Confessions of a Blogger: Exposing My Dirty Little Secrets


We all have our secrets, right? I know I do, and I think all bloggers have a few things they'd rather keep to themselves.

But today I've decided to expose myself. No, not like that. I'm about to admit ten things that I probably shouldn't admit as a blogger...but what the hell, I can trust you not to tell anyone, can't I?


Confession 1: I don't enjoy Pinterest

This one may come as a surprise to you, because I'm always banging on about how amazing Pinterest is for blog traffic. Strangely though, I don't actually enjoy Pinterest as a platform; I find it boring and time consuming. I never go on there for fun. I use it strictly to promote my blog and I only work so hard on it because it gives me mad pageviews.


Confession 2: Sometimes I feel out of my depth

Even though I've had this blog for five years (and I've technically been blogging for over 12 years now), some days I still feel like an absolute amateur. There's so much to blogging and so many things to learn, plus it feels like things are constantly changing and it can be difficult to keep up. I'm constantly taking courses, buying ebooks and reading other blogs in an effort to improve.


Confession 3: I suffer from impostor syndrome a lot

As someone who has been blogging for so long, I really enjoy sharing the things I've learnt with other bloggers, especially newer ones. I know that a lot of people find value in these posts (because they've told me) but I still often think I'm not 'qualified enough' to tell other bloggers how to blog. Who am I to give advice or sell an ebook about blogging


Confession 4: Sometimes I compare myself to other bloggers

I'm quite good at not comparing myself to other people in general - everyone's different, after all - but occasionally I come across someone who's only been blogging for about six months and has 20,000 followers and is already making £5K a month from their blog. I know that these people are few and far between - it doesn't happen that way for most of us - and while I'm always happy for other people's success, I'll admit that someone's apparent overnight fame can be a little irritating. 


Confession 5: I'm terrible at replying to comments

I love receiving comments on my blog posts. LOVE IT. Please keep 'em coming. I'll also happily leave comments as long as essays on others people's blogs, but when it comes to replying to comments on my own posts I'm just too lazy. I've been getting a little better recently, but it's definitely still something I need to be more diligent about.


Confession 6: I learnt HTML from MySpace

It's useful for all bloggers to know a bit of basic HTML. When I started blogging I found that I already knew some...because I'd spent way too much time designing and perfecting my MySpace profile back in 2006. 


Confession 7: Ideas for posts come at the strangest times

I often find it difficult to come up with new topics for blog posts, but then I'll have ideas at the most random times. In the past, ideas for posts have come to me while in the shower, on the toilet, during a run, as I'm falling asleep...basically the most inconvenient times, when I can't write them down.


Confession 8: I often feel like packing it all in

There have been many, many times I've wondered whether blogging was worth all the work. Once or twice I've come close to deleting the entire site. The only thing that's stopped me is the thought of letting five years of hard work disappear at the click of a button. I'm not sure I could do that.  


Confession 9: I care about the stats

This is something you're not supposed to admit as a blogger. We're supposed to blog purely for the love of blogging. But I love looking at the analytics and audience demographics. DA, number of pageviews, bounce rate, comments, referring sites - I find it all so interesting. I write for people to read. If I was writing purely for myself, I'd write in a diary. If no-one was reading my blog, I'd probably stop blogging. 


Confession 10: I love editing, but I HATE promoting

I'm one of the minority of writers who actually enjoys editing their work. I just feel like once a blog post/article/book is written, the hardest part is out of the way and all I need to do is improve it. However, I really don't like promoting my work; after all this time it still feels awkward, and a little embarrassing. 

So there are my dirty little blogging secrets; I'm relieved I've finally told someone. Can you relate to any of them?


What are your blogging confessions you've never told anyone? Expose your own dirty little secrets in the comments, or write a post and link back to this one!


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Comments

  1. Haha oh man, we're so alike it's unreal, haha! I can relate a lot to those points, particularly the promoting part. Can't I just sit and write all day?! If only! Have to say I'm loving Pinterest but ask me again in a few months...

    Sarah
    https://astrongsoul.co.uk

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    1. Yep, I blog because I love writing. I hate all the extra work and promotion that goes along with blogging!

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  2. I am the same way, I look at my stats but honestly I get discouraged every time haha. but it is still very interesting especially to see what places some of my readers are from, that always makes me feel good. What do you use to check your stats? Google analytics?

    Nikki O.
    http://www.herdaringthoughts.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I use both Google Analytics and the Blogger dashboard. I look at my stats when I'm feeling discouraged about my blog because I find them really motivating. I love seeing which posts have performed the best and where all my readers have come from!

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  3. I’m good with replying to comments on my blog, but I’m terrible with returning the love on others blogs! I’m working on it though!
    As for HTML, I think this is going to be added to my list of things to research as I have no idea what it is!
    Steff x

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    1. HTML is coding. I've found it useful to know a little bit, but you don't really need to know that much unless you're a web developer or something.

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  4. I can admit I hate Pinterest as well, I’ve tried but I just can’t! I’m a perfectionist as well and that often hinders my progress because I spend forever correcting mistakes. I’m a new blogger, but I thought about blogging for 5 years before I finally got started last year. I think we all care about analytics we just don’t admit it ��

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    1. I think that's true that everyone cares a little bit about their stats, even if they don't admit it. I'm the same with the perfectionism, I'm always trying to edit as I go which means it takes forever to get a post written. But at least it means there's less to do at the end!

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  5. I can relate to so many of the things you said. I love Pinterest though. And I spent way too much of myself life perfecting my Myspace background too.

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  6. It's like you crawled inside my head - I loathe promoting myself but it's a necessary evil as a blogger! And I think anyone who says they don't care about the stats is lying - why are you blogging if you don't care about anyone reading it? Just keep a journal instead. Although the imposter syndrome is real, I totally get that! Great post, Nic :) Lisa x

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    1. My thoughts exactly. If you don't care if anyone reads your work, why are you bothering to put it out there on a public platform? And yes, the promo is definitely a necessary evil!

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  7. Ideas for posts come always in the least appropriate times and I can so relate to a lot of these!

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    1. They really do. It's never at a normal time, like when I'm sitting in front of my laptop thinking of something to write!

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  8. I love this! I was too young for MySpace but I hate Pinterest too but need to use it for the clicks 😂

    Ash | thisdreamsalive.com

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    1. I don't HATE Pinterest per se, I just dislike all the time and effort that goes into it. I LOVE it for what it does for my blog, though!

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  9. Totally agree with 2,7,8 & 9. Ideas that hit me in the middle of a lesson or a meeting are the worst! And the stats regularly leave me wondering why I bother!

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    1. Glad you agree with some of them! Don't look at your stats too often if you find them demotivating, though :)

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  10. Love your honesty here! I think as long as we are aware of it, comparison and stats and all the things many people tell you to stop caring about are fine to be cared about.
    I like Pinterest for myself; not so much for my blog.

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    1. I don't see the issue either, as long as you don't become obsessed by the stats then it's fine!

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  11. Pinterest is the worst! It's the biggest traffic source for my blog, but I can't stand it. The constant image creation and scheduling drives me crazy. I do it because I must, but I don't love it.

    My biggest confession is that I love getting emails from readers, but I hate replying to them. My introverted self just struggles with chatting with strangers - even if it's only by email.

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    1. I think the way you feel about replying to emails is the way I feel about replying to comments, haha :)

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  12. I am right with you I hate Pintrest that is why I decided not to do it this time around. I actually decided not to do a traditional blog this time around. I decided to go with a BookTube, I can be so damned picky when I do a blog. I am a perfectionist when it comes to the whole blogging down to the header, what it looks like, how the posts are, etc. I do like looking at my stats but right now since I just stared on YouTube they are a bit sad so I am trying not to look at them.

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    1. I'm definitely a perfectionist too;it can be both a blessing and a curse. Good luck with your YouTube journey!

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  13. This is soo relatable, Nic! I am so glad you have said you dislike Pinterest - I always found that to be the most stressful and least enjoyable platform! I'm awful at promoting too and learning HTML through MySpace made me smile, we totally grew up at the same time :) Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed reading this, such a refreshing and honest post <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Haha, I loved MySpace back in the day. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  14. I can relate to most of what you're saying. Starting out I thought writing is what blogging is mostly about but the truth is there are many other time consuming things to do, writing is maybe the smallest part of it all. Anyway, I don't like Pinterest, it us boring and difficult to use for anything else than finding pretty pictures. There, I said it!
    Anda
    travelforawhile.com

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    1. Writing posts is definitely just a small percentage of all the things that blogging involves. I wish it was just about the writing but unfortunately it's not!

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  15. I actually love Pinterest now but I used to hate it , it took me five years to change team hahahaha! I relate to so many of these especially imposter syndrome x

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    1. I think most people get impostor syndrome at some point. the important thing is not to let it stop us!

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