Pros and Cons of Blogging

There are so many blogs on the interwebs today. But for just as many active blogs out there, there are probably more that start with all intentions of joining the blogging world and end up burning out in the first couple weeks or months. Blogging isn’t “easy” by any means. There’s a lot more to it than appears on the surface.

I’ve been blogging for a little over 3 years now, and still don’t consider myself an “expert.” In fact, I’m  still learning more about it every day. There’s no “rule book” to blogging, every blogger has their own process, thoughts, etc. but I think this pros/cons list is something that all bloggers can relate to across the board.

If you’re thinking of starting a blog, consider this list of pros and cons before pulling the trigger.

PROSEasy to Start – Signing up for a blog is very easy. With a few clicks, you’re there! Free pre-made templates through Blogger and WordPress are available and the interface (at least speaking to Blogger) for adding posts is very easy to understand.

Experiences – There are so many experiences blogging has given me that I never would’ve been able to have otherwise. Partnerships with companies, “freebies,” invites to events, etc. This is the part most visible (and enticing) to non/new bloggers.New Friends/Connections – The blogging community is legit and new friendships are formed pretty quickly, whether it’s locally, across the country, or across the world. It’s pretty cool what doors blogging opens!

Creative Outlet – Blogging is a great way to unleash creativity with things like writing, photography, or videos. It’s where you can express yourself!

CONS

It’s time consuming – Putting a good post together, promoting your posts via social media, keeping your blog’s look fresh, connecting with other bloggers and brands. There is SO much that goes into blogging, it’s essentially a full-time job (in addition to your regular “day job” – if you have one).

Expenses – You can absolutely blog on the cheap by taking advantage of Blogger’s free platform and templates. But if you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, purchasing your own custom domain ($10/year) and your own template are a must.

Content Curation – Every blogger has come across the running low on post ideas problem. Especially if they’ve been around for awhile. Some days countless ideas will flow, and others, you’re scrambling to figure out what to write about.

Fellow bloggers, do you relate? Any others to add to the list?

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  • I often think of this when I’m up to the crazy hours in the morning perfecting a post and wondering why we all do it. The pros definitely outweigh the cons but it definitely takes a ton of work!

    • Agreed! It’s definitely not what I thought it would be when I first decided to start blogging. I love it though!

  • I often think of this when I'm up to the crazy hours in the morning perfecting a post and wondering why we all do it. The pros definitely outweigh the cons but it definitely takes a ton of work!

  • since blogging sometimes i’m like i should quit, happens when I feel uninspired, but the majority of the time I love it. xx lovejoystyles.com

    • The uninspired phase is the worst! I hope you pull through it quickly next time!

  • since blogging sometimes i'm like i should quit, happens when I feel uninspired, but the majority of the time I love it. xx lovejoystyles.com

  • yes! and it also depends on your intentions/desires/goals for blogging. some people are totally down with just having like a “this is my life” blog, and others are like $$$$$…. so i feel like it definitely depends on the intentions.

    • That’s very true! This list is def more geared toward the “this is my life blog!”

  • yes! and it also depends on your intentions/desires/goals for blogging. some people are totally down with just having like a "this is my life" blog, and others are like $$$$$…. so i feel like it definitely depends on the intentions.

  • Definitely hear you on the expenses! Since my blog is very locally focused, not only do I pay for my domain and hosting, but I find myself constantly spending money on dining out to get content for my blog. I can’t complain though…the food is just too good! ;-)

    • Ugh, girl I’m with you! It’s all for a good cause though :)

  • Definitely hear you on the expenses! Since my blog is very locally focused, not only do I pay for my domain and hosting, but I find myself constantly spending money on dining out to get content for my blog. I can't complain though…the food is just too good! ;-)

  • Agreed! It's definitely not what I thought it would be when I first decided to start blogging!

  • That's very true! This list is def more geared toward the "this is my life blog!"

  • The uninspired phase is the worst! I hope you pull through it quickly next time!

  • Ugh, girl I'm with you! It's all for a good cause though :)

  • Great list! I think a lot of people overestimate how much time and money we need to invest if we want a great (visually looking) blog with wonderful content. As a travel blogger I obviously travel because I love to, but I’m always thinking about what I can do/visit in order to get better content or buy new things (such as a go pro) to create better videos and photos!

    xo – Naomi in Wonderland

  • Great list! I think a lot of people overestimate how much time and money we need to invest if we want a great (visually looking) blog with wonderful content. As a travel blogger I obviously travel because I love to, but I'm always thinking about what I can do/visit in order to get better content or buy new things (such as a go pro) to create better videos and photos!

    xo – Naomi in Wonderland

  • I completely relate! I’m still so happy I started my blog, but some days the cons feel a little overwhelming!

  • I completely relate! I'm still so happy I started my blog, but some days the cons feel a little overwhelming!