27 Harsh Facts Every New Blogger Should Know About Blogging

Are you seriously thinking about starting a blog?

Here are 27 pitfalls to avoid on your blogging journey. I have encountered all of them since I published my first post in February 2014.

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  1. Blogging can become addictive and take over your life.
  2. You’ll probably lose touch with some friends because you won’t have the time to keep in touch with them anymore.
  3. Readers don’t find your blog; you have to find them.
  4. Just because somebody ‘liked’ your blog post, does not mean they read it.
  5. Just because somebody left a comment on your blog post, does not mean they read it.
  6. Blogging can seriously stress you out and make you feel guilty (if you allow it).
  7. You’ve more chance of winning the lottery jackpot, than one of your blog posts going viral.
  8. Over 81% of bloggers who want to make some money out of blogging, will never earn more than £100.
  9. Not everyone will agree with what you have to say.
  10. Not everyone will enjoy reading what you’ve published.
  11. Eight out of ten new bloggers will give up blogging within the first year.
  12. Nine out of ten new bloggers will give up blogging within the first two years.
  13. Only 20% of your followers will probably ever read and comment on some of your blog posts.
  14. Blogging can get daunting and tedious when traffic to your blog fails to materialise.
  15. Your blog stats will often plummet, for no apparent reason, making you feel disillusioned about blogging.
  16. You’ll be proved wrong that the post subject you thought nobody had written about before, has been written about many times.
  17. You’ll suffer from blog envy.
  18. You’ll ask yourself many times “is anybody reading my posts?”
  19. You’re a small ‘blogging’ fish in a vast ‘blogging’ ocean.
  20. You will publish at least one post that you wish you had never written and published.
  21. You’ll probably be visited by, and may become the victim of, an internet troll.
  22. Blogging success can takes years to achieve.
  23. Blogging can be a lonely existence, especially during the first few months when nobody likes or comments on any of your blog posts.
  24. 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.
  25. If you start a blog, it will be one of over 440 million (and rising) other blogs available to readers.
  26. People, you get to know through blogging, will suddenly disappear without any reason.
  27. If you don’t consider yourself thickskinned, then you’re probably going to get upset by some comments left on your blog.

Are you still thinking about starting a blog, or to continue with blogging?

There are lots of positive sides to blogging, such as the communities it contains and the enjoyment it can bring, but never disregard, forget, or not talk about the negative sides. Talking about them can help you get out of any pits you fall into, so never be afraid to ask for help.

Now I’ve told you about some of the pitfalls, here’s how to avoid them.

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

Whatever you do, always remember to keep blogging fun.

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Are there any hash facts about the world blogging that you’d like to share and add to my list?

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324 comments

  1. Hello Hugh,

    Number 26, “People, you get to know through blogging, will suddenly disappear without any reason,” happened to me recently. I know people’s priorities and interests change. But it’s still odd for a “friend” to drop off from the face of the earth (or internet).

    Thank you for this post. I’m 1 year and 6 months into blogging. Do I just need to hold on for the next 6 months and I’m good?

    Best,
    Sigrid

    1. Hi Sigrid, yes, it’s happened to me too. One particular blogger also deleted her social media accounts, so there was no way of me contacting her. Of course, that only led me to think the worse.

      Not many bloggers make it to one year and six months, so you’ve already done very well. Keep up the great work.

  2. Blogging isn’t easy – or rather I should say maintaining an active blog with active followers isn’t easy. I have a writing/fantasy/author blog and I often find myself wondering what to write about. I promote authors – but if there isn’t anyone wanting promo then I have to find something else. Author interviews do get reads, and comments but often people just follow whatever genre they read, or authors they follow and don’t bother with anything else.
    What I have found is the more eclectic posts do quite well – I have a post I wrote in 2015 about text speech and the evolution of language which gets a few hits a week, even though I haven’t promoted that one for ages. Also articles about writing/publishing, or history/myth articles get hits. I actually don’t know what attracts people and what doesn’t!
    I blog because I like promoting books and authors. It gives me somewhere less formal than my websites to engage. I’ve also had fun writing research pieces and getting my thoughts on paper (well the screen).
    I’d say blog for the right reasons – you WANT to share your thoughts, advice, books, ideas or whatever. If people come then they do. If they don’t it’s good writing practice and a good way to order one’s thought.

    1. It’s all about the fun, isn’t it? I’ve seen many good writers give up blogging because they’ve got stressed with it or it’s made them feel guilty. Once the fun and enjoyment goes out of it, Blogging can become a burden. I’m glad to hear that you are still getting fun and enjoyment out of it.

      It never ceases to amaze me on what posts become the most popular. This post was written two years ago yet still attracts hit and comments. However, you’re so right in that blogging is also a great way to get your thoughts out even if nobody reads them. And, of course, practice makes perfect. I’ve made some amazing friends in the blogging world over the last five years, many of whom have given me a lot of support and encouragement with my writing. There’s a great community out there.

      Thanks so much for sharing your comments.

  3. All true, Hugh …and some…Its the spam at the moment I don’t know where they find the time and I am sure many are one and the same so much effort goes into it …Thing is you have to check because regular commenters fall into spam sometimes…Crazy 🙂

    1. It’s such a shame that genuine comments end up in the spam folder, Carol. One of my recent posts from two weeks ago has already attracted over 2,000 spam messages from a dodgy web site. My heart sinks when I log onto WordPress every morning and see the number of spam messages I have to go through. Spambots are a real nuisance, and other than deleting the post they target, they don’t get the message that all their spam comments are not getting through.

      1. It’s not just me then because I am getting loads, Hugh and not just 1 liners..Not as many as 2,000 but enough to p**** me off as you have check no one genune has been caught up in them…Maybe we should all lobby WP..

        1. I think all WordPress would say is that their Anti-spam software is doing its job, Carol. Sometimes, spambots latch on to a keyword or keywords in the title of a blog post and then go on the rampage. It’s very frustrating, but I much rather they end up in there rather than in the comments section. I’ve seen some rather eye-popping comments on many a blog.

  4. very interesting post; harsh for those who put their heart into getting everything, rather than giving without expecting anything back… give, give and you will likely get everything, and more

  5. I remember reading this one before and it’s still true today. Great advice about the pitfalls. It’s strange how some of these you just need to experience yourself and then adjust… and adjust… and adjust… Lol.

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