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Is Blogging Right for You?

People get into blogging for all kinds of different reasons, and they quit with justifications that can be just as diverse. The truth is that not everybody is cut out for blogging, whether as a hobby or as a business, and it can take a long time to find out if blogging is right for you.

No matter why you blog, there are a few basic character traits and lifestyles that lend themselves to blogging more than others. You have to be an ambitious and self-motivated person, and you really have to be willing to invest your time into running a successful blog. Below are some of the traits and potential pitfalls of blogging, which should help you to at least know what you are getting yourself into.

1. You’ve got to have free time. Lots of it.

And it’s not going to feel like your free time anymore, necessarily. It’s not as though blogging will take up your entire life, and it should be enjoyable, but this is not something that you should get into thinking it is only going to take five or ten minutes every day to quickly write a post. It’s a part-time job.

First of all, you will have to keep up with your niche, and with blogging trends. You can spend an hour or two every day just reading posts in your feed reader, and if you don’t bother with this step you probably won’t be able to call yourself an authority within your niche.

2. Do you have a good idea?

Second, having an idea and an ability to write is only one part of a blog post’s life cycle. A good blog post will have accompanying images, and at least some consideration for SEO. You’ll want to share it through social media and bookmarking services, and when the readers do start to come in you will want to be active in your blog comments, as well as a part of the discussion on a site like Twitter.

Blogging is almost a lifestyle unto itself. If you’re already a social media junkie, and you have the interest and ambition to promote yourself, you’ll enjoy it. If it all sounds like a tedious chore, well, you probably won’t.

3. You can’t be easily discouraged.

Few people really seem to understand how much work goes into a blog, and that is especially true early on because it can feel like you aren’t getting the results you’re after. Why put in all of that work if nobody seems to care?

It takes time to get a blog off the ground, and in those early days you are going to feel like your website exists alone on the Internet. It will take some time to make connections with other bloggers and see links coming back to you, so that you can start building a following of readers. None of these things happen overnight, so you’ve got to stick with it.

If you believe in yourself and what you are doing, a little perseverance will take you from unknown to one of the central figures in your niche. But you have to pay your dues and put in the work to get there, without a whole lot of reward or encouragement to begin with.

4. What motivates you? Money, a voice?

Why do you want to start a blog in the first place? Identifying this shouldn’t be too hard, but understanding what it means for you is one of the keys to knowing how well you are going to do, and how soon you can expect your expectations to be met.

If you’re doing it for the money, it’s not a bad idea, but it’s not a quick cash-in either. A blog is a great long-term investment, and you have to look at it as something that is going to cost more money than it earns in the beginning. Blogging doesn’t cost much at all– you can find hosting for $8/month that will suffice for now– but it doesn’t pay for itself until you have a real readership and plan for monetization.

If you want a platform to share your thoughts and ideas, this is probably the best reason to get into blogging, because you don’t necessarily have to strive towards a certain goal every week. You simply feel that you have something valuable to add to the discussion, and this will probably get you further faster than anything else. You do have to understand what you want to say, and make sure you are putting yourself in the position to say it to people who want to listen.

5. Blog about what you love.

Don’t just pick a niche you’ve heard is profitable and force yourself to write within it. There is a lot of variety out there, and you can be successful in any number of scenarios, so try to find something that you are genuinely interested in so you won’t get burned out on it very easily.

What are your hobbies and interests? If you can combine something you love to do with your blogging, you will be a whole lot happier for it. Think of things that you love to do, and then brainstorm ideas for how to approach those areas in ways that will help you to reach an audience, or make a nice profit.

You will probably have the best results if you choose a niche. The man in the photo above is a chef, and he could start a blog about all things cooking, but he would actually have a better chance of success if he wanted to blog about one specific type of cuisine, or focus on restaurants targeting one region. Big media publishers can’t beat a passionate individual in these areas.

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  • Anirban Pathak January 3, 2014, 5:55 am

    My blog is truly only a week old and I am just learning, trying to figure out what to focus on was really hard. I agree with Hugh Leon, you are pretty much everything when you are a blog author. You have to be creative, flexible, passionate, diligent and committed.

  • Sophorn September 11, 2013, 1:32 pm

    These are really great tips. I think #5 is spot on. If you blog about what you love, then you are more likely to write better articles with more passion and insight.

  • Rama September 11, 2013, 3:58 am

    I my views I think blogging needs Time, Research on the topic you are interested in blogging.
    Motivation can be money as well as name & fame you get in between your colleagues, friends and family. This is one sure step to show your presence in online market.

  • raj August 24, 2013, 5:04 am

    Nice question Perry, you can be a good blogger only if you have enough time & dedication to give to it. People generally get discouraged once their blog doesn’t earn the amount they were expecting from it, but that is just a start, some times things take time to get settled & once everything is fine it starts yielding fruit for you. So patience is the main thing you should have to survive in the blogosphere. It is the best thing that could have happened to me along with my Job, I have enough time to dedicate to blogging.

  • James August 13, 2013, 8:22 am

    I used to be a very active Blogger, at least 5 good posts per day, but without having a serious aim, blogging can be a bit time wasting too!…

  • Tammy August 8, 2013, 12:08 pm

    My blog is truly only a week old and I am just learning, trying to figure out what to focus on was really hard. I agree with Hugh Leon, you are pretty much everything when you are a blog author. You have to be creative, flexible, passionate, diligent and committed. So far I’m really enjoying blogging, my reason for blogging was about adding knowledge and skills to my background and I believe you should always be learning. I don’t know what my future holds in regards to blogging but I am having so much fun and loving it.
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  • Silviu August 7, 2013, 9:25 am

    Hi Perry,

    “Don’t just pick a niche you’ve heard is profitable and force yourself to write within it.” You are right. So painfully right. In 2012 I choose a niche called weight loss. I was not interested in that niche but … everybody said it is profitable so I started a weight loss blog. I worked for about 10-11 months, wrote about 240 articles and promoted it through social media. In the end I gave up. It was boring and disgusting. And the results were miserable. Now I am more cautious.

    Have a nice day
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  • Francesca Nicasio August 6, 2013, 7:15 pm

    “People get into blogging for all kinds of different reasons, and they quit with justifications that can be just as diverse.” –Yep, and if they’re missing any of the traits you mentioned in your post, chances are their blogs are just going to end up dormant and collecting dust after a few months.

    Thanks for the post, it’s a good reality check for people who want to get into blogging.

    PS: I think the post is missing #3?

  • Rajesh August 6, 2013, 2:56 pm

    I blog for a living :) It’s my passion, many people started blogging because of they’re thinking it’s damn easy to earn money from blogging.
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  • Gautam August 6, 2013, 11:33 am

    If anyone says that He is not blogging for money or he is not Interested in money or he is starting blog for passion then he is really wrong.The thing is after making an authoritive site you COncentrate more on your blog Authority then Money… I really blog for Money and then Fame.

  • Ria Dancel August 6, 2013, 8:33 am

    Hi! This is an interesting post, especially for someone like me who is planning to get into blogging very very soon. I like everything you said, especially in the last section that we should blog considering our interest. I agree that if we do write about something that inherently interests us, we can be very satisfied and successful no matter what :)

  • Hugh Leon August 5, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Blogging brings out manager, entrepreneur, social media expert and a writer inside you. You need a lot of patience if you want to excel in blogging.

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