Thinking of starting a blog? Here are 27 harsh facts I’ve learned about the world of blogging since I started my blog in February 2014.
- Blogging can become addictive and take over your life.
- You’ll probably lose touch with some friends because you won’t have the time to keep in touch with them anymore.
- Readers don’t find your blog, you have to find them.
- Just because somebody ‘liked’ your blog post, does not mean they read it.
- Just because somebody left a comment on your blog post, does not mean they read it.
- Blogging can seriously stress you out and make you feel guilty (if you allow it).
- You’ve more chance of winning the lottery jackpot, than one of your blog posts going viral.
- Over 81% of bloggers who want to make some money out of blogging, will never earn more than £100.
- Not everyone will agree with what you have to say.
- Not everyone will enjoy reading what you’ve published.
- Eight out of ten new bloggers will give up blogging within the first year.
- Nine out of ten new bloggers will give up blogging within the first two years.
- Only 20% of your followers will probably ever read and comment on some of your blog posts.
- Blogging can get daunting and tedious when traffic to your blog fails to materialise.
- Your blog stats will often plummet, for no apparent reason, making you feel disillusioned about blogging.
- You’ll be proved wrong that the post subject you thought nobody had written about before, has in fact been written about many times.
- You’ll suffer from blog envy.
- You’ll ask yourself many times “is anybody really reading my posts?”
- You’re a small ‘blogging’ fish in a vast ‘blogging’ ocean.
- You will probably publish at least one post that you wish you had never written and published.
- You’ll probably be visited by, and may become the victim of, an internet troll.
- Blogging success can takes years to achieve.
- Blogging can be a lonely existence, especially during the first few months when nobody likes or comments on any of your blog posts.
- Blogging isn’t only about writing. You also have to become an expert in some other fields such as marketing, social media, information technology and law.
- If you start a blog, it will be one of over 440 million (and rising) other blogs available to readers.
- People, you get to know through blogging, will suddenly disappear without any reason.
- If you don’t consider yourself thickskinned, then you’re probably going to get upset by some comments left on your blog.
There are lots of positive sides to blogging, such as the communities it contains and the enjoyment it can bring, but we should never forget or not talk about the negative sides.
You can avoid many of the pitfalls of blogging (some of which are in my list) by taking some of the advice of established bloggers, many of whom publish free blogging tips, rather than going at it alone and thinking it’s going to be all plain sailing. Once such place where you’ll find lots of blogging tips and advice is on the blog of Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Check out the ‘WordPress and Blogging’ section of his ‘How To 101’ index by clicking here.
Are there any hash facts about the world blogging that you’d like to share and add to my list?
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