As I attempt to get back on track with my Blogging Along with Just Another Mom series (or at least that’s what I’m tentatively calling it), I wanted to talk about reasons to blog. Or, rather, I wanted to talk about 2 reasons to not start a blog. Why, you may ask? Because it was something that I worked hard to avoid and yet still somewhat got caught in the trap of when I decided I was going to monetize. My hope is that this post will help others or those thinking of starting a blog from making the same mistake.
Of course, I’ll also get into reasons why you should start a blog but let’s get to those 2 reasons to not start a blog.
1. For the money. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. You will not make money overnight and if anyone tries to tell you this- don’t listen to it. Is it possible to make a living with blogging? Yes, of course it is. But not without hard work. Blogging is a business that requires a significant time investment and it’s also very easy to get burned out from blogging.
Chances are that you will also have to invest money to make a little money. And by investments, I mean things like hosting, a domain name, etc.
And the biggest investment you’ll make in blogging? Time.
Blogging can be incredibly time consuming- from content creation to social media promotion to everything in between. Blogging takes time.
But is it worth it? Absolutely.
2. For the free stuff. If you see some successful review bloggers out there talking about the latest kitchen gadgets or kids toys and think- I want to start a blog to get free stuff- STOP. You still have to pay taxes on that free stuff, so it’s not really free. And being a review blogger might also mean having some tight deadlines to meet.
The lure of being a review blogger caught me during holiday time when I thought- hey, this is a great way to get some presents. And it was… but it was also incredibly time consuming and stressful.
I’m not cut out to be a review blogger because I don’t have the time. But does it work for others? Of course it does.
Just don’t start a blog just because you want the free stuff.
So those are 2 reasons to not start a blog, be sure to join me next Monday when I cover a few reasons why to start a blog.