Why start a blog? people keep talking about it, everyone seems to have one.
What’s the point, why should you?
Well, there are various reasons why starting a blog could be right for you, but there are also reasons why it may not!
During this post – I am going to run through 5 reasons why you should start a blog and 5 reasons why you probably shouldn’t!
5 reasons why it could be an awesome idea…
1) You’re passionate about something and want to share it with the world. Many successful blogs start out from some sort of interest or passion that they want to share with people.
Take Rosemarie Groners blog,the busy budgeter. She started that blog to share all her budgeting tips that she couldn’t stop talking to people about.
Turns out… millions of people are now interested in what she has to say.
Pinch of yum was born out of a love of food and cooking, now has an audience of several million every month.
There is no doubt about it… your passions could potentially become hugely profitable.
But before you jump at this opportunity, keep your head on your shoulders.
Only a tiny fraction of anyone that starts blogging makes money from it, let alone turn it into a full time career.
While earning a wage from your blog can be a motivator, it shouldn’t be the only one. If it is, you’re more than likely to quit before you see a glimmer of your first paycheck.
2) You love writing and want a creative outlet.
When I was a kid, I wrote all the time constantly. But as I moved into my teens and in adulthood, the only time I would write, would be to complete an essay at university.
I just had a block about it and didn’t know what I should be writing.
When I started writing for a blog, it just brought back that initial love that I had and now I’m so pleased that I get to write every day about things that interest me.
What’s even better is, I get to help people.
I get to sometimes give people that little idea for the first time that, maybe they could change their life; maybe they could start a blog, maybe the could make money online.
3) You would like to build something online that could one day lead to location independence – meaning, you don’t just want to be tied down to one location, but build something you could work on from anywhere.
A prime example of this is the creator of making sense of cents. Who, despite making crazy money, 5 figures a month and growing all the time, actually travels around and lives in an RV.
Some people think she’s crazy for living in an RV when she’s created all that wealth… but why?
She loves the freedom of it and I can completely get that.
For me, location independence is one of the reasons I wanted to make money online.
I hope one day I will earn enough that my husband can quit his job and we can travel the world!
Is location independence important to you?
4) You’re a hard worker and you will keep pushing on, even when things go wrong.
This is really important, because there WILL be stumbling blocks.
There will be things you have to learn, there will be things that may be confusing at first.
There will be times where you feel that nothing is going right, things aren’t going anywhere at all and you just want to quit the whole thing.
If you resist that feeling of quitting and push on beyond the point that a majority would quit, then you have a reasonable chance of doing well in my opinion.
I’ve seen a lot of people try and get started online and I’ve seen a lot of people fail.
Most simply give up and they give up pretty quickly as well.
A real eye opener for me was discovering just how quickly and easily people give up on things.
I mean, if you had a plan set out in front of you that pretty much said… follow this plan and you will make money. WHY wouldn’t you follow the plan?
Most barely follow it for a week or two, then it gets boring and they move on to the next thing.
That’s another thing… you have to push on, even when it’s boring.
5) A blog CAN make you money… in the long term!
While I don’t think it’s a good idea to start a blog purely because you want to make money.
The reality is, blogging CAN make you money in the long term.
Depending on your niche, you can also benefit from freebies too, (companies may often send you products to review and keep!).
The great thing is, blogging can provide you an income that will grow as your blog grows. The more traffic you bring to your blog, the more money you can potentially make.
Over at this post,I talk about some ways you can drive free traffic to your blog.
5 Reasons Why Blogging May Not Be For You!
1) You’re worried what people think. Somewhere along the way, someone is not going to agree with what you have to say.
You may offend them, or they may just take a disliking to you or your blog.
The more people visit your blog, the more chance that this could potentially happen. You’re not going to be able to please everyone.
Sometimes, if someone is critical, they could even have a point! So, take a step back and wonder if there is any validity to what they’re saying.
When there isn’t, you need to just brush off the negativity and move along.
2) You want to make money blogging, right NOW….
I was going to say, that if the only reason you started blogging was to make money, you should probably not do it.
But I would say that plenty of people have started blogging with money being the primary reason to start and been successful.
I just think it cannot be the ONLY reason, because you just won’t stick with it if you hate every other aspect of it.
But if you’re looking to make money blogging right away, then you will be disappointed.
While there are some success stories of people making full time income in their first year, (notice I say YEAR there, not weeks, or months) it’s far more likely that it could take several years before you can realistically quit your day job.
That doesn’t mean to say you can’t make a nice supplementary income within months though, certainly that’s possible.
3) You hate writing.
Creating content for your blog is a key aspect of it. So, if you absolutely hate writing, then you definitely shouldn’t start blogging.
However, if you are just worried that you’re not very good at writing, that’s a totally different thing.
Bloggers are not all amazing writers… As long as you can put some of your personality on the page and communicate your ideas, you will get better over time.
I know several people earning full time incomes with their blogs, where English isn’t even their first language!
But that doesn’t matter, because their personality shines through and they write in a tone that’s friendly and approachable.
When you read what they say, you feel like they could be in room with you. Their content is accessible.
You don’t want to read a blog post that you would need a PHD to understand.
4) You don’t have time
I feel that anyone can find the time if they really want to build a blog.
So many people simply cut out things they would have done before, like watching TV, or get up earlier and work on your blog before work, for example.
But if you can’t commit at least 10 or so hours a week to your blog, you will find your progress incredibly slow and you’ll be far more likely to quit.
5) You don’t want to learn new skills.
Blogging is much more than just creating content. There are various technical aspects that you will need to learn.
You will also need to learn things such as, how to navigate wordpress, upload a theme, organise a theme for your blog, understand plugins, SEO, keyword research, how to monetise your blogs.
You’ll need to learn about things like, Ad networks and affiliate programs, how to set up an email autoresponder, some basic graphic design could help too… and much more.
But if that idea overwhelms you, don’t worry.
It’s not as much as you think and these are things you learn gradually over time.
Nevertheless, there is no avoiding the fact that you will need to embrace learning some new skills.
Do you want to start a blog?
If after reading through this you still think starting a blog is for you, then great.
It’s been so much more rewarding for me, than I ever realised.
One of the best aspects for me is just how many new skills I’ve developed and continue to learn all the time. That’s the thing, you don’t stop learning.
I wasn’t a technical person and some aspects have been really daunting to me, but that can make learning some of these things even more worthwhile.
Because you realise that you CAN do so much more than you realised.
If you want to learn how you can build a blog and then how to eventually can earn money from it…
That’s where I got started and I continue to learn so much from being part of the community.
I wish you all the best!