5 Reasons Not To Blog

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People blog for a myriad of reasons; some use it for journaling, others for business, and many more use it to vent or to help people. If you’re just starting out or maybe you’re unsure about whether you should continue, here are 5 reasons you might have not to blog.

1. You Can’t Finish What You Start

Blogging is a lot of work. There is a big difference between writing essays in school and on your own because you want to. You’ve set up your blog, and you’ve written a couple of posts but your blog isn’t gaining traction. What do you do? Is it time to research what went wrong and explore other options, or is it time to jump ship? Is blogging is your flavor of the month? If you can’t be certain you’re ready to commit to this when the going gets tough, then maybe blogging isn’t for you.

2. You Aren’t Self Disciplined

To elaborate on my last point, you’ve got to keep a consistent schedule. You’ve got to motivate yourself to get up every morning and do what it takes. You have no boss, and you can take as many vacation days as you want. How well can you manage being left to your own devices? If you’re not confident in your ability to suck it up and Do The Thing, maybe blogging isn’t for you.

3. You Don’t Like To Write

Creating content is #1 in this game. You can play with your design and talk on social media all day. However, the one thing that will propel you forward is your content. You don’t have to be particularly good at it, you will learn as you go if you are willing. If you don’t truly enjoy writing, then blogging isn’t for you.

4. You’re Only In It For The Money

You’ve read about blogging as a way to make extra income somewhere on the internet. You’re ready to commit to your content, nurse your hobby and collect your cash. You’ve got to work tirelessly for several months without pay before your first sponsored opportunity comes knocking. That takes true commitment; the kind you see in people with a real passion for their hobby. If the thought of waiting months, or even years, before you make your first dime makes you want to quit, then blogging isn’t for you.

5. You Don’t Like To Share

My favorite aspect of blogging is the ability to share information I find, in hopes of making someone else’s life easier. If you’re hoarding these secrets to yourself and have no plan to share, then blogging isn’t for you.

Even if a couple of these apply to you, don’t let this stop you! Every person’s blogging journey is unique to them. Only you can decide if it’s worth it! Use this guide as an opportunity to seek out your weaknesses and improve them. If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it!

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  • Sophie Louise Buckle

    Completely agree! Especially about being in it for the money!!

    Sophiex
    http://www.sophobsessed.com

    • Yep, I can’t imagine blogging for the sole purpose of making money haha. I think I’d be miserable!

  • linda spiker

    Agreed! While money is the end game it takes a while so patience is certainly required!

  • Sarah Jean

    These are excellent reasons. I often see “celebrities” try to start blogs (mostly girls from the Bachelor) and you can tell they don’t really love it when they only post once every other month.

    • Yep, I’ve noticed the same. They put work into the theme, and hosting and then disappear!

  • stephanieabills

    This is an awesome post. I have a lot of friends who always talk about starting a blog and i always ask them “do you even like to write?” and the answer is always “eh, not that much. But you don’t need to to be a blogger these days.” Always makes me shake my head.

  • Anne Markey

    I love to write, but I just started blogging and find the hardest part for me is the week in and out. If I take one day off without premoniting my stuff, I get zero traffic. So, it’s all the work outside of writing that is hard to do.

    • Yep! Getting traffic is the hard part at first, but the easy part later on. Once you’ve got your traffic you worry about engagement, etc. Stick with it, your traffic will perk up!

  • Tamara Goyette

    The in it for the money/free stuff thing is what really gets to me. You can tell when bloggers are just trying to make a buck.

    • Definitely! Promoting sketchy products makes them stick out like a sore thumb. And that sales-y talk! Yuck! Lol