I have fallen in love with blogging this past year. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend my free time, and the creative high I get from creating new posts is unlike anything else. However, just like everything in life there are downsides and struggles. As much as I love blogging, there are still things that I struggle with and that annoy me. I thought I would share 5 of these things with you so if you’re a blogger you may relate, or if you’re not, hopefully this will give you more of an inside look into blogging!
As much as I love creating new posts, there are always times where I struggle with coming up with new ideas. There are some weeks where I can come up with tons and tons of blog post ideas and how I want to create them, and there are some where I draw a complete blank. I find this is natural with anything you do in life, but it’s still something I struggle with even though I’ve created tons of posts. Luckily I write down all my posts ideas so when I am drawing a blank I can look back on them!
As a blogger I rely on natural lighting and good weather for all of my photos. I prefer natural lighting because no artificial light will ever be as good. A big struggle for me is having enough natural light / the weather. I take almost all of my lifestyle photos in my “studio apartment” bedroom, and sometimes the sun just doesn’t want to shine that bright. I find often times when I’m in the mood to shoot photos or have the time it’s too dark. I also find that on days when I can go out and take outfit photos, it starts raining just as I’m about to leave/shoot. And not to mention where I live the summers can get extremely hot and humid, making taking outfit photos nearly impossible.
Since no one is making me blog, and it’s not my job, sometimes staying motivated can be hard. There are times where all I want to do is blog, and there are other moments where I want to be as far away from my laptop as I can. Motivating myself to be consistent and blog twice a week has been a challenge I’ve faced many times. Although luckily I can get back to being motivated within a day or two!
There is nothing worse than taking photos or working on a post, and having something go wrong with your technology. Although I have luckily never had any photos I’ve taken be corrupted (knock on wood), I have forgotten camera batteries or memory cards when going out to take photos. The one thing I do struggle with is my laptop. There have been a few too many times where I have typed up a whole post, gone to click save, and it goes to have me log in which loses all of my work. This has to be the one thing that frustrates me the most about blogging.
As much as I try to fight it, there always comes a period of time where I doubt myself and my blog. I start doing the awful practice where I compare my blog to others and I doubt whether what I’m posting is actually good and beneficial. I just overall start doubting everything and although the more I blog the less it happens, it still will be something I have to deal with from time to time.
And those are the five things I struggle with when it comes to blogging. If you’re a blogger let me know what you struggle with, or if you’re not let me know what you found surprising to know is challenging for bloggers!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!