Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blogging reality most people know nothing about

I have been blogging on and off since my high school days.
The great adventure started out with bunch of diary like stories, firstly because I was a teenager living in a small town I didn't like but also because I actually LOVE writing about my life, which probably makes me a total weirdo but I promise I'm not.
Somehow I've always loved sharing my personal experiences and if, along the way that makes you feel a certain emotion, it's a huge success for me. So I always kept on writing and creating until it became a career.


The fabulous blogosphere is one awesome universe, but things have changed drastically since the day I clicked on 'publish this post' button for the very first time so many years ago and instantly fell in love with that unknown new world. Seriously, that was a decade ago! I literally grew up while blogging.

Flash forward.
Today.

It's almost midnight and I'm prepping this post for tomorrow because I'll have to spend an entire morning at uni so I won't have the time for the blog. Unfortunately (insert sad smiley).
Obviously I didn't plan to write the post this late in a day but time just flew by super fast in between hanging out with my boyfriend, shooting a new video and editing it, along with some other life related things.
So, it's midnight and I'm also talking to my friend from Zagreb on messenger about starting on the Youtube. I feel my concentration is running very low, especially with Frida snoring next to me on the bed. Zzzz.

Ironically or not, many people around me would never believe me if I were to describe to them what my normal day looks like. They would laugh and say: 'Yeah, right!' or 'You're so full of shit!' because in reality some of them think that all this happens within half and hour (filmmaking and photography work included). Because blogging really isn't hard work.

Bollocks.

1. It is hard work. Very hard.

This one is so obvious to every blogger out there, but everyone else doesn't see it that way. I don't know why some people think that quality content happens without any effort but that one used to drive me crazy. Like, really crazy. Actually, it still kinda drives me crazy.

2. It takes the insane amount of your free time.

Sometimes I have a feeling like I'm working on my blog 24/7.
With writing new posts, brainstorming about the upcoming ones, shooting and editing Youtube videos and taking care of the social media channels it's hard not to feel like the working day is never over. And it actually isn't, because the dear Internet never sleeps.

But the most important thing is to find some kind of balance in all that chaos and not to forget about your personal life (because that part is actually the most important one) and also always, in every day find some time to unplug. Disconnect. Let it all go.

3. Sometimes it's the loneliest job / hobby in the world.

For me, freelancing has always been a dream. You work for yourself, you set all the rules of the game and you can work from home, wearing the most socially unacceptable outfits because they are so comfy and no one can see you.

But sometimes spending your day with your computer is so lonely it hurts. Especially in winter or during shitty weather when days are shorter and colder and inspiration is running low no matter you like it or not. It's not all about cool events, bunch of different people and new travel destinations...most of the time it's just you and your pretty little laptop. And a camera, in my case. And a dog. Yes, you get the picture. How fabulous.

4. Blogger friendships are the coolest thing ever.

Even though nothing can compare to a lifelong friendship with someone you've known for as long as you can remember, there's something incredibly awesome about blogging friends. It's such a weird concept when you look at it closely - you become friends with someone you've never met before in real life, you don't live in the same towns (sometimes not even countries), maybe you don't even have the same interests but you both love your blogs, you support each other and that's where the click happens and friendship is made. And the only ones who can fully understand that are, again, bloggers. 

5. Success doesn't come overnight. 

Success who? What? How?
So many questions, way too many tips and tricks, articles that confuse you even more than you already are and no proper answers anywhere on the horizon. It's quite foggy out there and nobody knows the secret to unlocking that one, the ultimate dream. So just stop worrying about it. Stop thinking about it and focus only about writing the blog you love. Be unique. Be yourself. And make sure that you have loads of fun along the way.

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  1. This is the absolute best post regarding blogging that I have ever read. All of the points you touch on are so accurate and true. Blogging is a full-time job - one that is full of criticism and loneliness and late nights; but the blogging friendships? That's what makes it all worthwhile.

    xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Erika, I'm really glad you liked it! :) And couldn't agree more, blogging friendships make it all worthwhile!

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  2. koja dobra tema! Dalo bi se o njoj naširoko raspravljati. Blog prije svega zahtjeva jedan kontinuitet, a to je zapravo najteže postići u današnjem svijetu, teško je pronaći vremena za posvetiti vrijeme bilo čemu baš svaki dan, a s blogu se stvarno posvećuje puno vremena, čak i onih dana kada se ništa ne objavljuje, puno se toga priprema...ponekad puno više vremena ode kada se ima manje objava, sve ovisi o tome o čemu se piše, a nekad i o tome kako se poslože stvari. Slažem se s onim da je to hobby kojem nikad nema kraja, pogotovo jer internet nikad ne spava. Toliko društvenih mreža, toliko mogućnosti...sve nas to može posve zaokupiti i potpuno izmoriti... i nije nimalo lako u svemu tome pronaći neku ravnotežu, lako je zaboraviti zašto smo počeli. Potpuno si u pravu da trebamo pisati onakav blog kakav želimo, nema smisla raditi jedno, a ostaviti nešto drugo za budućnost, na kraju krajeva blog bi trebao biti nekakav odraz nas, na ovaj ili onaj način.

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    1. Hvala ti! Mislim da je uz kontinuitet definitivno najvažnije pronaći neku ravnotežu koja će nam pomoći da sami sebe ne izludimo sa svim online mogućnostima. Ja sam recimo čvrsto odlučila da zasad tjedno objavljujem maksimalno 4 posta uz jedan video na Youtube-u i to svaki petak ide. Tako imam mogućnost da se kvalitetno i u potpunosti posvetim svakoj od tih stvari bez da u danu pokušavam odraditi milion neizvedivih zadataka, a uz blog ih imam još stotinu haha :)

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    2. ma baš tako...nemoguće je stalno biti online i na svakoj društvenoj mreži stalno biti prisutan, ne znam tko to može. Ja sam se odlučila da mi je blog glavni, a ostalim se bavim ako stignem (možda nekad i počnem objavljivati na youtubu nikad se ne zna;)).

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    3. Meni su glavni blog i Instagram, zadnjih tjedana polako sve više i više aktiviram i Youtube, ali zato uvijek imam unaprijed sve živo isplanirano kako mi se život ne bi pretvorio u kao :)

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  3. usput nisam znala da imaš blog još od srednjoškolskih dana...sjećam se da si spominjala da si imala već neke blogove, ali nisam znala da si tako rano počela s prvim...ja u srednjoj nisam ni znala što je blog, a tri godine sam starija od tebe:).

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    1. Haha ajme i ja sam se iznenadila kad sam skužila da sam već čitavo desetljeće u ovome, mislim da sam bila treći srednje (ili drugi) kad sam otvorila prvi i baš mi je žao što negdje nemam spremljene sve te tekstove iz prastarih blogova, bilo bi fora sad baciti pogled na njih i dobro se nasmijati i prisjetiti se nekih stvari na koje sam sigurno zaboravila :)

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    2. da, sigurno bi bilo super to opet pogledati:)

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  4. I completely agree with all of this, and I absolutely love your writing style by the way! xx

    www.taintedblues.co.uk

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  5. This is so true!
    Blogging does take a lot of time which people don't realise!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  6. Completely agree, it really does take sooo much free time! Sometimes I feel like I have two full time jobs haha but I don't think people really realise just how much time it takes!
    Amy xx
    Call Me Amy

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    1. Thanks, Amy! :) Haha I completely understand you, it indeed feels like yet another full time job with all the amount of work and effort put into it! xx

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  7. Everything you said is so true! With social media and all it feels like you're blogging 24/7! but if you love it like I do, you wouldn't mind at all.

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. Thank you, Tamara! I absolutely agree with you - if you love what you do, nothing is hard enough :)

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  8. This is so lovely and true! Blogging always ends up in my mind about 99% percent of the time haha, but I would love to learn to switch off and empty my mind completely. It seems that when I'm not blogging, I'm always thinking about it xD I love making new friends while blogging though, it's so lovely! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! :) Haha it's the same way with me, I think about blogging pretty much all the time, sometimes even without realising it :) And new friendships are one of the best thing about it! :)

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  9. I love this post! I don't actually think it's lonely though! I love blogging and like my alone time but I find it gives me a way to reach out to others while having my personal space.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Thank you, Corinne! That's really nicely said, I actually feel the same way most of the time but sometimes the crazy loneliness just gets the best of me, especially if it's one of those days when you wake up feeling lame without a particular reason or when things don't go out the way you hoped they would...But overall, blogging is the best thing in the world and I hope I'll never have to stop :D

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  10. slažem se sa svime! eto, meni se toliko toga bilo nakupilo da sam ga ostavila netaknutog godinu ipo, ako ne i više, a toliko mi je falio da sam mu se ipak vratila. teško je uspjeti među hrpom blogova, još teže se ponekad motivirati. puno vremena, rezultati nikad da dođu. i da, freelance je i moj san snova. <3 kome nije, jel? :D koliko je sve super, toliko i nije, ali barem znaš da radiš za sebe. :) super postić! (Y)

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    1. Hvala ti, draga moja! :) Joooj tako mi je drago da si nam se odlučila vratiti (moram ti skoknuti na blog da nadoknadim propuštene postove sad) i stvarno se nadam da ćeš sad ostati tu za stalno :) I držim ti palčeve za ostvarenje freelancerskog sna, apsolutno vrijedi svog truda, muke i radnih dana koji ponekad traju beskrajno haha :)

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  11. you are so on point! yeah I do feel lonely with blogging and feel annoyed too. But blogging is such a fun hobby!

    Aly In Wanderland | ^_^ | alyinwanderland.com xx Alyssa

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    1. Thank you, Alyssa! And yes, it's the best hobby in the world! :)

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  12. I love all your points. I started over a year ago now, and wouldn't of believed how much time it consumes. All the time, it is constant, I would say I spend about 3-4 hours a day (not all at once obviously) Focussing on comments, posts, pictures, twitter, instagram, constantly thinking about what next? It's hard. REALLY hard. But so so worth it. Well done for blogging so long though, that's incredible! I love meeting new people through blogging, it really is awesome :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin! :) And yes, it's a constant work in progress and sometimes it really is so hard but we all love it so much anyways :) Isn't blogging the best thing ever? :)

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  13. All very well said. I can attribute the fact that I'm a writer, have better self-esteem, and way more international friends to blogging. And all your points are right on. Congratulations on 10 years a for continuing to make it look easy.

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  14. I'm totally agree with you. People think that it's somethig easy.. write a new blog post and pulish! Oh well, take the photo, edit it, writr, be active on social media, eetttccc

    aishettina.blogspot.it :)

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  15. I totally agree with this post. People see me blogging and think it's just so easy, I also have a full time job so my blog takes up most of my free time. I have also met some amazing people thanks to my blog, I love it... I wouldn't give it up at all. xx

    www.itsbethansblog.com

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    1. Thanks a lot! :) And I know how you feel, I would never give it up too! :)

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  16. Sooo true!

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

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  17. Duh this is SO true and important! Thank you so much for sharing this post. I always hate it when people think blogging is such an easy thing to do.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad to hear you liked it! :)

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  18. Ni ja nisam znala da si tako rano počela s pisanjem bloga, šteta što nije sačuvano ništa.
    Tačno je da treba mnoogo truda i slobodnog vremena, ali nekako mislim da se to i vidi. Čitalac vidi kada se autor trudi oko svog bloga i ulaže u njega, a vidi i kad je autor nemaran i ne posvećuje dovoljno vremena (tu bih nažalost morala da ubrojim i sebe). Dešavalo mi se par puta da rešim da dignem ruke jer ne mogu da se posvetim tome koliko bih želela, ali onda naiđem na neki svoj stari post i bude mi drago što sam pisala blog i što ga imam, i onda mi bude žao da sve batalim.

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  19. Osim što nemam psa (još uvek) a ni Youtube, potpisujem svaku rečenicu. Od onih ne tako zanimljivih činjenica koje su u stvarnosti mnogo teže nego što to (nekima) deluje, do svih onih divnih trenutaka, mogućnosti, prijateljstava. I sama često ne znam na koju stranu udaram jer kao i ti, iako zavisim os sebe i svoje organizacije, često se upletem sama sa sobom, misleći da ja mogu sve što sam zacrtala za taj dan, a dan odavno prošao, a urađeno 10%. U svakom slučaju, treba biti veran sebi i samo sebi, ako nekad ne ide, nema veze. Treba da se setimo da tu slobodu iskoristimo na pravi način, a ne da se upetljavamo bez potrebe. Kao i sve, blogovanje i uopšte rad od kuće, imaju svoje prednosti i mane. Ravnoteža između njih i ličnog vremena i svih ostalih stvari je nešto čemu stremim dnevno. Da ne dužim priču, ooooodličan tekst, sedi, pet! :D ;) <3

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  20. Love this!!! Blogging is seriously hard work. I just started my blog a few months ago and everything you said is ridiculously relatable! Thanks for posting :)

    Kelsey | kelssays.com

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  21. Ovaj me post baš oduševio i potpisujem gotovo sve. Koliko god sam ja i dalje na love-hate relaciji te me malo ima pa me malo nema, pa malo pišem, pa malo ne... sve u svemu, blogosfera ima posebno mjesto u mome srcu i to primarno zbog ljudi. Ljudi i ljudi i ljudi. Da, većina bude-follow 4 follow, ali da samo upoznaš par komada onih pravih, ma šta će ti više! Šta ne, jaranice? :))))

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  22. Great post! It is certainly a lot harder than it looks and takes a lot more commitment than people realise. I'm fairly new to the blogging world after taking years of plucking up the courage (I was too scared to fail) So I Loved reading this, it made me feel better :)

    www.sarah-elizabeth.co.uk

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