Anyone who has ventured into the area of blogging would have realized that there is more to blogging than meets the eye (The harsh truths about blogging reveals themselves to them as time passes).
Some of us have actually bitten off more than we chew before we started blogging.
So, without further ado, it is time to explore those harsh truths about blogging.
1.) It Takes A Lot Of Time To Create A High-Quality Blog Post
You should not be surprised by the fact that the process of creating a high-quality blog post is very time-consuming; it requires:
- Researching your chosen topic in advance.
- Writing the draft copy of your blog post.
- Proofreading your blog post.
- Editing your blog post.
- Finding or creating a suitable image for your blog post.
Doing all of those things can be very challenging for a blogger (Especially when they are required to be carried out in a timely manner).
2.) You Will Feel As Though You Are Talking To A Brick Wall Until Your First Set Of Readers Appear
Some bloggers wrongfully think that they are going to attract a lot of readers with their first blog post (They eventually learn the hard way that they were wrong about that).
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that it takes a lot of time in order for a blogger to attract an audience and convert them into loyal readers and subscribers.
Unfortunately, the egos of some bloggers become badly bruised when they see that the incoming views to their blog are nonexistent or dismal.
The trick is to keep on going; a blogger needs to keep publishing content with the hopes of their blog attracting an audience (This, in my opinion, is a million times better than a blogger abandoning their blog because they noticed that it was performing poorly).
3.) There Will Be Those Days When You Will Not Feel Like Creating Content For Your Blog
In spite of being very good at writing, there are days when I do not feel like creating content for my blog.
While I can proudly admit that I am not plagued by writer’s block, I do experience mental and physical exhaustion from living in a hot climate (At times, the temperature in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago can be as high as 34 Degrees Celsius [93.2 Degrees Fahrenheit]; which is considered to be quite hot by the denizens of this region).
On a positive note, I can get my quota of writing done when the temperature is much lower; which is during the nighttime or when it is raining proverbial cats and dogs.
The trick is to create extra content for your blog when your energy level is high or when you are feeling more creative than usual. So, instead of creating one blog post, create two and schedule the second one to be published at a future date (This method would guarantee that your viewing audience will always have content to peruse and it will also ensure that you will not have to struggle to create content when things are not in your favour).
If you are one of those bloggers who do not know how to schedule their blog posts on WordPress, you will certainly learn how to do it by reading the article, Schedule Posts & Pages by the WordPress Support Team.
4.) There Will Be Those Who Will Try Their Very Best To Scam You
One of the harsh truths about blogging is that there will be those people who will try their very best to scam you; a perfect example is someone sending you an email that promises to improve your blog’s SEO (Do not fall for this trap, my friend. A legitimate SEO company will not send emails to bloggers with the hopes of attracting potential clients).
My article, 7 Things That Legitimate SEO Experts Will Never Do, will shed some light on the manner in which legitimate SEO experts and fake SEO experts do things.
Never forget for one minute that the internet is filled with scammers!
5.) There Will Be Those Who Will Steal Your Blog Posts
The sad truth is that there are bloggers who steal the blog posts of other bloggers and publish them on their own blogs.
If you are a victim of content theft or simply someone who would like to know what to do the day that something like this happens to you, I strongly recommend that you read Lori Soard’s article, What To Do When Someone Steals Your Unique Site Content.
A lot of people have abandoned their blogs when they found out that someone else was stealing content from their blogs.
Hey, why should you abandon your blog when you can actually fight back and win?
6.) Self-Hosted Is Always The Best Option For Business
While it is not mandatory for a personal blogger (a hobbyist blogger) to go self-hosted, it certainly is imperative for a business-related blogger (a professional blogger) to jump on the self-hosted bandwagon.
Believe it or not, a self-hosted blog (a WordPress.org blog) is way more flexible than a blog that is hosted on WordPress.com.
And, it would be more economical to host your WordPress blog on:
The pricing of the WordPress Pro plan onWordPress.com is outrageous!
7.) Blogging Is Becoming More And More Competitive Each Year
According to Jason Wise’s article, How Many Blog Posts Are Published Per Day In 2022? [New Statistics], an average of 7.5 million blog posts are published daily (Now, that is a lot of blog posts competing for people’s attention).
Therefore, if you are a business-related blogger, you will have to bring your a game.
You will also have to pay for the links to your blog posts to be boosted on social media and have your entire blog looked at by a reputable SEO company (In this case, you have to pay money in order to make money).
While personal bloggers are not pressured into standing out in the blogosphere, they can increase the visibility of their blogs by publishing original content (It is way easier to stand out from the crowd when your content is original).
8.) Some People Will Be Disrespectful To You And Others In Your Comments Thread
Unfortunately, some of the commenters will abuse their privilege by being disrespectful to you or to those who have commented on one of your blog posts.
What can you do about that?
You can moderate your comments; it would prevent disrespectful comments from appearing in the comments section of your blog.
The commenting section of your blog should not be a cesspit or a war zone; it should be a place where civilized discussion takes place.
The article, Beginner’s Guide on How to Moderate Comments in WordPress by the Editorial Staff of WPBeginner, will provide you with detailed information on moderating your comments.
9.) You Cannot Please Everyone
The truth is that it is impossible to please everyone (And you should not make the mistake of trying to please everyone either).
People will always find fault; for example:
- Some people will hate a particular topic that you post about.
- Some people will hate the layout of your blog.
- Some people will hate you for simplifying things on your blog.
- Some people will hate the new ideas that you have implemented for your blog.
It is way better to do your own thing than to wonder if people will like it or not.
10.) All Blogs Will Die At Some Point In Time
One of the harsh truths is that your blog is going to die eventually; it could take place if:
- You die.
- You fail to publish new content on your blog.
- The blogging platform that your blog is on decides to end its service and go offline.
- You are unable to pay your monthly or annual fees for your self-hosted blog.
- Your blog is seized by the FBI (or some other legal entity) for conducting illegal online activities.
No one is sure of how their blog is going to die, but what they do know is that it is going to die someday.
In regards to the harsh truths about blogging, everyone should know the following things:
- It takes a lot of time to create a high-quality blog post.
- They will feel as though they are talking to a brick wall until their first set of readers appears.
- There will be those days when they will not feel like creating content for their blog.
- There will be those who will try their utmost best to scam them out of their hard-earned money.
- There will be those who will steal their blog posts.
- Business-related bloggers are better off self-hosting their blogs.
- Blogging is becoming more and more competitive each year.
- Some people will be disrespectful to them or others in their own comments thread.
- It is impossible for them to please everyone.
- All blogs will die at some point in time.
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