It’s been around two years since I first started The Professional Mom Project. Prior to starting the blog I read all kinds of “how to start a blog” posts that I found peppered all over Pinterest. Perhaps you’re in the middle of a similar process. Maybe you’ve started a blog and are facing challenges or you’re thinking about it but not sure if you should. I’m an honest blogger. I like to tell it as it is and not sugar coat my experience. As a result, I’ve come up with 5 common blogging misconceptions that I want you to keep in the back of your mind as you read all of the posts out there.
5 Common Blogging Misconceptions
One: Blogging is Easy
Every day on Pinterest I see pins telling me to start a blog in 15 minutes! Write your blog posts for the month in an hour! And on and on. Yes, buying a domain name and hosting can be done in 15 minutes but a name does not make a blog.
Blogging is hard work. It’s challenging on several levels. There’s so much to learn and things are always changing. Once you start reading more about blogging you’ll read about algorithms and how social media algorithms change all the time. For more in-depth information on exactly what they are, check out this Sprout Social post. As a new blogger, what you need to know is that these algorithms change the amount of traffic you receive from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
When an algorithm or social media platform changes, you have to change too and adapt your blogging and social media strategy. Because of all of these constant changes, you need to always be researching and learning about what’s new out there.
Two: Blogging is a quick and easy way to earn money
Perhaps several years ago when bloggers were just starting out it was a relatively quick and easy way to earn some money. Whether people were selling affiliate products or had advertising all over their site there was a lot less competition and a lot fewer bloggers in the blogosphere.
According to blogging.org each month bloggers produce over 69 million posts per month. And that’s just on WordPress!
With all of these bloggers, it can be difficult to be seen and heard and therefore to make any “easy money”.Which of these common blogging misconceptions have you fallen for? #blogging #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
Three: If you Write it They will Come
Throwback to one of my favourite movies – Field of Dreams…
In my opinion, one of the most common blogging misconceptions is that all you need to do is write your post and the readers will flock to your blog. In all honesty I fell for this initially. I thought as long as I wrote interesting posts people would find them. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
When you’re making your blog plan and determining what to do when, consider the importance of promoting your material in addition to writing it.
Four: It’s Easy to Separate Work, Blogging and Family
This is one of those things I struggle with all the time and I’m sure I’m not alone. I work full time and I’m a full time wife, mom and daughter. All of these roles pull me in different directions all the time.
The separation of work, blogging and family life is also an important issue to consider when putting your posts and social media outreach together. Do you want to use your children’s names? What about their photos?
These aren’t easy questions to answer but questions that need to be considered.
Five: Blogging Doesn’t take up Much Time
As all of the above common blogging misconceptions demonstrate, blogging is not easy and is very time consuming. On the other hand, blogging is fun, creative and a great place to learn new skills. That’s why I continue to spend so much time blogging, writing, growing social media, creating graphics etc.
What common blogging myth did you fall for before you started? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be sharing this post at a few of my favourite link ups and link parties.
To read more blogging tips and tricks check out these posts:
- 11 Must Have WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers
- 5 Things I Hate about Blogging
- Secrets to Blogging Success – a Review of Traffic Transformation
- The Best Blogging Course for New Bloggers – a Review of Blog by Number