I get asked by a lot of my friends if, after all the work that I do, if making a blog is worth it. I wanted to answer that question with a post because it’s a valid question. A blog is career. It’s something that starts off slow, you have to grow it. If you’re monetizing your blog it could be a year before you see any results as far as money coming in. It’s tough when you’re starting out and you write post after post and see no traffic to your site, but for all the downsides there are way more up sides.
I know that started off a little negative but I want to be honest. I’m not here to convince you to blog, I’m not going to strong arm you into doing something you don’t want to do. I’m simply here to tell you the pros and cons. I want to show you my point of view. So if you’re still with me so far and you’ve found yourself wondering, “should I make a blog?” My answer is yes.
What’s so great about a blog?
Well friend, there are a few answers. The first and most important for me is that I can say whatever I want. I structured this blog around helping others escape their jobs via blogging because that’s what I wanted to do. In my space I am king. I’m not saying that to sound cocky but think about your last day at work. Were you the CEO or did you have to do what someone else told you? Even if you are the CEO, can you just go on vacation for six weeks without telling anyone? Probably not.
Communication. I get to communicate with an audience that I picked. Imagine choosing your coworkers. It’s awesome to write content for people who are already looking for an answer that you have the ability to provide! I get to be proud of what I write because I’m helping people. The reason I encourage discussion in the comments is that I want to know what YOU think. I want to hear your ideas of future posts and if you need help I want to help you.
Passive income. Imagine going to bed and as you sleep someone sneaks $200 under your pillow. That’s what happens when you have a successful blog. Now that doesn’t mean that I’m filling my content with spammy links or offering bogus get rich quick schemes but when I have the opportunity to share a tool that I use, I do.
Best of all is the ability to take control of your time and your money at the same time. Most jobs require a lot of time and a fixed location. Blogging is not a job that requires you to trade time for dollars. It’s true that you will put more time into it at first and you probably won’t see a return for quite a while but once the scale tips you will be rewarded for your hard work and you will be able to write on your terms wherever, you want.
Okay so now you know why I started a blog, but why should you?
It’s sort of hard to explain why you should start a blog. There are reasons like making more money to support your family, venting your feelings, finding an outlet for your cooking passion. My blog is about learning the skills and tools required to replace your job with your blog because that’s what I want to share with the world. Whatever your reason is, if you’re reading this then chances are good that you asked the internet if you should start a blog. If you did then I encourage you to give it a try. I say give it six months and if you aren’t totally hooked then ditch it. I think you’ll probably love it in the end.
As I mentioned earlier I really encourage you to let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you have any questions let me know. You can also email me at Rob@TheRunawayBlogger.com if you want to start a blog but you don’t know where to start.
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Hey there! I'm Rob, owner and blogger in chief of TheRunawayBlogger. I love talking to people about their blogs and I also love helping people make money! I spent a lot of time trying to get out of my 9-5 and I've picked up some tricks, so stick around and feel free to leave a comment.