The Anti-Tourist

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5 blogging life lessons

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Today we travel (introspectively).

I have to start this post with a disclaimer: although I've been travelling for practically my whole life, I'm fairly new to the blogosphere. Despite this, I've already learnt some invaluable lessons and it has definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things.

So without further ado, here are some of the lessons I've learnt so far from Blogging #101; the early days:

1. Blogging is a full-time commitment.

Prior to starting blogging myself, I'd read posts from my favourite bloggers and go 'Oh, this is easy. I could definitely do this in between lectures'. 

*Beep* Wrong. If you're serious about your site and you really want to share quality content with your readers, you cannot take this thing lightly. Writing posts will take time, promoting them will take double the effort and of course you have to think about what you will write in the future. Two posts in, and I was talking, walking, thinking about my blog non-stop. Blogging is so much more than writing; there is a lot of thought that goes on backstage. Which brings me to my next lesson...

2. Coding. Oh God the Coding.

Blogger, Google's publishing tool, is definitely very user friendly and its basics are easy to grasp. However, if you're a perfectionist and aesthetic like me, you'll want your own template, your own design, your own everything. And that involves a lot of coding. In a few months my head began swirling with terms such as HTML, Javascript, codes, SEOs, scripts and what have you. Nightmare. 

Now I can use a computer, but once I got into the backend of my blog, I felt like a complete illiterate. Thankfully my knight in shining armour is an awesome web developer and has a degree in Boyfriend Patience, so he helps me out when things get messy. I've learnt some great stuff too through solo experimenting on my blog's HTML! 

3. Not everyone will understand why you blog, and that's OK. 

Blogging, especially in Malta, is still not a very widely understood concept. It most definitely is not considered as a proper job. The most you can get away with is to describe it as a hobby, though you can definitely expect some weird looks, and some may describe it as pretentious. You know what? You shouldn't care. 

Your blog is your tiny space of the world wide web, and it's yours to do as you please. I write about my travels and any event I really liked, which makes me happy, and that's all I care about. So maybe it won't be easy to explain to your grandma over dinner, but then again, neither is explaining how a smartphone works. You're cool. You keep doing you. 

4. There are a LOT of blogs out there.  

A quick Google search will tell you that there are more than 150 million blogs out there globally. That's a lot and competition is very though. You begin to realise that you're going to have to work hard on your blog to make sure it stands out. 

You're also going to get frustrated when you see that although your content is great and you've done your promoting, not many people are reading it or engaging with it. The reasons can be many, from Google being mean and ignoring start-up blogs (SEO stuff...refer to point #2) to not having found your audience niche just yet. You can't give up. Keep going at it, write about what you love and do your part - it won't be easy! 

5. You love it anyway. 

So there's 'some' work involved. So maybe you won't see the results straight away. But at the end of the day, you're writing and publishing content about what you really love, and that is amazing. You took the initiative to start something new, something fun, something different, and that makes your heart race. You get enthusiastic when you have new stuff to post about, and you're happy when someone agrees with what you have to say and likes and shares your stuff!

What do you guys think? What else did you learn from blogging? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 

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