So you’re considering creating a blog, huh? Before you start a blog, there are some things you should know and questions you should ask yourself.
It’s not going to be the easy ride you’ve read about on the internet. It is extremely difficult labor, and you must be ready for the realities of blogging.
Blogging isn’t always as glamorous as it appears on Instagram.
In fact you might find that your friends and family are not supportive of your blog and are really ready for that?
Blogging is a costly hobby that can turn into a lucrative company, and I want you to be ready?
Is it true that I don’t have time to blog?
Blogging consumes a significant amount of time. I’m talking about hours spent on a daily basis, or at the very least a large number of hours every week.
The majority of bloggers devote at least 6 to 10 hours per week to their blogs, with many spending as much as 40 to 50.
I myself maintain three blogs covering a variety of themes and blog for at least 30 hours per week.
Say goodbye to evenings, weekends, and even even vacations because once you start, you can’t stop.
You may normally expect a decline in your site’s traffic if you slow down the pace.
It’s harsh but it is the way it goes. A blog is a constant content mill and it needs to be fed.
Do I have enough patience to blog?
Despite what you might have heard, blogging is not a get-rich-quick scam.
For the first six months, maybe even the first year or two, your blog isn’t likely to get much attention.
Read about the reality of the first year of blogging if you want to know the truth about the first year of blogging.
This isn’t true for everyone. Some blogs gain popularity quickly through social networking or Pinterest, although this is uncommon.
For the majority of new bloggers, the first few years will be a struggle. Or perhaps even longer.
Is it true that I adore writing?
Writing is an important aspect of blogging, if not the most important aspect.
You create blog entries that are long and well-researched, with interesting titles, comments for other bloggers, and social media posts.
You won’t always be writing; there will be moments when you don’t feel like it, and there will be ways to expand your blog if you don’t feel like it.
However, if you despise writing, you should probably go on your merry way and forget about blogging because it involves a lot of writing.
Do I like to read?
You’ll be doing a lot of reading in addition to writing, and if you don’t like reading, you might as well stop while you’re ahead.
You’ll want to learn everything you can about blogging, from how to get started to how to be a blogging success.
As a blogger, you must be willing to learn new things.
You’ll need to learn how to use the platform you choose, as well as a lot more, depending on your future plans.
You’ll need to learn about branding, marketing, legal issues, social media, and a lot more if you want to treat this like a business.
When you work as a blogger, you will never stop learning because algorithms and the Internet are continuously evolving.
Do I have the necessary skills to blog?
Are you willing to learn if you don’t?
First and first, how is your English?
You don’t have to be the best writer in the world to blog, but readers will be turned off by poor spelling and grammar.
Fortunately, there are tools that can assist with this, but they tend to detract from the appeal of writing.
Many blogs I thought I could have appreciated, but the writing was so terrible that it was excruciating to read.
Writing blog posts isn’t the only thing that blogging entails. There’s a lot more to it than that.
Branding, social media management, graphic design, and other services are also available.
However, all blogging abilities are transportable. 20 Blogging Skills You Should Include in Your CV/Resume
Is it feasible for me to invest money in my blog?
If you truly want to have a great blog and make money from it, you must invest financially in it.
It doesn’t have to be a lot, but you must pay for a custom domain at the very least.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Blogger with a custom domain is a good option.
If you’re ready to put in the effort, a self-hosted WordPress site is the way to go.
Please don’t go with completely free solutions; they will hurt your chances of becoming a professional blogger, and it will be more difficult to get a domain later.
You are also likely to discover that brands may not work with you with a free domain.
Do I intend to monetize my blog?
If the answer is no right now, you can basically ignore much of this and do whatever you want, whenever you want, and suffer the costs.
If you don’t want to make money and just want to blog for fun, blogging is certainly a better option.
I started my first blog as a hobby until I saw how huge it could grow, and today my website is my full-time career, bringing me regular five-figure incomes.
In March 2020, I made the decision to become a full-time blogger, and here are my first month’s thoughts.
If you want to make money from your blog, you must adopt a certain mindset before you begin.
Where do I want my blog to be hosted?
This is entirely up to you. Allowing others to make decisions for you is not a good idea.
Don’t let anyone tell you “You Can’t Make Money on bloggeg” because you can.
Many bloggers, including myself, have made six-figure sums using Blogger websites.
Blogger is far more user-friendly than WordPress. Especially if you are technically challenged and have the option to move your site afterwards.
If you aren’t afraid of technology and are willing to invest, a self-hosted WordPress is the way to go.
Is it true that I genuinely want to be a blogger?
If you’re considering about starting a blog because everyone else is doing it and it’s the cool thing to do, maybe you should think twice.
There is an ugly side to blogging that everyone talks about, and it isn’t all fun and games.
Perhaps you should save the money and use it towards something else since if you are doing it for any purpose other than what you truly desire, you will quickly lose interest.
Consider becoming a vlogger or influencer; this may be a better fit for you.
Is it true that I’m willing to put myself out there?
Blogging essentially entails putting oneself out there on the internet.
Everything about your blog is highly personal: the entries are your thoughts, the graphics are likely your design, and everything about it is very personal.
You will be praised for your efforts, but you will also be subjected to a great deal of criticism.
On my blogs, I’ve received some caustic comments, some backhanded comments, and other comments that I knew were about my site but didn’t have the courage to approach me directly.
It’s a pain, and you have to be tough and willing to take the good with the bad.
Blogging can be extremely harmful to one’s mental health. You’ll feel insufficient, compare yourself to others, and possibly get obsessed with your blog.
If you still want to start a blog and I haven’t scared you away, please read 9 Important Tasks You Should Consider While Starting A Blog for the next step.