I know the title is a little dramatic, but it got you here 🙂 and the truth is, not everyone is ready to be a blogger. If I knew what blogging was really about, I may not have started as a blogger, but now that I am here, let me share some reasons why I think you need to rethink the be a blogger route.
Before I get to far into this, let me first say that I think blogging has many many benefits and those benefits keep me blogging every day. I don’t want to block you from being a blogger, what I do want is you to know exactly what you are getting into so you will have a stronger foundation to get started from.
Blogging Takes Work
People think they can setup a new blog and shove some content to it here and there and expect to see success. Reality is writing content is only your first step in blogging, let me say that again… writing content is only your first step!
Once that post is written, you then need to promote it, then you need to interact with your readers in the comments by replying to every comment. You will also need to interact with readers from Facebook and Twitter, and try to bring the conversation back to your blog. Replying to comments is the best way to show you are an active participant in your blog, and that you are available to your readers.
You want to stand out from all the bloggers out there, and the best way to do that is to be actively social on your blog. This will also make it easier for you to build a brand around your name and blog. Blogging takes work, hard work every day.
You will have to write better content then other bloggers, you will have to be more social then other bloggers, you will have to learn to promote a new post better then other bloggers, you will have to use social media better then other bloggers, you will need to learn SEO better then other bloggers. If you can do all that better then other bloggers, then you will see success as a blogger. Are you willing to put in the hard work?
You Can’t Blog Alone
You look at blogging and it seems to be a “one man show” thing to do, but truth is, blogging alone is the fastest way to fail. I was lucky to find a few great bloggers in my learning phase of my blogging journey 1.5 ago. Even today I continue to build blogging friendships that are a benefit to myself and the other blogger. One shoutout is to Hesham at FamousBloggers.net. Hesham is smart, helpful and a great guy…What more do you need in a blogging friend? 🙂
Bottom line is If you are not willing to work with others and build mutually beneficial relationships with other bloggers then you are one step closer to failing as a blogger. Now a side note to this is to be careful which bloggers you connect with, there are so many great helpful bloggers out there, but unfortunately, there are many scumbags too.. When connecting with bloggers, make sure you look “behind” the scenes and see that what they preach is reality.
Example: If a blogger preaches they know how to get traffic to their blog and they know SEO and you look at there “numbers” and see they have a 3 yr old blog with an Alexa of 500,000 and a PR 2. Then you may want to be careful taking their advice. So make sure you look “behind” the scenes before you take their advice.
Don’t Think Like A Blogger
I know it’s a little confusing, to be a blogger and not think like one. Here is what I mean, blogging has changed. Writing great content and sitting back and expecting the money to come in isn’t going to happen. To be a successful blogger you will need to build your blog like a business. Yes to be a blogger that makes money, you need to grow your blog like a business.
You can do this by:
- Build your list
- Develop and sell your own product
- Learn to promote a new post
- Marketing, Marketing, Marketing
- Negativity Will Find You
One of the best things about having a blog, is you get to say and express yourself in any way you like, and one of the worse things about having a blog, is you can say and express yourself in any way you want. What I mean is once you say it on your blog, it is there for EVERYONE to read!
There will be many people that will like what you write and find it helpful, but there will also be people that dislike it and will have no problem telling you that. It still amazes me just how verbal and rude people can be online. I guess the internet makes everyone a tough guy.
To be a blogger you will need to have thick skin and understand you will not be loved by everyone.. I know hard to believe when your as lovable as you are huh. Keep this in mind. If you write a post and 30 people leave friendly supportive comments, and you get 1 or 2 negative comments, then doesn’t it make sense to focus on the 30 good and not the 2 bad?
You Must Have Patience
Finally we come to the biggest issue for most new bloggers. We all want results now, and with blogging you will need to relax this and have a good amount of patience. Let me tell you this now so you don’t waste your time… You will not make a full time income from blogging for at least 1 – 2 years!
Every thing in blogging takes time. Getting comments, growing your traffic numbers, seeing results from your SEO efforts, all these things will take time to see the results you really want. I know this post might be kinda depressing, but that’s ok, reality sometimes is depressing.. But if you can handle everything I talked about above then blogging will be one of the best things you ever do online.
So ask yourself, can I work hard every day, with no real income for at least 1 year, blogging as a team sport, blogging without thinking like a blogger, defending rude comments, and having patience thru it all? If the answer is YES, then your ready to be a blogger!