10 Reasons I’ll Never Be a Big Blogger

I’ve been blogging since 2009. I am still only at 63 followers via GFC and 80 followers on Bloglovin. I blog constantly: at least 3x a week during the school year and almost daily during the summer. I participate in link-ups, go to blogger meet-ups, pay for sponsorships, review products, comment on other blogs, and use multiple forms of social media. Yet, for some reason, I’m just not growing.
I’ve come to the sad realization, that I’ll never be a big blogger (and I’m ok with that), and here is why.
1) I don’t have a big blogging budget. As of right now, it’s $15 a month, I’ll be honest. I’m grateful for that much, but it only goes so far. But, I have car payments, pregnancy bills (with baby bills soon to come), and housing bills soon to come this summer. 
2) I don’t have as much time as some other bloggers. Some bloggers are SAHMs. They are amazing heroes who find time in their busy mom schedule to blog, but they still seem to have more time for me. Others have a part-time job, or a 9-5 job that they can leave at work. Teaching comes home with you. I have other blogger friends who are teachers, but have more experience under their belts, which means, they aren’t spending the necessary time reinventing the wheel, like I have to in my first official year of teaching.
3) I don’t have the newest fashions. Fashion bloggers are all the rage. They get hundreds of followers just by wearing new name brands. I buy most of my clothes at Target, Wal-Mart, or clearance racks at the mall. I still think my fashion sense is adorable, but it’s not “high-fashion” and it won’t be any time soon.
4) I don’t have a DSLR. I have a $200, 4 year old, point and shoot digital Canon. I am saving money for a nice DSLR, but for now, I have to deal with lesser quality pictures.
5) I hate taking pictures. I don’t like being in pictures–I don’t feel I’m photogenic. (There are a few that I really love). I also feel awkward taking pictures all the time, whether of myself or of other activities. I also forget to bring my camera with me a lot. I’d rather enjoy the activities I’m participating in rather than wondering if it’d make a nice picture for the blog.
6) I don’t have good lighting/backdrops for my pictures. We have a small apartment, with not the greatest lighting. We have new bulbs, but the places they are positioned in the ceiling lights aren’t the smartest areas. Outside our apartment complex is awkwardly lighted as well with tall buildings and the trees. Not the best for pictures.
7) I’m not a photographer. But, I’d like to learn, eventually.
8) I’m not physically creative. Tell me to write a story or a poem, and I can do that. Tell me to design a poster board, knit a scarf, or create some other DIY project and I’ll freak. My sisters and my mom got that gene, not me.
9) I’m an English teacher, and yet, I still make numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Ooops 😉
10) There are some things I’m not willing to share on the blog. I love bloggers who are willing to get down and dirty with hard topics. They are so honest and open. But, personally, I don’t want to share bad times in marriage, medical issues, etc. That’s mine and my family’s business and not the world’s.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach at least 150 followers by the end of the year. It’s only March, so the future still seems bright. 1000+ followers is unlikely, so I’m gonna focus small. I can always shoot to be a medium-sized blogger! =)

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • I love this post. It's something that I have thought about a lot, and I keep coming back to the conclusion that I don't need/want/can't have a big blog. I enjoy writing my blog and as long as one or two people read it, I'm pretty content.

  • The money is such a big one for me. I finally had to ask "why" I wanted to be a big blogger and I couldn't come up with a good answer so I'm just going to focus that time on other dreams.

  • I'm glad you posted this. I have no budget for the blog right now and have serisouly struggled getting the 23 followers I have right now. I get lots of hits on the blog when I use social media to promote but none the less I have slowly gained my 23. It's no fault of our own, I see you with your 60+ followers and think you are a big time blogger! I love what you do and reading. I'm a lifetimer of Our Fairy Tale!

  • For the longest time I thought I wanted to be a "big" blogger. But, I couldn't really tell you why I felt that need. I'm a mom, and besides that, there's not a whole lot that we don't do that is out of the ordinary from other families. I've decided to refocus my efforts and keep blogging for documentation for my little guy. The blog is now a daily diary, of sorts, and one I hope he'll read and enjoy when he's older.
    Write for YOU! 🙂

  • I think it's common to start out with delusions of grandeur, and then come to the realization that this doesn't happen for everyone. You handle this realization with much more grace than some. But no matter what, I'll read your blog. I care about you, not your fashion pictures, not your DIY abilities, not your non-expensive camera, not your dirty little secrets that you aren't sharing with the world. I care about you, how you're doing, if you're happy, hearing news. You're the important part of this blog. You are, Tanney, and don't you ever forget that.

    I love you,
    Tashya

  • I feel a lot of these reasons are exactly why I'll only ever get "so far" in blogging. I know I can write–but writing isn't enough. I'm not scandalous, I'm not that great at marketing myself, and I don't have great pictures. Plus, I know that I err on the side of not being popular–I don't write about trendy, popular things, I write about random stuff that probably no one is searching for or writing about. But my goal has always been to have a blog that, at the very least, I enjoy reading, and so far I'm accomplishing that.

  • I'm right there with you, and lately I take a lot of comfort in knowing that I'll never be a "big" blogger. That's a lot of work and a lot of pressure! I'd rather keep it as a hobby!

  • I feel ya on the being pressed for time thing. I usually work far more than the standard 40 hours a week that a lot of other people do. Your perspective on this was very interesting to read.