For the past 8 years I’ve been blogging off and on, and I’ve been fortunate enough to call it my full time job for almost 2 years. Over that time, I’ve encountered everything a blogger possibly could – from extremely amazing opportunities and reaching impossible personal goals to crippling self-doubt and embarrassing mistakes. Being a full time blogger may sound like a glamorous profession, but there are actually quite a few things that I feel no one really knows or thinks about when it comes to blogging.
20 Misconceptions About Blogging
- All bloggers have perfectly immaculate lives/homes/wardrobes/offices/etc.
- What you see online and on Instagram is 100% the full story (when a blogger shares a picture of their perfectly decorated and clean home office, their whole life must be like that 100% of the time, right?)
- The only thing bloggers do is sit around in pajamas all day, typing away at a computer
- Starting a blog is a super easy way to make money instantly
- It only takes one shot to get the perfect blog photo
- All you have to do to be a successful blogger is churn out posts that are quick and pretty
- It really doesn’t take a lot of work to be a blogger
- Once you’ve been blogging long enough, you stop dealing with self-doubt and comparison
- You can’t write blog posts every day long term because you’ll run out of ideas
- Starting a blog just to make money and receive free stuff from brands is a great idea
- Blogging is easy and anyone can do it
- You don’t have to put much thought or effort into your content
- Successful bloggers always have it together and never doubt themselves
- Blog success can happen virtually overnight and doesn’t take much effort or planning
- Once you name your blog and establish a niche, you can never change
- Speaking of niches (topics you blog about), you’re only supposed to stick with one and shouldn’t blog about a bunch of different things
- Blogging is just a hobby and will never be considered a “real” job
- Once one blogger does something, no one else can do it or it will be considered copying
- You can only be a popular blogger if you live in a big city and are friends with a bunch of other popular bloggers
- It takes a ton of traffic and subscribers to make a full time income
What’s a blogging misconception you’ve come across since starting your blog?