This blog post is mainly for non-bloggers but also the newbie bloggers. Welcome to the blogging world. For some time, I’ve felt compelled to debunk a couple unrealistic expectations that, unfortunately, so many people have when it comes to the world of blogging. Are you ready? Let’s get to it.
Myth 1: Blogging is so simple, even a baby can do it.
Now, I totally understand why people would believe this. Let's face it, you go to your favourite blogger's website. There’s a couple of pictures and paragraphs. Simple, right? Screech!!! Wrong. Now, what you don't see is all the work that happens behind the scenes, such as SEO, proofreading, editing, etc. You see the finished glorious product. So of course, it looks easy. Check this out: The blog post you're seeing probably took 3 hours, minimum, to create. And depending on how many blog posts your favourite hardworking and talented blogger churns out for the week, the workload varies. Think about how much work that truly is. It doesn't sound so easy now, does it?
Myth 2: Blogging automatically generates hundreds of readers and followers
This is where your patience may be tested. Eventually, you may get hundreds of readers and followers, if you stick around long enough. You see, there is no overnight formula for a successful blog. Everything takes time. And in this world of instant gratification, where we want it all NOW and lack the patience that a successful blog requires, you will notice blogger turnaround. This is why you will see bloggers come and go because it can potentially take months or even years to get the consistent readership you desire. It all comes down to how bad do you want it? Yep, passion is in the process as well. What is your reason for blogging in the first place? These are two things you need to get crystal clear on before you even start blogging
Myth 3: Blogging is easy money
Steady your horses, young buck! Yes, you can make money from blogging. But, will you be rolling in it to the point you no longer need your job? Reality: Not for some time. So, quitting your job would be the worst thing that you could do, unless you’re prepared. Now, that’s another post entirely.
Don't get me wrong, blogging is fun and rewarding. And it's not all doom and gloom, but I won't lie and act like it's all rainbows and money showers when it's not. Like most things, it is work and requires discipline. Discipline to get your posts out on time. Also, tough skin for when people talk crap and pick apart your blog post. And a great deal passion for those moments when you're no longer being cheered on when you're exhausted, but that flame still flickers for you to get up and create. Passion will be your driving force reminding you why you chose to do this in the first place. It’s that fuel that keeps you powered within the burnout. Passion, is it in you?