I’ve been blogging on Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers for almost 3 years now, and I still love it! I love sharing my ideas with the world, working with brands, helping families save money, and entertaining my readers. I’ve met so many interesting people from all over the world, and had unique experiences that many people sitting at a desk job just don’t get to have.
I also love it that, while being a stay at home mom, (which was always our top priority) I’ve been able to teach myself new skills and carve out a new career for myself! I’ve gained priceless knowledge that will carry me far when I’m ready to get back into a full time career after the little ones start school.
With all these positives about blogging, you might be ready to ask, “Where do I sign up?!” Woah, Nelly… Slow down. Before taking the leap into starting a blog, be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. What’s your current situation? What’s your motivation? There are several reasons you might want to think again about blogging, and here are four of them.
1. You’re motivated by money & fame.
Blogging isn’t a way to get rich quick, and chances are no one will ever know your name. This is because 95% of blogs fail. There are very few bloggers out there who can boast huge, 6-figure income reports (you know, the kind you see on Pinterest). It just doesn’t work that way. Blogging itself is probably not going to make you rich. It’s the side jobs, products and services you sell – like these 7 things I do – that will bring you the real income. If notoriety is what drives you, you might want to think again. Sure, there are the posts that go viral, like this one (which has been pinned over 42,000 times on Pinterest at the time of this post) and the huge bloggers that end up with their own HGTV show, but those are rare. I was pleasantly surprised when my blog was featured in Woman’s Day magazine last year, but even that type of exposure didn’t make me a household name (and I’m good with that!) 🙂 Above all, your reasons for blogging should be because you have a passion for what you’re writing about, and you have value to add to your readers’ lives. If you start with that base, you’ll succeed.
2. You’re already so busy it makes your head spin.
Blogging takes up ALL your free time. Especially if you have little ones & a family, literally all your extra time will be spent writing posts, researching ideas, networking on social media, working on technical issues, answering emails, and the list goes on. To have a successful blog, you must do all of these things consistently. If you don’t have the time to put into it, it’s only going to wear you thin and stress you out. I’ve been through periods of time where blogging really stressed me out, and it showed in my personal life and my work.
3. You think all you have to do is write.
Blogging is not just what you see on the surface. I only WISH it was as simple as thinking up a good topic and posting it. There is SO MUCH WORK that goes on behind the scenes and guess who gets to do it all – that’s right, YOU! For example, when I’m writing a blog post I have to research the topic a bit, write the post, find photos, create my graphics and upload everything. Then, after I post it, I have to make sure it posted to all my social media accounts. I have to promote my post on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and more. I also have to do all of my website maintenance, answer and reply to emails, handle all my different advertising accounts, network with PR companies and other bloggers, and so so so much more. As a blogger, you wear so many hats. Are you ready for that?
4. You don’t have thick skin.
Once you do start to get more traffic and make a name for yourself out on the Interwebs, one of the most cringe-worthy aspects of blogging (for me anyway) can be the feedback you get from people. The huge majority of comments and exchanges are GREAT & they really make me feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be, but there are those few times where you stumble upon a person who feels confident behind the anonymity of a computer screen and they unleash on you. I’ve even had people attack my parenting, which is absurd and actually really hurtful. So, a thick skin is absolutely necessary if you’re going to put yourself out there on a public platform like this. If you lack a thick skin, your feelings are sure to get hurt. Just remember, haters gonna hate. Proverbs 9:8
Have I scared you away yet? 🙂 I REALLY hope not! As with anything, you have to know what you’re getting into before you take the leap, and weighing both the pros and cons is essential. As for blogging, I personally think the pros are far greater! Want to see the positives? Then read 5 Reasons Blogging is the Perfect Home-Based Business for some inspiration!