Somewhere around April last year I finally sat down to do the whole blogging charades thing – the lockdown and the mental health issues I faced after were my triggers for using this blog as a place to vent. But in turn I found some amazing people that helped change my perspective on blogging.
Perspective I: No one reads blogs anymore
Boy was I wrong – not only do some people read blogs – it is also a great way to make friends from across the globe! Again, I do think that the number of people readings blogs is limited to bloggers and their family/friends (who are forced to read their blogs :P) but the number of bloggers is A LOT.
Perspective II: Bloggers with a lot of followers are popular
I’m not throwing shade at anyone but bloggers with a lot of followers aren’t necessarily popular they are just people who have good marketing skills and are able to use different channels to effectively market themselves. I really appreciate these bloggers for putting in that kind of meticulous effort to market their blogs effectively. Trust me – marketing is A LOT of work (or maybe I am excessively lazy) – I applaud these bloggers for not only doing it but doing it well.
Perspective III: Having XXX number of followers is amazing
XXX keeps changing as you keep achieving those numbers but in all honesty it isn’t the number of followers that matters but the quality of followers that matter. You could have 50 followers but if they all engage and appreciate your work that is so much better than having 500 followers who don’t. This is from the perspective of someone who hasn’t monetized their blog. (PS: I’ve done a fun blog on conspiracy theories about people who follow you but don’t’ engage with you.)
Perspective IV: Writing about only one topic works to increase your ‘popularity’
Again, this is from someone who isn’t looking to make money off of this blog – I started this blog to write about my travel tales. During the lockdown it became my safe space to vent and share things about myself I wasn’t comfortable sharing with my closest of friends. Now I write about any and every topic under the sun that sparks my interest! Again, I’m not popular and I don’t have a lot of followers but my perspective now is that if you’re genuine and can find other genuine people – it doesn’t matter if you stick to one topic or write about multiple topics.
Perspective V: There isn’t much to gain from blogging unless you’ve monetized your blog
I couldn’t be more wrong – from gaining new friends, to learning new recipes, to having someone from across the world completely understand what you’re going through, to getting book recommendations, to getting travel tips, to getting amazing deals on products, to getting skincare reviews (so you don’t have to suffer a bad product) – there is just so much to gain from the blogging world! Here are some of my blogging highlights from 2020 .
Perspective VI: I will start getting brand deals once I get 1000 followers
Honestly, you can get brand deals with even as many as 400-500 followers. You just need to make an effort to reach out to the brands you like to get an opportunity to work with them. Create a media kit of your work and keep updating it. Send it across to all the brands you hope to work with and keep faith! Check out Maryam’s post that I found very helpful.
Perspective VII: Blogging is a fun hobby
It is fun and I love it but it isn’t a hobby – it is so much of work! I am just constantly thinking about the blog and working on it. I’ve already written a WHOLE venting out post on it – you can check that out.
Perspective VIII: No one wants to know about me
When I started writing on here, I avoided topics that included too many details about me. I’d pick more general topics to write about. But I’ve realised in the recent past that the posts where I talk about myself end up being the most popular. So if you’re shying away from writing about yourself – maybe give it a chance? (In no way am I saying share your personal details on here – just more about yourself as a person.)
How has your perspective changed along your blogging journey?
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