13+ Pros and Cons of Blogging (What You Need to Know in 2020)

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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.

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.

“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.

There are many pros and cons of blogging for business which leads us to the downsides of blogging.

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.

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.

Look:

pros and cons of blogging

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

Takeaways:

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?

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

  1. Natalie Portman

    Hi , This is very nice article and useful . keep doing good work. Thanks for sharing this amazing post and helpful information.

  2. Moss Clement

    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!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Moss,
      I agree with you that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
      In this post, for example, there are 11 advantages to blogging but only 2 disadvantages.
      Back at you, Moss! You have been a blessing to me as well in my blogging journey! I consider you awesome as well.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  3. Pranav

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      You are right. Blogging definitely enhances self-esteem. This is pure creation. We should be proud of our achievement regardless of the traffic, money, or recognition that results.
      Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed comments and for sharing with us your background.
      Janice

  4. Pousse Management Services

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      So this is one of the advantages of blogging? Many people like to read comments on blogs. I do as well.
      Thanks for contributing to the discussion.
      Janice

  5. Philip Verghese Ariel

    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

    • Janice Wald

      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

  6. Treathyl Fox

    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?

    • Janice Wald

      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

  7. Bella D. @ Self-Publishing Made Easy Now

    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.

    • Janice Wald

      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

  8. Nicola @ Mum on a Budget

    This is a great post. I feel like my skills are growing in so many different areas since I started blogging, and I enjoy it lots, but at the same time it’s a lot of work!

  9. Hugh W. Roberts

    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

      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

        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.

  10. social manager

    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.

  11. Jim Merle

    I am thinking about starting a blog. My wife would rather I didn’t because she fears it could open our computer to being compromised in respect to our finances specifically. Is this something you have come across or heard about happening to bloggers?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jim,
      My husband is extremely concerned over people hacking our computer to steal our finances, but he supports my blogging totally. We have passwords. My blog is password protected. In answer to your question, no, I have not heard those concerns expressed.
      Janice

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