Bloggers and blogs come a dime a dozen. There are new blogs and bloggers every day. Not only are there new blogs/bloggers, but there are people who appeal to them. Some business, sites, and blogs try to sell courses, classes, and tips. Are they worth it? You’ll soon find out my opinion. I’m here, to tell the truth about blogging. I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the blogging truth.
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Blogging Truth #1: Blogging is Full-Time Work
Whether you make your blog your full-time job or not, it requires full-time work. If you want to have a successful blog, then you have to put in time, effort, and energy that you may not have. Blogging, for me, is a hobby, it is a sideline deal. I love to write. The desire to write a book (or five) has weighed heavily on my heart. However, I don’t feel like I am ready for the book just yet. Ergo, I started a blog.
A lot of bloggers give up on blogging because they become frustrated with the lack of page views, subscribers, etc. There’s a reason why. Blogging requires a lot of time that they may not have. Because this is a hobby for me, I have been able to alleviate some of the stress and pressure. However, I am still conscious of where I want my pageviews to be. My numbers continue to grow ONLY when I invest more time in my blog.
Let’s be clear, there is more to blogging than writing posts. You have to market your blog. This simply means joining Facebook Groups and Pinterest Group boards. It requires spending time reading, commenting, and reciprocating the love for others. All of this adds up. Either way, blogging is full-time work.
Blogging Truth #2: Some of The Courses and Classes are WORTHLESS
I’ve spent a total of MAYBE $50 at most on courses, books, classes, etc. I am not making any money on this blog. Therefore, any class or costs come directly out of my pocket. Several hours have been spent scouring the Internet and Pinterest trying to find free resources. I get at least 20 emails a day with some kind of sales pitch. (This equates to me constantly unsubscribing to a lot of emails. It’s annoying having to continue deleting all of this.) All of them promise some unique secret and strategy for blog growth.
I am here to call B.S. (that’s my nice way of saying it). Some of these strategies can be free through trial and error. Some of them give you a steal of a deal, only for you to find that you STILL would need to invest more money in the hidden gem of blogging. Some are just simply worthless. Use your best discretion. I don’t manage your finances, but I manage mine, and these courses, classes, and books are not worth it. (For those who spend their time selling these, best of luck to you, and I apologize for rubbing you the wrong way, but I think some of the classes, courses, and pricing are ridiculous for me to learn nothing and still having nothing to show for it).
Blogging Truth #3: Some of the Best Advice Comes for Free
While I am against paying for courses, I am ALL FOR free courses, e-courses, and webinars. I am down, as long as they are free. These courses still provide great advice, AND I am not as annoyed when they hit me with the sales pitch. Also, Pinterest is my blogging best friend. Facebook groups are super important to me. Additionally, I am a member of Style Collective, which is a blogging community for women. The best advice that I have received has come from Style Collective. They, too, have given me a lot of exposure on my blog and social media. (Though I am a paid member, they do have free resources.) The best advice, to me, comes for free.
Blogging Truth #4: Blogging is Going to Cost You
If you want to make blogging your full-time work, it is going to cost you. Even if you want to make it your hobby, it is going to cost you. I recommend if you’re new to blogging, starting on a free platform (wordpress.com). This gives you a chance to explore having a blog and grow your following without costing little to any money. When you start on your own domain and build your own site, it gets expensive. When I decided to make a blog in March, I ended up spending about $275 total. That’s just to be able to have something to show people.
What I should have done was started with the free platform, and grow my following that way. Once I grew it, I should have, THEN, switched to my own domain. Hindsight is 20/20. When you know better, you do better, so that is my advice to you. A lot of websites sell affiliates to Siteground and Bluehost and other places to buy your domain. That’s why they push so hard for you to invest the money up front. Don’t fall for it. Either way, it still takes time to monetize your blog, and you will still need a following to make decent money, so I still stick with my suggestion of starting on the free platform.
Bonus Blogging Truth: It’s Worth the Hassle (if you’re passionate about it)
I am aware that I have probably made blogging sound like it is more trouble than its worth. That is not my intention. However, I get tired of coming across all of these blog posts that glamorizes blogging. Then, people invest hundreds of dollars into it, for them to learn the hard way, become frustrated, and give up altogether. Which, essentially, is a waste of time and money. So, before starting a blog, I would definitely recommend a lot of FREE research and resources.
For those who have a blog, what is a piece of advice that you wish someone would have told you before starting your blog? If you do not, what is stopping you from starting your blog?Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you’re looking to get started, check out why I started blogging and you should, too.0