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Revealing the Truth and Myths about the Blogging Community

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Before I started my blog, I’ve constantly heard about the difficulty of new bloggers succeeding and getting their name out there because the blogging world is a “competitive and saturated industry”. I’ve also heard a tale of the blogging community being a nasty bunch.

Not being phased by the possibility of not succeeding, I still went along with my desire to have my own space on the internet. I started this blog because I wanted to share my experiences and advice to help people become the best that they can be. Corny right? But I really mean it!

At the end of November 2017 straight after my last university exam ever, www.stephanievivienne.com was born.

In the one and a half months that I have been blogging, I have learnt more than my brain could handle (literally!). From learning how to self-host my blog, how to optimise SEO, how to do basic coding, social media marketing, and honing my graphic design skills, let’s just say I was working on my blog 40+ hours a week. I was serious with my newly found project.

Blogging is a full-time job!

Bloggers wear so many hats to manage their blog from being the chief executive officer to content writer and all things in between. Let’s not forget the most important job of all: coffee maker. Just kidding! (half-kidding). Bloggers are constantly learning about new things such as SEO, methods of promotion, and new ways to style their photos. I can tell you with confidence that if you want blogging to become your career, it is not for the lighthearted but for those who are determined and passionate in what they are doing.

The truth about the blogging community

I’ve also learn that…

the blogging community is the most supportive bunch of individuals I have ever met!

Those tales of the blogging community being a nasty bunch is faaaaaaaaaar from the truth. Maybe they were hanging around the bad apples. I’ve met some of the most amazing people and it wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t joined the blogging community. Of course this is my own personal experience but if you are finding that you are lacking some supportive bloggers in your life, hit me up and i’ll connect you with an amazing bunch 😉

Let’s touch base on some blogging myths:

“Blogging is too competitive”

I am somewhat biased because I believe that blogging is not competitive and all about supporting one another to grow together. As positive as this sounds, I can still understand how some bloggers may find that blogging is too competitive. From improving traffic, receiving brand collaborations to growing your social media platforms, it is tough to attract your target market when there are millions of blogs on the internet. However instead of looking at the competitiveness of blogging, turn towards making friends with fellow bloggers and helping each other grow. In a perfect world, if every blogger had that mentality, there always will be room for everyone to reach the top.

“Bloggers aren’t friendly”

A few bad apples shouldn’t stereotype all bloggers as an unfriendly group of people. Like I said before, I have met the sweetest people and it all comes down to where to find them. In my experience, the best platform to meet like-minded bloggers are Twitter and Instagram. I personally find that you have more of a connection with other people on those platforms than on Facebook. Of course you can have a different experience. Facebook might be the platform where you met your blogging squad.

Moral of the story is: don’t judge the whole blogging community based on a few negative experiences.

“I can’t promote my content without being annoying”

It is essential to promote your content when it comes to blogging. How else are you going to get more eyes on your blog? I agree that there is a certain level where promoting your content is annoying for others. What is this level you ask? It’s the point where everything you post is about your blog only. There is no space in between your blog promotions for general chatter and for your personality to shine.

Over-promoting your blog can happen but don’t feel that if you promote your content, you are annoying. Promote your content! You have worked hard to create it so let yourself shine.

“I can’t write about this topic because someone has already written one”

Bloggers may post about similar topics but every blogger has a unique voice, different opinions and own writing style. I like to think that each blogger has something different to offer on the table. I never stray away from reading about a similar topic because I learn something new from each piece of writing. If bloggers weren’t allowed to write about the same topic, we would run out of ideas, don’t you think? 🙂 As long as you aren’t plagiarising (no one likes copy-cats!), go write about that topic!

“Blogging is NOT a real job”

I’ve heard this from time to time and some people really need to get a grip on the times. It’s a digital world, people! Blogging is a real job. Bloggers are their own personal brand who offer their products and/or services.

I think the reason why many people think blogging is not a “real job” is because during the early stages of blogging, it is very likely that you will not get paid for the time and effort you put in. Sometimes it can take years and years to earn an income that you can live on. During the early stages, you may often hear people say “Forget blogging and get a real job”. Let me tell you that blogging is a real job. It is just not the kind of job where you start earning money instantly.

Don’t be discouraged if someone tells you that blogging is not a real job because it is. Keep working on your brand! You might hit the milestone of “I’m going to quit my job because I can earn a full-time income off my blog!” 😉

What is your experience with the blogging community?

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  • Recipesforeverysoul

    I agree with you on all these points! I definitely find this such a helpful place and maybe it is the bloggers we run with but the only reason I have learned anything is because of them. This is a very good article and addresses some real concerns that many have before they start blogging.

    • I am so glad you can relate with all these points! It is definitely a very supportive place to be apart of 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Wow, first off: Can’t believe your blog is only 2 months old! I knew you’d started recently, but still, everything is so polished and your writing is wonderful!
    Also, I never understood this whole idea about bloggers being competitive. Might be in certain circles, but I’ve found that the (mostly female!) blogger community is just so inspiring and always happy to welcome someone new!
    I love finding new blogs to read, new ideas & new perspectives!
    (And yup. It’s a full-time job if you actually want to grow. I want to focus more on my blog in the new year, and you’re so inspiring!)

    • Aww thank you so much! Hearing this means so much! I’m a perfectionist in nature so I only like to put the best content I can make. Even your blog is so wonderful, both written and visually!!
      Possibly! I haven’t really come across any competitiveness so I’d like to stick with the supportive side of the community 🙂
      Yes you can do it!! You create amazing content so I’m sure that your blog will grow so much! Thank you lovely – you are so inspiring too!!

  • LifeWithFernie

    Your Blog is amazing and one of my favourites to read! It’s so organised and is so easy to read! You have achieved so much on only 2 months! Your amazing girl keep it up! 💓💓

    • Thank you Fernie! I’m honoured to be one of your favourites! Love your support, girl!! xo

  • Exactly! The blogging community has been the most supportive and kind group of people I’ve ever met! 😊 Love this! Thanks for spreading the word!

    • Yes! I should’ve joined the blogging community sooner if I knew how amazing people are here! Glad you loved this! 🙂

  • Jenni Maria

    Bloggers have been the most open-minded people I have met in a long time. I have only good things to say about blogging community so far so I hope new bloggers aren’t afraid to take the step and join the blogging world. Great text again :)!

    • I definitely agree with you! I love how most bloggers are very accepting of other people’s opinions. Thank you Jenni! 🙂

  • The blogging community is honestly one of the most supportive I’ve been in! I agree with pretty much everything here! Loved reading this x

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  • The blogging community is one of the most supportive I’ve ever been a part of! I heard almost every myth you mentioned but realized that they are not true. Great post, Stephanie~

    • I’m so glad you joined the blogging community even though you heard almost all the myths! Thank you lovely xo

  • Dani🦁

    Honestly, I too thought bloggers would be really nasty! I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve received, it’s really wonderful

  • Kelly 켈리

    The blogging community is great when you find that group of people who are in the same boat and willing to help each other out.
    I don’t class blogging as a job, but as a hobby. I don’t want to make money from it etc. It would be great if I did though!
    There are some bloggers out there who criticize others and are so quick to judge.
    I love your blog and hope you become a successful blogger ^_^!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • Yes definitely! I’m glad I found lots of supportive people early on.
      Oh yes, blogging is a nice, creative outlet 🙂
      Thank you so much Kelly! You are my go-to blogger for anything related to Korean skincare/make up 😀

  • I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for less than two months, your level of professionalism and content is incredible. Lovely post as always Stephanie 💕

  • fessjarmer

    Woop 🙌🏼 loving this post Steph! It’s absolutely true what you say; we bloggers are a supportive bunch 😉 we’ve got each ofher’s backs! x

  • RIkki Parker

    THIS post was REAL! I heard so many things about blogging and a lot of it was incorrect! And whoever Said blogging isn’t a real job, clearly has never blogged before! It is meant for people with the passion for it only! I don’t know what I expected when I started blogging but all the support and love and input from fellow bloggers shocked me! I get more support from fellow bloggers such as yourself than the people in my life I expected support from! This community is awesome!

    • yes yes yes! I honestly hate when people say that blogging isn’t a real job… it’s one of my biggest pet peeves! If they could see how much bloggers do just to create content (which they may not even be paid for!), they would be astounded. Thank you for stopping by! xo

  • Stephanie your blog is absolute gold, I’m sooo glad I’ve found your blog this early in your journey and can see you grow! ☺️

    Everything you spoke about in this post is sooo true and is such amazing advice. I would totally recommend anyone starting out to read this post ☺️💕

    Keep kickin’ ass girl!! 🙌🏻

    Milli

    http://www.milliberman.com

    • Awww!! I am so happy to hear that, Milli!! I’m so glad to have met you! You are a gem girl! xo

  • I love love love this! Every point was so spot on!

  • MB Consultancy

    It’s only who have no grasp of the digital world and marketing who think blogging is not a real job. It is at least a few times harder than many mainstream office jobs. Great post!

    • I definitely agree with you on that point. It just saddens me that some people think very lowly on bloggers/social media influencers when there is actually sooooo much work put into creating and building their brand and following. Thank you so much!!

  • Leroy Rodgers

    The blogging community is the most amazing community I have ever been apart of. Awesome page! I have been blogging since October. It is a full time job for sure. Writing valuable content is time consuming. But I love it!

    • I agree!! I wish that I joined earlier if I knew it would literally change my life. Thank you, Leroy! Agreed! As long as you are passionate in what you are doing, it can be very rewarding!

  • Erika Ramona

    Indeed, bloggers are very good coffee-makers! 😀

  • Love this positive look at the blogging world! It does sometimes get a bad rap from people who don’t blog or know much about it in general, but it is truly a fun, dynamic, and supportive community that can offer a “real” job and a “real” income to those willing to work at it! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    • Thank you, Traci! 100% agree with your insight – if only people knew how much work bloggers actually do!

  • Janice1982

    People don’t realize how much work blogging really is. It takes a lot of brain power to be this creative!

  • I can relate with all this, for the past one year, I have built a great community of friends online just because of blogging, and am on the way to making it a full time job. Thanks for your insights.

    • That is fantastic to hear!! I’m happy for you! Good luck in your endeavours.

  • Julie Ventura Plagens

    Ok, whatever you’re doing, it’s really working. I don’t know how you did all this In 1 month and a half. Really fantastic web site!

    • Thank you so much, Julie 🙂 I’ve really been putting a lot of effort into this! ^.^

  • Carissa Lara

    I just started blogging a few weeks ago and I’ve found other bloggers to be so helpful and supportive. I still have a lot to learn but so far it’s been a very positive experience.

    • Welcome to the blogging world! I guarantee that you will learn a lot more from other bloggers 🙂

  • Amanda Poplin Williamson

    Thank you for this as I am pretty new to blogging myself within the last year.

  • Jason Endress

    Great post. I love your positivity! It’s true, there really is a lovely and supportive community out there.

  • Ashley Moree

    Loved this blog post! I love the humor you put in it and it really inspired me to feel better about my blog, as it barely has any readers yet!

    I definitely agree with you on the point about several bloggers writing about the same topic. I know many times I have googled a topic and I read several articles because they all say and offer something different!

    Also, I love, love, love the design of your website! Keep up the awesome work! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Ashley! You have made my day :’)

      Yes! Some bloggers are scared that they may be labelled as “copy-catters” but really, every article will have a different voice and perspective, of course unless they are copying word for word 🙂

      Thank you girl!! I’m so glad you stopped by 🙂

  • Daria Gora

    Very nice post, covering all the myths and gossips about bloggers. I come from a design background, blogging is still new to me. I must admit, when I worked as a designer, I did not realize how much work it takes to be a good blogger. I still think, that it is not the most difficult job, not as stressful as others, but definitely, now when I am doing it, I see it is not as easy as people think. I appreciate all the successful bloggers for the productivity, energy and creativity they put into their work. I have just started recently, and it is a nice hobby for now, but we will see what the future will bring.
    Daria
    https://www.californiachic.net/single-post/2018/01/14/Golden-Globes-2018

    • Yes, there are so many behind the scenes jobs when running a blog! Good luck with your blogging! 🙂

  • Rawlings

    This blog is really inspiring. You really cover the truth and lies of blogging. The challenges and sweet part of it too. A few of them i have experienced too. This post is more of a eye-opener to me.

    https://rawlingsunday.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/9-reasons-you-need-to-budget-your-money/

  • It’s true that most of bloggers in the community are extremely supportive. I’ve met so many lovely people in the internet from all over the world.

    Andnon-bloggers usually thought that we just write a post and be done with it when the fact is we’ve to think about the photography, promoting in social media and so many more.

    x Rasya | nurulrasya.com

    • Yes! Everything you said is sooooo true!! Bloggers certainly deserve more recognition for their work. Thank you for stopping by, Rasya.

  • Ja’d Kurumi🐨🌸

    I still can’t get over that tweet you posted! It was just perfect ahaha and I have to agree on your point about some bad apples, a lot of the blogging community are super supportive. I haven’t come across any bad apples yet and I hope neither of us do, but I’m glad you made this post xx

    • Haha thank you!! I’m super glad we haven’t come across any bad apples yet. Even if we do, they can’t kill our vibe! I’m happy you liked it 🙂 xo

  • Angela Alya

    I never found blogging competitive. I actually really love the community as most bloggers are very supportive to each other! Thanks for sharing this article~ It’s soooo true!
    x Angela / sincerelyangiejj.com

    • Agreed!! I’ve never met such a supportive group of people :’) I’m so happy you like it xo

  • Totally agree with your points. If you want to become a full time blogger, you need to be dedicated, motivated and consistent at all times. x
    Ninz

  • Alexandra Marie

    I agree with all of your points! nice to know other bloggers feel the same. And it is just crazy for people to say its not a real job, the dedication and time just even one post takes is more than some people put in to a full week at their job!

    • Yes it is!! It really does hurt when people say that without knowing how much someone has put into building their online presence!

  • joey

    Great post! I started my blog in Dec and there is SO much to learn! I have found so much support in the community though and it has been a huge help!

    • Ahh I am so glad you started your blog!! It is a huge learning curve but it’s worth it! I wish you the best of luck 😀

  • Madi Dearson

    I was Just telling my guy yesterday about how in awe I am with all the blogger community I “met” through social media. So many talented and “on it” people, always kind, always supportive/ I have learned SO much just reading your post and chatting with other bloggers. It’s really special I think.

    • Yes I agree with you!! The blogging community has honestly made my life so much better, knowing that there are so many people I can turn to for help and support xo

  • Leanne

    Such a fantastic post and completely relatable. I’m a month in (almost to the day) on my own blog. In that time I’ve found the blogging community to be supportive bunch. I hope this post helps people realize how much time and effort we as bloggers invest in our blogs often on top of working full time jobs.

    • Thank you so much! Ah that’s amazing! So glad you started your blog! Agreed! More people have to realise that blogging isn’t an easy job to do.