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Should I Start A Blog? 5 Simple Questions to Ask

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If you’ve ever wondered, Should I start a blog? – this is for you! We’re giving you 5 questions to ask yourself when thinking about taking the blogging plunge! 

Should I start a blog

To Blog, or Not to Blog.

For many people, that is indeed the question.

For decades, (even centuries?) women have been looking for ways to make money from home. Some of us want a profitable hobby while at home with the kids, others want an income to help support their families. The ability to make money from home, to set your own hours, and to be your own boss is appealing to everyone, and it’s something I think the majority of people wish to someday accomplish.  To some, blogging is an attainable way to reach that goal.

I know first-hand that blogging can be an enjoyable, profitable career.  But I also know it’s not a way to get rich quick.  Just like teaching, accounting, and being a personal chef, blogging is a profession that requires a unique set of skills and it definitely isn’t a right fit for everyone.

If you are in the phase where you are considering whether or not to start a blog yourself, or if you’re trying to decide whether you want to continue with the blog you have, here are 5 questions to consider:

1. Is there something you’re equally good at and passionate about?

Everybody’s blog needs to be about something.  Whether it’s crafts or recipes or couponing or fashion, you need something to talk about.  And there are already a lot of somebodies out there talking about that same something, which means you need to be awesome at it yourself if you want anyone to read what you have to say.

You also need a passion for it. Why? Because otherwise, the novelty wears off quick.  If you’re a chef and you end up feeling like, “ugh, I have to go make a recipe for this upcoming post…” instead of, “yay, I get to cook today,” you’re not going to enjoy this gig one little bit.

2. Are you willing to sacrifice 20 or more {probably way more} hours a week to work on your blog?

Blogging takes time.  Well, let me rephrase.  GOOD blogging takes time.  If you really want to grow and become a force to be reckoned with in the blogging world, you need to create your projects/recipes/outfits, photograph them, edit those photos, write up your posts, then promote the heck out of them on social media once they’re live.  All of that takes time…lots of time.  If you aren’t able or willing to squeeze at least twenty hours of your family’s schedule to work on it, it’s probably not a good fit for you.

3. Do you own and know how to use a good camera?

One of the job requirements of a blogger has become that you’re also a semi-professional photographer.  The world’s best post is going nowhere without awesome photos.  If you don’t have a good camera and take crisp, clear, well-lit photos, you are going to struggle.

4. Can you afford the necessary monthly fees?

While you can certainly start out by paying nothing to start a blog, professional blogging is a whole different ballgame! You will need to pay hosting fees as well as subscription fees to certain sites whose services you want to use… things like PicMonkey, Post Planner, ConvertKit, InfluenceKit, SEMRush, TailWind etc.  Plus, there are other out of pocket fees for participating in and running private giveaways and more.  Are you financially able to make those payments?

5. Are you willing to view this is a business/career?

If you really want to turn your online journal into a professional website, you need to be willing to do everything for this that you would do for a day job. Are you willing to negotiate, to promote, to network, to take financial risks, to meet deadlines, to take professional criticism, and more?

Should I Start a Blog - 5 Things to Consider

Should I Start A Blog?

Before starting a blog, I think a good hard look at these questions will help you put things in perspective and decide if this is a road you really want to take!

Good luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Amy is the original author of this post and most of the words here are from her tutorial that was first published on Somewhat Simple in 2013. Amy is the creative blogger from One Artsy Mama and was a favorite monthly contributor on Somewhat Simple. In 2018, we did a refresh on this post, adding more relevant content and updated tips. We hope you found it helpful! 

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