I am a failed blogger.
I started off with big dreams of all that I could say and share, but I lost my momentum somewhere between my third and fourth posts. I’ve never written a fifth post on my personal blog.
My failed attempt has given me something really important, and that is total respect and admiration for bloggers that keep on keeping on.
To maintain a blog and keep it alive with fresh content is really, really hard work and it takes rare talent and huge commitment to keep it all flowing.
I started working with bloggers back in 2009 and it is awesome to see so many bloggers I worked with back then become the blogging superstars they are today.
I have also seen many bloggers walk away from it all after years of devotion while others take their blog into extended hiatus periods, and that’s okay too. A blog is a demanding beast, and there are as many blogging challenges as there are benefits.
We asked some fellow Australian parenting bloggers to share their main blogging challenges with us and this is some of the things they had to say:
- Right now my biggest challenge is finding the time to blog.
- It’s hard to break into the “blogger circle” when you’re new. The blogging community in Australia seems to be locked up into strong cliques with limited opportunities for new bloggers to connect their way in.
- I struggle sometimes with comparing myself to others, but I try hard not to.
- Knowing how much to share/withhold of your own life, or your childrens’, especially with photos.
- The PR noise via email is a constant distraction.
- Starting a new blog is a hard slog – lots of networking is required to get your blog on the map which takes time away from defining and evolving your blog’s purpose and actually writing posts.
- My biggest challenge is having the time to respond to comments due to my workload with the kids!
- Staying motivated.
- Trying to connect with companies for PR opportunities.
- Finding the time to read and engage with other bloggers.
- Building relationships: You want people to comment on your blog and you partake too and sometimes it’s overwhelming when you see other relationships forming, but it all happens in it’s own time. Putting yourself out there can be hard.
- Blogging when your partner thinks it’s a crap thing to do!
- Bitching, competing for money, desperation to get sponsors.
- I often feel under pressure to create content even when I don’t have anything to write. I think this is because opportunities seem to come my way based on stats, and I’m not keen to let my blog languish at times of writer’s block.
- Learning the technical aspects of web ‘stuff’.
- I find myself comparing the quality of my writing to others and feeling mine doesn’t measure up. I often feel disheartened by that and wonder why I continue. Then I remember that my overseas family are the reason I do it and I keep going. They don’t care about the quality of my writing.
- Keeping my content interesting for my readers.
- Trying to understand how to attract more followers.
- My husband also finds my time spent on the computer a little challenging too!
- I think there’s a risk of becoming so involved in the blog and promoting it on social media (and chasing followers, readers, comments, traffic) that the online world could take over your real world.
- For me – computer literacy – have problems with self-hosting etc. Not my background!
- The effort and time for often, seemingly little progress.
- Trying not to offend people because they may not get my sense of humour.
- Writing about real people in our lives who may then read the blog.
- Building audience without “selling out”.
- More email than I know what to do with!
- Finding the time to fit blogging in with my family life has been a struggle.
- Trying to figure out a way to make it into either a self-sustaining or income producing hobby.
- The biggest blogging challenge is self-censorship. I have an imaginary line in the sand that I cannot cross. I could risk hurting people emotionally if I were to write about something so private. That imaginary line sometimes feels a little restricting and hypocritical when I try, otherwise, to be as honest and blunt as possible.
- My main challenge has been my own fear/inexperience when it comes to dealing with people in a professional manner (PR/media etc.)
- Getting traffic to my blog… I am no good at self-promotion!
- I have a close group of followers, but they aren’t all commenting. I feel that comments add value to your blog.
- Overcoming writer’s block.
- Some people in real life don’t like what I write about!
- Naively navigating my way through WordPress.
- In my opinion, there appears to be a lack of respect or value put on bloggers by mainstream media. Almost a “you’re ‘just’ a housewife and mother, go back to what you know and stop pretending to be a professional writer” type of vibe.
- The biggest challenge is for bloggers to be taken seriously. We have been given a voice but no one is listening. We need to be the force that changes the world.
Blogging is all about knowing you are not alone, and whatever blogging challenges you may be facing – I am pretty sure you’re not alone with those either.