Blogger Problems? Yeahh!
It’s 6:52am June 13, 2018 as I write this in bed. I had just extracted a tooth two days ago and I still feel a little pain every morning. Totally disgusted about tasting my blood.
I personally think the worst thing about having an extraction isn’t the extraction itself but what comes after.
Eating with one side of your mouth ( you can’t even enjoy food) , having to swallow your spit for a whole freaking day and ugh, you be tasting and swallowing your blood while at it. So I ask again, meedah, why do you eat so many chocolates??
I’m gonna pretend my significant other didn’t just gas like 3 times in his sleep but it doesn’t smell though. We a bit safe.
Oops! I got married!
Admist all of these which could be frustrating if I wanted it to be, what’s more frustrating is constantly trying to find your purpose and not being able to pin down one thing. It is draining having to think if you’re on track or not every freaking tayyymaaah. (time)
My anxiety is killing me and that is why you’re reading this. You’re reading my frustrated blogging heart and in the heat of the moment, I’ll let you know why it’s been so long I blogged. Hopefully, this could help break the ice.
I started blogging over a year ago and there are some pretty ugly blogging truth that I’ve unlocked which is contrary to popular beliefs.
Yes, bloggers like all things pretty and artsy but are things always pretty? NO! NO! NO!
*Bloggers make things pretty: The fancy way I believe this is said is creating content. This can sometimes be translated to buying five cardbords for flatlay and your inspiration and motivation takes a flight. So, everyday you keep trying till the cardboard becomes rough and ugly with you not creating anything tangible. Now the cardboard is wasted and your self esteem is low. You’re wondering what post to put up that doesn’t require original photo content. FRUSTRATING!
*Photo contents are the hardest to create: It’s the 21st century and I know and believe a large number of people look at pictures more than they actually read. We feed on well taken and edited pictures so much that we sometimes miss messages not embedded in the pictures.
Brainstorming in all forms isn’t easy in photo content or any other visual contents. What is however more frustrating is bringing your imagination to life. Yes, he has “photographer” in his bio and a few decent pictures to his name so you hit him up and end up with some below standard pictures meanwhile he got 25k followers. What are they following?
If you don’t have a personal camera (which most bloggers don’t because camera’s are hella expensive) you are bound to suffer x2. You’ll have to depend on a friend who has a camera and work with their free time which might not necessarily be convenient for you and might lead to delay in your blog post.
Another option is paying a photographer to take your pictures all the freaking time. No one really has money to be splurging twice in a week to take blog photos. Well, except Dangote is your daddy or zaddddyy.
If you don’t have picture content in 2018. Just hide your epistle because people won’t read. Except for the 5% who are avid readers and they just might not be a fan of your blog.
Ugly truth there!
* Plix epp me post can be insulting : It could be really hard, frustrating and tricky when people send you stuff to post for them and you have to say no because you’ve got a sense of what you’re about.
Dude! I actually spend money, time and energy to stay relevant in my blogging career, so you’re just not gonna send me any broadcast or message and ask me to post.
My blog has a focus, my readers have things they look foward to. It’s called a niche incase you didn’t know. A huge chunk of people who send bloggers content only think about what they get and not what the blogger gains or if their content matches the bloggers audience.
Sometimes it’s about the numbers but it’s not always about the numbers. So get your silly broadcast out my face because obviously, my numbers are not for contents like yours. Shooo baby!
*People don’t take you serious: Sometimes I feel a lot of creatives in general have anxiety issues and you might just be a reason for it.
When people ask if you’re a blogger and because of the 1million smirks and weird downgrading comments you’ve gotten in the past, you hesistate a little before answering and then say yes, take a deep breath and add “kinda” then give a fake ass smile as if to prepare for the next thing that comes out their mouth which would most likey hurt you and pretend its fine. Hide it all in the smile.
*Feed wars: You should be familiar with the instagram feed and theme idea by now. Because of growing self awareness, bloggers are branding themselves via their social media in ways that you can tell what they’re about without having a conversation. This I really stan but do you know the amount of work and effort put into a well curated feed?
Sometimes you’ve got more than enough content to post and just a touch of color is missing so you keep looking for anything of that color to photograph in order to lay your feed. While you source that, you keep your subscribers busy via insta story so they don’t forget you exist.
Then someone sends you a totally off colored picture and says “plix, epp me and post ” and they pray for your generation. And without compensation of any form ofcourse.
My reaction :
*Buying food because it looks good: As a blogger, almost everything is content for you. So, you put extra effort in every single thing. Buy the most gorgeous looking food in which case if you have a spouse, you have to bribe them to agree with you. Then delay them for about 20mins taking pictures while the food gets cold.
By the time you get your desired pictures, you’re no longer hungry but you have to force feed yourself so money doesn’t waste but you can’t finish it and you just let it be.
Guess what? People start looking at you like a fancy person that came to waste money on food and couldn’t finish it. Tick that too, it’s good for your blogging career.
But you get home and your stomach is screaming. *scrambles the whole house for garri, indomie or any fast food* sulllayyy kweeen ha! (Slay queen)
*Data struggles: If you’re a blogger in nigeria, you deserve some accolades because you’ll suck data like mosquito sucking blood. Before you go broke, you’ll set aside data money because work first.
So, you promised to put a blog post up and your connection is showing 🚫. I’m not gonna guess if that’s glo network. Next thing you’re up on insta preaching about how life happens and at the end you add, “there’s a slight delay, new post in a few guys”.
*runs to tap wifi*
*Getting embarrassed because of your camera: this should really have come first. As a blogger in Nigeria, (as I don’t know about other countries) you need to be ready for embarrassment at any point in time especially when you go out with your camera.
*security guards would excuse you out of a building because DSLR killed them in their first life. *saying excuse you is putting it nicely * about 10 people might watch you being escorted sha.
*Having to change cloths at odd locations because these pictures won’t take themselves or wearing multiple cloths and taking them off when you’re done with photos. Arrgh!
* Weird looks you get when you dress for the gram and not reality. So, eez winter on the gram but summer in real life because people are wearing jacket inside hot sun and I can’t get another explanation. Now you’re synonymous to onions, always kitted up. (Is kitted even english?) Whatevsss!
Truly, things aren’t always as they seem. We put so much effort into what we do and get so little credit for it. Yes, no one owes you anything but can you not chat shit?
I just thought to let you all know some of the blogger problems I’ve been going through that has kept me away from here. Eez not marej *rolls eyes*
Side Note: I also became an Ambassador for one of the best healthy drink brands in Nigeria and you can catch all the scoops on my insta. I also have a giveway running at the moment so you can enter to win a pack of lemonade juice. Yaay!
Let’s say alot has happened outside the blog but insta has you covered.
Thank you so much for being a part of the meedah trybe. You’re a relevant part of my journey and I’m grateful for that.
See you, next post.
Soaked In Love