You’d be shocked how typically I get requested this sort of query. Right here’s the quick reply: NO! It’s really a good time to be running a blog, even should you’re simply beginning.
I’m excited to inform you why—I’m actually enthusiastic about this topic!
The web isn’t useless. In reality, greater than ever, the web is the place folks flip for each data and inspiration. It’s estimated that Google processes over 8.5 billion searches a day (!!!!!!!). It might be your weblog that reveals up in these searches, answering somebody’s query.
So long as persons are utilizing the web, looking out web sites for solutions to frequent questions, on a regular basis dilemmas, or needing inspiration for his or her lives.
They might be in search of inspiration a few residence renovation, what winter coat to purchase, or perhaps they need to change up their coiffure, and so forth.) Running a blog continues to have a spot on the planet.
Folks (now greater than ever) really know what blogs are. There’s much less of a barrier to get folks to learn your weblog. Again once we first began running a blog, folks didn’t at all times acknowledge this sort of website as a supply of data they felt was professional.
I believe this sentiment has modified. Folks would moderately get data (like residence decor recommendation) from a person they like greater than a company web site. There’s extra belief for bloggers than there was once as a result of it’s grow to be extra frequent and accepted over time.
There are SO MANY consumer pleasant instruments to start out and keep a weblog. There are instruments we solely dreamed of once we began! That is, to me, the primary purpose why it’s simpler to start out a weblog now than it was earlier than.
There are totally different web site platforms, plugins, and entire corporations of builders who’re aware of (and able to meet) the wants of bloggers. It’s superior! You don’t should cobble collectively web site options. It’s like in case your first automotive was a Porsche as a substitute of a go-kart.
And together with extra tech-savvy instruments, there’s additionally simply extra of a neighborhood and extra available data on the way to get into running a blog and the way to make it be just right for you. Our e-course, Weblog Necessities, might help you get began right this moment.
Is running a blog value it?
Monetizing methods exist for the neighborhood, so that you don’t should construct your individual mannequin. You possibly can monetize a weblog many various methods, however there are such a lot of extra available choices than when running a blog first began.
At A Lovely Mess we monetize primarily by 4 methods:
- CPM-based adverts (the adverts you see in our sidebar and all through our website in between the content material)
- Affiliate internet marketing (just like the LTK community, previously referred to as RewardStyle)
- Promoting our personal merchandise (we’ve tried a number of, from T-shirts to iPhone apps)
And for every of those 4 methods we monetize our weblog, there are SO many extra instruments and choices obtainable than once we began!
Is running a blog nonetheless worthwhile?
For us, sure. Take into consideration this: Sponsors are conscious of running a blog and social media. Most huge corporations now have an annual finances to work with influencers. That might be you!
It’s there for the taking to anybody who’s constantly displaying up, publishing high quality work, and constructing their viewers.
Is running a blog arduous?
Sure. Whereas it’s perhaps a little bit simpler to perform (with the rise of so many blogger-friendly instruments), it’s extra aggressive than ever. It’s a must to stand out. You possibly can’t simply submit no matter little factor is in your thoughts with a semi-blurry photograph … like a few of us had been responsible of doing in 2008 (raises hand sheepishly).
I believe that is the massive mistake that folks make. It’s not that running a blog is useless (it’s not), however moderately it’s that running a blog is extra aggressive and takes a number of arduous work over a protracted time period.
It’s not one thing you can begin and count on to be making an revenue from within the first few months. It takes time to not solely get good at running a blog, but in addition to develop your viewers.
Is running a blog nonetheless related in 2022?
Sure! It’s in all probability probably the most related/value it that it’s ever been, but it surely’s additionally extra aggressive. Your weblog will possible not blow up in a single day prefer it may have within the previous days, however that doesn’t imply you possibly can’t create one thing value worth to each your self and your readers.
If you wish to study extra about how we weblog, or are pondering of beginning a weblog your self, it is best to try our course Weblog Necessities.