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5 Things Your Spouse Won’t Understand About Blogging

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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.Β  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. ”Β  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.

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  • DianaHayes

    Or that it’s not the same as playing those games on facebook!!

  • Hesham

    OH! I think there more than 5 Things a spouse won’t understand about blogging πŸ™‚ I like the part talks about the unsafe tweets and that no body belives you are working on facebook!

    Excellent post by the way!

  • A Maui Blog

    How did you know my spouse? πŸ˜‰ Hey, you hit the nail in the head πŸ™‚ Thanks for putting into a nice post what I usually try to explain to my spouse.

  • kiedis

    there is not only the spouse who don’t understand why…but their family too…
    how can you explain the need to get online everyday to keep track of your blog/stats/moderate comments while on vacation with them in the middle of nowhere?

  • DK

    Spouses -> “Spice”
    That’s funny πŸ™‚

  • Harsh Agrawal

    Very true.. Some time its hard to explain things.. Else family and people around. seems blogging is only about writing and publishing..and money will automatically come in your place…

  • Ilija Brajkovic

    I am lucky, my girlfriend understands why I blog. πŸ™‚

  • Luis

    Great list! I’m just starting out, but I hear it a lot, “What are you doing on Twitter and Facebook? I though you were gonna work!” Thanks!

  • Shari

    I’ll bite . . . how have you been able to make ‘almost full time” pay for blogging?
    πŸ™‚
    Shari

  • Deb Ng

    @shari – It took almost five years, but hard work paid off and my blog almost pays a full time salary. It took years of building up good, useful content, building community and experimenting with various revenue streams. It can happen but it’s a lot of work. To succeed and earn a full time salary, bloggers have to put in full time work.

  • Suzy Oge

    If only I could get my husband online more often and maybe into a blog widow support group? His comments about my laptop being an extension of my body are getting oh so old. I’ve also been busted lately saying no I’m not online, I’m reading. But Lorelle’s Blogging Tips, Trust Agents and Crush It haven’t exactly fooled him πŸ˜‰

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