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How To Tell if Blogging is Right For You
Have you ever thought about starting a blog? I know I toyed the idea around for far too long before finally deciding to commit. It was always something that I wanted to do but wasn’t sure if blogging was right for me.
How do you even start a blog? How do you write blog posts? How do you get traffic to your blog? There were so many questions I didn’t know the answers to. Shoot, I didn’t know if I even had enough time to learn how to blog so how would I have enough time to actually blog?
A quick search and you will find more than enough information about blogs. It can become very overwhelming. But before you dive too deep into how to blog let’s first see if blogging is right for you!
There is a lot to learn about blogging. It definitely doesn’t happen overnight. There are some who do it faster than others but we all can agree it takes a lot of time for most. It takes time to build up a following and if you’re blogging for an income, then it takes time to build that as well.
Ask yourself the following questions…
Do you like helping people? Do you enjoy being on a computer? Do you mind putting in many hours before you see any return? Do you want to make money online? Do you like to be apart of a community? Do you want to work from home? Do you want a flexible schedule? Do you have something to share with the world? Do you have a passion you want to share or teach others? Do you want uncapped income potential? Do you enjoy learning?
I know that was a bunch of questions but they are all related to blogging. Blogging first started as a creative outlet and has turned in to much more. Some people still use their blogs for their own personal online journals but I would say that most have monetized their blogs. Your blog could be about teaching your readers a unique skill and then make money a number of different ways from your following.
The Right Person For Blogging
Blogging can be for anyone but it takes a special person to succeed at blogging. For example, my husband is very knowledgeable about so many things. He could definitely have a blog and share his knowledge. The only problem is he is more of a hands-on person, an outdoors person, and not so much a computer person. He works more hours than most and it is just in his blood to be up early working circles around others.
Me, on the other hand, I have always wanted to be home. I don’t mind being home all day every day. Now, being a blogger doesn’t mean you have to be home all day. You could go to the library, coffee shop, park, where have you! I do better getting my work done inside and then going out when I am finished working.
Either way, it does take a special kind of person to be able to blog. Just like it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse or a child care provider. You just have to really ask yourself those questions above and answer them honestly so you don’t dive into something you aren’t fit for and then quit.
I’m speaking from experience on that! I am cursed with always seeing the brighter side of things…it’s a good curse most of the time…but sometimes I get myself into things I end up hating because I didn’t think out the negatives fully.
As you have probably figured out that blogging does take a lot of time. I do believe that it isn’t as long as it used to be before. You can become successful fairly quickly in comparison to years ago but it still takes longer than most people’s attention spans. We live in an instant gratification world. We expect things to happen right away for us and when we don’t get instant results we quit. Another bad habit we all seem to have is that as soon as the “fun” wears off we quit too.
Blogging takes time but it doesn’t have to be hours a day. It can be 30 minutes or more consistently a day and you will see results! It is just like when you decide to go on a diet and you eat one salad and you’re not skinny yet?! And you think “Well that didn’t work, why even bother to keep trying?!” But if you did try consistently over time you will see results! Again speaking from experience on that one too!
Another important factor in deciding if blogging is right for you is you need to enjoy helping or teaching others. People follow those they are learning from or entertained by. Some of us have that certain personality that attracts others to follow our lives and journeys but most people are out there looking to learn a skill or trade. I started following blogs that taught me how to blog! I wanted to know about them and wanted to learn more so I followed successful bloggers that taught others how to blog. Then I realized that was my passion so I wanted to help simplify what I had learned and teach it to other bloggers, especially moms like me!
Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert in something. I thought I had to be a professional before I could start teaching others. I would spend so much time trying to figure out my niche that I was extremely knowledable in, something I was good at and experienced in enough to teach others but I wasn’t an expert in anything! Or at least not anything I knew I could teach on over and over again.
Then I realized I didn’t have to be an expert. I also was later told that being an expert can actually hurt your teaching skills because you are harder to relate to for the newer people trying to learn. Being 6 months into learning something makes you that much more knowledgeable than the new people but you can still relate to them because you yourself are still pretty much a newbie as well!
Why I Love Blogging
I wasn’t sure if I was right for blogging but I have found that I really enjoy it! I really enjoy helping and teaching others. Especially other mommies! I feel like I could talk and teach about blogging forever. I enjoy being on a computer and not fighting traffic every day. I enjoy getting my own coffee (or Spark) instead of getting my boss’ coffee. I love being able to get my daughter off the bus every day. I love being able to see sunlight! And not just through the windows of my corporate office! There are so many perks about working from home. There are many times it can get lonely but that’s when you have to remember why it is amazing! And then get out of the house more and talk to actual people!
I hope this has helped you decide if you are the right fit for blogging!
If you haven’t set up your own blog yet then check out how to set up your blog with three easy steps!
Haven’t started a blog yet? No worries! Take my 30-Day Challenge to Start a Blog!
Here are some more resources to help you on your blogging journey!
- How to Make Money Blogging
- How to Find Your Niche for Your Blog
- Step by Step Guide to Writing Your First Blog Post
- The Only 3 Things New Bloggers Should Focus On
- 7 Surefire Ways to Come Up with Blog Post Ideas
- What I Use to Grow My Traffic as a Small Blog
Thanks for reading! Until next time!
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I had for years thought of setting up web sites for various businesses I’ve started, books I’ve self published, or other ideas and inventions. Unfortunately, when my analytical brain kicks in, the pro’s, cons, and details become insurmountable and I give up. Many times my ideas are way beyond my knowledge and expertise. I’m 63 and probably wouldn’t recognize a blog as I rarely use the internet for anything other than e-mail and facebook. When I think about it, there are many different subjects I could build a web site around. I guess my question would be this. Should your blog be just about one subject or could you split one site up to cover multiple subjects mostly unrelated to one another?
I love your comment because I hear myself in it so much! I was the exact same way (still am). I love to over-analyze and overthink things. I also doubt myself sometimes too. It is never too late to start a blog and everyone has something wonderful to offer the world from their own knowledge and experience. You do not have to be an expert in something to start a blog. What you know is more than someone else knows. The key to deciding what to blog about is to decide what your passion is or what your heart is telling you. They say the riches are in the niches and that you need to narrow your blog down to one specific thing. It makes sense so that you can help people that are struggling in that one area find the answers they are looking for. Because that is why we turn to the internet (blogs) to begin with, to answer a question. However, speaking to one analytical brain from another, if you struggle to narrow down your blog topic then I suggest you go with a blog that covers many topics. Then as time goes on, you will see what area you are more passionate about and what your readers like the most, and you can narrow down then. But don’t get stuck in the overthinking part of what your topic should be. I did that myself for too long! Good luck!