The best and worst parts of blogging are…
- To find an audience. This is a great place to share your writing with other people. This is one of my favorite parts of blogging.
- Often, friends and family could care less about your blog and say things like, “Oh, you’re still doing that?” Yes, I’m still doing that. That which I pour my heart and soul into. Fortunately, my family is very supportive, a number of them read almost all my posts and they’re very encouraging. But this isn’t the case for a lot of people.
- To make friends and connect with old friends/acquaintances. I have made a number of friends through blogging, including Stephanie from Mommy, for Real, whom I have never met in person and am picking up from the airport as this post is being published. I have reconnected with friends from high school and my old church (Aimee at from Chapel Hill to Chickenville and Angie Ryg) and have connected more closely with newer friends through blogging (Tracy Stella).
- Your real-life friends and family may get neglected. You spend a lot of time on your blog and other social media networking with new friends and therefore sometimes neglecting those you are closest to.
- To get quick feedback on your writing. If you want to know if your writing is good or not, people will tell you – it’s probably the anonymity thing. Sometimes people will not tell you the whole truth and may tell you what you want to hear because they want you to return the favor and visit their blog or some people just want to be mean. But for the most part you will get genuine feedback, particularly positive feedback when you’ve written something good.
- If your focus isn’t on something besides your blog your self-esteem will rise and fall depending on your feedback, including comments, your stats, the number of followers you lose/gain and how many times you get re-tweeted.
- Twitter. Okay you don’t need to have a blog to tweet, but joining Twitter has been one of my favorite things about blogging. I share my blog and I write jokes. There are so many funny people out there – it’s become one of my main sources of entertainment. Plus you get that instant gratification if people like your joke. If you hear crickets then you know it sucked and you quickly delete it before anyone else sees how pathetic you are. Sometimes this can happen a few times a day.
- Trying to navigate through all the options for social media is overwhelming. It seems like every week I learn about some new form of social media that sounds like it would be an easy way to get my message out. But I’ve realized that I just need to stick with a couple and focus on those (for me, Twitter and Facebook).
- To make money. You can make money on your blog through ads and writing sponsored posts about a company’s product. You can get free stuff for advertising and doing giveaways.
- You won’t make much money. You start out thinking you’re going to be the next Bloggess and a year later you still don’t have a book deal and you’ve made $1.64. You feel that sponsored posts cheapens your blog and pushes readers away, so you opt out, but then you make no money and you still have no book deal…mostly because you haven’t tried to pursue it and just keep hoping that an agent will discover you and beg you to write a book they can promote to a publisher because you’re so awesomely hilarious.
- There are entire conferences just for blogging, ie. BlogHer this weekend. You can go there and meet the people in real life that you’ve only known through their blogs. You can learn blogging stuff and spread your blog business cards around like spreading the avian flu. I may just throw mine up in the air like Chuck E. Cheese does with those tickets and watch all the people scramble to grab them.
- Nobody at the conferences who doesn’t already know me even cares about my blog and will be more interested in sharing their blog with me than me sharing with them. In other words, they probably won’t scramble to grab my business cards when I throw them up in the air.
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