Blogging is still taboo! I know, we’re confused too.
Today, we wanted to talk about blogging because believe it or not, blogging is still something that confuses many people. It may be that it’s still relatively new as far as careers go. There are so many people who just don’t understand how writing in this “online diary” can possibly be work. In short, let’s just say those people probably aren’t bloggers. As our blog grows, we’ve been finding ourselves swamped with things to do to keep The Angelinos alive. Being the millennials that we are, we’ve always known blogging exists. But it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that we found out that people actually blog full-time as a career. We are fully aware that it might sound crazy to some of you reading this who aren’t bloggers. Two years ago, it was a mystery to us as well.
Whoever said blogging was easy, lied!
Not only is blogging work, but it’s a lot of work.
We started blogging in July of 2017. We know, our blog is a little baby who we love with all of our hearts. Some people go into blogging with a clear vision and plan on what they want from their blogging experience. Those people were not us. We knew we wanted to document our life together in a new way, but that was it. We didn’t have a plan, we didn’t know what a sponsored post was, we had no idea how bloggers made money and we definitely didn’t plan on being visible to so many people. Honestly, being visible to so many people gives us stage fright at times. There are so many components that goes into running a blog, whether the blog is small or extremely popular.
What do bloggers even do that makes it a real job?
We’d like to think that “real jobs” are simply a matter of opinion. Just like any job, it’s work and hard work pays off, literally. Blogging includes what can feel like endless hours of working. Many bloggers work for themselves, which includes creating their blog from the ground up. And when we say from the ground up, we mean starting from simply an idea or thought. But once the blog goes live, that’s when the madness really starts.
Let’s list a few things that bloggers do. And by few, we mean a lot!
- Writing: This is an obvious one, as blogging mainly consists of writing.
- Photography: Some bloggers may not consider themselves as photographers but lets be real, photography is a key element of blogging.
- Research: Bloggers have to research on the daily. In order to produce high quality content, bloggers have to keep up with the latest news and trends. Being involved with social media helps with this one.
- Website management: A blog is a website and websites need continuous updating and management.
- Planning & Scheduling: By planning, we mean planning everything. Planning when, where, and how to take photos. This also includes scheduling events, organizing content, and anything and everything else!
- Photo editing: Bloggers are constantly taking photos. Seriously, we take photos nearly every day. When photos are involved, so is photo editing.
- Marketing: How can bloggers be seen without marketing? Many bloggers sell services and or products which also includes experience in marketing.
- Sales: Sales and marketing work together. As mentioned, many bloggers sell things so you’d need some experiences in sales.
- Social Media: Ah, social media. What would we be without you? Bloggers rely on social media as a huge portion on our audience engages with us through social media platforms. Social media isn’t just about socializing anymore. It’s another way sell, engage and market.
- Technical & IT: We can’t express how many late nights we have spent trying to figure out why a button didn’t work, or why a page wouldn’t load. Troubleshooting can be a job alone. We have learned more about tech through blogging than anywhere else.
- SEO: SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. In short, if you want your website, blog, whatever you want to call it to be found online, you’re going to need some knowledge of SEO.
- Networking: We must admit, we’re both introverted people, so networking has always been tough. But as bloggers and business owners, networking, socializing and building relationships is a huge part of maintaining a business.
- Budgeting: If you’ve made it this far, i’m sure you can see how blogging can 100% be a full-time job. There is indeed money involved with blogging. Where there is money, there is budgeting. Budgeting is a skill and a necessary one at that. If you want to maintain your business while also being able to take that trip to Italy like we do, you better learn to budget.
The list can go on, but those are some of the many things that bloggers have to do to maintain a blog.
Many of the skills listed, we acquired through blogging. Blogging isn’t just writing and then publishing, most of the work happens before we hit publish. After we publish, we enter a new phase of work which includes marketing, promotion, socializing and then back to planning. Actually, we do most of these things simultaneously.
Blogging is fun and rewarding, but there is no doubt about it being a “real” job.
If you’re willing to build a business from the ground up and to maintain it, we applaud you for taking the leap. We sure did and we have no regrets. Time is of the essence and as always, we never have enough time.
That’s all for today folks!
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah