Blogging: The Good and The Bad

Now personally I don’t think that there are a lot of bad things that come from blogging but of course with anything there are some. There are a lot of people blogging at the minute but there are also lots of you who have just started or that are yet to take the plunge. So I thought it would be interesting to share with you all what I have found since I started posting nearly a year ago.

The GOOD

There are a lot of good things that come to mind when I think of blogging, the biggest thing being all the lovely people that make the experience a lot more pleasant than it could be. Anyone who follows, likes or comments on my blog makes the biggest difference and makes all the time that I put into my blog so worth it! To think that I have gained 3,000 followers this year is just crazy and it’s all down to you guys! You somehow find my blog interesting enough to follow and it honestly amazes me!

Other bloggers also make this experience and journey even better. There is such a nice online community of bloggers that are there for each other and help each other no matter what the issue is. I love that that community is there and if there’s a question someone has the answer and is willing to help. If you are new to blogging definitely make a Twitter account, as it’s on there that I really discovered how great the blogging community really is.

The more you write, the more you start to learn about yourself. That might sound strange but when you are writing you learn how different you are from others, what’s unique about you starts to come out the more you write and figure out your style of writing, since starting my blog last December, I can see such a huge difference in how I write now to how I wrote back then.

Not only that but writing about topics you are passionate about can really help you mentally. I love writing posts that actually mean something to me and not only about makeup and fashion, I love seeing all of your responses and chatting to you all in the comments about it all is always amazing to see someone understands or has gone through something similar.

It really lets your creative side come out. Blogging isn’t as simple as a lot of people may think, it takes a lot of time to think of the ideas for blog posts, then to write them, edit them, take the photography and edit the photography, and then to finally post your content. A lot more goes into it than a lot of people think. I think you will either hate it or love it. Personally I love the experience of creating new content and seeing the reactions to it. It helps keep my creative side awake to always be thinking of new ideas and new ways to approach things. I might do a post soon about creativity and keeping it alive if you would be interested in hearing my thoughts on it?

Working with brands is probably the one good thing you were thinking I would include, and honestly I wasn’t going to (hence why its the last one). Personally yes I have worked with brands in the past but not recently as I have found that there is no point sometimes unless the opportunity is worth while. I have worked with brands such as Adore Me but feel that unless you have a really big following, they won’t offer you what they should. I wrote a post for them that they said they would share on social media, at the time that’s all I wanted as I didn’t have even half the following I have now. But looking back on it, its bad of brands to offer nothing but exposure for you putting so much time and effort into posts for them. This could also go on the bad side as some brands don’t hold up their part of the deal which is what I have found. The exposure that is promised you don’t even get half the time as the companies don’t even tend to mention your posts on their social media, so if you are starting blogging just to work with brands don’t! It won’t be worth it as a lot of brands won’t touch bloggers who don’t have a big following.

The BAD

Here are the not so positives. Most of the time I don’t tend to talk about negative subjects but lets be honest, sometimes it has to be addressed and if you are someone new to blogging or thinking of blogging, you have to know that it’s not all happy and pleasant all the time.

Spam has to be on the bad list here haha, one thing I can’t stand are spam comments on my blog. I never understand why people will comment something that doesn’t relate to the blog post or the fact that people just go around pasting links to their site on peoples posts. Also like spamming people is also very annoying, I don’t know how people think we won’t notice. If you like 20 of my posts in less than a minute, you obviously aren’t reading a thing, which means I won’t check out your blog if you are just spamming everyone to get attention, it’s not nice when people work hard on their posts.

Although I spoke about the blogger community above and how good it is, it can also have its bad times, like most things, everyone isn’t always happy and sometimes things can get out of hand. Twitter can be a negative place sometimes especially when people don’t have the same views or someone does something not so morally right, people can sometimes go a bit far. Personally I’ve never been part of this drama but it does happen quite often in the blogging community on Twitter.

As mentioned above, brands can be a bad thing sometimes, being a small blogger you think it’s great to get that email from such a brand wanting to work with you, but sometimes it’s not always as good as it seems. They tend to want to take advantage of you, it’s one thing I’ve been keeping an eye on recently.

So that’s it for todays post. I hope you all liked it and that it gave you a bit of an insight into my thoughts and experiences blogging. Let me know in the comments some of your thoughts and experiences. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

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63 Comments

  1. November 23, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Thanks for the information. You go into so much detail with your posts. Love your way of writing. πŸ™‚

    • November 24, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Awh thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  2. November 23, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I just started out blogging and I feel like this post gave me more insight (if that makes sense) so tysm :3 Really informative β™₯

  3. mandimargaret
    November 23, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I just started blogging and it’s already done wonders for my creativity outlets! It’s so much fun. And I am also just so pleasantly surprised how nice the community is πŸ™‚ I’m excited to keep going and connecting with everyone! This is very encouraging

    • November 24, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Aw thank you! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  4. November 23, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Such great points1 I have the wordpress app on my phone and its the worst when you see notifications pop up of the same person liking all your posts in a matter of seconds Xx

    • sillatran101
      November 23, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      same

    • November 24, 2017 / 10:53 am

      Thank you so much! Yeah I completely agree πŸ™‚ x

  5. November 23, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing the negative side too, i haven’t gone through those yet but i am sure i will soon πŸ˜›

    • November 24, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Thank you, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  6. November 23, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Interesting piece for sure. Paragraph 3 of The Good, but I found a great nugget at the end. I LIKED many posts sickly, having not yet read them, thinking it was a positive initial move. I now see the other way of it’s message.. 😊

    • November 24, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thank you! So glad you liked it πŸ™‚ haha I never thought of it from that side, but its best to read them to show your interest πŸ™‚ x

  7. Sophia Johannah
    November 23, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I love reading posts like this with the pros and cons of it! So many people talk about the good sides of blogging but not a lot of people mention the bad side so this is a good post! Especially since it goes into such detail!

  8. Yoly
    November 23, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I totally agree with you on blogging. Now I’m guilty of liking post but I do it to bookmark myself to go back to it when I have more time…lol…it is amazing how when you start writing you want to do more.

  9. November 24, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Hehehe! I can relate with some of these things but I’m still a beginner so I will experience more. I love the community too, we are so supportive and talkative and I’m really glad for this.
    Omg, I don’t know how to use twitter and I’ve never figure it out, I feel like an old grandma, but I think it’s so interesting.
    Have a wonderful weekend! xx

    • November 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

      haha glad I’m not the only one, so glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  10. Veronica M.
    November 24, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Meeting other lovely bloggers or getting to know readers definitely is one of the big positives when it comes to blogging. Also glad you mentioned how bloggers do put a lot of effort into creating posts-much more than some may believe at first. xoxo

    • November 30, 2017 / 2:56 pm

      Yeah I completely agree with you! πŸ™‚

  11. November 24, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    You are so right about everything you’ve written. Great post!

    • November 30, 2017 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you! So glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  12. November 24, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I love this! This definitely shows the ups and downs, and is super helpful to anyone who is just starting out! Thank you!

    • November 30, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Yeah I really wanted to show both sides as its not that often that people get to see them πŸ™‚ Thank you! So glad you like it πŸ™‚

    • November 30, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Awh stop, its something that really tends to bother me about blogging πŸ™‚

  13. November 26, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Really interesting read, especially about the working with brands part. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thank you! Really glad you liked it πŸ™‚

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Thank you! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  14. November 26, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Great post. I have been blogging for a while now although inconsistently and have not been as motivated as I wanted to be mostly due to the chaos of life but also because of the negative items on your list. I agree that like spamming is disappointing because it’s so clear that your posts aren’t being read. ❀️

  15. November 27, 2017 / 1:46 am

    These are great tips! Over on my blog I wrote a post about not getting too involved with those stupid Facebook groups!

    • December 4, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you! Oh I’ve never joined a facebook group haha

  16. November 27, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I really like your honesty in this post. Also I totally agree, in ways you don’t really expect you do learn things about yourself. Not to mention all the things you can learn from other bloggers too. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Thank you! Really glad you liked it and I completely agree with you! πŸ™‚

  17. November 27, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing! i started blogging no too long ago and it’s good to know what to look out for as I continue. πŸ™‚

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Thank you! Good luck with blogging, I hope you love it! πŸ™‚

  18. November 28, 2017 / 2:28 am

    Thanks for posting this! Sometimes I get so unmotivated with my blog but have to keep on! ❀️❀️

    • December 4, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Awh so glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  19. November 28, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Cannot agree with this enough! Amazing post girl! You are smashing it with your posts at the moment!

    • December 4, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Omg thank you! Thats so sweet πŸ™‚ x

  20. November 30, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    So insightful! I just started blogging so it’s nice to hear some potential negatives to watch out for! (As well as positives to look forward too!!)

    • December 4, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you! Good luck with you blogging journey πŸ™‚

  21. December 2, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I am new to blogging and this was so helpful, thank you for writing this❀️❀️❀️

    • December 4, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Awh so glad you liked it, good luck with your blogging journey, I hope you love it πŸ™‚ x

  22. December 6, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Good insight. The people in the blogging community have been great. Where do you see the most negativity in what you do?

    • December 8, 2017 / 11:18 am

      I don’t really see much or any negativity aimed at me but I’d say the spams in comments that i have to keep deleting, if thats even considered negative

  23. December 15, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Thank you for your post. Im new with this blogging. So im trying to find my way but like u said it isnt that easy. Its always nice when people like or comment on blogs. And if not i guess its still nice to write down thoughts and feelings. Great post, thank you

    • December 18, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Awh thank you and yeah I completely agree, it only takes a minute to comment πŸ™‚

  24. December 16, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Great post πŸ™‚ I just started blogging and I think just the fact to write things, having none dictate you what to talk about, what to say about it, etc. is great. When I’m having a bad day I sit down with my computer and I write something, my mood gets instantly better πŸ™‚

    • December 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Yeah that’s exactly it! Its so important to do it for you and just let it all flow naturally and not forced πŸ™‚

  25. December 17, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post, the blogging community has definitly got to be the thing that keeps me most motivated and one of favourite parts about blogging x x

    • December 18, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Yeah its really good to become part of it as it really does help motivate and you get inspiration from being around them as well πŸ™‚ x

  26. December 20, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I really appreciate this post and the other post you wrote about your one year of blogging. It is really insightful for me as I just began writing, and discovering so many new things. Your writing is very smooth and easy to read. can’t wait to read more of them.

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Awh thank you so much! That’s means so much to meπŸ’•

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