If you are a blogger you will probably agree that the more time that goes on the harder blogging gets. Sometimes viewers will send me emails asking me how I created a successful blog! When you ask I deliver so I interviewed my friend Karly who is a disability and lifestyle blogger with your top blogging questions to help you better understand what it takes to run a blog.
How did you choose your niche?- I knew I wanted to focus on disability because it’s such a core part of my identity and a community that desperately needs more representative and visibility in general.
How long have you been blogging?- I’ve been blogging on and off for a few years, but I’ve been writing at karlyjoy.com and taking it seriously for about a year now.
How long does it usually take you to write blog posts?- Some new bloggers may start a blog with the belief that writing posts are only going to take an hour or two. Posts can take quite a while anywhere from a few hours to a few days!
Do you ever get so mad at your blog you want to quit? How do you deal with these feelings?- Sometimes! It’s a lot of work sometimes little to no payoff or recognition, but I know that I’d regret giving up more than pushing through the frustration.
Sometimes I will spend hours writing a blog and it will get barely any views and it will leave me very frustrated. Has that ever happened to you? What do you do in these situations?-All the time! I just focus on writing the content I enjoy, that way even if it gets zero views it’s still something I’m happy to have written.
Is blogging more of a job or passion?- It has the potential to be either, or both. For me, it’s just a passion project. Making money off a blog is incredibly hard, so I have a part-time job to get by. It’d be amazing to have my blog become a career, so maybe one day!
Have you ever gotten haters? How do you deal with them?- I really haven’t. Everyone has been kind so far. There have been people who disagree with me on Twitter, but I just say my piece and move on with my day.
On average how much time a week do you spend on your blog?- If my job doesn’t get too overwhelming, I spend around 8 to 12 hours a week. When I’m really busy with work, it’s around 4 to 6.
What is the most difficult part of blogging?- Finding time and staying motivated. I love writing my posts, but when I get home from a shift I’m so exhausted mentally that it becomes hard to get myself in the right mindset to create content I feel proud enough to post.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?- Write what you love, not what you think you should.
How do you balance work and blogging and still be able to do the things you love?- I have a planner and I try my best to set aside time for writing, creating graphics, and promoting over several days so I have time for spending time with friends and family in between. It’s just about finding a routine that works for you with a little trial and error and allowing yourself the flexibility to change things up when you need a break.
How do you get inspiration when you hit a writer’s block?– I get inspiration from reading other blogs or going through lists of ideas I have saved to my phone.
Is there anything you wish you would have known before you started blogging?- Not really, to be honest. I had a smaller blog before this one and I did a lot of research before creating my own website and switching to a self-hosted blog. Like, months and months of research.
Do you make any money off of your blog? What generates the most income for you personally? A tiny amount. I work with a company who collaborates with me on a few posts per month. I have ads on my blog but they haven’t brought in any income.
Is there a blogging platform you would recommend? Why?– I prefer WordPress because I’m familiar with it and find it easy to use, but it’s all up to the individual. I’d just recommend doing some research and see what will be a good fit for you.
Blogging takes a lot of hard work and dedication but if you commit to your blog you may be surprised where it takes you! If you aren’t a blogger and are interested in learning what it would take to become one asking an actual blogger is your best bet! They will be able to help you avoid common blogging mistakes a non-blogger would not be able to help you with! Someone who isn’t a blogger will only be able to tell you what they find on the Internet. If you are serious about starting a blogging career ask a blogger and don’t rely on google because google can’t provide you with personal experiences that an actual person can! Thank you, Karly, for helping me conduct this interview because without your help this wouldn’t be possible. If you have any more blogging questions please leave them in the comments below!