3 Myths Vs. Reality for Being a Blogger
There is a wave of “I WANT TO BE A BLOGGER!” going around social feeds. Which, I personally think, is fantastic - blogging is being acknowledged as a profession ( because it IS). The thing that is not so cool is that when you dig deeper into “why”s if choosing this path, the answer is: “it’s so EASY! And you get paid a lot!”
Let me show you some backstage behind it all.
Blogging is easy! Snap a picture, put some words, and you are DONE!
A blogpost takes somewhere around 72-96 hours to produce. The imagery, if done right, takes the biggest chunk of time. When catching the real life moments, the time frame for that can be anywhere from 3 to 24 hours, especially if kids are involved, but it is post-production - selection, editing, etc, that takes the biggest chunk of time. The text of itself, depending on a topic, requires research, revision, etc, which takes 4-6 hours on average. Not so easy, eh?
Blogging is the easiest way to make money.
When you start a blog, unless the stars have it for you to go viral within a day, be ready to put 2-3 years of slaving like a dog before there is a return on your investment of time and effort. Essentially, those first couple of years you work two full time jobs: one - to pay the bills and put food on the table, the other - to make your dreams and visions come true.
And then there is another side that no one thinks about initially.
Just like any business, blogging requires a lot of effort on the back-end to be put in: SEO, website design, etc. So, unless you have a hefty chunk of investment capital to pay someone else to do all of that ( most of us don’t), be ready to spend countless months of sleepless nights to get your blog visible online.
For reference, it took us almost 9 years to get 1 million page views on the blog. We are thrilled today, but that’s not where we started.
I don’t need to waste my time on higher education. I can just start a blog in high school and it will be my job!
Can you make money on blogging without a degree? Sure!
Can you be truly successful without a higher university education? Never.
Higher Education is not just a “waste of time” ( it worries me that many young adults think this way today). It is a safe playground, if you will, to learn the basics of success and TRY your skills without severe consequences. Schools also instill basic skills that are essential for success in future work. And then... as a blogger, you are better to stay on top of things to know everything and more in whatever niche you specialize in. The readers need to have something useful and interesting for them to keep coming back to your blog.
While all of these things does shed a little more light behind the scenes, I will say that in spite of everything, it is rewarding, just like any profession that you love to see the results of your work be appreciated and make a difference for people.