There’s always more to life than meets the eye. From the outside, life of a blogger seems dreamy and beautiful, almost unreal, like the many Instagram shots. But more often than not the challenges it brings are forgotten. Blogging isn’t easy and neither is the world that surrounds it. So here are a few confessions from a passionate blogger (ME!). These are things I have felt and learnt in the past few years of my blogging journey.
Confessions of a Passionate Blogger
- Dealing with inner demons and self doubts
- Comparing yourself to others
- Having that pressure to always create great content
- Facing the real world
- Ever since Italophilia started, I’ve lost and found myself between these. But mostly facing the real world has been difficult. Why??
Because passion is a word that is hard to understand, it is often misunderstood for craziness and obsession.
My closest friends, whom I banked for support of my blogging journey, never encouraged or appreciated me. In fact they simply never even showed that Italophilia existed. I’m not trying to gain sympathy or be full of myself but being a niche blogger on Italy in India is seriously hard to find so what I needed was support!
But I didn’t get it from many of my close friends.
To top it all being all this happened when I was in my late 20s and kept wondering- did I make the wrong friends?? Why are they so self involved?? Unfortunately I don’t have answers to these but it was all a huge setback. I lost contact with a few people whom I didn’t expect to lose and even wrote about something similiar here. Today, I can count 2-3 people (barring my immediate family), who support my blogging journey.
Blogging is Difficult
I’ve begun to realize blogging is super fun yet difficult. Consistency, passion and support are the three most important things that are required to blog.
In my case I received support from the online community and strangers! These are people who have followed me wholeheartedly without expecting zilch, these are my closest pals. I may not have met them but they seem to be there for me. They are more real to me than my “real life friends”.
And they have taught me to be okay doing what I want.
- It is okay to have more downs than ups
- It is okay not to make big bucks from posts
- It is okay to be who you want to
- It is okay to write for yourself
- It is okay to not be part of the herd
- It is okay to be vulnerable
It is okay to do what you want.
This blogging journey has also made me who I am today. The enthusiasm to travel to the farthest corners of Italy and discover to meet new places and people is what Italophilia is. Remember that my passion lies in the simplest of things- finding a new Italian word, talking to a friend about my favorite TV show or reading about a new type of regional food. Italophilia is what it is because of my passion.
So even though Italophilia never triggered anything for my closest friends, I hope that for you at least Italophilia will be your go to friend when you want to read about Italy. I hope that my words comfort you when you’re missing those streets and people in the same way I do. I hope you can be inside that nostalgia all day every day like I do.
Meanwhile, I will continue to be my usual authentic self and show in your inbox as often as I can. Who knows one day I may be writing a similar post on confessions (I actually hope not!) but for today this is all I had to share.
Until next time,