I really don’t know how I started blogging. As in… I can’t explain. But I know I’m very passionate about writing. Writing is my thing. But somehow, I kept loosing all the stuffs I wrote. I didn’t have a platform to share them so I ended up shoving sheets into different areas of the home ‘for safety’ and thats how they got misplaced and lost.
So I thought having a platform where I could actually publish my writings, share and interact with others, and give out value where people can actually benefit from, will be a great idea & so…here we are!! I’m not quite sure I want to tag along that “blogger” name, I’d rather stick with “writer” because blogging involves writing right? And that defines me. For me, this isn’t just blogging. It is inspired–writing.
Entering the blogosphere has really opened my mind and I must say, I’ve learnt a lot. However, some people perceive blogging in another light and that’s what I’m going to talk about here. You need to grab some popcorn and settle into your comfliest PJ and couch cos this is going to be interesting.
First, you’re excited about telling/ introducing someone to your blog site and the person goes…”Oh…This Linda Ikeji things?” And I’m like… ” blogging isn’t equal to Linda Ikeji na haba!” I write differently. A lot of others do too. I don’t do celebrity gossip and general news. I don’t feel comfortable writing gossips. Everyone creates their own content. This is mine. Perhaps when i’m done writing this, I’ll go back to review this topic cos this isn’t funny at all.
Some of the misconceptions are;
• It’s all about the money: Some people assume everyone who blogs is about the money. Oh well, trust me on this, people who start blogging for the sake of money alone don’t last. They just whitter away cos success isn’t instantaneous. It is passion for what you do that drives you. Don’t get me wrong. At some point, you may like to get rewards for your hardwork through monetizing which isn’t bad at all but the core purpose is PASSION. Otherwise, you’ll feel de-motivated easily because it-is-harrrd! Which brings me to the next point.
• Blogging isn’t hard: Some people actually think blogging is easy. Is it not just to write and post? That one on its own isn’t even easy sef. If you think blogging is easy, please think again. From topics, to building that topic, doing the actual writing, proof-reading, editing, creating post-cards or suitable images, before publishing. And then the main one, promoting it. Quality content alone doesn’t sell itself. You have to put it out there and invite the audience. Creating content and keeping your site updated isn’t ABC. Seriously.
• It’s a waste of time: Many have created careers out of blogging, businesses have been borne through blogging and some people still assume it’s a waste of time? Now this is funny. Although some people use blogging as a means of showcasing their creativity, a lot of people are really passionate about helping others through blogging. Awarenesses have been raised, tips on health, fashion, food, lifestyle, self-improvement, techies etc are being learnt, people are learning about different places and cultures too. Knowledge is power and so I debunk this misconception.
I really find them funny. Life is about adding value isn’t it?
Are there other misconceptions about blogging you’ve come across? Please leave me your thoughts.
Until next time,