Is Blogging Worth the Time and Effort?

If you have a business, I would say Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I would say blogging is pretty much mandatory if you want to have your product(s) or service(s) seen.

Is Blogging Worth the Time and Effort?

I’m sure if you are a Blogger, this question has come into your mind more than once or twice. Don’t feel bad. I believe it’s only natural to question anything that may be tedious or time-consuming. However, I think the first question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I blogging?” 

See, we all start a blog for many different reasons. Here’s just a few:

  • to make money
  • to make friends
  • to build a community
  • to share our experiences
  • use as a journal

However, if you are a Blogger, you know that these things don’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time and much effort.  When people ask me if they should blog, I like to ask:

  • Why do you want to blog?
  • Do you have the time and effort to put into it?

Some of the answers I get are a bit comical.

  • “What do you mean, time? I just throw some words on a blog and go!”
  • “Effort? You mean I actually have to do more than just publish a post?”
  • “I want to make money!”

Are ya with me?

Blogging is Hard Work

Trust me, it really is a monotonous thing to do, most daysHowever, I believe it is worth it.

Let’s look at what goes into a blog:

  1. Decide Why you want to blog?
  2. Where or Which blog platform are you going to use?
  3. What is the name of your blog?
  4. Is your blog URL (domain) available?
  5. How do I create my blog?
  6. Do I have money to invest in it?
  7. Do I have money to hire a web designer?
  8. What will my niche be?
  9. Promotion of posts
  10. Engaging in comments

The above are just a few things that you should concern yourself with. It all takes time and effort.

The Pros

Bloggers get different things out of blogging. It’s really based on the Why they started a blog in the first place.

  • therapeutic
  • document their lives
  • build a community of like-minded individuals
  • make friendships
  • have a voice
  • make a difference
  • make money

But whatever your reason is, be sure you will get something out of it (and usually something Good!).

Is Blogging Worth the Time and Effort?

 

The Cons

As with anything we do, there are Pros and Cons. Let’s take a peek at a couple of things that I find are a Con but do not deter me from blogging.

  • the time to create, publish and promote
  • the effort needed to succeed
  • criticism from readers
  • costs in hosting your own blog

As I said previously, there will always be Pros and Cons of anything you do. What matters is how strong your desire is and your will to push forward.

Where Do I Start?

Oh gosh, I really dislike when people ask me this. There are so many tutorials on the web about how to get started. The gist of it is:

  • Will this be a hobby or do you plan on making it a business?

Depending on your answer, would be the route you could take. Will I advise you of where you should start?

I could, but I will just leave you with a few resources for you to check out on your own.

And if all else fails, simply just ask me.

So, Is Blogging Worth all the Time and Effort?

Absolutely, but I want to hear from you! Do you think blogging is worth it?

24 thoughts on “Is Blogging Worth the Time and Effort?

  1. HI Bren,

    Came across your post, WOW !. I am planning to start up my blog, clearly did not see all this in the future. The more i read and understand i am getting the picture there is so much more than the looks of it.

    Your post title is perfect, anything good and rewarding takes time and effort (i like to believe in that). Great post, helped me a lot in anticipating what i should be ready for to start this little journey.

    Thanks

  2. Great post and motivated!

    In the middle of our blogging career when are still not making any money, when tend to ask ourselves this question, but with your post newbie bloggers will always be motivated to write and update their blog even more

    by the way great pics you got here
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Nestor,

      Thank you for your kind words. I think it’s easy for us to find some frustration throughout our blogging career and find ourselves asking just this. “Is it worth it?” For some, the answer may be “No”. They give up and move onto other things. For others, it’s “Yes. What can I do to make myself more excited about blogging?” These are the ones who are going persevere and prosper in blogging. I hope you to be the later one.

      Have a great week ahead!

      B

  3. Hi Bren,

    Absolutely, positively, yes! However it is up to what the person wants to blog about. What is the end game? Is it a journal of their life? Musings? Or….are they in it to make money. Do they already have a business…if so it is a MUST. Do they have an idea how to monetize and market something….Yes Yes Yes.

    Blogging is one long learning curve and does take time. To me, as a marketer, it is worth all the time and effort I put into it. I get to meet the coolest people and learn from them too and even become friends. Blogging is part of my business plan and it is the most fun part!

    -Donna

  4. Hello, Bren
    Once again, your blog content has revived me. I was disheartened with blogging and felt like a failure.

    Going over your Pros and Cons, specifically the Pros ….I realize I have to re-visit my WHY, dig even deeper into it, and allow it to fire me up! I really was encouraged by your conclusion that we will get something out of it (and usually something Good!), hahaha!

    The Cons are very real, but let’s say I tend to ignore them and focus on the Pros!

    Can’t wait to dig into the resources you’ve listed! Perhaps I’ll come up with an answer soon enough, whether Blogging is worth the time and effort!

    1. Hi Suzette! It’s great to see you again!

      I’m glad that you are finding value in my content. That is one of my main purposes: “To help others”. I think, the longer we blog, we tend to lose our primary reason for blogging. It’s easy to get caught up in other things like making money from our blogs, sponsored content, guest posts, etc. However, and I can vouch for this, once we lose our primary mission, it’s hard to regroup and get it back. This is when I “evolve” my mission and amp up my blog…. (sometimes short-lived though) 😉

      It may take jotting notes down on paper and recheck the validity of your reasons. Maybe your initial reasons were so vague that now you are able to be more specific in your focus.

      Whatever it may be, I hope you arrive at the same answer I always do. YES, Blogging is totally worth it because I’m building relationships and communities! Keep at it!

      Have a great day, my friend!

      B

    1. Hi Alicia and thank you for stopping by!

      I appreciate your compliment very much. Hope you’ll stop back soon to check out more articles.

      Thanks again and have a fabulous day!

      B

  5. Brenda fantastic article. This is the real question, is it all really worth it? I would have to say YES, I love what I do. I love that I can help people grow their online business and achieve their goals. I would say it takes time, patience and plenty of mistakes to grow a successful online business. But it feels so rewarding to wake up every day and build something and know it’s mine and know that I have the ability to help people.

    1. Hi Corinne and thank you.

      I’m happy to hear you say “YES”! I know you have tried a few different blogs/niches but finally found the one that works for you and you’re passionate about. Kudos to you! So many people never find their “groove” and end up quitting. Of course, there are more reasons they quit but, not finding the rhythm is a sure stinker.

      I’m happy to see how you’ve evolved and enjoy reading your articles. Keep up the good work, my friend!

      Bren

  6. Hi Brenda, Excellent article. You’re right, people should really think about why they want to blog before they dive in. As you point out, too many people think this is easy stuff and quit when they find out it isn’t.

    When you blog you put yourself out there for the world to see, which can be very scary. You want to put your best out there, which is why blogging takes so much work.

    I blog to help others. Nothing is more satisfying to me than to hear from a Wonder of Tech reader that they have been helped by something they’ve read at my site. I truly do feel as if I’m making a difference, which is very cool!

    1. Hi Carolyn! Thanks so much!

      I love how you said “I blog to help others”. That is exactly how I feel. No matter what I post on any of my blogs, there is always someone who can relate and learn. It is a tremendous feeling knowing you’ve helped at least one through all our efforts.

      I remember how scared I was when I published my very first controversial post, as well as, my most intimate and personal post. Scary does not even cover how I felt. More like terrified! But I did it and was happy I did because I received so many responses both on my blog and via personal email.

      Helping is what most of us should be doing. Contributing to the world and helping others with their lives, in whatever capacity that may be.

      I really appreciate you tkaing the time to stop by and comment. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!

      Bren

  7. Hey Brenda,

    Blogging is like our chance to establish ourself as an expert, and show off our depth of industry knowledge.The more we create content that answers questions and provides insights into our field, the more likely they are to view our as an authority in our space. When we blog for some time, we eventually reach a point when we begin to wonder whether blogging is actually getting us anywhere. People like to be cheerleaders with inspirational encouragement.

    It’s nice to boost people’s spirits, and we want to be seen as nice people. Very few openly discuss the bad side of blogging, for fear of being called a pessimist. I think we emphasize blogging for the sake of being an expert far too much. I think too many people don’t realize, forget, or ignore the pain of blogging. It takes time, energy, skills, money, creativity and consistency to make it work.And the truth is that most people don’t have these resources at their fingertips. Thanks for sharing your thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar,

      You are absolutely right! I’m a firm believer in discussing the good and the “not so bad” about blogging. I also believe those who want to blog, know what they are getting into before they take the leap and start creating.

      As you know, starting a blog should not be taken lightly even if it is a hobby blog. Building a community of supportive blogging friends is an absolutely must in my eyes. Without my blogging friends, I would definitely be lost.

      Thank you for stopping by, commenting, and sharing. Have a blessed day!

      Bren

  8. Hi Bren,

    Absolutely!! That would be my single word answer you know 🙂

    Yes, blogging is not for everyone, and I think once you try and test the waters, you’d know whether you wish to carry on blogging or call it quits within the first few months you start blogging – maximum to a year’s time. For me of course, as you know it was switching from being a freelance writer to a blogger, and now a combination of both, which has given me the freedom to be my own master online now, so very worth it I’d say.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      I knew if you’d stop by you would say “Absolutely!”

      You know, as well as me, that so many bloggers get frustrated and quit even before that year mark. It’s sad that they jump in feet first without thoroughly thinking about ever aspect. However, there aren’t many bloggers that will actually discuss what you should do before you even create your blog.

      I believe if more knew how much effort and time goes into the entire blogging concept, there wouldn’t be so many “abandoned” blogs out there.

      So happy to see you here again! I hope you are enjoying your “empty nester” life! 😉

      Happy Friday!

      Bren

  9. Hey Bren,
    I absolutely think it’s worth it. I can understand how others may not agree but that may be because they have the wrong idea of how to be successful online. People think they can just put a product/service out there and people will naturally flock to it, buying it in droves. But it doesn’t work like that.
    Also, you may not think it’s worth the hassle if you don’t like what you’re blogging about. Forcing yourself to talk about something you don’t enjoy becomes difficult. So you gotta have passion, then you’ll see it from a whole new light.
    ~Lea

    1. Hi Lea,

      You are absolutely right! When I see people say “I want to blog so I can make money”, I quickly shake my head. Boy, are they going to be frustrated! It takes time, effort, and A LOT of patience (as you know). You’re also right in saying, if you don’t like what you’re writing about, it’s not going to work. As a matter of fact, I find when I write (in my not normal tone), I don’t like my content. It’s as if I am polishing myself to the extent that it’s not even me talking. This is one reason I decided to blog on VirtualBren.com. It’s about the “virtual world” yet in my tone. It’s more me and I love it!

      If you’re not passionate about blogging period, it’s definitely not going to work. Thanks so much for sharing with us! It’s always great to hear from you! Have a great weekend!

      Bren

  10. Excellent tips for people wanting to start a blog, Bren. For me, it’s a creative outlet and my aim is to entertain. Still a hobby at this point, (an expensive and time-consuming one!), but we’ll see what the future holds. I just did a complete website re-design. What an amazing learning experience!

    1. Hi Debbie and thank you!

      There are a lot of bloggers like you out there and I love that. Creative expressions and sharing the things we love is awesome. I popped over to your webby and have to say, you did a really good job. Wasn’t it fun? 😉 Thanks for stopping by here and commenting. Hope all is well up there!

      Bren

  11. Hi Bren, I could not agree witg you more – blogging is a grotesque adventure of lots of skills and effort you never acquired nor anticipated! But….guess we are still loving it.

    1. Hi Amanda,

      You’re right! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to quit blogging, only to come back with either a new blog or a burst of energy. There are so many benefits of blogging though. My favorite is networking with people and making new friends (like you). 🙂

      Have a fabulous day!

      Bren

  12. Hey Bren,

    Blogging is hard if you don’t have an interesting in writing. There are many people who write just to make money.

    But if you try hard then after a few months, you will be loving it. The blogosphere with many bloggers, making friends.

    Everyone has his/her own perspective towards blogging.

    Great post.
    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi,

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I think part of the problem may be consistency. I know there are times that my brain is totally blank on writing creative posts. Then there are other days my mind is overflowing with goodies and I just don’t have time to get them down in writing. That can be frustrating fore sure.

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share! Have a great day, my friend!

      Bren

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