10 Truths About Blogging

1. If you don’t love blogging and don’t have a passion for it, it always feels like you’re doing homework where you have to write because you have to and not because you want to.

2. But most of the time, it does kind of feel like that when you don’t know what to write about and if you ran out of ideas. It’s okay though, you’re not alone. It doesn’t also mean that you don’t love what you do. You just have what they call “blogger’s block”.

3. If you want to make your blog profitable, it really takes a while to gain money from it. You need to have loads of traffic everyday.

4. One effective way to let people know about your blog is to interact with your readers, read other bloggers’ posts and comment on them. Some look for similar blogs to follow in the comments section of a blog post so by doing it, maybe you’ll gain new readers and at the same time, you’re interacting with the blogger itself. There

5. Blogging can make you spend a lot. From your own domain to your theme to your host. It’s worth it though if you really want to take blogging on another level.

6. It takes a great amount of courage to put your blog out there especially when you have a personal blog and you want  to share it with people you know in real life cuz it makes you feel vulnerable and you’re scared of judgement (or is it just me?). Just remember though that your posts can inspire others and they might relate to it.

7. You don’t always have to have one niche and just stick to it. You can blog whatever you want. After all, it’s your blog and you can do anything with it. Except maybe when you’re doing blogging for marketing, then that’s a whole different thing.

8. It’s okay to copy ideas from a blog but make sure to credit the original blogger.

9. The number of followers doesn’t always measure how great of a blogger you are. I’d rather have few followers who interact with me than thousands of followers who never even read your blog.

10. Blogging isn’t easy. Sometimes you’re so busy with life that you don’t have time to be consistent with your blog. That’s okay though. If you really love it, you’d still find yourself blogging at the end of the day.

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    Aneth
    July 11, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Totes agree with everything! Especially on interacting with your readers. I hate other ~*fAmoUsZ*~ bloggers who don’t even reply to their readers/commenters or just chooses in w/c comment they’re gonna reply to!
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      Elisha
      July 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      You’re absolutely right! Like hey! We are trying to interact and make friends pero yeah, dedma lang. Hahaa!
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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Yeah, I really appreciate those who reply and comment on other blogs.
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      Yshy
      July 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      I’m with you guys! Haha!
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      Kristel
      July 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Bet ko to gurly HIHIHIHI

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    Lei
    July 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with this! Recently, I knew how important blog comments are. It really helps gaining readers and its really important to answer and interact! Theleiregeel.com

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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

      It really is, that’s what blogging is all about. WE’re supposed to be a community.

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    Joyce
    July 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Super agree will all the things in the list. Yep, you’re not aline Ali. I too an scared to post personal stuff because the people i know in real life might judge me or what.
    Sadly I am currently having blogger’s block 🙁

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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Lol me too. Hope we can think of something. I blog once a week na lang. And I don’t share my blog still to most people on my facebook.

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    Janine
    July 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    So on point Ali! #6 is definitely true! That’s what I felt when I was still starting and I never shared it to anyone. But now, I don’t care what they say about me and my blogging. The heck I care about them. If they don’t wanna see my posts, then by all means unfriend/unfollow me. HAHAHA!

    And I must agree with Aneth as well. It saddens me when I see the “famous” bloggers’ comment threads when I don’t see a single respond from them or choose who they respond to. :/
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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Yeah, I really appreciate those who takes the time to read posts and reply on comments even if they’re famous. I guess they’re just busy.Glad that you share your posts, I still have a hard time doing it.

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    Anna
    July 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Might feel like a burn or come out as rude (sorry!) but I think somewhere in this list it also should have mentioned that a blog can follow each and every rule out there, follow all the guides to make their blog stand out, to make it the ‘best’, profitable & give them stable income, a hit to the public, etc, but there will always be people who simply won’t like it because its yours or mine.. it all boils down to appeal.

    Also I think #3 and #9 are opposing views but maybe that’s just me looking into it too much.
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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 8:59 am

      No, I don’t think it’s rude. That’s right too if you want your blog to be that professional looking then that could also work. Haha yeah, kind of opposing, I guess it depends on how you want your blog to be. If it’s just a hobby or you want it to be profitable and formal looking or whatever. lol.

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    fitria listie
    July 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    totally agree with all on the lists. and about point 6, you’re not alone, dear! i even think about that in every post (or ideas) i have.
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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I guess we just need to have that “I don’t care attitude”, like you just don’t worry about what other people thinks of you or your blog.

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    Jhanz
    July 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I think this is a really great way to let people see how blogging isn’t as easy as it seems. If they only knew how much effort people put into it! Hehe!
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      Alissa
      July 14, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I agree. When you ran out of ideas, that’s when the problem starts

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    Nicole
    July 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Everything you said is so true. Well I don’t have much experience about spending/earning money bit haha, but I totally agree with #9. I love it when my followers and I interact in the comments ^^

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    Dice
    July 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I agree girl! 🙂
    “You dont always have to have one niche” I can’t find my niche yet. I need to explore more.
    “Blogging isn’t easy” YES TRUEEE!!!

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      Alissa
      July 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I don’t think I’ll stick to one niche since it’s hard to just blog about one thing.

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    Lou Castaneda
    July 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Totally agree with everything, Al. Blogging needs a lot of work and dedication, so if you’re not really passionate about it then good luck. Haha Very informative.
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      Alissa
      July 13, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Lou. Wait, I’m just curious. Have you known me before I made that LDR blog?

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        Lou Castaneda
        July 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        Nope, but I’m happy I found your blog and get to know you : ) I was typing for tags then browsed for post then I saw yours <3 Too sweet to handle! Hihi I still visit your LDR blog, but how come you deleted some posts? 🙁

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          Alissa
          July 14, 2015 at 5:28 am

          Lol I know. I don’t use that anymore. I don’t want anyone to see it

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    Elisha
    July 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Hahahhaha! Subrang true! It takes so much guts to blog too!
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    Robin Faigmane
    July 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    So on point! Talk about no.6, you’re not alone! I’m also afraid of judgement but willingly conquers it. Good thing is I receive surprisingly nice feedbacks from real world people. Haha 🙂

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      Alissa
      July 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Good for you then 🙂 Only a few people knows I blog whom I know in real life. Or maybe those who follow me on IG and cared to click on my blog link.

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    Justine
    July 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t think too much about blogging unless I really want to make it a career, but it’s always just been a hobby so I try not to stress too much over it. I comment on posts I want to and I’m grateful if there are people who take the time out to genuinely read my entries. I mostly agree with #6. I don’t let IRL people read my blog.. it’s just too much of myself I want to put out there.
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      Alissa
      July 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      yeah, same. Blogging is just my hobby too but I also want to be consistent and I’m hopeful that I’m gonna gain something from it.

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    Rej
    July 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Number 10 just hit me right to the core! It’s hard specially if you have an 8-hour job, plus add the 4-hour travel everyday (because wth is up with this traffic in Manila lol). Almost half of my day is consumed by going to and being in the office. Safe to say, I still find a way (though inconsistently) to update my blog. x
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      Alissa
      July 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

      It’s glad that you still find time for this. It’s a matter of time management and planning

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    Raisa
    July 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    i agree with #7! There’s no need to zero in on a niche if you’re not enjoying it. If you’re not making a living off blogging, don’t sweat it.
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      Alissa
      July 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Yep, it’s just a hobby but opportunities like paid posts and freebies is just a perk

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    Alyssa Panghulan
    July 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    These are so true! Gosh. Although I blog only when I’m motivated. There are times when I feel like I need to update the blog because it’s obligatory and during those times, all I think about is that maybe I’m losing the passion. But really, when I start to write about something, it doesn’t even feel like “I’m doing my homework”, I just go on about it spontaneously. I love what I’m doing. The only nemesis I have when it comes to blogging is time management though. Juggling work life, blogging life, personal life, and social life is really a struggle for me. So, I’d have to agree the most with #10. Great post btw, Alissa! 🙂
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      Alissa
      July 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Alyssa! It’s hard when you ran out of ideas but when you start writing them, you do enjoy them. It’s great that you still spend time in blogging 🙂

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    Jomil Adrielle
    July 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I love this post! I can totally relate. And I agree with you especially with number 9 🙂

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      Alissa
      July 16, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Jomil! 🙂

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    Liz
    July 18, 2015 at 9:13 am

    #3 is inaccurate—if you set up passive income methods for yourself, your traffic doesn’t even matter… you just need loyal readers and a close connection with them. Alternatively, you can integrate affiliate marketing. Numbers do not equate to success, and vice versa. 🙂

    I definitely think blogging needs to be a passion, though. So many people these days are getting into it to make a quick buck—not necessarily because they love it—but the thing about blogging is that you have to love it, because money won’t always come in. :/ That’s what I explain to my …mentees? I don’t know the correct term. :s
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      Alissa
      July 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      I agree. I don’t know how earning really works cuz I have never really earned through blogging. Mine is just a passion. I think earning is just a perk. I’ve done a sponsored post before but that’s it lol.

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    Kristel
    July 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Seriously everything but 6 hits me most! It’s always a struggle for me to promote my content because I feel vulnerable! Hhahahhaa
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    Michelle
    August 23, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Totally agree with you there especially the first one as it can be applied to anything really. If you don’t love it, you dread it and becomes worse than homework, honestly. 😀 Truths that we all should know.
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    Kaelle Calzado
    September 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I agree with everything you wrote. Blogging is meaningless if you don’t have passion for it. 🙂
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    Richel V.
    September 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I relate so much with No. 6. I just really started to focus blogging now – started from scratch again, haha. I doubt myself on whether or not to share my posts on my FB account since everyone can see/read it – especially the ‘rents. Oops!

    BTW, your link on the Bloglovin’ icon on your header is not available. You might want to check on that. Followed you nonetheless. Haha. 🙂

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    Jamila
    November 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I recently started my blog and this is helping a lot! Thank you so much!

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      Alissa
      November 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Glad it could help you! 🙂 Good luck with your blogging!

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        Jamila
        November 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        I have also read your post “Personal Blogging Tips”. That helps a lot too. Thank you. 🙂

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          Alissa
          November 14, 2015 at 7:11 am

          Thank you! 🙂

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    Sar
    February 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I totally agree with number 6. I’d rather let strangers read my posts than people I know IRL. I still treat my blog as a secret hideout. Although when I feel that some posts are worth-sharing, I link them on my social media accounts and just hope that those people won’t go through the personal posts. It gets me paranoid all the time. Haha!
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    Nicole
    February 22, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Ugh I agree 100%! It’s a good thing to know I’m not alone at this. Thank you.

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    Cara
    February 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve only recently gotten back into blogging, but I thought that what you wrote here is so true! Of course, it all boils down into going back into that one reason why you started or wanted to write a blog in the first place. Whether it’s passion or wanting to build a community, or desire to create, share or inspire – whatever your reasons are, it’s always going to keep you motivated to maintain and write a blog, regardless of the amount of readers you’ll have. 🙂

    As for #3, I do agree with it to some extent, you do need numbers to back you up sometimes when collaborating with brands, but as someone who used to work for a media company (and used to look for bloggers brands could work with for campaigns), I realized that numbers don’t necessarily mean a huge ROI. From a marketing perspective, I think they’d rather work with ones who have a strong following that engage and interact. It doesn’t necessarily mean huge numbers, because sometimes only a few percent of those huge numbers are active.
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      Alissa
      February 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Cara! 🙂 Sometimes I get lazy to blog but I would always think of the reason of what made me do this is in the first place. And yes, it keeps me motivated! I have only collaborated with few brands but I agree, I think they do look at the engagement of other bloggers in your blog.

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    Corina
    February 23, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Loving your blog!

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      Alissa
      February 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Cae
    February 24, 2016 at 12:32 am

    SIX IS EXTREMELY ON POINT.

    Ever since I started blogging in 2009, I’ve always been so conscious about people I know personally knowing or worse, reading about my blog.

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    Bea
    March 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

    #6!!! I’m afraid of judgments and teasing from my friends too. I don’t know how to overcome this but still praying hard I can.

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    Elaine Dogelio
    March 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Now I know. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

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    Chloe Alforque
    April 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    #6. I’m also afraid of people judging me and my work. I’m afraid of sharing my blog to people whom I know in real life. It’s because whenever they know that your a blogger, they would think that your famous or feeling famous. That’s how people *some of them* think now a days. Based on my experience.

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    Rachelle Ramilo
    April 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I have been blogging “seriously” for a little over a year now. It really takes time to gain readership but I believe everything’s gonna be worth it. It’s nice to read about other bloggers’ insights on challenges they face and the fulfillment they get from maintaining their blogs. Thanks for this post! I am surely not alone *huhu*

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    Alyssa Mae
    October 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    This post is really helpful,especially for someone like me whose new to blogging and is looking at making a career out of it! It really takes a lot of patience and hardwork for a successful blog. Thank you for sharing this!

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    Ela
    February 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Blogging can be so hard but I just love spending time on my little corner on the web, working at it and trying to make it as good as I can!

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