With time, blogging industry is changing its trend, and people are taking blogging as a full-time profession and job.
There are many ways you can be a blogger you can start with your blog, or you can join some blogging company and join their team of bloggers.
However, blogging takes time before it starts making money for you, so don’t just jump into the field of blogging from day one.
The initial period is full of hard-work, dedication, and sometimes frustration. So it is highly advised that don’t leave your day job before making a good amount of money from your blog. Or you should collect backup money of at least 4 to 6 months if you are starting a new business.
Do read: 10 things to consider before becoming a professional blogger.
Today, I will discuss pros and cons of taking blogging as a profession
Five advantages of Professional Blogging
Being a professional blogger myself, I know the advantages of blogging.
And that’s why even after four years of my blogging career, it’s still my professional career.
Here I’m outlining pros about why you should start blogging right away. Most of my point is in the context of professional blogging, but if you are a part-time blogger, you can easily connect yourself to these points.
Become your boss
Unlike any other job, if you are blogging, you don’t need to work from 9-5. You can work at any time of the day and work with your ease.
You are your boss. You are free to do anything. You can plan your work and easily work on it. No boundaries at all.
This is for part-time bloggers.
Remember days when you return from your office, and you want to write an article for your blog.
But, you can’t.
Because you don’t have any energy left. Your boss has sucked all your energy in the office work. So you prefer to sleep instead of working enthusiastically.
Working as a professional blogging will pump up your energy, and you will be able to work more creatively and freely.
Concentration on Work
There is no one give you orders. You can do your work freely. You can easily concentrate on your work and write some posts daily.
You can do your work in an organized manner. Everything becomes so simple, either you are satisfied with your work or criticizing your work.
Easily find clients
If you are providing services such as blog designing, blog consultancy or any other services through your blog, then you can be available all the time for your clients.
You can give more and more time to your clients, and you get more time for finding new customers.
No time limit. No frustrations.
Increase blog revenue
All the points I mentioned above leads to an increment in blog revenue. You can easily surpass your salary. If you are lucky, you can get more and more work. You can earn two or three times more than your day job salary.
Personally, when I left my job for a full-time blogging, I was making more from blogging than my regular job. And now my online income has increased by 10X. However, decide if you can spend 16 hours a day online?
Disadvantages of blogging full-time
You feel alone
This is a common problem, among full-time bloggers. They feel alone. They miss their earlier colleagues. They even miss those people who create problems during work. It is a very bitter truth of blogging.
You have to work alone till you struggle hard and find a new opportunity to expand your work so that you can hire someone. Sometimes this lead to significant frustration.
Therefore, if you are planning a full-time blogging, select a partner and get a room or a small office and work together.
Make sure you maintain a decent balance between social and internet life. Talking to friends on Facebook or IM is not considered as socializing. You should go out and meet friends and be a part of family.
Honestly, I find it hard to do it at times as I like to get everything done online that includes paying bills and shopping. But, if you manage a good balance between social and professional life, you can always move ahead to the next level.
I know many bloggers who struggle with their full time blogging. They love blogging but they don’t have a fix source of income. Some choose freelance writing job for earning money and few choose to depend on their parents to fulfill the need of money.
No work while you are ill
We are human and every human gets ill. This is tough time for those blogger who work alone. They don’t get time to update their blog and it ultimately results in loss of blog income and traffic. Their is no best solution of this problem.
You can either request to your friends to update your blog or you can hire any professional writer to work for you in your bad time.
Blogging requires discipline. Most of the bloggers don’t have a schedule while moving from day job to full time blogging. Sometimes they work during the day and sometimes during the night. This breaks the discipline which a blogger should have while working online. The reason behind this is freedom and plenty of time in life to enjoy every moment of this opportunity.
Attitude and learning:
Blogging is all about being social. You need to answer to people queries and for that reading should be a part of day to day tasks. You need to have some basic skills like SEO, good writing, soft skills to become an A list Blogger.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of blogging. Are you a full time blogger? Have you faced any of the above mentioned factors? Mention your views in a comment section.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth
Over the course of my life, I’ve embraced a number of different hobbies: baseball cards, video games, tennis, art, just to name a few. But none of them have changed my life or brought me as much satisfaction as blogging. In almost too many ways to count, it has changed me and the way I live my life.
In fact, so much so, it has become a hobby I regularly recommend to others. I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes we were making as we began minimizing our possessions. But somewhere along the line, it became less about me writing the story and more about the story changing me.
And while there are many articles written about why you should blog to grow your business or become an expert or make a whole bunch of money—the best recommendations are still found in the personal realization that blogging changes you, the writer.
15 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life
1. You’ll become a better writer. At its core, writing is communication. It is about recording thoughts on paper and compelling others to agree with them. To that end, writing (just like every other form of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life—whether you are creating a book, a presentation, a résumé, or an anniversary card for your spouse.
2. You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all) based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say.
3. You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.
4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—but you’ll see what I mean once you get started.
5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits. Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline. And just to be clear, those are all good things to embrace – they will help you get the most out of your days and life. Since beginning to blog, I have become an early riser, a runner, and can now properly identify my favorite drink at Starbuck’s (Caramel Macchiato). And even if those three habits don’t personally appeal to you, blogging will provide opportunity for new life habits to emerge in yours.
6. You’ll meet new people. Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.
7. You’ll make some money. You don’t need to make money to enjoy blogging. In fact, sometimes making money from your blog can actually start to distract you from the joy that you found in the first place. That being said, whether you make $20/year or $20,000/year, it’s still pretty nice to have a hobby that actually pays you back.
8. You’ll inspire others. Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader. And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others will find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling.
9. You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. And often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place.
10. It’s free. Your blog can begin today without spending a single penny now (or ever). I use WordPress and highly recommend it. With an initial investment of $0, why not give it a shot? Or for just a few dollars/month, you can use your very own domain name. I use and recommend Bluehost.
11. You’ll become more comfortable being known. Blogging introduces yourself to the world. It causes you to articulate the life you live and the worldview behind the decisions that you make. Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000, the blogging process opens up your life to those on the outside. It is a good exercise in human-existence to be known by others. Over time, you’ll reveal more and more of yourself to the outside world… and you’ll be excited to find a world that relates to you and enjoys hearing your story.
12. It’ll serve as a personal journal. Blogging serves many of the same roles as a personal journal. It trains us to be observant and gives weight to the personal growth that we are experiencing. It trains our minds to track life and articulate the changes we are experiencing. Your blog becomes a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.” As a result, it can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire.
13. You’ll become more confident. Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.
14. You’ll find a platform to recommend. We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.
15. It’s quite a rush with every positive comment. There’s a certain little rush that accompanies the immediate positive feedback that you receive every time a reader posts a comment, shares your writing on Facebook, or tweets it out to their Twitter followers. While walking the fine line between finding encouragement in that feedback and obsessing over it may take some time to get used to, it’s far better to find that line than to never seek it out in the first place.
Remember, you don’t need to blog as a means to get rich or as a means to gather a huge following. You don’t even need to blog as a means to change the Internet… the change that a blog will cause in your life is reason enough.
Thank you for making this one of the most popular posts on the Internet today about the benefits of blogging. In response, I have written a helpful guide to getting started, “A Simple, Helpful Guide to Start Your Own Blog.” If you are interested in starting a blog, you will find the information to be both practical and inspirational.
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