The Pros and Cons of Having Your Own Blog
Are you a writer? Do you love to write? Do you have lots of information that you think other people might like to read?
Now let me ask you this, have you ever considered starting your own blog?
There are many benefits to having your own blog opposed to having a free one. Let’s look at the pros and cons:
- You get your own unique domain name.
- .com, .org, etc. looks more professional than yourname.wordpress.com or yourname.blogger.com.
- You have the freedom to post what you want.
- You have the freedom to use affiliate links and other things to make money off your blog.
- You also have the freedom to choose the companies you want to use for affiliate links.
- You can design your blog the way YOU want it to look.
- You have 24/7 support when you need it (from SiteGround).
- There are ways to keep your readers connected through social media and other platforms.
- There are ways to bring organic traffic to your website.
- YOU own the content of your website.
- You don’t have to worry about WordPress shutting down your site because you tried to make money from affiliate links.
- It costs money for the domain and other features you might use.
- More stress over researching ways to promote your site.
- You have to learn some HTML, CSS, and how to use SEO.
- You have to spend a lot of time promoting your site.
- You might not make any money off of it at first (or for a long time).
- It’s trial and error
- It’s a risk.
- You also have to spend a lot of time coming up with plans for your blog.
Starting your own blog is easy. You just need a name and some money to get it all set up. The hard part is finding readers, finding content to publish, researching SEO and learning other things, promoting on social media, etc. Those are the hard parts, but with some hard work, patience, and motivation, you can do it.
How I Started Out:
I created my own free blog on WordPress over four years ago, and just wrote about things that allowed me to escape from reality. I wrote about anime, books, otome games, and other things that I found interesting. I mostly wrote reviews on those things, but I found that it was becoming increasingly difficult to stay engaged in those things. I lost interest in my blog a few times because of the content I was writing.
How I Decided to Get My Own Blog:
I’ve always loved to write stories and I like to help people. I looked around for places to get my name out there and I stumbled across an online newspaper in Canada that allowed me to write for them. This brought some organic traffic to my blog and I have since then learned a lot about what topics I like writing about.
What Topics Do I Write About?
As you can see in the header of the site, I have multiple categories. I write about Lifestyle, Pets, Reviews, and Writing. Eventually, I’d like to write about my travels as well and give tips on where to look for deals, what to do in those places, and share some pictures and stories of what happened.
Lifestyle is general since I can talk about meditation, journaling, yoga, vegetarianism, etc. Pets is mostly when I talk about my rabbit, dogs, or other animals that you can have as a pet that I have some knowledge about. Reviews has topics like anime, books, movies, games, etc. and Writing is when I have something to say that is inspiring, or about my own writer, or feelings as a writer.
What is the purpose of my blog?
As I mentioned before, I like helping people. Most of the posts in my blog are about helping other people find inner peace. We all have busy lives and I have recently discovered that taking time out for ourselves is extremely important, even if it’s just five minutes every day. Our daily routines of work/school, kids/family, studying/researching keeps us so busy that we often don’t do something for ourselves. Sure, turning on the TV and relaxing is one thing, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I mean by “take time out” is that we need time to reflect on the events of the day, our emotions, and how our body is feeling. If we don’t pay attention to those things, we get sick and stressed.
Stay tuned for the next post: How to Start a Blog.