Being a blogger is hard work, and tbh, problematic.
Bloggers themselves aren’t problematic. (Usually???) But there are lots of problems with being a blogger. If that makes sense.
Mm of course it does May.
And then not only are there problems with being a blogger in general, there are problems with being a CERTAIN TYPE of blogger! Like can this get more complicated???
Yes, it can.
This is a very odd post??? I don’t know what came to me. This is actually a SPONTANEOUS POST, which doesn’t often happen since I always plan out the month’s posts.
But I was just having all these blogging complaints (I’m a terrible person I know) and this idea popped in my head. The title’s confusing but I promise the post itself isn’t.
At least I hope it isn’t.
(Is the awkward intro done yet???)
1. THE TEENAGE ISSUE
- “Oh my gosh YOU’RE SO YOUNG and therefore IMMATURE!”: Um excuse you I may be thirteen but I’m plenty mature???
- I just HATE that people assume that teenage bloggers are whiny and difficult and immature and angsty just because we’re teenagers. I mean, obviously I’m a teenager but don’t stereotype me???
- Like obviously when you’re older, you think younger people are… young.
- BUT I’M NOT THAT YOUNG.
- You wouldn’t assume that I was young from my voice, so I’m really NOT. THAT. YOUNG.
- Age does not exist in the timeless world of blogging.
- AND DON’T FORGET The Thing That Exists To Torture And Stress People™ (aka homework). It gets in the way of everything! Or you don’t do it because of blogging and therefore… *gasp* FAIL.
- OH OH AND DON’T FORGET AGE MINIMUMS ON EVERYTHING! Like on NetGalley you have to be 18. (But tbh who actually pays attention to this.)
2. THE DIVERSE ISSUE
- No one assumes you’re diverse.
- Like, no one.
- THEY ALL THINK YOU’RE WHITE BECAUSE WHITE IS THE DEFAULT AND IT SHOULDN’T BE.
- They’re so surprised when they find out you’re diverse??? But like why are you surprised??? Isn’t everyone different???
- They also judge you and whyyyyy nooooo don’t judge meeeeeee.
- And then sometimes people treat you differently once they know you’re diverse… which is like why??? I AM THE SAME AS I WAS BEFORE.
- “Diverse” meaning mental illness, queer, disabilities, race/nationality, religion, etc.
3. THE ASIAN ISSUE
- I said this already, but no one assumes you’re Asian.
- I mean, Asian is already pretty specific so I don’t mind??? But when you’re like TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY that I’m Asian… why???
- Obviously people think I’m white, because agaaaaaain, WHITE IS THE DEFAULT. Heck, even I assume bloggers are white! #HorriblePersonOrWhat
- But then when people find out I’m Asian, they’re just so horribly shocked??? Like IT’S NOT BAD TO BE AN ASIAN KAY. KAY.
- And I’m not sure if this actually happens or not??? But people STEREOTYPE. They assume things about me because of things they’ve heard about other Asians.*
- THIS ALSO HAPPENS WITH ME BEING FROM TEXAS. I love horsies but I do not ride them to school thank you very much.
*Again, this might not be true and I might be exaggerating!!! 90% chance.
4. THE NO-SOCIAL-MEDIA-ER ISSUE
- So you probably know this but…
- I have NO social media.
- I mean, I don’t really want any for personal reasons??? But for my blog, it can be GREAT promo. Especially when I hate doing that #AwkwardSelfPromo; on Twitter or Instagram you can just link to your blog in your bio and BAM DONE.
- And some people ask you if you have social media and all you can reply with is “The protective parents are protective…”
- I MEAN I APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERN MOMMY AND DADDY. But I need to be famous
and take over the world.
- I guess it’s good that I don’t have social media tho??? Because EVERYONE knows I’d procrastinate on it like the pathetic mango (queen) I am. :’)
- (I do have Goodreads tho so be sure to friend me if you haven’t! I’m lonely.)
5. THE BOOK BLOGGER ISSUE
- Dang, being a book blogger is HARD.
- Not everyone reads/likes books! Whereas for food blogs and lifestyle blogs—everyone eats food and everyone has a life. (Or so I hear.)
- The book community is already HUUUUGE, but not a lot of them are bloggers! It’s muuuuuch harder to blog about books than review books (imo). Sometimes I question how we are even sane.*
- And then book reviews are what make us actual BOOK BLOGGERS** but they get the least stats??? So do I post book reviews to be a book blogger or avoid them because the failure of stats???
- (Tbh I should probably post more book reviews oops.)
- AND THEN THERE ARE GENRES AND LEVELS. We have fantasy and contemporary and sci-fi and historical fiction and MG and YA and NA and Adult and if you don’t read what the blogger read… you cannot relate.
- And when you cannot relate, that ruins EVERYTHING.
- *sobs into a pillow because why is this so complicated*
*Are we even sane tho???
**Says the girl who has posted only, like, two full book reviews on the blog.
6. THE WRITING BLOGGER ISSUE
- WRITING ADVICE I CANNOT SIR.
- What even is writing??? How does one write??? How does one give writing advice when one does not even know how to write oneself???
- As a writing blogger*, you’re expected to give WRITING ADVICE.
- And then people want to read your work! Like I LUV U and everything but lol no.
- I can share just a LIIIIIIITTLE of it. But too much?
- *screams and jumps down a hole to rot forever and everly because whyyyyyyyyyy*
- And then not a lot of bloggers out there are writers! So then it’s hard to get a following.
- Some of my followers are SOLEY book bloggers so they can’t relate to my writing posts? WHICH SUCKS BECAUSE HAKUNA MATATA EVERYONE MUST GET ALONG.
*Is this even a thing??? I say it is.
7. THE NEW BLOGGER ISSUE
- I’m about to hit six months of blogging (this Saturday!) and I consider this still somewhat kind of new???
- I mean I FEEL new, like I just started yesterday. Obviously this is not true but my brain is very stubborn.
- But you feel that newbie vibe! No one really knows your name yet* and you have this small little community and you feel awkward. And then you have to do SELF-PROMO (sometimes) and you feel even more awkward.
- And then you’re getting adjusted and you don’t know anyone and it all just makes for one very
- Although, I feel like I was very lucky??? My blog grew pretty fast since the beginning and I’m GRATEFUL for that. I had lots of supporters and you guys made me feel like I belonged so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THAT. <333
- (If you’re new and need some support, please let me know! I was once—and maybe still???—in that position. I’m not sure how helpful I’d be tho???)
- So basically you feel new yet old and don’t want people to treat you as a newbie except for supporting you and blech.
*I’m not even certain you know mine. You still think I’m only called the Mango Queen, but you forget Your Highness and Your Majesty.
8. THE PERFECTIONIST ISSUE
- Do you know how hard it is to be a blogger and also a perfectionist??? VERY HARD MAN VERY HARD.
- I mean sometimes I’m reading my past posts and I’ll spot some mistakes and feel the urge to FIX IT. But then I combat it with “hey look how else are you going to look back on your cringy self if you fix it???”
- …I actually don’t know how that’s encouraging???
- And then when I’m writing my posts, everything has to be PERFECT. The formatting, the gifs, the amount of
rainbow glittercolor in the post, how close the gifs are, the word count, big chunks of text, how boring I am, how funny the gifs are.
- (I care a lot about my gifs.)
- (Actually I care a lot about how it looks.)
- (But also if the post actually makes sense???)
- So this is why I don’t like scheduling posts because then I can’t have a last-minute read-through to make sure everything’s okay. Either that or I read it after it’s published and hurry to make edits. #smart
- No, really. Not #smart. Do not do this.
9. THE ISSUE WITH THE ISSUES
- Blogging is HARD.
- Time. Effort. Will.
- Blogging is time-consuming and tires you OUT. You have to read posts and comment on them (or you SHOULD…), and then you have to write posts of your own.
- Let’s please note that I follow 100+ blogs and THAT’S A LOT OF POSTS IN MY READER EACH DAY.
- If you include ALLLLL of the above ^^ blogging is just HARD. WORK.
- Your time’s gone. You get exhausted. Your eyes hurt. Your fingers hurt. Your brain/mind/body/soul hurts.
- But the BIGGEST issue of all is…
- You love blogging.
- No matter what.
- Even with the pain and the effort and the BAWL MY EYES OUT moments…
- Blogging. is. so. great.
- I LOVE YOU BLOGGING AND I WILL MARRY YOU AT NIGHT SO YOU CAN SEE THE STARS.
(Is the cringy sentimental stuff over yet.)
what are some issues you have as a blogger? are you a perfectionist? or asian? or a teen? or a book blogger? or a newbie? and don’t you still love blogging despite all those issues? ❤ also what’s my name??? (ignore the sign-off below please)
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