I’ve been blogging for over four years at TBJ. I still enjoy it a lot. It’s opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Have you ever considered blogging? I have friends and associates who started blogs in the last few years. Some quit after a few months while others kept at it. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not for everyone. Today, I want to share with you ten things they don’t tell you about blogging.
It’s Not Easy
Many people think that blogging is easy. It’s not. Well maybe if you are not taking it seriously then it could be easy. If you are trying to build a business or an audience, it is not easy. You have to stay focused, and you have to write often.
You Don’t Always Feel Like Writing
Some days you are not going to be in the mood to write. You may be bored and just want to be lazy. Other times, you may busy running errands or working on other things. Those are just a few reasons that you may not feel like writing. One way that I make sure that I have posts ready if I don’t feel like writing is to work on a few extra posts when the creative juices are flowing. Some bloggers are a couple of months ahead with their blog posts. They have more than a few extras in their drafts if they don’t want to write. I’m not there yet, but one of these days, I will be.
Another reason that you may not feel like blogging is because of writer’s block. Writer’s block is very real. If you blog long enough, you will experience it. To get over writers’ block, you can do a few things. You can take a break and start back writing a little later. You can also write somewhere else. For example, if you write at home, you can go to the library or a coffee shop. A change of scenery may get the creative juices flowing. Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to last.
Nobody is Reading Your Blog in the Beginning
Everybody realizes this some point early on in their blogging process. You tell your friends and family that you have a blog and ask them to check it out. Only a handful of people will do that. Don’t let it discourage you. If you write good stuff, people will read your posts and also share them. Don’t worry about your stats in the beginning. As long as you continue to create good blog posts, people will start reading.
A Lot of Bloggers Don’t Make Money Early On
Some people get into blogging to make quick money. It doesn’t work like that. Making money from blogging takes time. In most cases, you won’t make much money at all your first couple of years of blogging. The bloggers that you see making money are the ones that bust their asses. The money comes after years of writing posts, providing value and gaining readers trust. If you can stay with your blog long enough, you can reap the rewards.
You Are Always Learning
As a blogger, you are always learning stuff. Trends are always changing. What might have worked in the past may not work anymore? A lot of things online are always changing too. Google and SEO are just a few of the things that are constantly updating. Staying on top of this stuff is critical if you are serious about blogging. I love the learning aspect when it comes to blogging. Other bloggers have webinars to help keep others informed. There are even conferences (shout out to Fincon) that are available to help you learn more. Those conferences can be life changing.
Stay on Schedule
To gain an audience, you have to stay on some kind of schedule. You have to post consistently. Posting on March 1st and the March 24th doesn’t work. Your readers will have moved on from you. Posting on a consistent schedule will keep your readers waiting. For example, I publish posts on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. Two times a week is perfect for me. It’s all about finding out what works for me.
Everything Doesn’t Work For Every Blogger
What works for one blogger may not work for you. When it comes to your blog, do you. If you try to write about topics that you don’t know about or like, your readers will know. If you don’t sound genuine, they may stop reading your blog altogether. Test out different things, but never copy verbatim from another blogger. First off, that’s just wrong. Second, that could get you blackballed in the blogging community.
It’s Not For Everyone
Blogging is not everyone. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t force yourself into doing it. Readers can tell if the passion isn’t there. There is nothing wrong with you quitting, At least you tried. Can you imagine all of the people that wanted to do something, but they let fear get in the way? You didn’t do that, though. You tried blogging, and you realize that it’s not for you. There is nothing wrong with that.
Be Active on Social Media
The final thing that they don’t tell you when it comes to blogging is to be active on social media. Your followers may become your first big supporters and subscribers. I promote my blog on several social media channels. I put more effort in some more than I do others. Figure out which one you enjoy the most and start promoting.
If you are a new blogger or if you are considering it, hopefully, you pay attention to the ten things they don’t tell you about blogging. They will help you while you are considering if you should continue to blog or not. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know how serious blogging was, but I’m glad I started. My life has changed for the better. Yours could do the same thing.
What do you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?