Hey everyone! Recently, I realised that like everything else that’s happening around us, there’s a flip-side to blogging, too. So I decided to compile what I love and don’t like about blogging into this post. Read on to see if your pet peeves made it to the list!
Being a teenage blogger is brilliant. As young adults, we’re just starting to have our thoughts and opinions on the world, and I think that is amazing. Our blog is where we write it all down. Us literature fanatics rant about the brilliancy of our favourite books. Some bloggers talk about their lifestyle. Others write beautiful prose and poems; the blogging community is so big!
Why do I love to blog? What is the magic in letting words flow from your fingers as you think of them, and putting them out into the world wide web? After all, I’m just a little girl, fingers flying on a laptop’s keyboard somewhere in the world, in my room. What does blogging mean to me?
There are so many teen bloggers out there, and the entire blogosphere is one of the most friendly platforms I have ever seen. We’re always so supportive of new bloggers, and the community always makes you feel at home.
The blogging community is my favourite part of being in the blogosphere—for what is blogging without companions?
—You can say what you think.
I started a blog because I wanted a place where I could share my thoughts with the world. I did maintain a journal, but I felt that I needed my thoughts to be seen and heard. We all have our voice, and this is mine here.
This is my little corner of the gargantuan internet, and it’s so special to me. I think blogging is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Whatever you think, whatever you feel—there is no wrong blog post! It’s anything you think of!
—Your writing improves.
Blogging is simply writing. I’ve become a much faster typer, and I now find it easier to covert my thoughts and opinions into words.
I can express myself freely now; another thing I owe to blogging. I’ve also found so many professional blogs where the writing is novel-level, and I learn from them. I am so grateful for the blogosphere yet again!
—You learn a lot.
If you’d asked me to set up a website 6 months ago, I’d have been clueless. If you’d asked me to graphic design something 6 months ago, I’d have asked you what graphic designing was.
Now, with Canva, WordPress and Blogger, I think I’ve made quite the improvement. I can now do some basic coding and graphic designing with Canva to add some images to my posts. I think that this is another glorious aspect of blogging as a teen.
—It exposes you to the world.
Sometimes, I find myself scouring the web for ideas to blog. I found so many bloggers through which I learnt so much. I found bloggers from the States, from Georgia, even from UAE! Knowing about these different cultures, having a worldview… I find these things
I also think that as we grow up we must be open to people from all backgrounds, all cultures, all religions and diversity is also something I’ve learnt as a blogger.
—You get brilliant recommendations.
I found some of my favourite (like all-time favourite) shows and books through blogging. Cassandra Clare books were a big thing when I first started blogging, and that’s how I began reading her books, and I love her novels now! Same for the Lunar Chronicles, the Grishaverse, and even John Green books!
Then when it comes to TV and movies, I saw Bolt (the Disney movie) being reviewed on some of my favourite blogs and even Girl Meets World, both of which I love now! Another reason I love blogging with people my age!
Blogging seems to be mostly good, but there are a few issues that people find quite aggravating. Though, as a blogger, I love to blog (which is why we all do it!) I do have some problems that I would like to see solved someday, and it’s not got to do with the platform on which we blog.
—It takes up a lot of time.
Easily the most complained about disadvantage when it comes to blogging as a teenager. If you’re anything like me, you often have various prior commitments to attend to. This could be quite the struggle when you need to stick to your blogging schedule!
Especially with exams! I took a little hiatus when I wrote my finals (I’m only in seventh!), so it’d be a close call for those in higher grades.
—There is a little hate.
Unfortunately, nothing is ever just sunshine and lollipops. That applies to blogging too. I have (thankfully!) never had an experience with cyber-bullying and hate online, so I have no personal anecdotes, but I have seen this happening.
I suppose for the most part our little community here is always friendly, and as long as it remains so, I reckon we’ll not have any issues! Just stay happy and remember it’s a person sitting on the other side of the screen, so treat them as you would like to be treated.
This is a really important topic which I want to speak up on; I’ll probably write a thing or two about this in the upcoming Summer Diaries post.
This is my rule of thumb online. Before I write a comment, I ask myself: ‘Would I like to receive a comment like this?’ If the answer is yes, I’ll post it (it always is, hehe.) If there’s an issue, then, in my opinion, don’t call them out in public—I wouldn’t like it if someone did that to me. Instead, I would consider personally messaging them and sort it out 🙂
—Finding the right readers.
When you start blogging, it can prove to be hard to find readers and bloggers in your niche. Your niche is the kind of content you post. Lifestyle? Self-help tips? Books? Whatever it may be, you need people to read your content.
You can’t simply sit in your corner of the blogosphere and wait for readers; you must find readers! Interacting with other bloggers is often the most fun part of blogging, but what if you aren’t able to find any?
Well, it takes time. It is hard, but good things come to those who wait! So patience, grasshopper! Also, if you’re a blogger, do leave your blog down for me to check out!
—Your content needs to develop with the blogosphere.
The blogosphere and its standards are evolving. Ten years ago, if you posted once every month, your readers would still be there. But today, you need to post at least three or even four times a month. That’s posts full of interesting things and good writing.
So you’ll come into blogging as a newbie who’s done their research, but trust me, no amount of ‘research’ is enough. Practical experience is the best.
—The urge to start another blog.
This is one of the unpopular opinions on this list. I like to dance, to read, to sing, to draw—and I’ve had to quell the urge to start a new blog so many times. It’s so lovely to start afresh—everything new. You can use the lessons you’ve learned from your previous experience, but you don’t want to delete your old blog!
This is something I’ve had personal experience with and it’s never a bad thing, but you’ll have two schedules to keep up with, and if you’re already busy, it can be a hard commitment. Blogging is something I want to enjoy and not do as a job, so I finding myself trying very hard not to start a new blog so often!
—Running out of ideas.
Very, very early in my blogging journey, way before I even knew about the ‘Reader’ section, I would find myself stumbling across what I like to call ‘abandoned blogs’. These are (often amazing) blogs that no longer publish content; the last they did was five years ago.
Their last posts have reasons as to why they no longer want to blog, and most of them say that they have nothing to blog about. Which defeats the whole point of blogging, doesn’t it? It’s what I’m most afraid of! I never want to stop blogging!
This could be a disadvantage to those who want to blog, but don’t know what to blog about. Maybe sometime I’ll publish a post full of blog post ideas! Would you like to see that? Tell me in the comments!
In summation, I think blogging, like most other professions, has its pros and cons. But, when it comes to blogging, I feel that the pros overshadow the cons. Blogging is a beautiful way to express yourself through words, through pictures, and I think that the fact that people read what you have written makes it all the better.
I think that if you are contemplating over whether or not to start a blog, you should definitely start one! It helps you develop so many skills, and you learn so much, too. I think that blogging is a wonderful hobby that I’ve grown and hope to nurture, and you should too!
Something I’d also like to point out, (which doesn’t fall into the pros or con category) is that I never see people not reading a blog because of the author’s age; another thing I love about our community.
You’d think that there are people out there who say that a twelve-nearly-thirteen-year-old girl mustn’t blog, but no. Everyone here is very inclusive, and I do hope it stays that way.
Now, did you like this post, and what do you think of blogging? Could you relate to any of these common blogger problems? Does this speak for you, or do you have another opinion? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to chat ♥
Sending you a little bit of sunshine,