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Signs You Should NOT Start a Blog
Are you wondering if you should start a blog or not?
I already wrote a blog post about the signs you SHOULD start a blog, so be sure to check that out. But today I wanted to talk about the signs you shouldn’t start a blog. Because the truth is, blogging is not for everyone!
I love being a full time blogger and I make a great income from it.
But just like there are many businesses out there that I wouldn’t be any good at, there are some signs that blogging may not be the right fit for you.
If you already know that you DO want to start a blog, head on over to my step-by-step guide on how to start a blog in under an hour.
Without further ado, here are the signs you should NOT start a blog.
1. You Don’t Enjoy Writing
Let’s get this out of the way first, because it’s a big one!
The simple fact is, if you don’t enjoy writing, you should not start a blog.
There’s a LOT more to running a successful blog than just writing blog posts. But there’s no getting around the fact that writing IS a big part of it.
If you don’t enjoy writing at all and it takes you hours just to get a few paragraphs written, then it’s safe to say that you are going to struggle with blogging.
Now, you don’t need to be an amazing writer to succeed at blogging. I’m certainly not, and many of the most successful bloggers out there aren’t either. You just need to LIKE writing, and have a decent grasp of how to convey information to your readers in an engaging, easy-to-understand way.
No one would nominate my writing for the Pulitzer Prize, and that’s okay!
The most important thing is that I like doing it. If you can’t stand writing, then a blog is simply not the right type of online business for you.
2. You Aren’t Tech-Savvy… at All
Another sign that you shouldn’t start a blog? You aren’t tech-savvy at all.
Once again, you don’t need to be a tech whiz to start a blog, just like you don’t need to be an incredible writer. But you need to have a LITTLE bit more tech knowledge than the average person, and a willingness to learn more.
I actually do have a background in technology thanks to my college degree, but the funny part is that none of what I studied transfers over to blogging.
I self-taught myself EVERYTHING. When you start a blog, you’ll need to become familiar with the WordPress platform, learn how to install and customize a WordPress theme, set up Google Analytics, and more.
Does that all sound daunting to you? I promise it’s not!
However, if you struggle with everything related to technology and try to avoid it as much as possible, then starting a blog probably isn’t for you.
3. You Get Bored Easily
If you get bored easily and struggle with consistency, you should not start a blog.
The thing about blogging is that you need to be comfortable with writing about the SAME topic (or topics) over and over for years to come.
Now, you don’t have to limit yourself to a micro-niche blog if you don’t want to. For some people, starting an extremely specific niche blog is a good idea, especially if you’re REALLY passionate or knowledgeable about one particular topic. However, many bloggers don’t want to limit themselves that much.
That’s why you can also start a multi-niche lifestyle blog covering several different topics, giving you more room for creativity.
Even then, you’ll need to be consistent when it comes to publishing regular content on your blog and know that you’re in it for the long haul.
Which brings me to my next sign…
4. You Want a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
Spoiler alert, get-rich-quick schemes don’t work.
Anyone who claims otherwise IS lying to you. There’s no type of business that you can start that is guaranteed to make money for you overnight.
So if you think blogging is going to be your ticket to making $100,000 in the next month, just know that it’s not going to happen, and you probably shouldn’t start a blog. Making money from blogging is a long-term game.
I was lucky enough to make money blogging in my first month, but that’s not the norm for everyone. It also took me six months to make over $1,000 a month. And even longer than that to make a comfortable full time income from blogging.
So you should NOT start a blog if you want to make money right away.
I personally think blogging is a great business to start with extraordinarily low risk and a low start-up cost (you can easily start a blog for under $100.) It also has a very high potential for profit. But it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme.
5. You Aren’t Good at Managing Your Time
Finally, you shouldn’t start a blog if you aren’t good at managing your time, working on your own, and motivating yourself independently.
Blogging isn’t like a 9-to-5 job where someone is telling you exactly what to do and when to do it, and paying you a fixed amount of money every two weeks.
There’s a lot of freedom with blogging, but that can also be a curse.
In order to be successful, you MUST be self-motivated and have excellent time management skills. The only person telling you what to do is YOU. You set your own schedule and determine how much work you get done.
One of the biggest perks of being a full time blogger is that I can work from anywhere in the world as long as I have my laptop. I can set my own hours and work from the comfort of my own home. I can travel the world as much as I want.
But that also means I have to manage my own time and make sure I’m doing what I need to do so that I can keep earning money from blogging.
If you can’t handle this, blogging (or any type of entrepreneurship) is not for you.
Signs You SHOULD Start a Blog
So these are the top signs that you should NOT start a blog.
If you’ve made it this far and still feel like starting a blog is for you, then don’t forget to check out my other post about the signs you SHOULD start a blog.
And if you get through that and you’re ready to get started?
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