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KacheeTee: 1 Year of Blogging & De-Mystifying 6 Blogging Myths

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KachinI think I’ve made quite some good decisions in my life, and so it’s rather interesting that one year later, choosing to start a blog is up there as well. I was so scared to start, so scared to let people into bits and pieces of my life. But on 10th February 2016, which happened to be Ash Wednesday, I thought “what purpose is there to life if we don’t try, step out of our comfort zones and inspire others”. So I paid for the domain name KacheeTee.com, and shared my first post on Facebook. The response was pretty encouraging. And well, since then I haven’t stooped. I’ve published roughly 130 blog posts and just passed 150,000 views. I’ve met incredibly amazing people. I’ve grown. I’ve become better. I’ve worked with a couple of brands and I’ve actually made money from my blog via a sponsored post (little, but hey, humble beginnings).

I’ll love to write about how blogging has changed me, but I’ll save that for another day. Today, let’s discuss the myths associated with blogging. Because there are quite a few.

I was in a meeting recently with a couple of lawyers. And at the end of it, the conversation tilted to what we like to do outside of work. A lot of interesting answers came up – skiing, wine tasting, baking etc. To borrow Chimamanda Adiche‘s phrase of happily boring, I said “well, I like to chill at home, read a good book, see a good movie, and write“. After a couple of back & forth and “what do you like to write about?”, the dreaded question popped out. “So do you have a blog?”. I’m not sure why I shifted slightly uncomfortably in my seat. What was the big deal if I blogged? Were there going to take me less seriously – if the term blogger was associated with my name? I answered half heartedly, “Yeah I blog occasionally” – (but with my aim to have a daily lifestyle blog, I’m not sure this qualifies as occasional).

And when they asked what I blogged about, I was sure to include the fact that I love to write about law and career. Perhaps this is also why my previous posts on BellaNaija have been slightly serious. I’ve written on Tips to Secure an Academic (Foreign) Scholarship, How to Make the Most of Nigerian Law School, 4 Practical Things to do while Job Hunting and 11 Contract Terms every Small Business Owner should be Aware Of. Even this post is still slightly serious.

I leave the more fun personal posts on my blog, where I have control over it.

But I love blogging, and day by day I admire bloggers. It’s therefore unfair that a lot of people believe these myths and under-appreciate bloggers. If you’re also thinking of starting a blog anytime soon, this will help set you on a clearer path.

Blogging is Easy
Bloggers get a lot of flack because most people believe it’s easy. I mean, what could be difficult in it? You write and/ or take photos and you upload right? But in actual fact, blogging could almost be tougher than a regular 9-5. It’s often a one man business and you run on full steam, all the time – particularly if you’re serious about it, creating original content, building a brand and a community. You’re the writer of posts and the editor. You’re responsible for constantly promoting your posts on social media (and this is tough! – forever saying #LinkinBio and Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me!). You design graphics and posters. You may have to learn to code, and become a tech geek – keeping tabs on latest apps and software. It’s crazy the amount of new things I’ve learnt in this one year. From building my website from scratch to some of the other things mentioned above. Blogging can be tough and some days bloggers may want to break down. But they love it so much so they keep pushing. And for some people, blogging has actually become their full time job. So if you ever thought blogging was easy, please erase that thought.

Blogging is Cheap
How I wish. Even if I forgot about my blog anniversary, the £100 that was taken out of my account for my host registration definitely reminded me. Plus the very many apps and software I’ve put off buying, because I’m not sure I can justify it at this point.. Blogging is not cheap. And it’s probably because of this myth, many people brands refuse to pay bloggers due remuneration.

I laughed, when I considered buying an iMac to help with the blog, and my husband said “can’t your blog pay for this?” . Unfortunately it couldn’t. But asides gadgets that have to be bought, there’s regular software subscription to be paid – for emails, graphics, promotion and maybe even ads. Blogs which rely on great photography or video might have to pay for these as well. So when you require a service from bloggers, please consider paying them in cash.

Everyone’s in it for the Money
We can’t really blame people who think this way, can we? Based on myth number 1 & 2 above – it might seem like an easy way to get rich!

I was slightly upset one day on Facebook when someone suggested that I was all about the clicks, when I was genuinely hoping that someone would share her story in a bid to inspire others. And so yes, once you start a blog, there’d be people who think you’re in it for the money. The truth is, the money may come – but except you start of as being incredible – it’ll come much later. And it’ll come in different ways. Lots of people have built their brands first by blogging. Others have created products, others have begun to render services & others have worked with brands. So for many, passion comes first. That and a genuine desire to share and add value is what sustains a majority of bloggers, while they hope the big bucks come soon. Plus honestly, not everyone is in it for the money.

Blogging is not real writing
Where do we even start to debunk this? Someone once said to another blogger on Twitter, “But all you guys do is copy and paste?”. I was literally too weak to engage in a sensible conversation. I guess it’s as a result of this myth that some have chosen to identify as “Content Creators“, rather than bloggers – to show the emphasis that they create original content. And truth is, for many bloggers, it’s real writing. Whether it’s their style or thoughts on fashion, on beauty, on faith, fitness, lifestyle, career, food – there’s so much real effort and creative energy that goes into it. Not to say that some bloggers do not simply copy and paste. But for a whole lot, blogging is often real writing. Please appreciate this. And if you intend to succeed in blogging you’d probably have to come up with real original writing / content.

Blogging is dead and saturated
The truth is, there are A LOT of blogs out there. Trust me, you wouldn’t realise how many unless you were a blogger or an avid blog follower. When I launched my blog, I had no idea just how many people blogged. And as time went by, I often started to think “geez who would read my blog”. So we can’t blame the audience if they roll their eyes when someone says “Guys I finally launched my blog, please subscribe!“. But it’s hard for a field to be truly saturated, as everyone brings a different perspective. I mean, just look at the MUA industry in Nigeria. Yet new entrants are still making their mark. As a blogger, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to quit sometimes when you think you’ll struggle to shine. Don’t! The top is never saturated. If you’re willing to be excellent, are passionate and put in the work, you’ll most likely stand out. Plus there’s always someone who wants to hear from your unique experiences.

Blogging has no use
This is surprisingly common and even though I’m in it, sometimes I have those “why am I bothering with this blog” kind of days. And interestingly many people have this opinion as well. I think fashion bloggers get hit the most with the question “so you just dress up and take photos, why!?” But if we truly think about it, bloggers share so so much that help us in our daily lives. Whether it’s fashion tips, or improving our natural hair slay or quick food hacks, inspirational & motivational posts, travel and tourism, career guidance or even just for laughs. That’s the use of blogging. And that’s why contrary to myth 5 it’s unlikely to die anytime soon. It may evolve, but I doubt it’d die. So as a blogger, for the days you think it has no use, the days no one leaves a comment on your blog, think of the very many people you continue to inspire in one way or the another. Even if it’s just one person. It’s probably worth it!

So that’s it. Some popular blogging myths hopefully de-mystified. I’ll generally be sharing some of my blogging tips and everything else I learn going forward. So if you’re interested in that, subscribe to the blog! If you’re not, well, still visit us and subscribe – there’s a whole lot of posts you’d love – I promise. Lawyer’s honour. Plus, this is good timing, as we’re about to have a one year anniversary giveaway (that’s a clear plug in!)

Bloggers what other myths can you relate to. If you don’t blog, what do you genuinely think of bloggers?

20 Comments

  1. Reme Ajayi

    February 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I love this post. Thumbs up to kachee T for the quote ‘The top is never saturated’ I’m certainly tweeting that!

  2. olushegun monday

    February 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I never wanted to read any blog in my life because I found it boring, but kachee BLOG is totally different, and kudos to that. I will advice you to keep on the good work.

  3. Fabulous

    February 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for sharing. Blogging is hard work.

  4. Uju Stevens

    February 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I can relate.i used to write my random thoughts and just save them in the blog folder on my desk top till September last year when i put up my first blog post on blogspot.com.ng. By November,i had hit 5000 hits and i decided to switch to .com.Switching to .com has come with a lot of complications but i am so glad i am going up on Friday.
    its a good thing your post has just opened the eyes of folks around us to how much work we put in to creating content.
    Congratulations on you “blogerversary”.Keep it up

  5. serendipity

    February 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Well written kacheetee! You are one of my favorite bloggers. I have actually considered starting a lifestyle blog where I can post my thoughts, share experiences for a long time as I’ve always loved writing , was guilty of thinking it was easy. But that dream died when I had to create a blog for a course in university with original content as part of the course requirements, it was not a walk in the park, I barely scraped a B grade, I kissed the dream goodbye but lately I’ve been toying with the idea. But I’m a very private person and although I love being given a pass into people’s lives eg. bloggers like berry dakara I think it’s a vulnerable place to be, I hope one day I’ll take the plunge!!!

  6. Dr. N

    February 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I’m just here for d picture
    Boss lady!????
    I even made it to her blog
    No be small thing

    • Grace

      February 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      she’s amazing!!

  7. Shalom

    February 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Kachee,
    Really Nice write-up and I must say you are one inspirational young lady…Beauty and brains! I really love your blog and always look forward to your new posts especially the interview section….I like your originality and the fact that you discuss everything from lifestyle, to spirituality to the serious stuff on interviewing and all….I guess I have read practically everything on your blog. Please don’t stop as you never know who gleans inspiration from you….God bless sis! Love!

  8. Viv

    February 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Kachee! Congratulations on your blogiversary! No lies, blogging is as stressful and demanding as a full time job!

  9. Nomso

    February 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve never commented until now. Oh Kachee bless your soul. I’m dusting the cobwebs off my blog because you had me at “…it’s not all about the clicks…” I’ll simply write because I want to. Thank you a thousand times.

  10. Peculiar Okafor

    February 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Congrats Kacheetee.

    I love your blog.

    Just started blogging last month and I’m still trying to get the layout right.

    But the response has been encouraging and I’ve been adding lots of talents to myself like a designing talent and all.

    Once again, congratulations

  11. Regina Eche-Fali

    February 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Those who said blogging is easy and cheap should ask me. I was intrpriced to blogging in 2008 Babalobi Babatope who has vast knowledge of the social media. I tried a few times then I stopped. After a long time, I went to my blog but couldn’t open it. Why? I was using a free platform and so someone else took the franchise and was now asking me to subscribe for it. I ranted and cursed but there was nothing I could do about it.
    There is no free lunch here except for a while. When I am ready, I will commit some money for some essentials and get cracking. Congratulations sis! More grace.

  12. An Afrikan Butterfly

    February 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations again on the anniversary! Yes to everything in this post!!
    I don’t blame people that think blogging is just a pasttime lol I myself didn’t appreciate the amount of heart and time I poured into my blog until I had my first real job! It is a lot of work, a true labour of love, and I believe so many people are the better for it!

    I enjoy reading your blog, and I love that the blogosphere is so wide that there are blogs for everything. Parenting, food, gardening, photography, arts and crafts, music, travel, the list goes on and on. I googled Dandelion one day and I found a blog ABOUT dandelions! I was just wowed. I really appreciate bloggers. Thank you for the encouragement today!

  13. Me

    February 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Kachee you said it all and took the word right out of my mouth. To those who say blogging is easy. No, it is surely not. you have to be creative and persistent.

  14. Ijeoma

    February 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    The part of #linkinbio got me laughing hard. This is me right now. Barely 2months into the blogging thing I am already tired of saying #linkinbio and the “pls share and subscribe”. Thank you for this encouraging post and like you rightly said there is a place at the top for everyone.

  15. Iyobosa

    February 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Well written and enough said Kachee. I have recently started a lifestyle blog and the first question I get asked is: where do you find the time to blog? Admittedly, as a wife, mother to infant twins and full time finance executive, time is a precious commodity but because this is a passion of mine, I find the time somehow and furthermore, I see blogging as a great outlet for great ideas but it is most certainly not a cheap venture. Kudos to you. I’ll make a note to follow you social media and subscribe to your blog — you just gained one more follower 🙂

  16. Mary

    February 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Interesting write up. Its true that blogging must come with a passion. I also started mine recently, and I realize that it needs my time and creativity. So since am not into it for the money now, I enjoy posting my thoughts.

  17. Ruth's Blog: Because I Believe

    March 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    KacheeT always comes through with truth, wisdom, love, and light. You capture the aspects all so well.

  18. Naomi

    April 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    KacheeT is one of my favorite blogger. She has inspired me in several ways especially on my blogging journey. Whoever thinks blogging is easy doesn’t understand what it’s all about, it takes lot of work and I love the hard work you put into yours.

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