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.
Make sure you stick around to the end for a bonus tip.
Let’s get started learning blogging pros and cons.
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.
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.
There are many pros and cons of blogging for business which leads us to the downsides of blogging.
Disadvantages of Blogs
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.
“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.”
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.
Update Bonus Tips
More Advantages and Disadvantages of Blogs
More pros of blogging:
Your SEO improves as a result of blogging. Even people who say they don’t care about SEO will replicate what works for them.
If they see their methods result in a boost in SEO, they will continue that practice to see the resulting traffic continue.
For instance, simply commenting on blogs results in an SEO boost. Your link is now on other blogs which is a form of off-site (also called “off-page) optimization.
Google declared in the spring of 2020, nofollow links would carry more “link juice.” If the blog you’re commenting on is dofollow, you’ll get far more link juice.
More disadvantages of blogging:
When you’ve been blogging for a while, less experienced bloggers start asking you for advice.
Picking your brain by asking you a blogging question is one thing, but many newer bloggers ask you for free blog critiques.
I’ve had people pander for free blog critiques on LinkedIn, Instagram, and my blog.
Since I work outside the home as a teacher, I need to charge for my time since I don’t have time to help everyone.
Feeling selfish, I asked Instagrammers if they feel the same way.
As you can see, only 20% of Instagrammers responded they’d be pleased if someone asked them for a free blog critique while 80% indicated they’d be resentful.
Update: July 2020
More blog disadvantages:
A rumor continually circulates that blogging is dying. I don’t know why, but I read the rumor everywhere. For instance, people ask on Quora if blogging is dying or if blogging is still relevant in 2020. Of course, it is!
Next, people ask if bloggers are “real writers.” Insulting! Of course we are real writers!
These criticisms of blogs and bloggers persist.
Wrapping Up: Pros and Cons of Blogging
There are many pros and cons of blogging. Therefore, the advantages and disadvantages of blogging take great consideration before you start.
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?
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