I love blogging. A slight contradiction to the title of this post I know but I really do love it. I could rave on and on about what I love … the support, the friendships, the sharing … but despite this there are just a few things that somewhat bother me about the blogging world that has now become such a huge part of my life!
1 – Bloggers block
Now this isn’t one that has bothered me lately, in fact I’ve had quite the backlog of post to write; but a real downside to blogging can be not knowing what to write. In the earlier stages I’d sit down to my dedicated hour or so of blogging and be struck by the dreaded blogger block … blank mind = blank screen!
2 – I can’t say that …. can I?
The decision to write about certain topics or personal issues can be really tricky. Can I talk about that friend or family member? Can I mention that graphic part of labour or my honest opinion on this matter? I’ve become a lot more confident in speaking my mind. It’s my blog and if someone doesn’t appreciate the content than they don’t need to read it … having this view makes it a lot easier to keep my blog honest and a tad bit juicy!
3 – I need more hours in the day!
Where does the time go? Between having a newborn, keeping up with the housework and catching up with friends and family, it can almost be impossible to spend as much time blogging as I’d like to.
I have a list of reviews, updates and stories to write; comments to reply to, post promotion to do and that’s before I can sit down and catch up on my favourite blogs to read.
4 – Be original
How many ‘what’s in my changing bag?’ posts and Tags are there? I love taking part in them and I do so really happily but sometimes I just want to be a bit more original. I know it’s about my family and our life and that in itself is original but often I do wonder why I couldn’t have thought up that linky idea or written about that amazing post that everyone seems to relate to.
5 – Is anybody out there?
Sometimes all we want is a bit of love right? A ‘like’ here, a ‘share’ there, even the odd comment every now and again. I know we don’t write our blog posts for the feedback, but sometimes it’s great to know what someone else thinks.
Silent reading is a habit a lot of us have, I’m a bugger for doing it, but I’m making more of a conscious effort to let a blogger know when I like their posts.
6 – I have non-bloggy friends!?
Being so consumed with blogging and the cyber world can often make me forget that I do in fact have friends outside of blogging. I’ve found myself not replying to text messages from my friends and yet tweeting people who, although I’ve built a relationship with via Twitter or Facebook … I’ve never actually met or even spoken to on the phone.
7 – Cliqueyness
This one doesn’t affect me too much. I’ve made some fab bloggy friends, but there are the odd times that I see a conversation going on and I rally want to join in and comment and then I have to rethink. ‘Have I spoken to them much on Twitter before?’ , ‘What if they don’t reply and I look silly for trying?’ ‘Why wasn’t I tagged in that #ff?’. It’s all silliness but it does go on and can really put us bloggers down.
8 – Parenting blog reviewing a porn site … really!?
Sticking to my values, although sounded easy, was actually pretty tricky. Now that my blogs been around for a little while I’ve been building more and more PR and brand relationships. These are great and all but ‘would you like to review xxx porn site?’ is not something a parenting blogger is really up for! (This wasn’t a request I was sent by the way, but it’s an example that quite often PR brands will send out to blogs based on their stats and not their theme.)
I’ve been offered some rely great products of high value but I’ve had to say no because they’ve simply had no place on my blog. This sucks because sometimes the prospect of money is really tempting isn’t it?
9 – PR knock backs
As you can gather from number 7, I only work with PR and brands that suit Lilypod and Sweetpea. This means that sometimes I do contact PR companies when I have an idea for a collaboration. The most disheartening thing is when you don’t hear back. Yes they may be busy or simply not interested, but a courtesy reply wouldn’t go a miss would it?
10 – How did she get that!?
The dreaded blogger envy. I’d love to say that I don’t get jealous but I do … we all do … admit it!
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve seen a blogger review a product and thought ‘how can I get that?’; or seeing a blogger tweet about their childs 10 hour sleep and learning to change their own nappy at 5 months (slight over exaggeration maybe) and thinking why haven’t I mastered this yet?
Do my fellow bloggers agree? If not then what are your downsides to blogging?
Thanks for reading! xx