If you are thinking about starting a blog and are not sure whether it will be the right decision or not, then read on to find out if you should start a blog or not start a blog.
In simple terms, a blog is an online platform where you share your thoughts and knowledge about a particular topic/topics. You can start a blog on any platform you think deem fit. But you shouldn’t. Starting a blog is a serious matter and you should know what you’re getting into before thinking about it.
If you’re starting a blog for fun, then you can do whatever you want at your pace. But if you’re serious about blogging and want to make money from it, then it requires planning, seriousness, market research and time.
Think about these questions before you think about starting a blog that will save you down the road
Here are 7 Important Reasons Why You Should Not Start A Blog
Not Enough Free Time
Like I said above, starting a blog is a serious business, and you should only start a blog if you can dedicate time to it. If you’re working on your blog with a full-time job, then you need to plan and set aside some time so you can work regularly on it.
You think a blog is a get-rich-quick scheme
Yes, it is very much possible to make money from blogging. There are various ways you can monetize your blog and start your side hustle. But it requires time. A blog is not a get-quick-rich scheme, which will start generating your money from the moment you decide. It requires solid Business foundations and the right strategy for you to be able to get some cash out of it. It will not be your instant gratification; the results will not be immediate or consistent and you need to be able to be comfortable with it.
You don’t enjoy writing or making long hours behind a desk
Blogging is not always fun. It requires long hours and boring tasks that need to be done. If you’re just starting, it is not possible to hire someone to help you out as your blog hasn’t started generating any income for you yet. You will need to be the writer, designer, developer and marketer. You will need to don many hats and sometimes all at once. You will need to sit behind your laptop and get things done.
All by myself
If you think you have enough knowledge that you don’t need anybody’s help or guidance then you cannot start a blog. It’s a very learn on the go process. You will understand a lot of things only when you try it. And there are going to be times when you will have to watch multiple tutorials or read several articles to figure something out only to find out in the end that it’s all very basic.
It is difficult for you to master new software programs
Starting a blog means you should be familiar with the website backend, design, social media, writing, editing, proofreading and more. Yes, there are a lot of tools out there to make your work easier. But you will require the knowledge to learn how to use them. If you get overwhelmed by the thought of using new technologies, then stay out.
You will need to make checklists, to-do lists and many other lists because there will be too many things to do before you start the blog, and after when you need to maintain it. It requires discipline and you would need to force yourself to work on it and get done with it. Yes, it’s absolutely fine to take breaks and avoid burnouts. But it shouldn’t be the reason to not do anything at all. If you don’t have a work ethic, it will be very difficult for you to get anything done.
Prefer being anonymous
A lot of people don’t like to show their face and hide behind the camera. I get it. I have been, hell I am one of those persons. But at one point, you have to remove your mask and show your identity. People connect with people better and faster than they connect with a logo. It’s fine to be anonymous in the beginning when you’re in the process of setting everything up and working on your confidence to show up. But once that part is done, you have to show up and let me tell you, the results will be amazing!
That being said, I will not advise anyone to not start a blog. It has changed my life and given me a perspective. I now have a purpose to get through my day.
But I will also say it is a serious task, and if you want to make money from it, you have to be proactive and have a goal. Because you will only succeed when you’re consistent and have strong foundations.
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Hope this helps!