Thinking of getting into blogging? I hope you have a good support group at home. It’s especially helpful if your spouse is someone who “gets” blogging and social media. If not, be prepared for lots of questions.
5 Things Your Spouse Won’t Understand About Blogging
1. Why you spend so much time blogging
It’s hard to explain why frequently updated content is important or why you need to keep your community apprised of the latest news and products in your niche. Not every spouse understands having to strike while the creative itch is happening or needing to get stuff written down while it’s fresh in your head. Try explaining to someone who doesn’t quite understand that you need to update every day even while on vacation because you don’t want to lose traffic and revenue, or cause your community to go elsewhere for their fix.
2. Blogging is more than typing some words and hitting “publish”
Spouses (spice?) don’t always understand how there’s more to blogging than just typing. We have to analyze traffic, keywords, and more. We have to research advertisers and keep on top of the latest news and trends in our niches. We have to visit other blogs and comment to share community. The truth is, blogging is a full time job even though most bloggers aren’t able to put in a full time effort.
3. Spending time on the social networks is part of blogging
Yes honey, I really AM working when I’m on FaceBook and Twitter. Though I began blogging long before Twitter, it’s been an immense help in growing my blog network. Social networks give me a chance to interact with members of my community, meet others, and find new clients and advertisers. Social networks also put me in touch with other like-minded people with whom I’m launching or discussing new projects.
4. Money doesn’t happen right away
It takes time to build up traffic and revenue. Money doesn’t happen overnight. In many cases it takes years. The truth is, many bloggers abandon their blogs because they don’t pay off after a few months. My blog used to bring in a few hundred dollars a month after the first year. Almost five years later and I’m just about making a full time salary. With blogging slow and steady always wins the race.
5. Meetups and Tweetups aren’t unsafe
Remember how we used to warn everyone about meeting people they talk to online. Try explaining Tweetups. “But honey, I’m just going to meet the people I talk to on Twitter. ” There’s still danger in meeting peple from online, but there’s also safety in numbers. Tweetups are always held in very public places with plenty of others invited. It’s not like meeting a stranger in a dark alley. Be sensible and you’ll be fine.