You’d be shocked how usually I get requested this type of query. Right here’s the brief reply: NO! It’s truly a good time to be running a blog, even for those who’re simply beginning.
I’m excited to let you know why—I’m actually captivated with this topic!
The web isn’t lifeless. In reality, greater than ever, the web is the place individuals flip for each info 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 web sites for solutions to frequent questions, on a regular basis dilemmas, or needing inspiration for his or her lives.
They might be on the lookout for inspiration a few dwelling renovation, what winter coat to purchase, or perhaps they need to change up their coiffure, and many others.) Running a blog continues to have a spot on the planet.
Individuals (now greater than ever) truly know what blogs are. There’s much less of a barrier to get individuals to learn your weblog. Again once we first began running a blog, individuals didn’t all the time acknowledge this sort of web site as a supply of data they felt was legit.
I feel this sentiment has modified. Individuals would quite get info (like dwelling 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 turn out to be extra frequent and accepted over time.
There are SO MANY consumer pleasant instruments to start out and preserve 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 complete corporations of builders who’re acquainted with (and able to meet) the wants of bloggers. It’s superior! You don’t need to cobble collectively web site options. It’s like in case your first automobile 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 info on get into running a blog and make it give you the results you want. Our e-course, Weblog Necessities, might help you get began immediately.
Is running a blog value it?
Monetizing methods exist for the neighborhood, so that you don’t need to construct your individual mannequin. You may monetize a weblog many alternative 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 way of 4 methods:
- CPM-based adverts (the adverts you see in our sidebar and all through our web site in between the content material)
- Affiliate internet marketing (just like the LTK community, previously known 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 out there 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 price range to work with influencers. That might be you!
It’s there for the taking to anybody who’s constantly exhibiting up, publishing high quality work, and constructing their viewers.
Is running a blog laborious?
Sure. Whereas it’s perhaps slightly 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 may’t simply publish no matter little factor is in your thoughts with a semi-blurry picture … like a few of us had been responsible of doing in 2008 (raises hand sheepishly).
I feel that is the large mistake that individuals make. It’s not that running a blog is lifeless (it’s not), however quite it’s that running a blog is extra aggressive and takes numerous laborious work over an extended time period.
It’s not one thing you can begin and count on to be making an earnings from within the first few months. It takes time to not solely get good at running a blog, but additionally to develop your viewers.
Is running a blog nonetheless related in 2022?
Sure! It’s most likely probably the most related/value it that it’s ever been, however it’s additionally extra aggressive. Your weblog will doubtless not blow up in a single day prefer it may have within the outdated 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’s best to try our course Weblog Necessities.