10 Harsh Truths About Blogging That Everyone Should Be Aware Of

10 Harsh Truths About Blogging That Everyone Should Be Aware Of

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Please feel free to comment on what you have read.

I kindly ask that you show this blog post of mine a bit of love by sharing it via any of your social media accounts (After all, a lot of love went into making it).

Hey, if you are new here, I invite you to follow Renard’s World.

Thank you for reading!

96 thoughts on “10 Harsh Truths About Blogging That Everyone Should Be Aware Of

    1. 🙂 John, I am pleased to know that no one has chosen to steal the images from your blog posts.

      By the way, I love your photos and I am happy that your blog is still around.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  1. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be scammed trying to improve my blog’s SEO, since I don’t know what that is … :/
    I have written “My Final Post” for the day my blog dies (when I die.) I’ve left instructions on how to post it. 😉
    I had no illusions of getting a huge following from the git-go. On the contrary, when my first post had a “like” from a stranger who then decided to follow me, I was stunned. Had no idea where she came from, or how she found me, but I began to realize this could be a lot of fun. 🙂

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          1. 🙂 Thank you, Ryan.

            Updating old posts thoroughly is good for SEO, my friend (Google and the other search engines on the world wide web love content that is up-to-date).

            Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. It’s a pity blogs die in the end. We should keep creating good content while we still can. I only hope WordPress isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

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  3. Some great advice here, Renard. In a world where social media has created an atmosphere of instant likes and gratification, I see a blog as a place to escape, a place to have a conversation with yourself. For writers it is a great place to practice your writing.

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  4. “10.) All Blogs Will Die At Some Point In Time”

    I posted the last post on my previous blogspot blog on April 2, 2015. I had moved to WordPress just recently then. Over 8 years ago! It’s still there, no signs of degredation. That blog is undieable. Like a zombie. ^.^

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  5. Hi Renard, interesting thoughts. I hope to keep my blog still going after I retire. It’s 10 years old in another month. You are right on with all of these tidbits about blogging. I’ve started playing with AI to help get started with writing more posts and it’s very helpful and saves time. Of course, you still have to edit in your own words and find images and such. Blogging can be a time consuming thing.

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    1. 🙂 Wow! “Inspire to Thrive” is actually going to be 10 years old next month (Time certainly flies).

      If my memory serves me correctly, you are using Jasper (formally known as Jarvis) as your AI writing assistant (You published a blog post that pertained to it in the past on your blog).

      Yes, blogging can be time-consuming and I have a strong feeling that it will always be.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, Lisa.

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      1. Yes, time certainly does fly when you are having FUN 🙂 Yes, that is the tool. Ubersuggest just came out with a mini-version too that I’m playing with. I’m writing a review of the 2 of them soon. You are welcome and have a great day Renard.

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  6. Nicely shared your thoughts Renard. I agree with your points and I know it takes a lot of time to build a high quality content blog. I recently took a break of 5 months and I am feeling that I am starting again. I learnt again that consistency is the key.

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  7. Excellent points made, I had Blue Host for a while and moved back to WordPress.com. I won’t go into details but Blue Host was a disappointment for me. With that said, I received stellar customer service from Blue Host, and my reviews were published reflecting the same.

    Blogging can be time-consuming but it’s worth it if one wants to build a quality content blog.

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  8. Some great points Renard. I’m glad that I moderate my comments, not that I have many bad ones but at least I don’t have that fear of receiving a bad comment. I have also learned that you cannot please everyone and that is perfectly fine, we are all entitled to our own views and beliefs. Thanks for the post, I am happy to repost as it is a very worthy piece 😊

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  9. Nice piece. I actually agree with most of the points. I’ve experienced someone who copied my content, “Facts about Aje Olokun”(all about African culture) actually to his Facebook page without referencing that to my website. I just wrote him about it, he apologized and edited it by referencing people to my website.

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    1. 🤔 You have made a valid point, Chris. However, the longevity of the blog will also have to rely on the successor appointing his or her successor.

      Another issue is a blog that is named after the blogger; for example, “Renard’s World”. If Tricia takes over as the new administrator for the blog, it could no longer be called, “Renard’s World”.

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  10. Excellent article, Renard. I’m thankful that when I started blogging, it was (or so it appeared) well before the sudden emergence of “I made £5k in my first 2 months of blogging” crap that seems to permeate social media, giving many new bloggers unrealistic ideas.

    People have read my Blogger Series where I discuss how to set up and run a blog (all free articles on my site) and had people reach out asking me “how to” make x amount of money on their very new blog, because so far it hasn’t happened. Too often people are coming to blogging as a way for “easy money” – that’s a sharp lesson for them to learn.

    Excess content is always a good idea. whenever I’m in the zone, I write or draft ideas for posts and save them in my Drafts. I think I have about 82 articles in my drafts that I can pick from if I’m ever unsure of what to blog about.

    I think for me, crappy/disrespectful comments were the biggest surprise. After all, my blog is a simple hobby blog, I’m not trying to make money or even run a business via it. But sometimes the nastiness that a commenter can leave on an article is shocking.

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    1. 🙂 Going the self-hosted route (WordPress.org) is less expensive than WordPress.com’s WordPress Pro Plan.

      Self-hosted blogs also have more freedom where plugins and themes are concerned.

      Like

  11. I absolutely agree with you on all your points. Consistency is one of the greatest challenges followed by patience and quality of blog.

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  12. Dearest Renard,

    I gave this article a good 10/10! You nailed it to the core! You made readers hooked for sure even after they started No.1 they will continue scrolling till No.10 to know how every point you wrote at some point had or will be effecting a huge percentage of us bloggers! Thank you again!

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  13. The truth is that life goes on and one’s circumstances sometimes change. Time becomes scarce and schedule uncertain. Sometimes health issues interfere with our plans. I can go on, but the blogosphere is a free medium for individual expression, as well as individual publishing patterns, don’t you think?

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  14. This is so true Renard. These harsh truths I do think about them and some days I see them happening online. The harsh truth I know is that blogging is becoming more competitive and I too see this , there are other bloggers who write A quality stuff and it makes me feel small

    Great topic also Renard! Thanks for sharing this

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  15. Hey Renard… Read your post a couple if times…. I write off the cuff…and don’t spend too much time in planning etc…I do it primarily cos I enjoy writing when the mood gets me.. at first I felt that was enough…. And then i got people liking and following. And that does give such a high….but then life takes over and one cannot keep up and though I am writing in my mind, no time to put it on paper/ blog…and here I am rambling on…. So yes your blog helps to bring focus to write as regularly as comfortable, write a few for the days when one cannot write… Thank you….Renard..

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  16. Hello Rens..

    It seems that you poured out my heart in this amazing post. Of the many you’ve written, I’m most upset about content theft. But anyway I hate it, I have to give it up because that’s what the blogging world is like. 😒

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    1. 🙂 I am fully aware of the positive aspects of blogging. However this blog post in particular deals with “10 Harsh Truths About Blogging That Everyone Should Be Aware Of”; the emphasis on, “Harsh”.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

      Like

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