interacting with people – You will go so much from interacting with people. You will learn about how to interact correctly with others. This includes how you respond to those negative comments I mentioned earlier.
So what do you think? Have I missed any pros or cons?