There are so many misconceptions about blogging out there. My ears are full of different assumptions made from a lot of people (non-bloggers and newbies).
When I started blogging in 2017, I also had a handful of assumptions about the blogosphere in general and how it worked. Two solid years of blogging experience under my belt has, in fact, changed my whole perspective about being a blogger.
First of all, I am not a full-time blogger and I don’t think anyone should be one especially when you are just starting out.
Secondly, I run a free blog so there are a few restrictions as regards SEO optimization and other obtainable blogging tools.
I just wanted to share a little background before delving into the top 5 popular blogging misconceptions and myths I have heard and found untrue.
1. BLOGGING IS EASY
I hear this a lot from people and it is laughable, to say the least. This popular misconception has led to the creation of a million blogs which ultimately gets abandoned by their owners after a couple of months because they assumed running a blog was easy-peasy.
It is easy to start-up a blog and slam customized templates on it and whatnot, but to keep a blog running is a herculean task.
2. ALL BLOGGERS ARE RICH
Every time I say I am a blogger, there is always someone who raises an eyebrow to say “Wow, so you are making lots of money right?” Or something along those lines.
Not all blog owners are rich; some are very broke, like me. My blog doesn’t generate any income at all but it doesn’t stop me from generating amazing content for you.
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3. GENERATING AMAZING CONTENT IS ENOUGH
Amazing content doesn’t equate amazing traffic. A lot of newbies assume once they write a dope ass blog post they will have a million people visiting and engaging because the stars and moon informed their prospective readers about their blog; like the way, the stars informed the wise men from the east about baby Jesus.
Have it at the back of your mind that you aren’t baby Jesus so stars won’t help you project your blog in the sky. You are going to have to publicize it everywhere by yourself.
So, therefore, generating amazing content is just one out of many crucial steps needed to keep your blog running.
4. YOUR ESTIMATED FOLLOWERS/FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WOULD DEFINITELY VISIT YOUR BLOG.
I would like to break it to you that generally, we have a poor reading culture. Many people start blogging with the expectation that driving traffic to their blogs would be super easy because they have ×××××453 amount of followers on Twitter or Instagram.
Having a large followership is a great advantage to you but they won’t be visiting your blog as you expect.
5. YOU NEED AN EXPERT TO HELP YOU START-UP YOUR BLOG
You don’t need an expert or a professional to help you create your blog, you can do it yourself and you don’t need to be a computer wizard to pull it off.
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You don’t have to have it all figured out to start off as a blogger. The truth is no one starts off writing good stuff and having amazing traffic.
We all start out having ashy blogs at first thinking it’s awesome and then with time we grow, learn, rebrand and have the audacity to call other upcoming bloggers newbies.
The Blogosphere is an ever-changing world, new tools and ideas keep springing up and thus, bloggers need to keep up with the tides. It is a continuous learning process just like Ernest Hemingway rightly said:
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”