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5 Reasons NOT to Start a Blog

Blogging is fun and challenging and there are lots of reason to start a blog but there are also reasons not to start a blog.

5 Reasons Not to Start a Blog | Biannual Blogathon Bash

Someone Else is Pressuring You To

I love blogging so much that I wish more people I know in real life blogged. So I know I encourage my family and friends to blog because I want them to share in what I do but really, if a family or friend starts a blog just because I won’t stop bugging them to, they aren’t going to get very far with it and it’s not going to build up a readership because they aren’t doing it because THEY want to.

It Seems Easy

It’s not, in general. If you really aren’t worried about how many people read your blog or if there are long breaks in between blog posts, than it’s easy I suppose. But don’t kid yourself, if you don’t care now how many read your blog, you will. You will find things you want to do with your blog that you don’t know how to do. You will want to blog more often than you can seem to find time for. You might get in over your head, it happens. Blogging is fun and challenging, but not easy.

You Want Free Products From Companies

Getting products from companies is fun and helpful if you are on a tight budget but they are not really free as you have to pay for them by evaluating them, taking photos or video, writing a review and promoting the post. Sometimes you host giveaways too which is more work than it sounds like at first. When you first start doing review blogging, it’s tempting to say you got all the products for free but you didn’t. Plus if it’s the only reason you are blogging, you will find your blog gets boring quick and you will eventually get sick of the backlog of products waiting for you to post about them.

You Want to Be Famous

Sure there are some bloggers who are very well known, some may even say famous. Some are in the news, some have their own TV shows or books. However those are a few out of the millions of bloggers out there. What are the chances you will become famous from your blog? Slim to none – sorry to burst your bubble. You should be focusing on the people you want to reach, your desired audience, whether that be 100 people or 100,000.

You Want to Make Lots of Money

The subject of blog monetization is big right now and people DO make money off their blogs, but not everyone will and of those that do, most make meager amounts. Some make enough to cover blogging cots, some make enough to give them a little extra spending money and some make enough to help pay bills. Very, very few, make enough to live off of.

Good Reasons to start a blog usually involve helping others, sharing knowledge, making connections, documenting life, content marketing for business etc.

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3 Online Tools for Bloggers You Might Not Know About

3 Online Tools for Bloggers That You Might Not Know About | Biannual Blogathon Bash

Bloggers who have been around for a while probably are familiar with some online tools that can be useful with regards to blogging such as Hubspot Marketing Grader (if you aren’t familiar with that, get familiar) or Hootsuite.

Here are 3 Online Tools for Bloggers you might not know about.

Blog Social Analyzer

You can use the Blog Social Analyzer to check your own blog or someone else’s to see a few key facts such as Alexa, Mozrank and Domain Authority but also to see how much social media sharing is going on. Use it to evaluate yourself or to see if shares are common on a blog you are thinking of guest posting on.

Blog Social Analyzer Tool

NameChk

NameChk is used when you are planning a new website/blog to see if the name you are thinking of is taken on any social media or not. You will want to brand your site and to do so, you will want your brand’s name on your social media accounts. It checks 158 social media sites although by default it just shows the most popular ones. Just type in your ideal username to see what’s taken. It also suggests some available domain names.

Use Namechk.com to see if your desired username is taken on popular sites

Dark Room

Dark room is pretty much what it sounds like.  It calls up a dark room so you can concentrate on your writing without all the distractions. It’s a minimalist text editor that by default is green text on black. You can set it to auto save and then type away to your heart’s content. Focus on adjusting the layout of it and adding images after when you copy and paste it into your usual editor. You can edit the preference to your liking including colour, font and size. the only downside I see is when you install it, it tries to install extras like toolbars and such. So don’t just click install on every window that comes up. Read what it says and choose decline for all of those. When it talks about toolbars, choose advanced setup and unselect the toolbar options to JUST install Dark Room.

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