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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!