The Truth About Blogging: 5 Things Bloggers Don’t Tell You

This is the truth about starting a blog…

You’re here because you’re thinking about starting a blog, right?!

So you’re reading everything you can find about blogging and how to start a blog because you want to be prepared and know “everything”.

Well, let me tell you one thing, no matter how much research you do and how many articles you read, you’ll never know “everything” and be prepared. (I’ve been in the blogging world for 6 years and there are still many things I don’t know!)

You won’t know what blogging is actually like until you start your own blog.

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And that’s part of the fun of blogging.

Stepping into the unknown and learning things along the way.

But the thing is that a lot of people start a blog with this idea that they will get popular and rich overnight.

I’m sorry to tell you that that won’t happen.

It will take you months and years to start getting real traffic and start making money.

It might never happen. (yes, really)

But that’s why I’m here.

To tell you the truth about starting a blog to make money!

After reading this post you might decide not to start a blog (and that’s okay!) or it might help you start a blog that will allow you to quit your job and blog full time.

The truth about starting a blog

1. Most blogs fail within the first year

Yep, you read that right!

So many blogs are created every day but most of them don’t survive the first year.

The majority of people give up blogging after a few months.

Why?

Because they realize that it’s not what they thought it would be. 

Some people get bored of it and realize blogging is not for them, and that’s totally okay.

Not everything is for everyone.

You try something, see it’s not for you and you move on, you go and try other things until you find something you really enjoy.

But the majority of people who give up on their blogs is because of the time and work that goes into it.

Just writing an article takes anywhere between 2 hours and a few days (depending on how much research you need to do, how long it is, taking photos, etc.)

Writing articles is just one tiny part of running a blog.

2. Making money takes a lot of work

If you want to start a blog because you read one of those “I made $10,000 blogging last month” posts you can stop yourself right now.

Because you won’t make that kind of money in your first month of blogging.

Probably not even in your first year.

Behind every “I made $10,000 blogging last month” post is a LOT of time and work.

That blogger worked really hard and invested a lot of time (and money) in their blog to be able to reach that number.

With their income report, you just see how much money they made and what they did that month.

What you don’t see is all the work they put the month before or the year before.

And those things are what led them to that!

3. Not every blog will make money

I just said that it takes time and work to make money with your blog but that’s not a guarantee that you will make money.

Just because you started a blog doesn’t mean you will make money.

There are so many things and factors that determine whether you’ll make money blogging or not.

The first thing is your NICHE.

Because some niches are more profitable than others.

So when you’re choosing your niche, you need to keep in mind how popular and profitable it is.

The more profitable the niche is, the bigger are the chances of making money.

Choosing a profitable niche is not enough to make money.

You also need to learn how to make money blogging.

Learning how affiliate marketing works and how to write content that sells or how to pitch brands is very important for making money blogging.

4. There is A LOT more to blogging than you think

A lot of people, when they hear the word “blogging” think that all you do is just write content and that readers and money just come to you. (I wish!)

But that’s far from the truth.

A lot more goes into blogging than just writing posts.

Things like SEO, social media, email list and using google analytics are all very important and you need to work on them and understand them from day one.

5. Blogging is lonely

And the last truth about blogging is that being a full-time blogger is lonely.

The majority of your time as a blogger you spent at home in front of your computer.

You spend a lot of time working alone without any contact with real people, except for the people you live with. (unless you live alone)

And that’s not for everyone.

Some people are fine with working alone.

While others need human contact.

They need a workplace environment where they go and have people around.

So if you’re thinking about being a full-time blogger, this is something you need to think about.

You need to see whether you can handle being alone a lot and working in your own time.

Final thoughts on blogging for money

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into running a blog and turning it into a full-time job.

There is nothing easy or quick about it.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start a blog. Or that you can’t “make it”.

If you enjoy blogging and want to turn it into a business, you CAN do that.

If you work hard and don’t give up you can make blogging your full-time job.

It could take you 6 months but it could also take you 6 years to see real money.

Everyone’s path is different and there are so many things that have an impact on how long it will take you to turn it into a business.

Things like your niche, how much time you have to spend on your blog every day, if you have experience in things like SEO, social media, etc. and so much.

But the important thing is to not give up and keep going.

It’s also important to constantly learn and try new things.

Because knowledge is power!

If, after reading all of this, you still want to start a blog you can follow my step-by-step guide on starting a blog or enroll in my FREE course below.

The Truth About Blogging: 5 Things Bloggers Don’t Tell You

18 thoughts on “The Truth About Blogging: 5 Things Bloggers Don’t Tell You”

  1. Hi Valentina,

    Your blog has a lot of helpful information. I’m new to blogging and I’ve only been doing it for four months. So far I haven’t made any sales, but my traffic goes up and down. I can’t wait to read more about your blogging journey. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    • Thank you so much, Shanae!
      You are just starting out so just focus on creating amazing content and promoting your blog and you’ll start seeing results soon xx

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  2. Thank you, this was very helpful. I’m in the research stage right now. My initial intent is not to be profitable, but to fill a need in my community. I am hoping a small amount of profit will eventually follow.

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    • Thank so much, Kate!
      I’m so glad this post was helpful to you.
      Good luck with your blogging journey!
      If you need help with starting your blog, I have a detailed blog post you can check out 🙂

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  3. Hello Valentina. I like your style!

    I’m currently putting a post together about the type of hype to look out for if you’re thinking of starting a blog and came across your post. There are many people flouting the “blogging is easy” line or selling on a get rich quick mentality. It’s very irritating.

    Starting (and continuing) a blog can be a truly wonderful thing to do, but telling people something they want to hear and not the reality, just to sell courses more easily, is pretty irresponsible to be honest.

    It’s always nice to see someone else telling it like it is!

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    • Thank you so much for reading.
      I totally agree. Blogging is a wonderful thing but, like everything else in life, it has both positive and negative sides. We should, of course, focus on the positive but important to acknowledge the negative as well.

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