My blog changed my life for the freaking better. For years I dreamed of working for myself and being able to travel. Now I am living that dream by making a fulltime income with my blog. I started this blog to teach other women how they can do it too but blogging isn’t for everyone. There are tons of blog posts that make it look like when you start a blog it will rain money down on you or that being a blogger is just hanging out by a pool with your laptop all the time. While blogging is awesome it is a ton of work and I think that is misrepresented a lot on the internet and no one is talking about the tough truths about blogging. That’s why I decided to write this post about 3 reasons not to start a blog.
1. You need to make money fast
It is definitely possible to make money blogging and there are tons of people making a fulltime income from their blogs. However, just about anyone who’s making money blogging has been doing it for awhile. I went from zero to fulltime income in ten months but my story isn’t the norm. I don’t have kids and I’m not married. I spent just about every waking moment I wasn’t working at my 8-5 job on my blog. I basically worked 80 hours per week (40 at my day job and 40 on my blog) until I had enough money to quit my day job. If you’re looking to make a quick buck blogging isn’t for you. You need to be OK with working for free for a while (even a year or more) to grow your audience before you can start making money.
2. You give up on projects and goals easily
Getting a blog off the ground is not for the faint of heart. You’re going to be writing posts for awhile with nearly no readers. You need to have a really stubborn personality and just straight up refuse to quit. I can guarantee you there are going to be times when you feel like giving up. You’re going to read some crazy income report about someone making $30,000 dollars per month or more blogging (yes really) and want to throw your hands up and just walk the heck away from your blog. If you don’t have the personality or the discipline to fully commit to your blog then don’t bother starting one. There’s not point in wasting your time and money.
3. You don’t have a message
If you’re just blogging to try and make money people will see through it. There are enough BS blogs on the internet already, don’t add to the blog pollution. The most successful bloggers have a message, story or journey to share with their readers. You should feel pretty damn confident that you have something useful to say and that you can help your readers. You don’t have to be perfect and a lot of great blogs document a journey or a transformation. At the end of the day, your blog should be about what you can offer your readers and you should always try to provide them the most value possible. Don’t start your blog until you have a message or a purpose that can add value to other peoples lives.
4. You don’t want to invest in your business
Starting a blog is a cheap way to start a business when you compare the startup costs of brick and mortar businesses. However, it’s still a business and you’re going to have startup costs. If you’re willing to invest in the right tools and education you’re going to be successful way faster than if you try and figure out everything on your own. I recommend investing in a good blogging course (I recommend the Ultimate Blogging Framework from Abby Lawson) and the proper tools to get your website running and start getting traffic to your posts (I recommend BlueHost and Tailwind).
This post isn’t meant to discourage anyone from starting a blog. I’m hoping reading this will prepare you for the journey ahead and help you become successful. For me being a fulltime blogger is a dream job and if it’s a dream job for you then you should freaking go for it. Your life is happening right now so don’t wait to make the change. If you’re interested in starting your own blogging business be sure to grab my New Blog Blueprint.