Blogging: The good, The bad and The ugly


Hey there and welcome back to the Unboxxed! Lately, I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos by vloggers about ‘easy’ ways to earn money and one of the most commonly listed methods has been blogging, which I find kind of misleading in a way. As a blogger I can honestly say that there is nothing easy about earning money while blogging. It’s quite literally an uphill battle, that only a handful of bloggers seem to be successful in. That being said I wanted to share my personal thoughts on the good and bad sides of becoming a blogger.

The Good


Truthfully, there are some really good aspects of becoming a blogger, that some people never really consider when they first start.

First, it’s an amazing way to express yourself. Whether you are in need of a creative outlet or you simply just want to vent to the world, blogging will definitely help with that. Personally, I use my blog for both purposes, depending on my mood.

If you are interested in meeting new people, then blogging gives you an opportunity to not only do that, but also to build an active community around your personal interest. Some people think that a blog is simply an online diary, but I like to think of it as a forum that gives people chances to interact with others who are interesting in similar things or have had similar experiences.

While I don’t necessarily agree that blogging is an ‘easy' way to earn money, it is definitely still a good way to earn extra income if you have the time and energy to invest in yourself and your blog. Some bloggers see instant success, by instant I mean earning, thousands of dollars, but others like myself are a bit slower. It really just depends on what you are trying to do with your blog.

There are amazing opportunities that comes with being a blogger/content creator. You will soon find companies reaching out to you to promote cool products that you sometimes get for free. In most cases that you will only receive a large discount, but it’s a great way to try new things. Of course my advice is only to promote products you actually use, because honesty is always the best option for your readers.

The Bad


On the other hand there are still some very negative aspects to blogging that can be mildly irritating.

As I stated before if you want to earn money on your blog, you have to really invest in it. In this case I mean your time and your brain power. It’s not just about what you like, but also what your potential readers like as well as how consistent you are. If you are not the type to push out blog post after blog post then there is definitely no way you will see a huge monetary return.

In the same sense there are situations, in which you want to write, but you can’t. For instance, writer’s block is a huge issue when it comes to blogging. There is literally only so much you can write about and it can be a tad bit overwhelming. Life also has a habit of getting in the way, whether you are just really busy or you are going to hard times, it can be very discouraging.

Another negative side to blogging that people often complain about is the lack of visitors to the blog. This unfortunately has a lot to do with self promotion and consistency. Naturally, if you are not posting then there won’t be anything new for your readers to see. You also have to continuously put yourself out there to get others to visit your blog. Think of blogging like a business, if you don’t advertise, then no one will know it exists.

Finally, there’s the financial drain. Blogging is free. ‘For the most part’. However, what people don’t tell you is that if you want your blog to truly take off then you definitely need to invest a lot into it financially.

A lot of users online are far more interested in visiting sites that actually have an actual domain name like mine www.theunboxxed.com as opposed to something like www.theunboxxed.wordpress.com. It gives them a sense of security and professionalism on your part. You can easily purchase a domain name and the price can often vary depending on where you purchase it from.

Then there is the strain on finding a suitable web host for your domain. Seriously, a domain is just a name. You need a place to operate your site. Of course there are a few free hosts like google and Wix, but they also lack a lot in terms of visibility and being able to fully customize your site. If you are looking to build a professional blog then you definitely want to find a good hosting site, which can cost a quite a bit.

No blog is complete without a good web layout and great photos. Now most hosts, provide basic free layouts for you to use, but in order to look more professional and standout to your readers, you will want to have a web layout professionally made. There are tons of designers out there that sell beautiful templates for sites like blogger and word press and they can typically range from $1 to more than $100. Like I said this truly depends on your personal preferences and needs at the time. Photos for your website can also be found for free, but then you also have to consider usage rights and copyright laws that may or may not apply to you. In this case it is a lot easier to simply purchase quality photos from a stock site. It’s extremely important that you use good, quality photos on your blog because appearances are everything to consumers. However, if you are not ready to invest in stock photos quite yet you can also check out my tips for finding good photo content.

The Ugly


There isn’t really much to this, but they are still things to consider when you are starting a blog.

You definitely want to look out for issues on your site, such as inappropriate/mean comments and security issues that could negatively affect your blog in the long run. This includes, malware links in your comments, hackers and people just generally being awful in your comment sections.

Another issue that good have a huge impact on your blog are the digital laws and requirements, for example, the need to have disclaimers and privacy policies, especially if you are storing personal information of any kind. These are things you need to look into right away so that you don’t get into any legal disputes. This can be extremely costly if you are not careful, so be vigilant my dear future bloggers.

In the long run I am not trying to discourage anyone from starting a blog. I just wanted to be realistic about blogging. It’s not an instant money maker. It’s basically an online business or a giant project that needs constant care and investment to get anywhere. I personally love it because it can be fun and interesting to see how something as simple as a blog can grow and evolve over time.

Until next time.

1 comment

Nico said...

I agree. It’s not easy blogging.