Yep. That’s right. I admitted it. I’m a terrible blogger. Ok, so maybe I’m not the worst out here on the internet, but I definitely need to get my act together. I spend a lot of free time reading other blogs, and I’ve noticed that there are traits and habits that ‘successful’ bloggers have that I’m still working towards. I touched on some of this in my first Blogmas post about my fears and goals, but I figured now is as good of a time as any to address some of my weaknesses as a blogger.
1. I’m so inconsisent.
Seriously, if you go through my archive you’ll see huge gaps in between posts. I’m talking weeks and months that have gone by where I have done absolutely nothing on my blog. Then these gaps will be followed by a week or two of regular posts before I disappear again. This isn’t helpful when trying to build an audience. Not at all.
2. My writing could be better.
Growing up, I thought I was a great writer. I would spend hours working on short stories and novels [that I never finished]. I would read and reread my writing and think to myself ‘wow…I should totally do this for a living’. Now flash forward 10 years, and I find myself realizing that my writing skills are nowhere near what I thought they were. But that’s nothing a little work and proofreading can’t fix though!
3. I suck at photography.
Taking/editing blog photos is literally my least favorite part of blogging. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to lighting [and this winter darkness definitely isn’t helping]. I’m also not great at editing. No matter how much time I spend working on photos, I still think they look dark and drab. I’m so jealous of other bloggers’ bright a colorful photos! I especially struggle when it comes to fashion and OOTD photos. I’m way too stubborn to ask anyone to take my picture, and there’s only so much I can do with my iPad’s self-timer. I’m trying my best you guys, but I actually have no idea what I’m doing!
4. I have no idea how to pose.
I keep seeing other bloggers in these effortlessly cool poses, and I think ‘That can’t be that hard’. WRONG! It’s beyond hard. I’m so awkward, and I find it nearly impossible to look natural let alone cute! But a big part of that may be due to my inability to ask someone else to be my photographer. It’s quite difficult to take a candid and natural photo when you’re rushing against the self-timer!
5. I don’t make time for blogging.
This goes hand in hand with my inconsistency problem. With my busy schedule, I find that I’m always using my free time for relaxation and nothing else. The time that I could spend on blogging is spent on the couch with Netflix and a bag of chips. Lazy, I know, but at least I’m being honest.
6. I don’t schedule posts [or tweets].
Never in the [very short] history of my blog did I ever schedule a post before a few days ago. There was no planning when it came to my posts. I would decide to post whenever I felt like it, and I would take/edit photos, write, and publish all on the same day. This is obviously exhausting which is one of the reasons there are big gaps in my posting history. Now that Blogmas has come around, I realized that I need to start planning ahead to survive. Similarly, I didn’t schedule a tweet before a few days ago either. But in the few days that I have, I’ve noticed that I’ve gained a number of followers and my blog has gotten more views than before. Other bloggers have been right about scheduling all along!
7. I don’t collaborate with other bloggers.
Again, this is one that I’ve actively been working to change. I’m really hoping that in the new year I can work together with other people. I love seeing guest posts, interviews, tags, link ups, etc on other blogs, so these are things that I wish to start doing myself. I want to get to know more bloggers in the community and explore the opportunities that collaboration provides.
8. I don’t believe in myself.
There have been many times that I have deleted or avoided writing a post because I think ‘my pictures aren’t good enough’, ‘no one will read it’, ‘it’ll take too much time to finish’, or a million other excuses that I make up in my head. These doubts keep me from really exploring how much I can do on my blog. I really need to learn how to get over these silly little things and just have some fun!
I’m hoping that particpiating in Blogmas will help to boost my confidence when it comes to my blog. I want to push myself to post more and think out of the box a little bit. I want to start the new year fresh and with a positive outlook and a willingness to work on the things that frustrate me. I’m holding myself back and it’s time for me to stop worrying so much!
Have you ever had doubts about your blog or been discouraged? What tips do you have for staying organized and motivated?