Like many people, I started blogging for the sole purpose of making money online.
I completed an online course which suggested it was one of the easiest ways to get more cash in your pocket.
All I needed to do was start a blog, add some content and traffic would come flowing to my website.
People will sign up to my mailing list, I can sell stuff to them and hey presto, I’m in the money!
In the cold light of day though, as you may have found out for yourself, the reality is a quite different.
Do You Find Blogging Hard Work?
It’s not a bad thing if you find blogging hard work.
It is hard work.
It takes time, commitment, dedication and a certain amount of organisation.
When I first started blogging, I had no idea what to write about, how to write a blog post, or what the heck I was doing.
It’s been a few years now since my first blog post and I’ve enjoyed the experience most of the time.
If you can get through the first few months of blogging, it definitely gets easier.
You gain confidence in your writing.
You start to see some traffic to your blog and it starts to make it worthwhile.
It isn’t a get rich quick scheme though.
The way I view it now is that it’s a project for me; to share my journey as a stay at home dad but also to build a community of like-minded people and to make some friends.
There are opportunities to make money along the way but it takes time to build things up.
How To Know When To Stop Blogging
I came across a post by Lorelle on WordPress whilst I was doing some research and I found some of her observations quite interesting.
I want to highlight a couple of points that Lorelle mentions, although I see things slightly differently.
Stop Blogging If You Don’t Have A Purpose
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy
Do you know what your purpose is?
Honestly, for the first few months I had no idea what my purpose was.
It took a change in my blog’s tagline to make me really feel comfortable with what I’m doing.
If you really don’t have a purpose, my advice would be to not give up straight away.
It takes time to find your voice and to know who you are as a blogger.
I’ve racked up a few years of experience and I’m still learning something new every day.
Get out into the blogosphere and meet other bloggers; make some connections and get writing.
I agree with Lorelle that vague, empty blogging is useless and a time waster but on the other hand the only way to get better is to write.
Don’t Blog When You’ve Run Out Of Original Things To Say
Be original; don’t be scared of being bold! – Ed Sheeran
Let’s face it, many of the things people blog about have already been covered a million times before.
What’s important though is that you make your voice unique.
You are the thing that’s original, even if you’re covering something that’s been done before.
Don’t try and be someone else or emulate another blogger; be yourself.
It can be daunting when you write your first few posts to know what to say and to push the publish button.
But the only way you’re going to improve is to keep trying.
Over to You
I think many people start a blog for all the wrong reasons because they’ve been told certain untruths.
All I would say is don’t give up unless you’re struggling to find things to write about, if you really are bored with it or if circumstances mean you have to.
It takes time to get into the groove and to understand what it is you want to write about and where you fit in.
What do you think?
Do you find keeping a blog hard work?
Do you have a blogging purpose?
Let me know in the comments section below.