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#socialbloggers 50 // Blogging Expectations

Hello friends, Welcome to the roundup of the 50th #socialbloggers chat! The big 5-0! This week I wanted to ask if blogging met the expectations you…

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Hello friends,

Welcome to the roundup of the 50th #socialbloggers chat! The big 5-0!

This week I wanted to ask if blogging met the expectations you had before you started blogging.

We all start blogging for different reasons and get different things out of it. It’s interesting to find out if the positives are what you expected.

My expectations.

For me, I wasn’t really sure why I started my blog – other than my friend started a dress blog and I wanted to join in as I loved dresses too. I think I joined for the self-esteem boost, haha. Seeing all the comments ‘you look beautiful, you look stunning’ etc on my friends blog – I wanted someone to say nice things about me, too!

I knew YouTubers made money, but I’d never put much thought into bloggers making any pocket money or even a full time income. Free things and PR samples seemed like something that would get sent to a celebrity in hopes they’d wear it and be photoed in it, not sent to someone like me for a review! That wasn’t something I was aware of until I started blogging.

Another thing that surprised me is how personal it can get very quickly. I wanted comments and followers, but I never thought I’d connect to them on a personal level. I guess it’s hard to put a face to a username until you’ve started blogging and connecting with people. It’s very much a two way thing, is blogging. You get what you give. Many people ask me how I get so many comments and it’s no secret – I comment on other peoples blogs and by doing that, I’ve built up a relationship (of varying degrees) with these people.

I can look at someones username when they’ve commented on my blog and for most of them, I know the name of their husband, children, town they live in, what they did last week and what TV shows they like.

And that’s what I mean by personal. It’s nice.

Please feel free to have a read through the questions and share you thoughts below!

Q1: What things have surprised you most about blogging?

Q2: What expectations has blogging not met for you?

Q3: Has blogging changed your perception of big bloggers/YouTubers?

Q4: How do you see your future with blogging?

Q5: How do you expect blogging to change in the future?

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19 comments

  1. What surprised me was definitely connecting to so many people all over the world! It’s so fun and interesting to chat to ladies who live on different continents then me.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  2. Love blogging, I was surprised that anyone would want to read my blog, haha πŸ™‚ But, it does bring such a connection of people together from all over the world that would otherwise never know about each other and I think that’s awesome πŸ™‚ x

  3. I never had any expectation when I started and got embrace pretty fast as per so many blogger letting me know. So I’m glad it went to the right direction but still I do not let it think is forever and I appreciate it more.

  4. We had so many blogs in the past and we always enjoyed having them. This one is so different then our other ones, we made friends so quick and we were so shocked by that. We just love how nice (most) everyone is and we just love reading peoples blogs and getting to know them more πŸ™‚

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/
    twitter.com/floralandsmiles

  5. An enjoyable chat, I’m not sure why I started either but I sure am glad I did. I like the creativity and having people you can share things with. The biggest challenge is trying to fit everything in at the moment that is proving difficult especially when I still feel like poop Lucy x

  6. I am so glad that I managed to join this chat albeit it was a short one. The one thing that surprised me most about blogging is how much time and hard work goes into it. For anyone who doesn’t know/understand, they would think it’s just some pictures and a few sentences but there are so much more that goes into it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. I definitely agree with those who’ve mentioned how easy it is to make friends in the blogging community, that has undoubtedly been my favourite factor about blogging so far πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice ο»Ώ

    x

  8. I really like the #socialbloggers posts and tweets and whatnot – it’s super interesting to learn about my fellow bloggers, you know?

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

  9. Yes! Its so easy to make friends in the blogging community, and everyone seems a lot friendlier and nicer than in the yt community in my opinion. πŸ™‚

    Vivi Lien

  10. I’m still so happy about how nice and welcoming everyone is. I knew blogging was work from reading other people talk about. I just didn’t realize how much time I would spend on different things. Pictures matter more then I expected them too. I pictured blogging as being about who was the best at approachable writing and being interesting.

  11. Some of the support and friendships I have had on Instagram are part of the reason I started blogging.

    You are so right!

    MB

  12. My concern is that blogging will fizzle out or die – I’m worried that the big bloggers (like Tanya Burr and Zoella) are putting more into their YT channels.

    Lizzie Dripping

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