Blogging has provided many possibilities, created opportunities and helped a lot of people to achieve things they may not necessarily achieve without their blogs.
Regardless of these possibilities, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths about blogging that needs to be debunked.
If you’re a blogger or an aspiring blogger then this post is right for you.
In this post, I am going to discuss some of these interesting myths below while also sharing with you, the actual position of things in the blogging world.
Blogging is easy
One of the biggest misconceptions about blogging is the idea that blogging is easy.
I do not know how it was possible for people to come to this conclusion but honestly, like a lot of beginners out there, when I started blogging I used to believe that blogging is very easy.
Indeed i felt it was. Like most beginners, the idea in my head was that blogging is just like maintaining a social media page.
The assumption was that with your blog, you can always show up anytime you feel like it, create the kind of content you feel like creating regardless of the length or value and then move on.
Frankly, I approached blogging like this for quite a time. And sadly, there really was nothing to write home about.
Not only was I blogging for myself, sometimes seeing zero or 2-3 views after taking out time to create a post was one of the most discouraging things ever.
So, when people ask me is it really easy to be a blogger, I tell them, If researching for a maximum of three hours and creating content for five hours is something very easy for you then blogging is easy.
If spending tens of hours in research, content creation, finding suitable pictures and titles, updating keywords and SEO and campaigning for back links is not the kind of thing you’ll call easy then blogging is not easy.
It will demand your time, effort and money.
You will work hard to create content that stands out. And there are times you won’t even get to see some tangible results. That’s what it is.
But to some of us, despite how difficult it is, we have been blogging for more than half a dozen years. So definitely, you can survive this when you put your mind to it
Blogging will make you rich
Let’s clear the air. I am sure you can name a handful of people that have become rich due to their blogging activities.
Indeed, there are a whole lot of successful and rich bloggers out there so generally, blogging can make you rich.
But truth be told, you will have to work hard for it.
The reason you have to work hard if you want to become a rich blogger is because blogging is serious business. And like every other business or endeavors, if you want to stand out, you have to put in the effort.
Another reason why things might be a bit different for you right now is because unlike the rich bloggers you see today who have put in a lot of work in the past when there were just a few bloggers, today the competition is more stiff.
Now, this means you will have to put in even more work and effort so you can beat the others in the system.
Blogging will give you fame
At some point, every aspiring blogger doesn’t aspire to become a blogger just for the money.
A lot of them are aspiring to become bloggers today because of the fame and benefits blogging brings with it. Now, this is a serious misconception about blogging.
Of course, starting your blog because you want to be famous is not a bad idea but you have to also understand that fame doesn’t merely comes because you own a blog.
Becoming a famous blogger will take you a lot of work, effort and time. And beyond that, you will also need a very strategic plan that will help you achieve your goals.
Blogging is part time business
Yes blogging can be a part time business or side hustle. But if you want to gain real and sustainable success with your blog, you have to give it the full attention it deserves.
The reason is because to become a very successful blogger, there are a lot of activities you’ll have to embark on and to a large extent, these activities will demand a lot more of your time and energy.
It’s true you can get people to manage your blog while you focus on other things. But where you cannot afford such expenses, you will need to devote time to your blog yourself.
And as the blog continues to grow, overtime it will get to a point where your full time attention will be needed for the blog.
So, while you can always start blogging on a part time basis, to really scale your blog to a successful level, you might want to devote your attention to the blog full time.
Write, readers will come
While starting out as a blogger, it is easy to assume that all you’ll do is to create the blog post and users will show up to read them at their convenience.
This is usually the assumption for most beginners. Especially if you’re all too familiar with how the social media works where your friends will always get to see your posts after you update them.
This is a serious misconception about blogging that should be discarded if you want to do create something very useful out of your blog.
In the blogging world, things are quite different.
Unlike your social media where people gets to see your posts because you have an already existing number of friends, in the blogging world, no one sees your post unless you have an existing audience.
Considering that you’re a beginner, you probably do not have an existing audience.
So, no one will read your post unless you share it with them or optimize it for search engine visibility.
For this reason, you can just create content and leave it on your blog. You have to optimize the content with the right keywords so it can be found on the search engine.
Afterwards, you have to share the post across your social media and other platforms.. These are some of the strategies that will get you views for your posts.
Choose a niche you’re passionate about
Whether in blogging or online business, as a beginner, a lot of people will always tell you to choose a niche you’re passionate about.
Of course that’s cliché. You’re supposed to be passionate about what you’re doing if you want to be able to stay at it long enough to become successful.
But here’s another angle to it; your passion might not be interesting to as much people as you want to attract with your blog. And this might get to affect your enthusiasm and overall success in the long run.
In order to avoid this, you want to choose a niche that you’re not just passionate about but one that also has a decent number of people that are interested in it.
So, if your most passionate subject was about “how to play table tennis“. And you realize there are just about 100 people searching for such content in a month, you can broaden your niche to include other similarly related sporting activities, just to get some more traffic.
Anybody can blog
One other big misconception about blogging is the idea that if you’re able to create a post on Facebook or Instagram then you’re automatically a blogger.
This is far from the truth though. Blogging is far more professional, tasking and time demanding than creating an ordinary social media post.
In fact, everyone cannot become a blogger but anyone can become a blogger if they learn the skills.
From search engine optimization to content marketing, guest posting etc., as an aspiring blogger, there are a whole lot of things to learn and experiences to garner before you can become a professional blogger.
Blogging is dead
A lot of people believe that the rise and rise of social media and other micro blogging platform has finally put an end to blogging.
But stat is saying otherwise. Instead of being dead, blogging has continued to evolve, giving rise to new concepts like Content Marketing, Vlogging, Podcasting etc.
Blogging has continued to take different form and shapes. And as bloggers keep up with the trends, more and more diverse forms of content are getting created.
As these content are being created, a lot of creativity and innovation is being added to it, creating a whole new set of flexibility that makes content even more valuable and accessible to consumers.
So, instead of the usual text content alone, people are now getting to watch video, listen to audio or see pictures.
Instead of blogging being dead, this innovation has in the long run exposed blog posts to an even wider audience.
Now, as I wrap up this misconceptions about blogging, I want you to understand that notwithstanding these realities, becoming a successful blogger can open many doors and opportunities for you just as it is doing for other successful bloggers today.
And although it will take work, effort and time, you can still start a blog and become a successful blogger, if you put your mind to it.
Yes. Regardless of whatever it takes, a lot of people have achieved this for themselves. Many are still achieving it. And you can achieve the same feat.
So, it’s over to you now. Do you want to get on the ladder to become the next successful blogger? You can learn the ropes at the Blog Mastery Course.
That said, I’d like to hear from you. Which of these misconceptions have you really come across as a blogger or aspiring blogger?