There are a lot of blogging myths out there. People seem to think that if you don’t have a ton of traffic, or if you’re not making money hand over fist, then you must be doing something wrong. This simply isn’t the case! In fact, there are a lot of things about blogging that people just don’t talk about. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re bad things, but they’re definitely not the glamorous side of blogging that everyone talks about.
So, what are some of these blogging facts that no one likes to talk about? Are you curious? Well, here are 12 blogging facts that no one ever talks about, but that you should definitely know:
1. It’s Not All Sunshine and Roses
Blogging isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. Sure, there are some perks, like being able to work from home in your PJs. But there are also some not-so-fun aspects, like never having a day off and feeling like you’re always working.
I know, I know. Not every blogger feels like this. But a lot of us do! And it’s something that people don’t really talk about. The only things you’ll often see on social media are the good parts of blogging, which can make it seem like everything is perfect. But it’s not!
Yes, bloggers can earn a nice chunk of passive income on a side hustle, BUT it often takes a lot of work to get there.
So, if you’re thinking about starting a blog, just know that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. It’s hard work, but it can be rewarding work. Just don’t go into it expecting everything to be perfect.
2. You Will Make Some Enemies
If you’re planning on blogging about controversial topics, be prepared to make some enemies. People can be very passionate about their beliefs, and they may not take kindly to you sharing your opinions on hot-button issues.
But you know what, even if you’re not blogging about controversial topics, you will still make some enemies. People are just naturally opinionated, and they may not agree with everything you say. And that’s okay! Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s something you need to accept before starting a blog. It comes with the territory.
If someone doesn’t like your blog, they’re not going to read it. And that’s perfectly fine! Just remember, don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t agree with you. It happens to everyone.
3. You Might Get Sued
If you’re not careful, you could end up getting sued for something you wrote on your blog. Even if you didn’t do anything wrong, the legal fees can be astronomical. So it’s important to have a good understanding of the law and to make sure you’re covered by insurance.
One of the most common ways bloggers get sued is by using someone else’s photos without permission. If you’re going to use someone else’s photos, make sure you have their permission first. Otherwise, you could end up in hot water.
Another way bloggers get sued is by defamation. This happens when you write something false about another person or business that damages their reputation. So, if you’re going to write about someone else, make sure you have your facts straight. Otherwise, you could be opening yourself up to a defamation lawsuit.
Of course, these are just a few examples. There are many other ways you could get sued as a blogger, but don’t let it discourage you. Just be careful about what you write, and make sure you’re covered.
4. You Will Be Rejected
If you’re hoping to get your blog posts published on popular sites like Huffington Post or Forbes, be prepared for rejection. It’s very competitive out there, and even the best writers get rejected from time to time.
So, don’t take it personally if your blog post doesn’t get accepted. Just keep submitting until you find a site that’s a good fit for your writing. And don’t give up! Even if you’re not trying to get published on big sites, you will still be rejected. For example, if you’re trying to guest post on another blog, the owner might not accept your post. It’s just part of the business, so don’t let rejection get you down.
5. You Will Work Long Hours
Blogging is a lot of work, and it’s not unusual to find yourself working 12 hours or more each day. If you’re not prepared to put in the long hours, then blogging might not be the right career choice for you.
Of course, you don’t have to work 12 hours a day, but you should be prepared to put in the time if you want to be successful. The reality is that most bloggers don’t make much money when they first start out. So, unless you have a day job to support yourself, you’ll likely be working long hours just to keep your blog afloat.
But as your blog grows, you’ll be able to outsource some of the work and delegate tasks to others. And that’s when the real fun begins!
6. You Might Not Make Any Money… At First
When you first start out, it’s unlikely that you’ll be making much money from your blog. In fact, it’s not uncommon for new bloggers to make nothing at all for the first few months (or even years). So don’t quit your day job just yet!
One more thing you need to know is that different niches will have different earning potential. For example, if you’re blogging about personal finance, you’re more likely to make money from affiliate marketing and sponsorships than if you’re blogging about fashion.
So, don’t expect to get rich quick when you start a blog. It takes time, patience, and hard work to build a successful blog that makes money. But if you’re passionate about blogging and you’re willing to stick with it, the rewards can be great.
7. … But Once You Do Start Making Money, It Can Be Life-Changing
While it takes a lot of hard work to start making money from your blog, it can be very rewarding once you do start seeing those dollars rolling in. For some people, blogging has even led to quitting their day jobs and becoming full-time bloggers. So if you’re patient and persistent, it could pay off big time!
I still remember how I felt when my blog earned its first dollar six years ago. I was so excited and motivated to keep going. And now, just a few years later, I’m earning a full-time income from my blog. Not only that, I’m the breadwinner for my family, and I get to work from home. It’s truly life-changing.
Oh, wait, I just want to emphasize here that blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to make a full-time income from blogging. But it is possible, and there are many people doing it.
8. Your Friends and Family Might Not “Get” It
Not everyone will understand what you do or why you do it. When I told my husband I’d love to be a full-time blogger and I was confident it would be “the thing”, he looked at me like I had three heads.
He couldn’t wrap his mind around how someone could make a living by writing on the internet. And to be honest, I don’t think he’s ever really understood it. Your friends and family might not “get” it either, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream.
Just explain it to them as best you can, and don’t let their lack of understanding get you down. By the end of the day, it’s you who has to live with your decision, not them.
9. Quality is More Important than Quantity
When it comes to blogging, quality is more important than quantity. It’s better to post one well-written and informative article per week than it is to post five poorly written articles. Your readers will appreciate the effort you put into producing quality content, and they’ll be more likely to come back for more.
I actually have seen some bloggers who post multiple times a day, and while they may get more traffic, their readers are not as engaged as the readers of slower-paced blogs. That’s also easy to understand—people need time to digest what they’re reading, and they can’t do that if you’re bombarding them with new content every few hours.
So, take your time, write quality posts, and don’t worry about posting every day. Your readers will thank you for it!
10. You Don’t Need a Huge Following to be Successful
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge following to be successful as a blogger. Sure, it helps if you have a large audience, but what’s more important is engagement. As long as you’re able to connect with your readers and provide them with value, you’ll be successful regardless of your follower count.
Again, it’s a matter of quality over quantity. It’s better to have a small group of engaged readers than a large group of unengaged readers. So don’t worry if you’re not racking up the numbers as quickly as some other bloggers. Just focus on writing quality content and engaging with your audience, and the rest will fall into place.
11. It’s Not About Making Money
While it’s possible to make money from blogging—and hello again, you’re reading from a blog called $1K Blogger—it’s not the primary reason most people do it. In fact, most bloggers don’t even make enough money to cover the costs of running a blog. For most people, blogging is simply a way to share their thoughts and ideas with the world. But that’s okay!
You don’t have to be in it for the money to be successful. If you’re passionate about what you’re writing and you’re able to connect with your readers, that’s all that really matters. The money will come eventually if you stick with it.
Of course, there’s a huge difference between blogging for the sake of blogging and blogging to make money. If your sole purpose for starting a blog is to make money, you’re likely not going to be very successful. But if you’re passionate about what you’re writing and you’re willing to put in the work, there’s no reason why you can’t make a full-time income from blogging.
12. You Don’t Need All Those Courses
Have you ever seen those ads that promise to help you “make money blogging” or become a “pro blogger”? They’re everywhere, and they’re usually pretty expensive. But here’s the thing: you don’t need them.
You can learn everything you need to know about blogging by reading blog posts (like this one!), watching YouTube videos, and listening to podcasts. And the best part is, most of this information is free! You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on courses and ebooks to learn how to blog. Just do a little research and you’ll be able to figure it out on your own.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking courses if you want to. However, it’s important to know that you don’t need them to be successful. Nobody can guarantee your success as a blogger, so don’t waste your money on courses that promise to do just that.
Blogging is a great way to make a living, but it’s not for everyone. That’s also why not everybody is a blogger, and why you should start one and shine above the rest. You will need to work hard and be dedicated if you want to make it, but it is possible to achieve success.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, keep these 12 things in mind. They may not be the things you hear about most often, but they’re important nonetheless. And who knows—maybe by understanding these things from the start, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition.
What are your thoughts on these blogging facts? Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below!