The Negatives of Blogging

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Blogging is hard because of the grind required to stay interesting and relevant.” – Sufia Tippu

Blogging is hard and I am guilty of creating content that is not perfect. Saying that, I guess every blogger has issues managing their lives and blogging at the same time. With all you can do with blogging, sometimes you are going to make a mistake. The difference between an amateur blog writer and a decent blogger is that you create to your own perfect limit most days and do not drive yourself crazy when mistakes eventually occur. In the following article I will explain how hard blogging really is and why you should blog or not to blog.

Why should you blog? I have explained why I blog before. Needing a creative outlet is something I must have. Blogging should not be motivated for profit or fame. You need the experience of making content first before any of that can be started. Writing is a skill that you must practise. Making something that flows properly and grammar is one thing while being successful at it is a another. Publishing content that does not reach its full potential means lower in quality and lower in consistency. The pros and cons of writing are outweighed by the mere time and effort to manage a good blog.

Necessary skills needed for blogging:
  • Blogging experience
  • Grammar and proofreading
  • Find readers and drive traffic
  • Promotion and advertising methods
  • Relevant knowledge of what they are writing about
  • Open to different perspectives
  • Has accounts with social networking and social bookmarking sites
  • Personal willpower
  • Technology knowledge
  • Search engine knowledge/SEO
  • Creativity
  • Much more!

Bad things about writing a blog can affect anyone. It happens for all kinds of reasons. There is no guarantees of readers. Finding topics for your blog is hard enough. You have no boss. You need to commit to all decisions by yourself. The actions you take can have consequences and you are forced to take complete responsibility. You depend on your readers to make your blog mean something. Never lose sight of the purpose you started blogging int he first place.

Even though your content will live forever on the internet and potentially cost you, the risk is only if you speak on subjects that are not appropriate or Taboo to talk about. But people will complain and debate on many topics anyway. Misunderstandings, disagreements and criticism is always a potential reaction to your content. Being factual as much as possible can be difficult at times as well. Then there is blog trolls that attempt to cause a reaction out of you.

Do not even think that you will make profit in your first month or six months. Most blogs require a year subscription to use all its features. Blog spam then can be blocked. Then you need to know how to use their plugins/app with some requiring coding knowledge. Selling ads only makes you money if viewers continue to buy.  There are no bonuses for working harder. You have competition and you must stand out from the crowd. Being undervalued could give your blog the curse of death.

Venting out some of my frustrations on blogging, I am not concerned. Being aware of my issues most times I avoid them before they form. Half the battle of blogging is to be ready for whatever comes at you. Your friends may think you have gone nuts with the time and effort put into your blog, but if you plan and measure success, you see/test out what you have improved on. Last words will be is you must commit to your ideas and be able to achieve your many planned out goals.

“99.9% of great bloggers are not awesome on day 1. Their awesomeness is the accumulation of the value they create over time.” – Darren Rowse

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