This is the second installment in the series about what to expect from your experience as a blogger.
If you haven’t done so already, read part one – What You Will Experience as a Blogger (Pt. 1 – The Good)
Whether you’re a blogger, you run an eCommerce store, or you do freelancing – earning an income online is awesome!
However, nothing is perfect in life and that includes blogging.
A lot of internet marketers will have you believe that there are virtually no downsides to blogging.
Those people are liars.
How’s their training program working out for ya?
While the downsides are limited, in my opinion, they do exist.
This article is going to break down the bad aspects of blogging. Some are obvious, while others are often overlooked.
Let’s dive in.
Every business has its downsides.
To be honest, the negative aspects of blogging really aren’t even that bad.
The bad stuff is going to be in the next article, where I talk about the ugly side of blogging.
This is really just meant to prepare you for the road ahead. Too many people jump into blogging expecting it to be an overnight success.
If you think blogging is a get-rich-quick type of business then you are going to be disappointed. Hopefully you are reading this before you get started.
This should be obvious, but sadly it isn’t obvious to a lot of people.
I’m not sure if this is even a bad thing, necessarily.
Starting any business requires hard work.
The good news is that none of the work is really hard, at least not in the sense of physical labor.
It’s just a lot of work. And there are so many tedious tasks that you won’t foresee until you get started, assuming you want to do it right.
When you’re first getting started you will most likely be doing everything on your own.
- Picking your niche and setting up web hosting
- Handling web design
- Writing and editing content
- Formatting images
- Troubleshooting back-end issues
- Interacting on social media
- Networking with other bloggers
- Promoting your content
- Responding to comments and emails
You get the idea.
Now don’t worry if some of that sounds too technical. I’ve provided enough resources here that ANYONE can create a beautiful website without having any prior knowledge on web design.
The point is, blogging typically becomes a full-time job before it starts providing a full-time income.
That’s just the nature of the beast.
And to be honest, I’m glad blogging is harder work than it was in the past. It makes it easy for people like you and I who aren’t afraid of hard work to succeed.
Lazy people won’t make it passed their third month of blogging.
Which leads me to the next point.
Huge Time Investment
Time is everything.
Time is the most valuable currency we have.
You can always make more money, but you’ll never get your time back. The death timer keeps ticking, second by second.
Are you investing your time into something that will bring a positive ROI?
You should be.
Blogging requires one of the lowest investments, monetarily, of any business. But it requires A LOT of time to get things rolling. Especially in the first year or two.
I hate seeing people invest several years of their life into blogging without ever making a dime.
It’s one thing if you are just blogging as a hobby, but if you want to eventually earn a living from blogging you are going to want that return on investment of your time.
This is why I always emphasize that you do your research, formulate a plan, and do things the right way from the beginning.
I’ve lost almost two years of my life to the wrong blogs and online businesses. I don’t want that to happen to you.
This is also why I suggest using premium website themes from the start. Yes, they cost a lot more than free, but they save you hours and hours of frustration.
The more you focus on doing the things that matter, the less time it will take you to start earning a living from your blog.
No Immediate Satisfaction
Blogging requires patience.
Not that I have any..
There’s going to be some waiting at first.
Waiting for your first visitors to start trickling in.
Waiting for your first comment.
Waiting for your first subscriber.
In reality, it won’t take very long for these things to happen, but it will feel like it’s taking forever.
We are so accustomed to immediate satisfaction that we have grown to expect it.
Unfortunately, this is not something that blogging provides.
The good news is that the growth of a good blog tends to be exponential. So it will take a while to hit your stride, but when you do you will see rapid growth.
One of the overlooked downsides to blogging is loneliness.
Blogging requires hours and hours in front of the computer screen. This is the worst thing about blogging, for me personally. (The hours in front of a computer, not loneliness)
All of those hours at the computer take away from time with friends and family. Plus, unlike a traditional job, you don’t have coworkers. At least, not at first.
Even for an introvert like myself who loves alone time, it can get lonely.
The good news is that the blogging community is generally very supportive and friendly. So you end up making friends through blogging.
But in the initial year or so when you are really grinding to build your site, it’s easy to become isolated. Most people start blogging on the side in their spare time from their full-time job.
If you start to feel lonely, it’s completely normal.
For me that usually means I’m working too much and neglecting my social life. Fortunately, that’s an easy problem to fix so the loneliness never lasts long for me.
Don’t let yourself dwell in loneliness. It will lead to depression, which not only is bad for your quality of life, but it’s bad for your work.
Whether you like it or not, you reveal your soul through your writing. That is, assuming you are being authentic.
So they will pick up on these things. You don’t want to bring your readers down do you? Of course not, so that means you owe it to them to keep yourself in high spirits.
So, the bad things aren’t so bad are they?
What’s bad for one person won’t be the same for everyone, but those are the downsides that stand out to me.
You’ve probably noticed that most of the downsides go away once your blog is going strong, which is true.
That’s what you have to keep reminding yourself when you’re struggling through the early phases. It’s a grind, no doubt. But you’re not alone. Every blogger goes through it. Consider it your initiation.
Now if you’re curious about the really bad stuff that you’ll experience, check out the third article in this series – What You Will Experience as a Blogger (pt. 3 – The Ugly)
Until Next Time,