Blogging is becoming a popular way for people to make money. The problem is that it’s very competitive and it’s a harder job than people realize. And, sometimes, you don’t always get what you put into it. However, there are a ton of benefits if your blog succeeds. This post is here to lay out the pros and cons of blogging so you can see if blogging is the avenue you want to consider going down.
Pros of Being a Blogger:
- You can make money working from home! Who doesn’t want to stay in their PJs all day, drinking coffee at their kitchen table all while making money?
- Blogging helps you become a published author. Publishers nowadays are more likely to trust the work of someone with an online presence, but this isn’t the only way to become published, just so you know. Don’t freak out if you don’t think you can make a crazy successful blog. This would just be a perk of having one.
- If you have a business, amylynnandrews.com says this gets you more exposure. You can reach a ton of people without spending a ton of money doing so.
- You’ll become a better writer! If you have a blog that you update regularly, you’re writing consistently. The more you write, the better a writer you’ll become. That’s just the way it is.
- Incomediary.com says you can get a better job! Employees are now looking at your online presence–if you have a strong one, you’re more likely to get a better job. Blogging is also great experience that can open the door to multiple other jobs, whether you get “blog famous” or not.
- He also mentions that you can get immediate feedback on your writing. People will comment on your blog almost immediately, instead of having to wait months for a publisher to get back to you with their comments.
- He also talks about how you can express yourself and gain influence. If you have an online following, what you say is being heard. You have the ability to affect change because people are listening to you.
- You can help others. That’s what blogs are meant to do. You’re blogging to help other people with your expertise. What’s more fulfilling than that?
- Finchshells.com says you get free stuff! If you make a successful enough blog, companies will want you to try out their products so you can blog about it and get other people interested. You can get free nights in hotels, free vacations, clothes, dinners…it all depends on what you blog about, but this is totally possible.
- You get to write! All the time! If you love to write and you want to do it for a living, this is an avenue you might want to consider.
There are far less cons than there are pros, but they’re still pretty steep downfalls.
Cons of Blogging
- You could fail. Over and over again. Even the most successful bloggers out there failed four or five times, pouring in long, hard hours, just to have to shut down their blogs. It takes intense persistence and tough skin to be a blogger. You will probably face a lot of doubt and heartache before you start making money.
- It could take years for you to see any money. You have to keep at your blog day after day, week after week to make it popular and full of useful information, and it could take FOREVER to see the results. And, again, you could still fail after all that.
- You have to dedicate a lot of time to your blog. A LOT. It’ll be a full time job to make money off of it. Shoutmeoutloud.com says you have to have great self-discipline to make sure you have enough time for the blog and the rest of your life. But it could still certainly feel like the blog is taking over your life sometimes.
- He also mentions that the economy isn’t the most stable. There’s no guaranteed fixed income for a blogger, so sometimes you might end up with a lot less money a month than you bargained for. It’s probably smart to keep a side job until your blog is popular enough to sustain itself.
- He also brings up the fact that you’re alone. Being alone all the time has some major consequences, like depression. Ways to solve this problem are to either start a blog with a friend, make sure you’re making time to go out with friends often, or hang out at a Starbucks or something while you work to feel like you’re still part of society.
So there you have it! Those are the pros and the cons of blogging. A lot is expected of you as a blogger, but if you think this is the route you want to take, then start writing!
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