Blogging is an activity that I enjoy. It is one of my passions. I can also say that it is one of my hobbies. I have been blogging for a number of years now and I see myself continuing blogging in the foreseeable future.
Even though I am not a newbie when it comes to blogging, I must admit that I usually go through other blogs. While doing so, I’ve come across excellent blogs with useful information and other blogs that are not quite ideal. In addition to this, I’ve come across several myths or misconceptions about blogging that, if one is to believe them, can be deceiving. They might even lead to the demise of new blogs as aspiring bloggers might be discouraged from the word go. From my experience, these myths are just deceitful. Therefore, with this in mind, this article will demystify four myths, and thus enable aspiring bloggers out there to embark on this incredible journey of blogging.
Myth #1 More Traffic Equals More Money
In all probability, I must say this is the greatest myth of all the myths out there. A lot of views of your blog don’t necessarily lead to massive amounts of money.
To get the most out of your traffic, several things come into play. The most important one is your reputation and influence as a blogger. If you come across as a second-rate blogger, you will not make much difference, no matter how much traffic you generate. However, if you come across as an excellent and reputable blogger, you will definitely get a larger bottom-line impact from each new person that visits your blog. There are some bloggers whose blog sites have less traffic but have quite a lot of subscribers.
It’s clearly evident that the total number of visitors of a blog site is not as important as the relationship you have with them as a blogger.
Myth #2 Content is Key
This might sound surprising to you, but most aspiring bloggers, even prominent ones, have been made to believe that content is crucial to having a successful blog. It doesn’t matter how significant your content is. You require people to read and share it. However, even if people view and share your content, it won’t be all systems go. You still require a community so that the content has a lasting impact.
Most aspiring bloggers go to great lengths so as to come up with great content centered upon this myth, yet they don’t get very far. It is clearly evident from the above information that content isn’t everything.
Myth #3 Readers Feel Disrespected If I Don’t Respond To Their Comments
Many bloggers believe that you have to respond to each and every comment posted on your blog. They believe that failure to do so is a sign of disrespect to the readers. When I started blogging, I never thought that it was going to be a burden. With many comments going unanswered, coming up with great content becomes a challenge. However, it’s important to note that responding to all comments does not create traffic. Only quality content does.
For you to become a successful blogger, it’s not a must that you reply to each and every comment or email. You only need to reply to those comments that truly need a reply. In any case, content is what is needed the most. In some cases, you might encounter a reader who is not happy with you not responding to their comments, and they might eventually hurl insults at you.
Time is money (so they say). Don’t, therefore, fritter away precious time doing things that are not required just because people think that you should. You need to spend your time on things that matter the most e. g. coming up with great content. In my experience, if you endeavor to give your all and create great content, your genuine readers will always be with you and will readily share your content with their friends. Otherwise, they will ultimately stop reading your blog.
Myth #4 I Must Post Something Every day Otherwise My Readers Will Disappear
I can confidently say that this has happened to most if not all bloggers when they were starting out. I must admit that it happened to me too. You are eager to start your own blog. You decide that you will be posting something each and every day, even if you don’t have quality content. At first, you start out well, creating quality content and racking up followers. Word gets out about the newest blogger in town. More visitors go to your blog. They locate you through various search engines or social media. They are eager to read what you have posted. What do you do? You force yourself to post something every day since you don’t want to lose them.
However, this is the wrong mentality to have as a blogger. As long as you post quality content, your readers will not disappear. Even if you don’t post for a day or two, they won’t go anywhere. If you feel like posting every day because you really have something to post, by all means, go ahead. On the other hand, if you are forcing yourself to produce below par content, you need to stop. There is no set posting frequency needed to have a thriving blog. How regularly you post content on your blog will depend on things like the targeted sector or monetization strategy.
People always want to read what you have posted because they treasure your opinions and thoughts. Your readers will always notice if your posts are forced and not authentic. To avoid all this, you can come up with an online calendar that will indicate when the next post will appear. This will enable you to organize yourself better.
The above are just but four myths about blogging that have been debunked. Other blogging myths include:
- Marketing is king
- Social media is worthless
- Longer posts equal more traffic
- Selling ad space is the best way to generate money from a blog
- Blogging is easy
- To be a great blogger, you must be a great writer
- To be a successful blogger, you must get links from an A-list blogger
Even though blogging isn’t easy, nothing should stop you from creating a blog. Take the initiative of getting to know the nitty-gritty of the world of blogging before embarking on the journey. It will save you a lot of time and energy.
Christina Battons, freelance writer and blogger, who specializes in topics about education, writing, blogging and likes to share my knowledge and ideas with people. Currently, I write for various blogs. My free time I spend with my family, friends, or riding my bicycle. You can see my other articles by clicking this link. Also, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.