I’ve been blogging for over six years now. The site was originally called The Butler Journal. I changed the name to My Money Chronicles in January of 2019. I still enjoy it a lot. I still consider myself to be an amateur blogger. It’s opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Have you ever considered blogging? I have friends and associates who started blogs in the last few years. Many of the amateur bloggers quit after a few months while others kept at it. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not for everyone. Today, I want to share with you ten things that amateur bloggers don’t know about blogging.
It’s Not Easy
Many amateur bloggers think that blogging is easy. It’s not. Well, maybe if you are not taking it seriously then it could be easy. If you are trying to build a business or an audience, it is not easy. You have to stay focused, and you have to write often. I still struggle with this from time to time. I try to combat this by getting ahead on my blog posts.
You Don’t Always Feel Like Writing
Some days you are not going to be in the mood to write. You may be bored and just want to be lazy. Other times, you may busy running errands or working on other things. Those are just a few reasons that you may not feel like writing. One way that I make sure that I have posts ready if I don’t feel like writing is to work on a few extra posts when the creative juices are flowing. Some amateur bloggers are a couple of months ahead with their blog posts. They have more than a few extras in their drafts if they don’t want to write. I’m not there yet, but one of these days, I will be.
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Another reason that you may not feel like blogging is because of writer’s block. Writer’s block is very real. If you blog long enough, you will experience it. To get over writers’ block, you can do a few things. You can take a break and start back writing a little later. You can also write somewhere else. For example, if you write at home, you can go to the library or a coffee shop. A change of scenery may get the creative juices flowing. Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to last. This post features 50 blog topics that will help you.
Nobody is Reading Your Blog in the Beginning
Everybody realizes this some point early on in their blogging process. You tell your friends and family that you have a blog and ask them to check it out. Only a handful of people will do that. Don’t let it discourage you. If you write good stuff, people will read your posts and also share them. Don’t worry about your stats in the beginning. As long as you continue to create good blog posts, people will start reading.
A Lot of Amateur Bloggers Don’t Make Money Early On
Some people get into blogging to make quick money. It doesn’t work like that. Making money from blogging takes time. In most cases, you won’t make much money at all your first couple of years of blogging. The bloggers that you see making money are the ones that bust their asses. The money comes after years of writing posts, providing value, and gaining readers’ trust. If you can stay with your blog long enough, you can reap the rewards. When you’re ready you can make money with ads and more. You can also become a successful affiliate marketing blogger by promoting other companies’ products.
You Are Always Learning
Amateur bloggers are always learning stuff. Trends are always changing. What might have worked in the past may not work anymore? A lot of things online are always changing too. Google and SEO are just a few of the things that are constantly updating. Staying on top of this stuff is critical if you are serious about blogging. I love the learning aspect when it comes to blogging. Some of the best bloggers have webinars to help keep others informed. There are even conferences (shout out to Fincon) that are available to help you learn more. Those conferences can be life-changing.
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Stay on Schedule
To gain an audience, you have to stay on some kind of schedule. You have to post consistently. Posting on March 1st and March 24th doesn’t work. Your readers will have moved on from you. Posting on a consistent schedule will keep your readers waiting. For example, I publish posts on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. Two times a week is perfect for me. It’s all about finding out what works for me.
Everything Doesn’t Work For Every Blogger
What works for one blogger may not work for you. When it comes to your blog, do you. If you try to write about topics that you don’t know about or like, your readers will know. If you don’t sound genuine, they may stop reading your blog altogether. Test out different things, but never copy verbatim from another blogger. First off, that’s just wrong. Second, that could get you blackballed in the blogging community.
It’s Not For Everyone
Blogging is not everyone. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t force yourself into doing it. Readers can tell if the passion isn’t there. There is nothing wrong with you quitting. At least you tried. Can you imagine all of the people that wanted to do something, but they let fear get in the way? You didn’t do that, though. You tried blogging, and you realize that it’s not for you. There is nothing wrong with that.
Be Active on Social Media
The final thing that amateur bloggers need to understand is that when it comes to blogging, you should be active on social media. Your followers may become your first big supporters and subscribers. I promote my blog on several social media channels. I put more effort into some more than I do others. Figure out which one you enjoy the most and start promoting.
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You probably won’t make a lot of money in your first year blogging. There are some people that are doing very well with their sites like Michelle from Making Sense of Cents or Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, but that’s not the norm. They have been doing this for years. It takes time to make money and build that audience. In 2019, I’ve seen way too many new bloggers coming out saying that they are making 4-5 figures on their sites in only a couple of months. Those people are lying. They use those titles as clickbait. Don’t fall for it.
If you are a new blogger or if you are considering it, hopefully, you pay attention to the ten things they don’t tell you about blogging. They will help you while you are considering if you should continue to blog or not. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know how serious blogging was, but I’m glad I started. My life has changed for the better. Yours could do the same thing.
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What do you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?