I recently did a talk for Writing Hacks Academy a week ago to discuss the Popular Blogging Myths that aspiring bloggers need to know about.
It was a really delightful experience and probably one of the easiest interviews that I have ever done in my entire blogging career. Miss Jonah Chipeco was such a gracious host that it felt more like a talk with a friend rather than a Facebook LIVE watched by hundreds of people.
Myth # 1 - Blogging is EASY.
Blogging is hard work. When you blog for an audience or blog with a brand, it's hard work. You need to ensure that your blog is aesthetically pleasing, easily understood, and loads fast.
On top of that, you need to constantly churn out new content on a regular basis to keep yor readers coming back again and again.
Myth # 2 - Not everyone can be a blogger.
Contrary to popular belief, everyone CAN be a blogger. After all, a blog is really just an online diary and anyone can maintain an online diary. HOWEVER, not everyone can be a good blogger and not everyone can be a successful blogger.
Myth # 3 - Blogging is EASY money.
It's almost impossible to make a lot of money on the first year of being a blogger. Unless you are very lucky and you did an intense research on the very specific niche that you are getting into, do not expect to make a lot of money on your first year.
Successful, money making blogging involves a lot of ground work from coming up with content, planning the photo, writing the article, syndicating the article, and promoting it on different social media platforms to ensure reach.
Afterwards, you need to ensure that you reply to any engagement that your post would have generated which means replying to comments, retweets, and likes.
You CAN make money but it will take a while for you to get to the point where you are making money.
Myth # 4 - Blogging does not require proper grammar because it is just an online diary.
If you are just blogging for yourself, then there's no need to worry about grammar and spelling. However, when you start blogging for an audience, then you need to be responsible about how you convey your message because you may have impressionable readers and a good blogger knows that with power comes responsibility.
Myth # 5 - Blogging is just writing.
A successful blogger knows that there's always room for improvement and that there's always room for innovation. A successful blogger is always on the lookout on how to improve his blog, his writing, and the photos, that he publishes on his blog.
You can watch the full video here. Hope you learned something. If you have other myths that you would like debunked, please feel free to share them on the comments below.
These are common myths that I thought about when I first started my blog, before I quickly how wrong I was! These are great myths that every new blogger needs to know and understand before jumping into the field!ReplyDelete
One of the reasons I hate telling people I am a blogger is because they perceive me as all of the above. It is so frustrating. It is a very hard job but can be rewarding if done right and over time.ReplyDelete
These are the reasons I held back for so long to start a blog. It takes a lot of time and hard work but it's also rewarding!ReplyDelete
Glad you shared these with us..these myths sounds quite interesting and helpful one indeed...great work though...ReplyDelete
I love when people think blogging is easy and you can make money easy. It is HARD and there is so much hustle involved!ReplyDelete
These points are so true, thanks for sharing. Especially the blogging is easy part! it's definitely not easy.ReplyDelete
These things are so very true. Blogging is a lot of hard work and LOTS of hours of time.ReplyDelete
Myths really are apparent in everything! Even in blogging, myths exist.ReplyDelete
Thank you for explaining blogging isnt easy. It can be time consuming and a lot more than people understand.ReplyDelete
So true. Blogging is definitely not for the faint .ReplyDelete
Thank you for the informartion. This will surely very helpful for the bloggers, especially the upcoming onesReplyDelete
Totally agree with you on that. Those are some great tips especially for those new to blogging. Nothing beats personal experiences.ReplyDelete