Popularity Comes With A Price

Popularity Comes With A Price

There are a lot of people who wished that they were popular bloggers.

Unfortunately, many of those people have failed to realize that popularity comes with a price.

Are you willing to pay that price?

“What price is that?” you ask. And, “Is it a price that I am willing to pay?”

Oh, I know that I have intrigued you. So, please read on to know exactly what you would be sacrificing in the name of popularity (That is provided that you have chosen to go down that long and tiring route).

You Will Have To Give Up A Few Of Your Pleasures For The Sake Of Content Creation

The content creation process can be very time-consuming.

And, what makes it time-consuming?

Well, the following things make it time-consuming:

  • Brainstorming topics for your blog posts.
  • Researching your chosen topics in advance.
  • Typing (or writing) the draft copies of your blog posts.
  • Proofreading those draft copies of yours.
  • Editing those blog posts.
  • Searching for the appropriate royalty-free photographs online.
  • Taking your own photographs.
  • Creating your own images from scratch.

Those are the sort of things that take up the time of a lot of bloggers.

Therefore, you will be required to give up a few pleasures down the road (Do not worry; you will only be giving them up temporarily).

So, instead of binge-watching movies on Netflix, you will have to be deeply involved in the content creation process (By the way, you could get away with binge-watching movies on Netflix if publishing movie reviews is your sort of thing).

Also, going to the bar to have a few drinks with some of your friends would be out of the question.

And, why is that so?

Because you have to spend that time of yours sitting in front of your smartphone, tablet computer, laptop computer or desktop computer and churning out blog posts (You have deadlines to meet).

If you are into alcohol consumption, you will have to sip your wine, rum, whisky, gin or vodka (or whatever strong drink that you have chosen for yourself) all alone in front of your electronic device while creating your latest blog post.

Can you endure that type of punishment?

Dear friend, that is what some bloggers do in the name of popularity.

You Will Have To Apologize To Your Readers Whenever You Miss A Deadline

Despite being totally against the idea of bloggers apologizing for not publishing anything on their blog, you might find yourself doing it if you are popular (When someone has over ten thousand followers on their blog, a lot of attention would be focused on them).

The funny thing is that professional bloggers do not apologize for missing a deadline.

Yet, personal bloggers are the kings and the queens of apology (They will apologize for missing a deadline via a blog post of theirs).

You Will Have To Invest Your Money In An Additional Electronic Device

Having only one computer to blog on is unacceptable (Especially if you are a very popular blogger).

Why?

Because if that computer goes down due to a technical difficulty, you will have nothing to do your content creation on.

Therefore, purchasing an additional computer and having it around will fill the void when something bad happens to the computer that you usually create content on.

Popular bloggers cannot have their blogging disrupted.

You Will Have Your Fair Share Of Stalkers

Unfortunately, famous people have stalkers.

As a popular blogger, you will acquire your fair share of stalkers. You will get emails that pertain to the following things:

  • People wanting to marry you.
  • People offering to give you gifts.
  • People wanting to have sexual intercourse with you.
  • People wanting to meet you at your home.
  • People letting you know that they are watching your every move.

Hey, it is a mad world and as strange as it may sound, those types of things do happen.

So, you have been warned in advance!

You Will Encounter Your Fair Share Of Scammers

When you are popular, people will see you as someone that they can potentially get money from.

One of the biggest scams around is someone offering to boost the SEO of your website (This is usually done in the form of an email message).

Do not fall for it, because if you do, you will be swindled out of your money.

You Might Be Forced Into Sticking With What Made You Popular

Some bloggers only went along with a niche because it was a popular one (Whether or not they truly liked their niche is a different story entirely).

Imagine yourself being famous for having a fashion blog when you are not really into fashion.

Yes, that would be a living hell because you will be punishing yourself by creating more and more fashion-related blog posts (And, it is all done in the name of popularity).

Rule number one ― never choose to go along with a niche that you hate!

For the record, there is nothing at all wrong with choosing to go with a popular niche once you know that it is based on something that you love.

You Might Be Tempted To Publish Too Many Sponsored Reviews

It is no secret, that when you are popular, sponsors will reach out to you (And, that means making lots of money).

If you make the mistake of publishing too many sponsored blog posts, your viewing audience will see you as a sellout.

For the record, there is nothing wrong with doing sponsored reviews in moderation.

You Might End Up Running Away From Your Popular Blog

A popular blog requires a lot of time and effort to maintain.

You might snap one day and say to yourself, “I am tired of blogging,” and sign out of your WordPress account.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the inner strength to make self-sacrifices (Blogging, on the whole, is a form of self-sacrifice).

Final Thoughts

If a handsome and well-dressed man appears in your dreams and promises you that he could make your blog popular, run in the opposite direction.

Why?

Because you could be making a deal with the Devil himself.

On a serious note, popularity does come with a price and many of us are unable to pay it.

79 thoughts on “Popularity Comes With A Price

  1. Like anything else, Renard, you don’t get anything in life without hard work. You raise some excellent points here. I think underlying all this is you have to enjoy being creative and having some fun with it. Forget the metrics and enjoy the process.

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  2. A lot of interesting ideas I never thought of in association to blogging. I think my blog has the right balance of popularity. Since I post daily, I honestly have no idea what would happen if I took an extended break.

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    1. 🙂 I do not think that you should take an extended break from blogging because if you do, I will miss reading your blog posts.

      You should be grateful that your blog has the right balance of popularity.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  3. I love this post and it made me smile. Why? Because I have just published a post that begins with an apology for not blogging because I had Covid! I blog because I enjoy it and not to court popularity which is probably just as well!!

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  4. Yeah you’re pretty on point with these. Being a bigger blogger is fun in some ways but it comes with a price. I also hate when you can’t take a break because it will mess up your posting schedule.

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    1. 🙂 Not being able to take a break because of one’s level of popularity is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a blogger.

      We all need to take breaks at some point in time.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, Pooja G.

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  5. Fully agree! Popularity comes with a price and once on that popularity treadmill it will be tough to quit for many reasons…..I don’t think I am willing to go so far…

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  6. Great post and it made me laugh. I think you can have a healthy balance. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, nor should it consume too much of your time. I make time for socialising, working, exercising etc but still love spending time on my blog. I guess it comes down to good time management 😊

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  7. Popularity, for me, is complicated. I wish I had it, but the first few times one of my posts got a lot of traction, my first inclination was to delete the post! Being out there like that is really, really uncomfortable for me. But for some reason, I keep trying! Thanks for the interesting topic.

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  8. Quality over quantity! Being an illustrator I assume if the public ever decides I’m worth paying attention to I will be dead already lol, and thank God for that anyway. I’m not trying to appeal to the masses, I’m trying to make connections!!

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  9. I’m not super popular on my most active blog (in terms of followers) because I’m still trying to grow. That being said… the stalker thing is accurate. I’ve had more than one stalker already and it’s not fun. That part totally sucks. I have over 100 followers on my blog and I achieved that in less than 6 months of writing (with having to take time off because I broke two fingers in my right hand!) but the stalker thing is extremely creepy. I had someone who found my Facebook page and started writing things about me and it was… so yucky. It really creeped me out especially because I had a break in (to my house) and the stalker popped up shortly after that 😬. Still I feel good about my followers and I’m glad I have people that truly enjoy reading what I have to say each week! 🥰

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