I have a very strong feeling, that if some people knew exactly what blogging entails, they would have said to themselves, “Blogging is certainly not for me!”
Yet, people looking in from the outside (specifically those people who have never blogged before), wrongfully believe that blogging is a figurative piece of cake.
It is only when people start a blog of their own, they begin to realize that there is more to blogging than writing.
So, without further ado, let us find out some of the things that experienced bloggers do not mention to other bloggers.
1.) You Run The Risk Of Having Your Work Stolen By Others Every Time That You Publish A Blog Post
Yes, my friend, it is true. You run the risk of having your work stolen by others every time that you publish a blog post.
Unfortunately, there are people who will cut and paste your article and publish it on their website (This happened to me in the past; a blogger on WordPress.com published one of my blog posts word for word on their blog; I requested a DMC takedown notice and the stolen blog post was removed from the offender’s blog).
Also, back in the year, 2019, a scraper site by the name of Tygpress was publishing a huge quantity of blog posts from many of the people that blogged on WordPress (My blog post, Tygpress Scraped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress, highlighted Tygpress’s wrongdoings and it also mentioned the steps to take if you discovered that your work was stolen).
The sad thing was that when some of the bloggers found out that their blog posts were being published on another website without their consent, they deleted their blogs on WordPress.
So, please be aware of thieves — unscrupulous people who would not mind stealing your content.
2.) You Are Competing With Artificial Intelligence
It never crossed your mind that bloggers are competing with artificial intelligence.
The artificial intelligence that I am referring to is article spinning software (And, the scary part is that there are lots of them out there).
What does the article spinning software do?
An article spinning software rewrites someone’s blog post without it losing its original message.
Article spinner software tends to make it difficult to figure out if your blog post was stolen because:
- It rearranges words.
- It substitutes words by using other synonyms.
- It uses an article or many articles, dissects them and merges them into one new article.
Some people use article spinning software because it can churn out an article way faster than a human being.
3.) There Will Be Days When You Do Not Feel Like Writing A Blog Post
Now, in spite of writing every day, there are those moments when I do not feel like writing a blog post.
Whenever I write an article in a word processing program and delete it afterwards, it is done merely as an exercise — a form of daily exercise that keeps me mentally fit.
Whereas, whenever I am putting together a blog post, I always think of my viewing audience.
I do not feel any added pressure when I write as a form of mental exercise because I know that I am the only one who is ever going to read what I wrote.
In regards to writing for my viewing audience, I tend to think, “Is this good enough for them to read?”
Okay, everyone is different!
Other people may not feel like writing a blog post because:
- Sitting down at a desk to write a blog post is a gruelling process for them.
- They lack the inspiration to write a blog post.
- They are in a lazy mood and would prefer to play a video game or watch a movie on Netflix.
One of the things that any blogger can do is to write more than one blog post at a time that is most convenient for them; this would provide them with the option to pick and choose which blog post that they would like to publish on the day that they do not feel like writing a blog post.
4.) There Will Come A Time When You Will Ask Yourself If You Should Continue Blogging Or Quit Blogging Altogether
Dear friend, the truth is that finding the time to blog can be challenging due to the fact that the timing is seldom perfect.
Also, there are various circumstances that can cause a blogger to seriously consider whether or not they will like to continue blogging.
People contemplate whether or not they would like to continue blogging when:
- Things get a bit hectic at their place of employment.
- They are having issues with their marital life.
- They are studying for their university degree.
- A family member dies.
- They are plagued with some type of illness.
- Their blog does not live up to their expectation.
Yes, all bloggers will have to face the question of whether or not they will like to continue blogging at some point in their lives.
The answer that they give themselves will dictate whether or not they will abandon that blog of theirs.
5.) You Will Encounter Technologically-Related Issues
Technology can be a figurative pain in the buttocks because there are times when technology will be a bit buggy or fail to stop working; which are things that can frustrate any blogger.
It is only when you set up a WordPress account of your own, you end up finding out the hard way that:
- You are unable to press the Like button on someone else’s blog.
- Grammarly does not work with the Block Editor.
- You are unable to log in to your WordPress account when the Happiness Engineers are doing upgrades.
- Your WordPress mobile app keeps crashing every time that you open it.
Technologically-related issues are the worst (It is a pity that experienced bloggers do not go out of their way to warn us about them before we join WordPress).
So, to recap, experienced bloggers, do not tell us the following things:
- We run the risk of having our work stolen by others every time that we publish our blog posts.
- We are competing with artificial intelligence.
- There will be days when we do not feel like writing a blog post.
- There will come a time when we will ask ourselves if we should continue blogging or quit blogging altogether.
- We will encounter technologically-related issues.
The downsides of blogging are quite depressing.
Thank God/Goddess for the positive aspect of blogging — the things that make blogging worthwhile.