Before we dive into this post, I want to be clear: I love blogging, and do not regret my decision to start Mr. Smart Money at all! I am absolutely committed to this site and providing the most long-term value I can to my readers, but to say everything has been a cakewalk so far, would be disingenuous.
There are times when this blogging thing is tough! So that’s why I wanted to write this post; to provide a different perspective on the question: “Should I start a blog?”
Maybe you’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while now, maybe you’re on the fence. Either way, I hope this post helps you mentally prepare for some difficulties you could face!
Let’s jump right in.
1.) The Learning Curve Is Steep
Becoming a successful blogger requires a lot more than just a knack for writing. Be honest with yourself. How versed are you in the areas of:
- SEO (search engine optimization)
- Social Media Marketing
- Basic CSS/HTML
- Graphic Design/Photoshop
- General Marketing
And while by no means is it a requirement that you be an expert in every field, having some basic knowledge of each will greatly assist you in your endeavors.
In my opinion, skills in SEO and marketing are much more integral to your long-term success than the more technical skills of coding or graphic design. Platforms like WordPress and their associated plugins make it possible for non-tech savvy people to still become highly successful in blogging.
But if you have zero proficiency in every field and want to start a blog just because you’re passionate about what you’re writing, I’d highly suggest you do some research before you dive in.
Ask yourself if you’re willing to learn the ropes.
Are you really willing to become a student and put in the time to learn? Which brings us to our next point…
2.) Blogging Is Time Intensive
Lacking technical skills? Be prepared for hours of troubleshooting.
Never used WordPress before? Be prepared for tons of tweaking.
SEO? There are thousands of websites dedicated to this one subject alone.
It all takes time. And this is not even including the actual writing aspect of blogging.
Remember those 500-word essays teachers would assign you back in grade school? Blogging is like that, except 3x per week. And 500 words actually doesn’t even cut it anymore. Most experts recommend a minimum of 1,000-word posts if you want to actually be competitive in search engines.
Some of my longer posts have taken me days (not hours) to write.
It’s for this reason, I have the utmost respect for people who have day jobs and work on their blogs at night. Taking the time to write quality content on a consistent basis is no easy feat! It’s even harder when you don’t receive any recognition for your hard work.
In the beginning, spending hours upon hours writing a quality post and receiving zero fanfare is the norm, not the exception. Which takes us to our last point…
3.) Results Are Not Instant
I’m a sucker for recognition. For encouraging words, or awards. I think to a certain degree, we all are. We live in a world with an increasing appetite for instant gratification.
It’s no surprise then, that in the world where a 5 sec page load time is completely unacceptable, so many people take up blogging only to become frustrated with the time it takes to see results.
DO NOT think that you can start a blog and become an overnight success. Most bloggers don’t generate any significant traffic/income for months or even years! Are you okay with that?
It sounds cheesy and cliche, but after starting my own blog – I’m even more convinced of the importance of being passionate about your content. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, I just can’t see you making it over that required hump of low traffic and zero income.
The passion to write and help your readers will be the only thing keeping you slamming away on that keyboard during the tough times!
Some Closing Thoughts
Becoming a successful blogger is a lot like working out. It’s easy to start a blog, just like it’s easy to buy a gym membership. You can start a blog in literally 15 minutes.
And just like how you can buy new gym shoes and clothes in an afternoon, but it’s the months of blood, sweat, and tears that really separates the winners and the losers; the same goes with blogging.
It’s not easy. And most people fail or quit. But if you’re able to ‘make it’ – it can be an incredible way to make money. Have I scared you off yet? If you’re still passionate, and willing to put in the work required:
It’ll provide you with everything you need to know in order to pick your niche, monetization methods, and hopefully launch! And while by no means have I ‘made it’ myself as a blogger – I’m fully committed to this thing and seeing it through to the end.
I also love connecting with other successful/aspiring bloggers, so if you decide to do this – please connect with me! I would love to follow your journey as well. 🙂
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