Hello lovelies! Today I thought I would write about my experience of being a blogger in college and the impact it makes on your life.
As my college career comes to a close, I thought I would take the time to write about this topic before school ends for me. By the time you read this, I’ll have less than 2 weeks before I become the first person in my family to graduate from a 4-year university. A small part of me would like to pursue graduate school, but I currently don’t have the funds; plus, I never really felt like school was for me. But that’s a story for another day.
Today, we’re going to be talking about my experience as a blogger so far. About 4 years ago near the end of my high school career, I created a blog. I’m not sure why I started, but it became my little hobby on the side. However, I was inconsistent and I deleted it because I didn’t like the design and content.
Then I started this blog and the name was originally theluxchronicles. I chose this name because I initially wanted to chronicle my life along with the exploration of luxurious fashion and beauty trends. But over time, I noticed my audience was more interested in my beauty/fashion content and writing about my thoughts was 1) difficult to write on a regular basis and 2) didn’t get much traffic. I knew increasing traffic wasn’t the point of my blog, but it was just nice whenever I could see that people were reading and liking my content.
So I changed my blog name to betweenthehangers, which was actually my second choice for this blog back then. And that brings us up to speed now.
So you’re a “blogger” and a “full-time student”?
To qualify those titles, I’m currently blogging 5 times a week, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a full-time blogger because I always feel like I could devote more time to my blog and this isn’t a paid job.
For me, being a full-time student includes classes, holding leadership positions in two different organizations, working as a tutor, and volunteering as a researcher. So I do have a lot on my plate, and that’s the way I like it.
So what are your “struggles”?
1. NOT ENOUGH TIME
I can openly admit that I’m not a consistent blogger. It’s visible if you take a glance at my archives; I usually blog more during the summer and winter because surprise surprise, that’s during summer and winter break.
I tend to keep taking breaks because I get too busy with schoolwork, meetings, and other commitments. In my first 3 years of college, I felt like I was super busy; you can see this in my recaps of my second and third year of college.
There’s just never enough time in a day to do everything. The funny thing is, I’m completely aware of this and continue to pile on the responsibilities. I like being busy, but I burn out often, and then I always end up putting my blog on the back burner since it’s not a job or a super important project.
I’m also so bad at posting on time. Many of my posts go up in the late afternoon (like this one) and late evenings when I know they should be up in the morning so they can get proper exposure throughout the day. But it’s difficult to find enough time to write, post, and market my blog every day. Because of this, I’ve been trying to make more time for my blog and trying to plan ahead, so I guess that’s been helping me with time management and organization.
2. WRITER’S BLOCK
I remember there was a period of time where I stopped blogging because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. Clearly, there are plenty of topics out there, but I think it’s important to create quality content.
And in this day and age where it’s so important to be innovative and unique, it’s difficult to stay fresh and different. Even now, I’m unsure if my blog stands out, but I’m working on it. I want this blog to grow and stay relevant while also standing out enough that people will want to come back to see what I write about.
3. NOT ENOUGH RESOURCES
Speaking of growth, reading other’s blogs always makes me feel a little behind and limited in my resources. Many blogs have become successful and have turned into businesses; because of this, they have the ability to invest in beautiful blog designs, professional photography, designer items, and increased promotion and marketing.
I currently run my blog on my own, and I do hope it stays this way for a while because I enjoy the work and I like to be in control of things.
But being a one-person show is hard. The reason why it feels like I never have enough time for my blog is probably because I’m the one writing the post (and being an English major means my content needs to be as good as possible), then I insert photos, design the thumbnail for the featured image, and promote it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram multiple times. And in order to stay consistent, I have to plan out future posts and photos and create flatlays, outfit ideas, and a list of products I’ve been trying so I can review them. Man, to anyone who thinks blogging is easy, it’s not.
Sometimes I wish I had my own photographer, a marketing person, and the budget to try out high-end products and new releases. But since I have such a small blog, I know that will come with time if I work hard enough at it and decide to turn this into my career.
I think in this aspect of struggling, it gives me more determination in my life to work hard for what I want. Whether or not blogging becomes my career, I want to be able to gain the resources to excel, no matter what field I pursue.
4. IT’S A LITTLE EMBARRASSING/YOU MIGHT NOT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY
As a blogger in college, your friends are bound to notice that you have a blog. I have a Facebook page and a separate Instagram feed for my blog. I also share my posts to my Facebook profile to get more exposure, so I’m basically letting everyone see my content.
I get a lot of compliments on my blog which is really nice, but it makes me cringe on the inside because I get so embarrassed that someone read my blog, LOL. And there are those other friends (mainly guys) who tease me about it, which is fine, but again, it’s a little embarrassing because I know them and I wonder what they were thinking when they scrolled through my blog, haha.
You also might not be taken too seriously because you’re a blogger in college. I haven’t put my blog on my resumes, nor do I mention it when I’m trying to get a job because I feel like the employer would be expecting some fancy-schmancy blog when really, I just want to write about what I like and practice my online content-writing and marketing skills. Of course, I’d like my blog to become something more, but I feel like putting it on my resume gives employers the expectation that it’s successful.
So those are the main struggles I deal with on the daily when I work on my blog. I’m sure some of these factors will change once I graduate, but this is what I’ve experienced in the last 4 years while I’ve attempted blogging.
I hope this was an interesting read; let me know if you can relate or have other thoughts in the comments below! Thanks and I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow with an OOTD!