13 Pros and Cons of Blogging: What You Need to Know

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13 pros and cons of blogging

Janice Wald and Simon Morris

Do you know the pros and cons of blogging?

Today’s guest post takes a different format.

Guest author Simon Morris shares the disadvantages of blogs while I share the advantages of blogs.

By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know 13 pros and cons of blogging. This post explains 11 advantages of blogs and 2 disadvantages of blogs.

Let’s get started.

Pros and Cons of Blogging

Advantages of Blogs

You meet interesting people from all over the world.

One of the countries I receive the most readers from is India. I’ve never been to India and have no foreseeable plans to do so.

I would never have had the chance to meet people from India, Canada, Pakistan, and other places I don’t frequent.

Yet, thanks to blogging, I get to converse with people from those countries and many more.

You meet people from all walks of life.

People are so fascinating, and we get to meet them and interact with them through our blogs.

Did you ever have any blog readers in prison? I did. Through him, I learned how inmates are able to blog by going through certain channels. He explained that protocol on his blog.

You make great blogging friends.

Bloggers make the greatest of friends. I believe by virtue of the trade, they genuinely care about others with a depth you don’t find in many places.

You don’t blog in isolation.

You have a support network to help you on your blogging journey. As a matter of fact, we have many communities here at Mostly Blogging. For example, we have an active Link Exchange to help you boost your SEO.

Your perspective improves.

When you meet people from all sorts of backgrounds, you learn there are less fortunate people than yourself. For example, one of my first blogging friends, Donna, is a victim of multiple strokes and her blog is devoted to helping stroke victims like herself.

Your knowledge increases.

When you read and learn new techniques, you become wiser.

In fact, I spend every evening before bed reading articles on Flipboard.com about blogging and other topics.

Related Reading: How to See a 10x Growth in Your Blog Traffic Now with Flipboard

Your disposition improves.

You need to learn to get along with all personalities. You can’t be thin-skinned if you’re a blogger. When you put yourself out there on the internet, you might find yourself with critics.

Your self-esteem improves.

When you receive comments from people all over the world complimenting you and expressing their gratitude to you, there is no greater adrenaline rush.

Your time-management improves.

Any blogger is a busy blogger. I should know. I run a blog, monetize my blog, and work outside the home full-time as a teacher.

You learn to accomplish more by doing less.

Your skills improve.

For example, your writing improves.

The more you do something, the better you get.

As motivational coach Tony Robbins explained, “Repetition is the mother of skill.”

I’ve noticed my writing improving the more I blog, and I hold four degrees.

You might find your graphic design and photography skills improving as well if you design your own graphics and take your own photos for your blog.

“Repetition is the mother of skill.” @TonyRobbins

You have an opportunity to make money.

When a great number of people congregate in a place, there is money to be made.

According to 2020 statistics, 77% of all internet users read blogs.

That is an enormous potential for you to tap as you try to monetize your blog.

For example, you can try to monetize your landing pages.

You could also try to make money by putting ads on your site.

Note: If you need help with blog monetization, Mostly Blogging Academy offers affordable courses.

Disadvantages of Blogs

Simon Morris

You have blogging bills.

According to Simon,

“In case you’re a blogger and aren’t sure on the off chance that you have to cover charges, it will rely upon whether you’re profiting with your blog and whether you consider your blog a business or a pastime. 

As a business, you are likewise ready to deduct certain costs.”

Do you report your expenditures? Were you aware you can cover your blogging expenses? I give my accountant my blogging expenses each year. Last year, I got money back on my taxes! This is due to the fact that my costs exceeded my blogging income.

Simon continued:

“It ought to be noticed that it isn’t commonly a smart thought for your costs to exceed your pay outside of your first year.

I suggest looking for proficient guidance from a bookkeeper or accountant.”

Injury risks.

I bet you’re wondering what kind of injuries could happen to you.

You could get injured in a number of ways:

  • eye strain
  • back strain
  • shoulder pain

These are just three of the health risks you are vulnerable to when you spend a great deal of time staring at a computer.

Simon added injuries you could get from carrying or even pushing your chair or equipment:

“Overexertion injuries are supposed to be the most common injuries that occur pushing, lifting, pulling, holding, or even carrying.”

Simon continued to add injuries you could receive when you blog out of your home:

“There could be different types of injuries including fall, trip, and slip injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and even machine entanglement injuries.”

Trip injuries: Have you ever tripped over your computer cords?

Repetitive motion injuries: Could bloggers get carpal tunnel?

Are you a blogger who works creating content as a staff member of a company?

If you get injured, the company has Workers Compensation.

Ask to see a doctor without delay.

According to Simon,

“Prompt reporting would lead to immediate medical intervention and that ensures that there would be no unnecessary and undesirable delays in getting the Workers’ Comp benefits. Always contact an experienced attorney .” 

In the event you live in New York, Simon recommends Queens New York workers compensation attorney for quick solutions.

State law determines whether you must go to the company doctor or you can go to your own doctor.

According to Simon, some states insist you start with the company doctor and then let you switch to your own health-care professional in the event you’re not happy.

When you go to the doctor, if they ask if your injury was work-related, say “yes.”

Are you a freelancer who creates content when jobs become available?

Are you a hobby blogger?

In the last two cases, you would go to your health provider and use your medical insurance to cover the costs.

Wrapping Up: Pros and Cons of Blogging

Takeaways:

In this post, you learned the pros and cons of blogging and important medical tips in case you are injured either as a hobby blogger or professional blogger.

Readers, please share so both professional and hobby bloggers learn the pros and cons of blogging and these other vital tips.

I look forward to your answers in the comments: When I wrote the advantages of blogs, I wrote from memory. Did I forget any? Are there any other pros and cons of blogging you can add to this list?

This post was made possible by the support of our readers.

  1. Moss Clement | at 3:42 am

    Hi Janice and Simon,
    I appreciate you guys taking the time to spell out the benefits of blogging and the seeming disadvantages that come with it. However, no matter what the con’s maybe, even if there are more which you forgot to include, I bet you that the pro’s outweigh the con’s.
    In fact, one of the things that make life beautiful and worth living is relationship building. Blogging gives you all that. It was through blogging that I met you and other awesome people who have been a blessing to me and my blogging journey.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pranav | at 9:09 am

    Hi Janice, Simon … I would like to add a perspective that I witness in the blogging field. That is of…Fame.
    An example has been set out by the number of bloggers, wannabe bloggers referring to a blogging domain in India. So much so the blog has become a go-to manual for anything to do with elements of Digital Marketing.
    I have started writing for three sports focussing Indian sportspersons. And I realize as if a witness during my deep research, how a player has come up the ranks in his game and life.
    I Understand blogging is also about presenting your perspective to guide, update with a perspective. You feel that exceptional inside, of having created and presented a blog in a composed and charming manner. You feel good about yourself having expressed a topic in elan. And you feel so even without external appreciation.
    Pranav recently posted…AKASHDEEP SINGH : LINKMAN TO GOALS & GLORYMy Profile

  3. Pousse Management Services | at 1:34 am

    Great post. Articles that have meaningful and insightful comments are more enjoyable, at least to me.It’s interesting to read what other people thought and how it relates to them or their clients, as their perspective could possibly help you in the future.

  4. Philip Verghese Ariel | at 1:38 pm

    Hi Janice, and Simon
    What an amazing share, 🙂
    I could very well relate to many of the things mentioned in this post.
    Of course, the pros are more than the cons!

    The advantage in blogging are many, yes we can have a vast engagement with a great number of like minded people.

    This is one of the main achievements I had thru this activity. My blogs speaks volumes about this. 🙂
    As Moss said blogging brought us together Janice. 🙂
    Off course the main con is the health related issues. Of course We can overcome those things if we keep some discipline.

    Thanks for the share again.
    Have a good day.
    ~phil
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    • Janice Wald | at 7:26 pm

      Hi Phillip,
      Great to see you! Thanks for coming by!
      You and Moss are right, of course! We wouldn’t know each other if not for blogging!
      I also see you agree with my co-author about the risks involved in blogging, both emotional and physical.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  5. Treathyl Fox | at 8:16 am

    I appreciate this in-depth article about blogging. But I am disturbed because I heard a rumor … at least I’m hoping it’s a rumor. But “they say” that blogging is going out of styles and blogs are becoming less popular because people are now focusing their efforts on VLOGGING. That is very upsetting to me because I enjoy being a blogger and vlogging is just not my style.

    Do you think moving from blogging to vlogging is a real trend that dedicated bloggers need to be concerned about?
    Treathyl Fox recently posted…30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad | Inc.comMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 7:21 pm

      Hi Treathyl,
      Great to see you! Thanks for coming by.
      My answer is a definite NO!
      I have posted articles on business and blogging.
      More and more businesses have blogs. Businesses will sell less in 2020. Instead, they will look like thought leaders in their niche. How? By having a blog on their website. That way, they will be in customers’ minds when they do need a purchase.
      On the other hand, blogs may incorporate video. There are many benefits to embedding a video.
      Are you familiar with Lumen5? You don’t do anything. Lumen5 draws your content when you publish from your RSS feed.
      Here is my Lumen5 tutorial.
      https://www.mostlyblogging.com/free-online-video-maker-tools/
      The best part, Lumen 5 is free.
      Thanks for reaching out with your question.
      Janice

  6. Bella D. @ Self-Publishing Made Easy Now | at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing this awesome article about the advantages and disadvantages of blogging. This information is really helpful for all the bloggers out there. For me, even though blogging has its share of pros and cons, I can say that blogging is still a big thing in the online industry.
    Bella D. @ Self-Publishing Made Easy Now recently posted…11 Top Reasons You Should Be Self Publishing On Kindle To Make Money OnlineMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 7:14 pm

      Hi,
      I agree with you Bella.
      One of my readers heard blogging is dying out. No way! I agree blogging is still huge in the online industry and is growing as more businesses have blogs. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  7. Hugh W. Roberts | at 4:05 am

    I’ve definitely improved my writing and digital and marketing skills since I started to blog. In fact, if it were not for blogging, I’d never have become a self-published author.

    The main disadvantages of blogging I’ve witnessed are bloggers becoming stressed out or made to feel guilty because they think they have to read and comment on every single blog post they follow. Many of them then go on to leaving blogging altogether or become victims of blog burnout. I’ve been there and had to change the way I blogged. I’m pleased to say that it all worked out well in the end.

    • Janice Wald | at 6:17 pm

      Hi Hugh,
      Great to see you! Thanks for your comments!
      If you’re interested in the blogging skills my guest author pinpointed, you might want to check out this post: https://www.mostlyblogging.com/blogging-skills-2/.
      He agreed with you that marketing skills are essential for bloggers.
      I also agree with you about the opportunities blogging brings. Like you, I would not be an ebook author today if I hadn’t become a blogger.
      Janice

      • Hugh W. Roberts | at 2:38 am

        Thanks for the link, Janice. I’ll check it out.

        I also recommended you and your blog to another blogger who contacted me yesterday for some advice on SEO. I sent him a link to your blog saying that you’ve written lots of blog posts about the subject. SEO is something I’m not very confident in talking about. I hope he contacts you.

  8. social manager | at 10:00 am

    Great post. I need some more content for blogging topics because I am want to get fastly result.
    I think you now I can do because you article clear lot of topic.

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