After all the time you’ve spent thinking about it, you’re finally convinced that blogging is a simple enough venture, and you’ve decided to jump in.
GOOD FOR YOU!
You’ve purchased your domain and hosting, and you’ve decided that WordPress is the platform you’re going to use.
You can’t believe you waited so damn long to get this started.
You’ve done your research. You’ve read countless other blog posts on what to expect from your blogging journey.
You’re set to go!
That’s all well and good.
And I hate to rain on your blogging parade.
But this is What No One Will Tell You About Starting a Blog:
I’m sure that you’ve read umpteen hundred blog posts about how easy it is to start a blog. Some bloggers will even tell you that it can be done “in 20 minutes or less!”.
That, my new-blogging friend, is bullshit.
I’m not trying to talk you out of starting that blog. You should by all means do it!
What I AM telling you, is that building that blog will make you question your mental ability. The process of building that blog will make you feel like you’re going crazy. Because you’ll read, and re-read some part of those instructions four dozen times, and you STILL won’t understand it!
I’ve started what feels like hundreds of blogs over the last few years. Setting up WordPress as a new blogger can make you question why you thought you wanted to start a blog in the first place.
WordPress is NOT easy to set up. For me, it’s easy NOW. But I quit blogging many times in the beginning of my blogging journey, over WordPress frustrations.
I’ve said in prior blog posts, if you’re building a new blog, hire someone to get it to the point where all you have to do is log in and write. That’s the BEST piece of advice I can give you. It’ll save you weeks, maybe even months of pure hell with WordPress.
The next thing that no one will tell you about starting a blog, is that you don’t need to pay for your hosting 12 to 36 months in advance.
You probably got your hosting when you clicked on some blogger’s link because they told you that “starting a blog is super easy, and you can get your hosting for just $2.95 a month!”.
Well…that’s not really a lie per se’. The “starting a blog is easy” part, yes. HUGE lie.
But the hosting part is just straight up, outright deception.
You see, you can GET that hosting by clicking on that link. But the price is a bit tricky.
The only way you’re getting your hosting for $2.95 a month through that link, is by paying for 36 months of hosting UP FRONT.
Are you now thinking, “WTF???”
Yeah…that was my thought too.
I actually thought “well…if he/she is making this kind of money, and this is their host…”, and I clicked on that link.
But if you know absolutely nothing else about me, you should know two things; that I’m a hard core cynic, and I can’t STAND lies.
Whether they’re flat out, or by omission, when I sniff out a lie, I won’t hear or read anything else that blogger has to say.
That blogger has been filed in the ‘scammer’ box in my head.
Once you click that blogger’s hosting link, you’re taken to her web hosting affiliate.
That’s not a problem. We’ve all got bills to pay. We all have to make money.
But the issue lies in the fact that paying for my hosting for THREE YEARS in advance, felt like that blogger’s huge affiliate payment was coming right out of my pocket (and at $65 per sign up, it very likely is).
That doesn’t sit well with me.
It shouldn’t sit well with you either.
If you’re looking for a web host who’s pricing is exactly as they say it is, this is the host that I use for all of my blogs.
I started using them in 2009 before my blogging obsession overtook me. As you can probably guess, the name caught my attention.
It started with one blog, and in the years since I started using their service, I’ve created 6 or 7 more.
I continue to use them for two reasons;
- Because though it doesn’t happen often, they’ve been super reliable in every instance where I’ve had an issue.
- I continue to use them because they really are just $2.88 a month. And they charge that on a month to month basis.
Now…I have a confession to make;
Because I have so many blogs, I have the upgraded version of the $2.88 a month plan with this company. But even that only costs me $4.88 a month to host 8 blogs! And I STILL pay that month to month, instead of buying three years worth of hosting up front, like those ‘other’ guys!
If you pay by the year, it’s EVEN CHEAPER! (The price drops to something like $15.44 a year, and you can host up to 3 blogs on that plan. That’s $1.29 a month!)
With my blog hosting company, you have the choice as to whether to pay monthly or yearly. With those other guys, you have NO choice.
But wait! There’s more! 😉
Another thing that no one will tell you about starting a blog?
No one will tell you that the theme you choose for your blog, isn’t going to look AT ALL like that when you first activate it.
Not even a little bit.
Nor will anyone tell you that you’ll stay up nights, fighting with that WordPress theme, trying to get it to look like the demo you fell in love with.
And that alone will make you question your sanity.
No one will tell you that every tiny little piece of what you want to see on your screen has to be created from scratch.
Take this blog for instance; I’m not just writing blog posts. From the header, to what you see in the side bar, all have to be created from absolutely nothing.
Some have to be created using 3rd party graphics software (like the header image, and some of the images in the sidebar). Which means that you’ll either have to learn how to use tools like Photoshop, or you’ll have to hire someone to create those graphics for you.
All of your advertising is going to come from another company that you’ll have to apply for an account with. You’ll also have to decide what kind of ads you want to display on your blog; CPC or CPM (you’ll learn about that soon enough), and where you want to place them.
Once all of that is done, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to get people to actually visit your brand new blog!
Blogging is great once you get all of the moving parts down. Once you’ve figured out how you’re going to build it and get it making money, you’ll love your blog!
Don’t let the things that No One Will Tell You About Starting a Blog, keep you from starting a blog.
But don’t let the fact that others tell you how easy it is, fool you into thinking it’s easy.
Blogging ain’t easy. But it’s definitely worth the work you’ll put into it 🙂
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