There are many blogs on the internet today. Most of the time you are reading one and may not even realize it – in fact, you’re reading one right now. There are mass amounts of people making money off of their blogs while others blog as a hobby. But just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean you have to.
We’re going to look at some reasons why you should not start a blog. These reasons may surprise you, but if you’re considering starting a blog, then you should look at both the why’s and the why not’s.
You’re in it for the money
Yes, let’s get right into it. If you’re thinking about starting a blog for the money, you might want to think again. It’s possible to earn a living with your blog. Some people are even making millions of dollars. But it takes time and a significant amount of work to make money blogging. You are going to need to invest a lot of time writing your blogs, making income off of them is a whole other job. There are various income sources when blogging. In fact, Problogger.com has noted 41 different techniques under eight different categories which include:
- Affiliate marketing
- Recurring revenue
- Promoting offline business
You aren’t organized
Benjamin Franklin said, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” You have to be organized to be a blogger – and not just with your desk or your home – with your articles too. Blogging requires organization to keep a steady flow of content, as well as organizing the content itself. To stay current, you should be posting a new article four to five times a week.
You aren’t social
Blogging may seem like the perfect job for an introvert, and it can be, as long as you can socialize online at least. You’ll need to reply to your followers’ comments as well as connect with other bloggers so that you can get traffic to your blog.
Lack of discipline
Blogging requires time, focus and motivation in order to be successful. If you work another job and want to start a blog on the side, you’ll need to have the energy – both mentally and physically – in order to get it done. Remember that it’s not just about the articles you write. You’ll also need to have time to connect with others to spread the word about your blog, as well as read and respond to commenters.
Can you take the criticism?
If you post your opinion on Facebook and get ravaged by people whose beliefs are different from yours, do you get upset – maybe even hurt – by those comments? If you do, blogging isn’t for you. Not everyone will like everything you write, and some will get downright angry, and those are the people who are not afraid to tell you exactly how they feel.
You need to shrug those commenters off because you can’t, and don’t, want to get into a verbal argument with every person who disagrees with you. It will reflect badly if your followers see you arguing with every person who comments against your opinions. However, you do have the ability to delete rude comments.
You must be patient if you want to be successful in blogging. It takes time to build an audience, it takes time to make money, it even takes time to write. If you can’t be patient with your goals, then you’ll end your blogging career before you even begin. As Joyce Meyer said, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
You Want to Quit Your Job
Everyone makes it sound easy when they say things like; they lost their job and “started blogging so now they get to work from home and make more money” than they did at their other job. But remember everything mentioned already. This is a full-time job, a business really, and with that comes a lot of work.
You’ll need to track your income and costs, pay taxes, and work on one story while coming up with ideas for your next. And don’t forget about pictures. You’ll need quality pictures for your blog too. Now you have to determine if you are going to start taking pictures yourself or purchase them from a stock photo company.
As you can see, starting a blog takes a significant amount of work. But if it’s something you want to try then take the time to sketch out a plan – and know that you aren’t alone. If you need help getting high-quality content on a consistent basis and want to rank higher in the search engines, use Copywriter Today to take the pain out of content creation.
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