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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Why Blogging is Not for Everyone

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Blogging is something that can seem so simple to do. From the invention of Google’s Blogger and WordPress, many people have opened up brand new blogs. For as many blogs that get open, many blogs are also abandoned and shut down. Often many blogger's will stop writing posts on their websites or may only post sporadically. The reason for this is that blogging is actually not for everyone. Here are some reasons why blogging may or may not be for you. 



Blogging takes a time commitment

 

Blogging may seem like something that you do when you have a bright idea pop into your mind; however, there is a method to the madness. If you are interested in running a blog, you must be able to dedicate time daily to the blog. Blogging does not just include putting up posts. You must be able to maintain your website, approve and respond to comments, and add photos and decorations to your blog as needed. If you are unable to dedicate some time each day, or every other day, blogging may not be for you.



You must be willing to be vulnerable and share

 

With blogging comes a bit of vulnerability. Even if you do not use photographs of your family and even if you blog under an alias, there is still a level of vulnerability that you must feel in order for your blog to come across as authentic. You must be able to tell your daily happenings, controversial thoughts, and issues. You must be able to open up to your readers in a way that may be difficult if you are more guarded. If you want to be an attractive blogger, being an open book is necessary. If you are unable to open up in many ways, blogging may not be the best choice for you. 



Not able to handle comments or connect with readers

 

One of the things that you will not be able to control is the comments that you get. Even if you do not approve all comments or if you moderate comments for your website, you will still have to read them first. If you find comments from all different points of view difficult to handle, blogging will be a hard venture. As a blogger, you must remember to keep a cool head and be open to people from all occupations engaging on your website.



You are unable to expand

 

Though you may start out as a parent blogger only interested in product reviews, or in talking about getting into shape, it is true of most successful blogs that expansion happens over time. Slowly, you will find yourself in more lifestyle posts, or you may even be guest blogging on other blogs. Expansion is something that you must be open to as a blogger in order to stay successful. 




If you are interested in blogging, be sure that you understand all aspects of a good blog and you are willing to go with the flow. Making the commitment to blogging is a time consuming task, so be sure you are up to the challenge before your start. 



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36 comments

  1. Totally agree with you! I had no idea the size of the commitment I was making when I started blogging and I started out as a poetry blog so I've expaned :)

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    1. I had to expand too as you notice. I was strictly a product reviewer and felt that wasn't really leading me anywhere so my blog became a lifestyle blog.

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  2. Amen. I see so many bloggers come and go they never stay because they don't realize the time it takes to blog and to make this thang work. A lot of people also think oh such and such always gets free products I want free stuff too let me start a blog...lol if only it was that easy.

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    1. Blogging is HARD!!!! I always be getting burned out. Coming up with new content, working with brands, etc takes a lot of commitment and work in which non bloggers don't realize this and think it is all easy.

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    2. Oh yeah, the "I'm a blogger so I get free stuff" from the non-bloggers gets my grill.

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    3. Oh yes I hate that mess!!!!

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  3. Love this!! When I started my blog I only posted sporadically at first and it took a few years to decide this was something I really wanted to pursue and be successful at. I don't think most people realize the time commitment blogging is.

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    1. People don't and that is why you see a lot of people create a blog and then quit.

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  4. COMMITMENT COMMITMENT COMMITMENT IS KEY - Great post sis.

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    1. Commitment sure is the key! Thanks sis!

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  5. AMEN! most folks have no clue what goes in to running a blog!

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  6. YES! My blog has definitely evolved over the years. I'm constantly learning and growing. Great post (and reality check lol)!

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    1. Yeah when you commit with your blog you'll see your blog grow. Blogging always has something for you to learn to help take your blog to the next level. You're doing great with your blog!

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  7. Blogging is definitely a time and an emotional commitment. I was just telling my husband this moronic that I need to rearrange my schedule to make more time for it cause it is hard for me to write at night.

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    1. I always have to clear my schedule too and find myself blogging over the weekends. But the good thing is I have a job that allows me to be on the internet all day and I use that time to blog.

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  8. These are all SO true! No matter your niche, it's important that you love what you write about because if you don't love it, no one else with either. You're so right about the time commitment--if I'm not taking care of my toddler or doing freelance writing work, I'm usually doing something for the blog. It's a never ending love affair! :)

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    1. I have another blog I started back in 2008 which was all about making extra money online, I loved the niche but fell out of love with it and that is why I created this blog. I told myself if I no longer have passion for blogging I'll quit but so far I have been blogging for about 7 years and still enjoy it. Although it is a lot of work but I love the benefits of it.

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  9. I had two moms, God bless them, connect with me about how to start a blog and by no means am I an expert. After I was done telling them everything I knew about how to get started and what you needed to do to keep an audience engaged and what you needed to do to make money.. they decided they should re think that idea.

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    1. People just don't understand you can't just whip up a blog overnight and be successful at it, it takes a lot of time, learning, and commitment. I bet they did rethink about that idea. I have people see what I do as a blogger and quickly say "oh I can do that too so I want to be a blogger also". I quickly give them the side eye, if only they knew all the hard work I put into blogging over the years.

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  10. Blogging is a hard job. It does take a lot of serious commitment. In addition to posting, there's photography to consider, editing, social media, and expanding like you've mentioned above. There are tons of good resources now that we're available when I first started.

    Commitment and long term engagement are two of the hardest parts.

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    1. Yep taking photos and making them look good, editing, especially social media is a lot of work. For the social media part I've finally hired a VA because my workload has been a lot to handle and I felt like I was living in front of my computer screen. It is hard balancing blog life, home life, and work life.

      When I first started blogging there wasn't many resources out there since blogging was pretty new but if I really committed to it from the start I know I would be very far with my blog now.

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  11. I'm still relatively new (2 years) and I love it as much today as I did the first time I (very hesitantly) clicked "publish." However, you are correct on all aspects. Blogging is work and takes lots of time. Every once in a while I'll remember someone that started blogging about the time I did and I realize that they are gone. I've decided that I want a VA for my birthday in August to handle my social media. :)

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    1. Yes, hire a VA! I did at the end of last year and I don't know why I waited so long. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders and now I can focus more on writing posts and my family. A great VA service to use is GeekyVA.com. Since having a VA my traffic has jumped and so has my income.

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  12. This is such a good post. I've had a blog for years, two actually, I do enough to keep it somewhat afloat, but I'm really not a fan of blogging. This may very well be because I'm guarded, I also really hate controversy, so I seldom really express strong feelings. I don't even like blogging about light stuff. If something blog-worthy pops up head, I usually just message my friends. I often think I should be blogging about this, but I never do.

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    1. Hey Lisa! You can always keep a private blog that you just share with your family and friends. But yeah with blogging and sharing to the world you'll need to be open because people like to know who you are and what you're all about.

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  13. I agree with everything that you have said. I actually have a blog that I have kind of given up on though. However, with my most current blog I have been able to keep it going for close to three years. It does take a lot of time yet now I am experiencing the various benefits that come along with blogging.

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    1. Your story sounds like mines Victoria!

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  14. I totally agree. It's always about the commitment. My mom thinks because I've become somewhat successful at this, that anyone else can do it. She tells me to call "so and so" up and tell them to become a blogger.

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    1. LOL @ your mom! If she only knew all the hard work you have put into your blog. If blogging was so easy everyone would quit their job and be bloggers.

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  15. Louida, my blog is all over the place... as I ponder yet again what type of blog I have? Eclectic? I love a good mix. I will soon be adding more places to visit locally too. Would mine be considered a Lifestyle blog? I am unsure. I will be going back to adding more crafts too. & still keep my products to review.

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    1. I would consider your blog as Lifestyle Suzie since you do not focus on just one topic. This blog use to be just one topic which was product reviews but I wanted to discuss more than that so I turned my blog into a lifestyle blog in which I feel my readers like it better that way.

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  16. Love this information!

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