Should I Start a Blog? 10 Important Considerations
“Should I start a blog?”
It’s a question lots of people ponder.
Blogging is incredibly popular nowadays, and for many it represents far more than just a hobby. Plenty of individuals make their entire living from blogging, and more than a handful make millions of Dollars. If you’re in any doubt as to just how massive blogging is, take a look at this live counter, showing how many new blog posts are being created – in real time.
If you don’t already have a blog of your own, it’s only natural to wonder if you’re missing out. There are thousands of people out there making money from creating content about things they love. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that?
With that in mind, I’ve put together this article to help you answer the whole “should I start a blog?” question. Blogging is appealing, absorbing and fun – and it can be lucrative too. But in reality, it’s not for everyone. The points below will help you decide whether it’s for YOU.
Should I Start a Blog: The Questions to Ask Yourself
1. Can you Write?
You don’t need to be a trained writer to start a blog, but it certainly helps if you have a way with words, and know your way around grammar and spelling.
The most important thing is having the ability to create articles that people will find interesting and absorbing. If people have previously said “you should write a book” or “you should start a blog,” then that’s obviously a really good sign.
One of the wonderful things about having your own blog is that the style is entirely down to you. You can be factual, comical, sarcastic or satyrical – whatever you’re most comfortable with – so long as you’re writing something people want to read.
2. Are you Patient?
A blog is a long-term project. Sure, you can easily get a site up and a few articles written in the space of a weekend, but growing a blog and making a success of it is a much more lengthy endeavour.
Do you have the patience for this?
Traffic won’t just flood in overnight. And once you’ve had your family and friends check out your first few posts and your stats have settled down, you’re going to have to consistently work on promoting your site and encouraging more people to visit it.
Some people like the idea of blogging, but don’t have the tenacity to work at this part. Patience will determine your level of success.
3. Do you have a Good Niche Idea?
Successful blogs are usually about one specific thing. Yes, you can write about all of your varied interests on one personal blog, but it’s extremely unlikely you’ll make much money from that.
So have a think about which of your hobbies and passions have the makings of a good blog. There are endless niches to consider – from money-making to mountaineering – but you need to choose just one. We have a great article here to help you do that.
4. Are you Passionate About the Topic?
TLC warned us not to go chasing waterfalls. Aspiring bloggers should avoid chasing fads and trends.
Sure, it may seem enticing to start a blog about electric scooters or smarthomes. They’re fashionable things and it’s easy to see some money-making potential in them, but unless you’re genuinely interested in them, your enthusiasm will tail off long before the project starts to pay off.
If there’s an emerging trend you’re obsessed with and knowledgeable in, then that could be a great niche to jump into. Otherwise, it’s definitely wiser to concentrate on topics you’ll still be pleased to write about in years to come.
5. Do you have Some Money to Invest?
Blogs are very cheap projects to get off the ground, but they’re not truly free. We recently did a study on this, and worked out it makes sense to expect to spend around $170 in your first year. If you’re willing to put more into the project, you can buy fancier themes and tools and give yourself a head start.
If you don’t have this money, you can certainly get started for considerably less – but the reality is that there will be some (small) expenses at some point.
6. Do you Have Lots of Content Ideas?
Once you’ve decided what you want to blog about, grab a sheet of paper and try to think of as many article ideas as you can.
If you start to struggle for topics after you’ve only written a handful down, that’s not a great sign. Presumably you want your blog to be around for a long time, so you’re still going to have to come up with content ideas a year from now.
As such, if the inspiration quickly runs dry, it could be worth trying to think of a better subject for your blog. Our free downloadable worksheet will help.
7. Do you have Time? (Or Can you Make Time?)
“Should I start a blog?” is only one question. “Do I have time?” is another one you should ask yourself.
Most of us have busy lives, so fitting in time for a blog can be challenging. With that in mind, it’s worth thinking about when you’re going to write articles, and do all the other things involved in running your new site.
This doesn’t mean you need to have a clear time slot in mind, but it’s sensible to be honest with yourself about how much time you can free up. Perhaps you can spend one less evening each week on the xBox or binging Netflix? Maybe you could get up an hour earlier each day?
The reality is that many successful bloggers make sacrifices to get things going. It’s often very much worth it, but are you willing to do it?
8. Are you Aware of What’s (Truly) Involved?
I cannot emphasise this enough: there’s more to blogging that writing.
You will need to learn about lots of techie stuff, reach out to other bloggers for guest posts and partnerships, research your topics and keywords, do lots of admin, and then – once you start making money – think about stuff like receiving affiliate payments and declaring your earnings.
Running a blog is primarily a creative thing – but it’s a business thing too. Some people are put off by this, so it’s worth deciding where you stand.
9. How are your Computer Skills?
It’s very easy to start a blog, so you needn’t worry if you’re not a technical “guru.” Almost every question you could possibly ask has been asked before and answered – and those answers are only a Google search away.
However, it’s undeniable that you’ll find much of the process a LOT easier if you are technical confident and competent.
10. Are you Excited?
This is probably the most important question if you’re still thinking…should I start a blog?
Do you really WANT a site of your own? Does the idea fill you with inspiration and excitement, or are you only thinking of doing it as a way to make some money? If that’s the case, I’d be inclined to say there are much easier ways.
But if you’re “chomping at the bit” to get started, that’s a great sign. It will show in the work you do and the articles you write, and help you to build an audience.
If you’re excited, get started now! Head over to Dreamhost, arrange some hosting from just $2.59 per month, and get going. It could be your first step along the way to joining the “six figure bloggers!”
Suggested Reading and Resources
- For help with choosing what to call your site, read this article.
- Read this to find some inspirational books on blogging and writing.
- Check out a free trial of KWFinder, if you want to begin researching niches and article idea.