Start by looking at the things you love about blogging, the things you hate, and the awful things that keep you up at night.
This article will give you a fresh outlook on why you are producing a blog after blog each day.
All bloggers go through a phase of doubting themselves; it is a phase and will pass.
The next time you are sitting at your computer, wondering what to write about, remember you are not alone.
Blogging – The Good
The positives are always the best place to start, and always have been, so let’s start there:
It’s Your Website!
One of the best things about starting your blog is it’s yours! It is 100% yours; you have the total creative freedom to choose everything about your website.
You can choose the blog’s name. What the website is about, what articles to include, what pictures to have, and anything else you want to include.
You Help People Across The World
Blogs can reach readers across the globe. People you will never meet can become regular readers of your story. Knowing strangers want to see what you have to say is a great feeling.
Be Your Own Boss And Having A Flexible Schedule
You get to be your own boss; you decide your priorities and deadlines; each decision is yours. Your schedule can be as flexible or inflexible as you like.
You get to choose how many hours a week you want to blog. You decide what time you start and finish, and which days you work.
Having a flexible schedule means you do not miss family events or the kid’s sports carnivals.
Blogging allows you to spend time doing the things you love.
You Can Choose Where To Work
Being your own boss allows you to make your own decisions, including where you work. You can blog from anywhere, at any time.
If you love traveling, then become a travel blogger and see the world.
You can see all those places listed on your bucket list while earning a modest living blogging.
Be Financially Independent
When you start, it’s hard to imagine that by creating a blog and doing something you enjoy, you can make money.
Making money from blogging is not easy, don’t imagine for one minute that you are going to get rich quick.
To be successful as a blogger, you need patience, persistence, and a positive attitude.
If you have these qualities, then you can potentially make a significant amount of money.
You can make money from your blog by placing ads on your sidebar and in your content. You can also advertise someone else’s products (affiliate marketing), and include sponsored content.
Now to the bad side of blogging, there are days when you will want to give up.
Things won’t go to plan, and blogging day after day can become frustrating.
It Can Impact On Your Home Life
Blogging can cut into the time you would spend with your family.
You’ll start a new article, with the intention of it only taking an hour. The next minute you realize you’ve been sitting at your computer for three hours missing out on an evening with your husband.
Blogging will take up a large chunk of your time in the early days.
Comparing Your Blog To Everyone else’s!
When you’ve been writing unique, well-thought-out, and engaging content, it is difficult not to compare your website to other bloggers’ sites.
It’s discouraging when someone else’s blog is receiving over 50,000 views a month, compared to your 5,000 page views a month. You wonder what they are doing that you aren’t.
Stop this now; they are probably six months ahead of you, they may have been producing ten articles a week, instead of the five you are publishing. All these factors will impact on the number of viewers you receive.
Finding Your Creativity Week After Week.
When you’ve been writing for a while, your ideas can dry up, and your writing becomes less creative and passionate. Your chosen niche may be boring you, and you feel like you need a break.
Instead of sitting there, letting frustration take hold, outsource. Pay someone else to write for you. They will write in a fresh, exciting way that might help increase the traffic to your site.
It might not be your writing that is suffering. You may be getting discouraged that the photos you take to include in your blog are uninteresting.
You can buy images from one of the many image sites, or you could sign yourself up for a photography course.
People Can Be Unkind!
It may be shocking to some people that some comments about their work may not always be positive. For the first few times, you receive comments that aren’t complimentary, take stock, and move on.
Unfortunately, not everyone will love your content and believe in the same things that you believe in.
Finally, let’s talk about the ugly side of blogging. Yes, there is an ugly side, which hopefully you will never experience.
Trolls Are Awful!
You are happily going about your business, writing, and publishing excellent content. Then one day, you read comments, calling you an idiot. Or it could be something even worse like that you need to die because of your opinions, or your children are unlucky to have a mother like you. The list goes on.
The first time this happens will take you by surprise; they can be hurtful. A person who doesn’t even know you have taken time out of their day to write such things.
Instead of getting angry, you need to realize it’s not you; this happens to the majority of bloggers. Shake it off, and know that it’s their problem, not yours, and carry on.