The following post is from Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
With, literally, millions of blogs on the Internet today – some statistics put the figure at well over 150 million blogs – there are many misconceptions about bloggers and blogging. I’m going to attempt to dispel 5 of them – well, except one, which may very well be true.
1. Bloggers who have ads on their site are just in it for the money.
Many people don’t realize how time consuming and expensive blogging can be. Unless you’re using a free platform, such as Blogger, there are hosting fees. There are also fees for having your own domain name, using a newsletter service so that readers can subscribe by email, and hiring a blog designer unless you have the knowledge and creativity to do the design yourself.
Many bloggers who host ads on their sites are making just enough to cover the expenses of blogging. Unless you’re someone like Problogger or The Pioneer Woman, most of those who are making an income are contributing to their family’s finances, not getting rich from sidebar ads.
2. You can just start a free blog and start raking in the money.
This probably goes along with the first point, but I’ve had friends who’ve made statements like this to me. If you’re thinking about getting into blogging so you can start raking in the money, you might want to reconsider your options. For one thing, readers are pretty savvy folks. They can usually tell who is passionate about their topic and their writing and who is just trying to make a quick buck.
Making money blogging is generally a by-product of a few things such as: sharing your passion with others, encouraging readers, solving a problem, building community, and developing trust with your community. Those things should be the primary goal, not making money. Otherwise, you’re going to essentially become the annoying telemarketer or door-to-door salesman that people avoid.
3. Bloggers sit around in their yoga pants all day.
Um, okay. This one may be a little bit true. Speaking for myself, I’m more creative when I’m comfortable and, having regained some of the weight I lost a few years ago, yoga pants provide the most comfort. However, my goal is to get back to a comfortable weight and dress for work each day – in a casual Friday kind of way.
If you are doing more than hobby blogging, it is important to consider your blog a job and set work hours for yourself. Without work hours, you may find that far too much time is wasted on social media or Words with Friends (or maybe that’s just me).
4. Bloggers are going to write about the stuff you do or say.
This is probably not true unless you are an immediate family member and even then, we do have some discretion. Now that my kids are teens, I usually make sure they’re okay with what I’m saying about them beyond the ordinary, mundane stuff.
I make it a point to respect their privacy. There are some things that get shared online in an extremely vague fashion and some things that aren’t shared at all.
As far as the general public goes, most bloggers don’t typically consider you fodder for their blogs – unless you’re acting crazy in an airport.
5. Blogging is easy.
I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a kid, so I do love blogging, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. I spend a minimum of 2 hours on nearly every blog post and there have been those that have taken 4-6 hours.
In addition to writing the post, each post must formatted, proof-read, and edited. There are images to search out or photograph and edit yourself. And there is the whole thing about coming up with fresh, new, interesting content and the words to express your thoughts. I have spent many an hour staring at a blank computer screen. (Though following a few tips to be a more productive blogger usually helps me to avoid that.)
There are many misconceptions about bloggers and blogging. These are the five that I’ve found to be the most common.
If you’re a blogger, what misconceptions have you encountered?
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