Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What your Mom Never Told you about Blogging

Mothers are by nature nurturers, teachers and care-givers; they guide their children through the maze of this tough and dangerous world. However, I am sure your mom never told you the following about blogging, not because she does not care about you but probably because she just does not know:

1. Blogging is Hard Work

You did not think it would be so hard did you? You thought all you needed to do was create a blog; start writing about yourself and/or your interests and the huge readership and following would come. I am sorry to burst your bubble but it does not work that way, for you to get consistent readership and following requires a lot of studying and applying the knowledge you have gained consistently over a period of time.

2. You are Not Going to Get Rich from Blogging Within 3 Months

Most new bloggers these days adopt blogging because they see it as a means to financial freedom. Whilst this is totally doable, you must realise that like any other business venture, competition is tough and only very few actually make any reasonable amount of money. For you to join this club in blogging, you have to stand-out from the millions of bloggers you are competing with for people’s time and attention. How to do this varies but ultimately you must have quality content and know how to get that content to as many people as possible to get any reasonable returns on your investment in blogging.

3. There is a Good Chance that You will Fail Woefully at Blogging

Blogging is not a job for lazy people or a means to generate a ridiculous amount of passive income. It is a very competitive activity and without the required skills, you are better-off maintaining a diary rather than getting yourself frustrated as a failed blogger with few or no readers and followers.

4. Blogging is Very Time-consuming

Any blogger worth the name should at least dedicate 30 hours a week to it. Failure to devote time to your blog is likely to bring you frustration and poor results in terms of having steady following and making money from it. Multiply 30 hours a week by the number of weeks in a year and see what that turns out to be; not a small period of time.

5. Work Smart not Necessarily Hard
Working hard is a good thing but you have to be able to distinguish smart work from hard work. You can work hard all-you-want as  a blogger but if you do not take time to learn how to work smarter, your efforts as  a blogger are not likely to be successful.

There you have it; you can share this with your kids even if you did not learn them from your mom. I am sure you understand that she probably will need you to teach her these points if she ever decides to be a blogger, not the other way round. I hope you have understood and enjoyed this post.

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  1. If my mom had told me all these, I wouldn't have being a blogger today! Hahaha!

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