5 Things I “Hate” About Blogging

I’m constantly reading that “honest posts,” those where you write from a more personal level, are really what can draw people into your blog. Although I feel I have certainly done that on topics like this and this and that, I don’t do it ’round the clock for no other reason than I don’t lead nearly an exciting enough life (I’m partially kidding here). But here is one topic that’s on my mind a lot. What I don’t like about blogging.

-Feeling burnt out
I know I’m somewhat a contributor to this because in an average week, I post about four times, sometimes more. And when I post, they’re almost always long posts (i.e. I don’t write three sentence paragraphs and call it a post). I’ve talked with other bloggers who tell me they’re always amazed with how frequently I post, but I feel if I don’t post that often, the readers I do have will lose interest and forget about my blog. But sometimes it is hard to constantly come up with new things to write about, especially when you haven’t done any traveling in weeks or even months.

-Not traveling as often as I’d like
There are those bloggers who are either on extended trips or travel full-time. So needless to say they have incredible content to blog about all the time. With me, when I travel somewhere I have some pretty awesome blog fodder that, for my big trip of the year, will usually last a month.

Directly tied to the previous reason, well, when I read some blogs I get majorly jealous. When I see individuals my age or even younger, already having done the Southeast Asia circuit (a dream trip of mine) or crossed off half a dozen countries in South America like it was a piece of cake, deep feelings of envy set in. The only thing that appeases these feelings are knowing that these individuals are not traveling around in a way I like or would do at all, as in they are adhering to possibly a $30 budget a day (often less), have the same three outfits to wear on their travels, and are frequently visited by the creepy crawler variety in their accommodations.

When you hear someone say that cliques are just a thing of middle school/high school, well, that individual is wrong.  Sadly, cliques will follow you no matter where you go in life, regardless of how old you are. I feel that in the blogging community, there are a lot of these. With me, I’m not a straight up travel blogger-while travel is my first and foremost area, I “fill in” with posts on cooking as well- so right off the bat there I don’t feel like I belong. I also think that since I don’t travel full-time I’m not one of the “cool kids.” This is just an observation of mine, but I’ve seen enough blogs where people seem to be cyber BFFs even though they have never met in life and may not either.

-My dislike of social media (at times)
This obviously can be tied with the feeling of being burnt out, but sometimes I am so sick of social media. Since I work full-time, the last thing I want to be doing in my free time is tweeting constantly, scrolling through tweets that seem interesting so that I can either retweet or favorite them. I like having a Facebook page for my blog but sometimes I just feel like I’m talking to an invisible audience there. In short, I guess I wish I could have more interaction with my readers, followers, people who like my blog’s page, because sometimes it seems like I’m just doing it for myself.

I’m sure I could rustle up some other reasons I get frustrated with blogging, but for now those are my main ones. But don’t worry, I’m not planning on giving up blogging. I just wanted to show through this post that sometimes blogging isn’t always fun and often it does feel like a job (on top of the full-time job I already have).

A hike should be just that. But when you’re a blogger, it also means carting around a

 bulky DSLR just so you can take some pretty amazing photos like the one below.

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  • Reply
    April 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    🙂 Again, a well written post. I agree, such factors can weigh you down sometimes, but blogging is still fun in the long run. The only thing that bothers me is that I don’t travel full time and that leaves me with little destination content. I hope to change that in the future, because I think a travel blogger has to travel quite frequently.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      April 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Renuka for your kind words! And yes, I definitely agree that blogging is for sure a neat past time on so many levels. I think most of us would agree that not traveling as frequently as we’d like is a damper for sure 🙂

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    Angela Anderson
    April 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I agree that I get jealous of those who get to travel full time. But then again I feel burnt out right now having to keep my job and blog going, along with a personal life. I want to put more work into my blog, but I just can’t if I want to stay sane.

    I am starting to feel vain about social media. I am constantly checking to see if I am getting enough interactions or interest in my posts. I really need a trip to disconnect from it all.

    Since I am new to the PNW, I still think I get enough content out there when I am not traveling because I am exploring where I live as well. However, I do want to travel more, but my vacation really limits my flexibility. 🙁 Thanks for the great post and sharing how blogging is not easy!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      April 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about wanting to balance everything while still being sane. There are so many afternoons, evenings where I know I should sit down and write a post but I am just tired and instead end of watching television. It stinks because I always have half a dozen ideas floating about in my head for blog posts.

      I hear you where social media is concerned. I hit the F5 key to refresh blog stats and notifications way too much (borderline unhealthy). I try to remind myself that I need to write for me and the people that do enjoy my blog and if it’s not high numbers, the world won’t come to an end. But yes, trips where you can take a step back from the blogging world are the best.

      I can imagine that the PNW has tons of great content for you to blog about not to mention showcase such beautiful photographs. And yes, limited vacation time stinks. I know that one day it will change but it’s hard in the meantime.

      Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad this post resonated with you as well!

  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    April 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Julie, I think “Adventures of the Red Headed Traveler has just the right balance of travel and travel related topics. I think your blog is “personal” enough. Intimate details don’t necessarily add to the quality of a post. Especially if you are knowledgeable about your subjects, and you are! I think your responses to the comments left here add a very personal touch others lack.

    You post quite a bit, but I always prize quality over quantity. People who travel extensively don’t necessarily have the ability to make that experience vivid and enjoyable to the reader the way you do.

    I never think that your non-travel specific posts are “fill ins”. I feel like you put a lot of thought into each and every post. However, you are allowed to feel burnt out sometimes so take a break. We won’t forget about you.

    Oh yeah, the supposedly “cool kids” are not what they pretend to be.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      April 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      As always Jo Ann, thanks always for your kind words of encouragement and flowing compliments. It’s always wonderful to hear from one of my faithful readers 🙂

      I know jealousy is a trait that every human being has, I just wish I could shed some of my feelings of that when I look at other people’s blogs and see all where they travel to.

      I’m glad to hear I won’t be forgotten 🙂 And yes, I definitely agree that beneath the surface, “cool” is just a word that doesn’t have actual meaning.

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